Plenary speaker

Prof. Dr. Ima Nirwana Soelaiman

UKM, Malaysia

Prof. Dr. Ima Nirwana Soelaiman is a Professor of Pharmacology from the Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Prof Ima graduated with MBBS from University Malaya in 1985. After serving in the Ministry of Health for 3 years, she joined UKM as a trainee lecturer in 1988 and graduated with a PhD in Pharmacology in 1994. She was appointed lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, UKM. Prof. Ima was elevated to the position of Associate Professor in 1998, and Professor in 2003. Her research interest is in the area of Natural Products, Bone Metabolism and Osteoporosis. Her research team has developed many animal models of osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and metabolic syndrome. Amongst the natural products studied are tocotrienols from palm and annatto oils, Piper sarmentosum and Labisiapumila. Her research includes in vivo efficacy and safety studies, in vitro mechanistic studies as well as clinical epidemiology studies on bone health. Prof. Ima has published 199 articles in high-impact journals and has a H-index of 24 (Scopus), 30 (Google Scholar); and cumulative citation of 2,007 by Scopus and 2,931 (Google Scholar). She has won 13 medals locally and internationally in research, including Gold Medals in the 34th International Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques and Products, Geneva, Switzerland, 2006; Invention and New Product Exposition (INPEX2008), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, 2008; and The Belgian and International Trade Fair for Technological Innovation, Brussels, 2013. She was also UKM’s Researcher of the Year in 2006, 2008, 2015 and UKM Scholar of the Year for 2017. Prof. Ima was featured by Elsevier as one of “10 Women in Science for International Women’s Day 2015” in the journal “Life Science”. Prof. Ima was the Deputy Dean (Research and Innovation) and Chair, Research Committee, Faculty of Medicine UKM from 2012-2017. She was formerly the Head of Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine UKM, and Founding Head of the Bone Metabolism Research Group UKM. She has served in Research Evaluation Panels for UKM and the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health and Ministry .