The medical-school story of Deborah Anna van Oosterhout.
How do you help long-suffering patients deal with morphine withdrawal? This was the question that kept playing on the mind of Deborah Anna van Oosterhout.
Behind morphine withdrawal symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, and diarrhoea is the drug's abundant free radicals playing havoc on the nervous system; damaging the neurons and causing oxidative stress. Deborah Anna found an angle of attack in countering the oxidation with an anti-oxidant. It led her to the humble leaf of Musa accuminata
(banana) - and the Junaidah Abdul Hamid Best Research Award for her oral presentation at the 11th International Medical, Pharmaceutical, Cosmeceutical and Health Sciences Symposium (iMPaCHS) organized by Management and Science University (MSU).
The student of Medical Sciences at the MSU International Medical School admitted surprise yet was quick to credit supervisor Dr Halim Shariff and team mates Amira Jasni, Sarah Abdullah, and Thur Sina, along with family and friends, for their collective support.At the 10th Medical Undergraduates’ Annual Scientific Research Meeting (MUASRM), 8 November 2018 in UKM, Bangi
"I was definitely, extremely astonished when my name was called to receive the award. I didn't expect to win; I did it solely for the experience and exposure in discovering something as remarkable as our research. My supervisor mentor has been motivational throughout, being with the team every step of the way, exposing us to internal and external seminars and talks to improve our understanding. Our team effort brought us a bronze at the 2018 PERINTIS, for MBOCH spray. This latest win has bolstered my confidence in research."
MSU hosts PERINTIS 2018
Winning inventions and innovations from MSU in PERINTIS 2018
Loading up on holistic approaches to the management of drug misuse and dependence at the Addiction Science conference ICAS
So much so that Deborah Anna van Oosterhout recalled her initial ambition of becoming a neurosurgeon, She had progressed to Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMS)
from Diploma in Pharmacy (DPH)
. Towards the end of her DPH, interning at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL), fully exposed to the medical world, her mind was made about going on to MSU's Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
post-BMS. A study of pathophysiotherapy of the human nervous system sparked her interest in neurosurgery. Then she discovered research and the rest was history. Participating in PERINTIS 2018 at MSU
Soon-to-be Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Honours)
Deborah Anna van Oosterhout will be on her way to MSU's Master in Biomedicine (by Research)