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Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop


Responsible Conduct of Research Online Workshop


Title: Responsible Conduct of Research
Date: 6 & 7 April 2021 (Tuesday & Wednesday)
Time: 10.00 am
Fees: RM 50 (staff) & RM 30 (students)

This workshop is brought to you by UM Research Ethics Committee (UMREC) and Asia Europe Institute (AEI). Responsible conduct of research requires a good knowledge about research ethics. As we are committed to the protection of human participants in research, we bring this interactive online workshop with the goal to provide training about ethical standards in conducting non-medical human research especially in protecting human subjects in research communities.

Our two-day workshop combines lectures and small group discussions to provide practical information on protection of the rights and interests of human participants based on different case studies, specifically in the social and behavioural domain. These training materials are intended to be an educational resource for researchers. At the end of the program, the participants will be able:

  1. To understand the importance of promotion of the highest of the ethical standards in non-medical human research
  2. To recognise the key concepts in informed consent including respect for autonomy, voluntariness, decision-making capacity, disclosure of information, and understanding
  3. To evaluate potential risk and its management especially in vulnerable populations

Contact person:
Madam Noradiana Ab. Aziz (ndiana@um.edu.my) +60379676906


Prof Dr Low Wah Yun, PhD, is the Deputy Executive Director (Research & Internationalisation), Asia-Europe Institute at the University of Malaya. She is a Chartered Psychologist and a Professor of Psychology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. Prof. Low is also chairing UM Research Ethics Committee (UMREC).

She graduated with a BA (Hons) from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and subsequently obtained her MSc under the British High Commissioner Award and a Commonwealth scholar for her PhD program in medical psychology from the University of Surrey, Guildford, England.

Prof. Low is actively engaged in teaching, research, service and consultancy. She served as a research consultant for international agencies, such as the World Bank, World Health Organization (WHO), UNDP, UNFPA, Asia Foundation, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), pharmaceutical companies, non-governmental organizations as well as to the local authorities (various governmental ministries). Currently, she is involved in the Erasmus+ multi-partnered joint project on capacity building in higher education in Laos PDR.She published extensively, particularly in the areas of behavioral science, sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, men’s health and aging.

Tee Meng Yew is a member of the Faculty of Education, University of Malaya. His multidisciplinary academic and professional experience – in education, management, journalism, technology and psychology – cultivated his interest in researching construction of knowledge that cannot be learned merely through direct instruction. He also researches teachers’ classroom practices, how people learn and construct knowledge, teaching and learning in collaborative settings as well as education systems. His research also extends into designing instruction and technology for the improvement of learning. He is on the editorial board of Journal of International and Comparative Education, and has published his research in reputable journals as well as books

Selina Khoo is an associate professor at the Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Malaya. Her research interests are related to participation in sports and physical activity for various populations, including women, older adults and persons with disabilities. Selina is the country contact for Malaysia on the Global Observatory for Physical Activity. At the national level, she is a member of the Women and Sports Committee, Olympic Council of Malaysia; Legal, Discipline and Ethics Committee, Paralympic Committee of Malaysia; and the Ministry of Health National Strategic Plan for Active Living. She is also a National Course Director for the Olympic Council of Malaysia and facilitates Olympic Solidarity Sport Administrators courses.

Hanafi Hussin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya. He has received his Ph.D. in Performing Arts Studies. His main focus of research is in the anthropology of Southeast Asia, particularly on ritual and performing arts. He actively researches and publishes on rituals and identity of Kadazandusun Penampang, Lotud Dusun community of Tuaran Sabah, maritime Bajau and Bajau Laut/Sama Dilaut of the east coast of Borneo and Southern Philippines. He is the former Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Currently, he is serving as Deputy Dean of social advancement and happiness research cluster, Head of Maritime Community, Law, Policy and Governance Unit, Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), Head, Universiti Malaya Cultural and Heritage Research Centre (UMCHRC), and Head of Universiti Malaya Migration Research Centre (UMMRC) in University of Malaya. He can be reached at hanafih@um.edu.my.

Dr Chai, from Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, UM, was appointed by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia as the Chairperson of YSN-ASM starting from Dec 2018. Dr Chai joined YSN-ASM as an affiliate in 2015 and became a member in 2016. She was subsequently elected as the co-chair of the Science Integrity Working Group in 2016 for her persistence effort and excellent work in promoting research integrity in Malaysia. Dr Chai is also one of the main authors of the Malaysian Educational Module on Responsible Conduct of Research, which was published and launched in 2018.

Dr Chai’s research focuses on food safety and microbiology. Dr Chai serves as the Vice Chair of the Technical Working Group of Microbiology under the Food Analysis Committee (JKAM) chaired by the Department of Chemistry Malaysia, MESTECC. Dr Chai has also established great linkages with the industry and has been identified as the Key Opinion Leader in the field of food safety and microbiology. Her active contribution and involvement in food safety research has won her the Malaspina International Award by the International Life Science Institute (ILSI). She is now a member of the scientific advisory panel of ILSI South East Asia Region that provides guidance and advice on the food safety and risk assessment in the region. Dr Chai also serves as the Vice Chair of the Southeast Asia International Association of Food Protection. Dr Chai was awarded the L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Award in 2018 for her great passion and achievements in science. Dr Chai was also listed as one of the 25 Marie Claire Amazing Women in Malaysia and Prestige 40-under-40 in 2019.

Sharon is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, where she has designed modules on healthcare law and ethics for undergraduate as well as postgraduate students. She also teaches on the Masters of Health Research Ethics (MOHRE) programme at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. Her research interests primarily revolved around medical research ethics and issues relating to the rights of marginalised populations. She is currently working on a number of projects related to clinical ethics and data sharing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Raida Abu Bakar is a senior lecturer in the Department of Business Policy & Strategy at the University of Malaya. Her research interest lies in the area of organizational behaviour, specifically, employee engagement, wellbeing and work-home conflict. Raida is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Human Resource Management and has collaborated actively with the public and private sectors in several researches such as the Ministry of Entrepreneur and Co-operative Development Malaysia, Malaysia Productivity Corporation, Master Builder Association of Malaysia, and National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN), among others.

Dr. Ng Lee Luan obtained her PhD in Applied Linguistic from University of Otago, New Zealand. She teaches postgraduate courses related to research methodology, language acquisition and social dimensions of language use at the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, Universiti Malaya. Her current research interest and focus include computer assisted language learning, online learning, teaching and learning in higher education. She has also been invited to review journal manuscripts for overseas and local publications.

Currently is the Head of University Malaya Halal Research Centre (UMHRC), University Malaya. Her area of specialization is consumer law and issues in Malaysia. Extended her research in consumer law to the area of halal regulation and policies and carried out research in halal for more than 15 years that covered many jurisdictions, such as some of EU countries, Australia and New Zealand. She is also Appointed as external program advisor to numerous halal programs/curriculum at both local and international level. As her passion is in halal governance, she has been appointed as speaker in many seminars/conferences. She was also appointed as a committee in the review of MS 2200:2008 Part 1: Halal Cosmetic and Personal Care: General Requirements by the Department of Standard of Malaysia from 2018-2020. Represented Malaysia for the Halal Cosmetic Standard for The Standards and Metrology Institute for the Islamic Countries (SMIIC), in Istanbul, Turkey in September 2017 and April 2018. Among her latest project now is as a committee in ‘I-Connect Program’ by the Academy Science Malaysia. I-Connect is an industry led collaborative network that involves quadruple helix (industry, research community, government & civil society) which aims to create and nurture a conducive innovation ecosystem in Malaysia towards increasing disruptive innovation. She is also a Committee member of University Malaya Research Ethics Committee (Non-Medical) until present.

Programme Schedule

Day 1: 6 April 2021 (Tuesday), 10:00 am


  1. Introduction to UMREC - Prof. Dr. Low Wah Yun
  2. Fundamental Principles of Research Ethics (mini case study) - Dr. Raida Binti Abu Bakar
  3. Confidentiality and Right to Information (mini case study) - Dr. Sharon Kaur Gurmukh Singh
  4. Informed Consent (mini case study) - Dr. Ng Lee Luan
  5. Q&A

Day 2: 7 April 2021 (Wednesday), 10:00 am


  1. Engaging with communities and understanding vulnerability
    • Evaluating risk and benefits
    • Active learning
    • Panellists: Dr. Chai Lay Ching, Dr. Tee Meng Yew & Dr. Zalina Binti Zakaria
  2. Circumstances that might lead to conflict of interest affecting the independent judgement of researchers
    • Active learning
    • Panellists: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Selina Khoo Phaik Lin, Dr. Chai Lay Ching, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hanafi Bin Hussin & Dr. Tee Meng Yew

How to join

Contact person:
Madam Noradiana Ab. Aziz (ndiana@um.edu.my) +60379676906

Last Updated: 08/03/2021