Main Organiser

Julius Centre University of Malaya

Co-organiser

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malay

Supported by

University of Malaya

WELCOME MESSAGE FROM ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF 1 st APCEEBM CONFERENCE
Professor Awang Bulgiba

“Selamat Datang” or “Welcome” to all distinguished guests, invited speakers and participants to the 1st Asia Pacific Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Medicine (1APCEEBM) Conference. This is the first ever combined Clinical Epidemiology (CE) and Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) conference in the Asia Pacific region and the Julius Centre University of Malaya is proud to have the honour of organising this conference. The theme for this historic conference is “Linking CE to EBM Practice – Issues & Challenges”. The goal and mission of this conference is to bring together researchers, academics and health professionals who are interested in the field of CE and EBM to discuss and explore global, regional and national challenges and trends in CE and EBM today. CE and EBM have become increasingly important in an era of rising costs, patient safety concerns and evidence-based healthcare. This conference will deliberate on the many issues surrounding these concerns and attempt to show the strong link between CE and EBM.

The organising and scientific committees have had a very challenging time putting together a conference programme worthy of its name and trying to provide interesting and beneficial sessions for conference participants, covering a range of CE and EBM topics. Many of the presentations at this conference will highlight ground- breaking research in these areas in the Asia Pacific region. This conference is here to take your knowledge to the rest of the world. I hope that this conference will serve as a platform for all of us to learn and share. It is important to be working in partnerships and collaborate with other individuals, institutions and sectors so that we are able to address major medical challenges facing us today. I am hopeful that this conference will help to create mutually rewarding scientific research and collaborations that will augur well for advances in CE and EBM.

Being the first of its kind, this conference will always be known as 1APCEEBM but this will not be the last that the Julius Centre University of Malaya will organise. Many people have helped to make this conference a reality. I would like to especially thank the Management of the University of Malaya and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya for the tremendous support given to us. It would be remiss of me if I did not thank the Centre for Population Health and the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Malaya as well as colleagues in the Department of Surgery and Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for their help in organising this conference.

To all participants, have a productive and momentous conference and enjoy your stay in Malaysia.

Professor Dr. Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud
Organising Chair and Head
Julius Centre University of Malaya