SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for Microbiology, Parasitology and Entomology 
Kuala Lumpur


Centre Director:  
 Dr Lye Munn Sann 

The Institute for Medical Research (IMR) in Kuala Lumpur is the research arm of the Ministry of Health Malaysia. 

IMR serves as the host institution of the SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for Microbiology, Parasitology and Entomology.  The mission of the Centre is to promote cooperation among SEAMEO member and associate member countries through various activities such as post graduate training, research and development and information dissemination in the field of tropical medicine and public health. 

The Institute also serves as:

WHO Regional Centre for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases and Nutrition (since 1978)

WHO Collaborative Centre for Taxonomy and Immunology of Filariasis and Clinical Trials of Drugs Against Brugian Filariasis (since 1981)

WHO Collaborative Centre for Ecology, Taxonomy and Control of Vectors of Malaria, Filariasis and Dengue (since 1981)

WHO Collaborative Surveillance Programme on Antibiotic Resistance in the Western Pacific Region:  Focal point

WHO National Influenza Centre

Secretariat for the Inter-Islamic Network on Tropical Medicine

Coordinator, Medical Biotechnology Cooperative Centre

To conduct research for the prevention and control of diseases and on pertinent health issues
To provide specialized training, diagnostic, consultative and advisory services
To support the current paradigm of looking upon management of health as a collective responsibility of government, the private sector, non-government organizations, the community, and individuals
 Courses at TROPMED/Malaysia:
Diploma in Applied Parasitology and Entomology, 6 months.  The course is designed to train doctors, scientists and other health professionals for research, diagnostic services, disease control programmes, and teaching institutions
Diploma in Medical Microbiology, 6 months.  The course is designed to provide comprehensive training in the theory and practice of the various aspects of Medical Microbiology

Applicants must have a sufficiently good command of English to follow the courses held at the postgraduate level. They must possess at least a basic degree in the biological sciences or health field. 

The SEAMEO-CIDA assisted linkage project with the University of Ottawa in Canada helped strengthen research and training capabilities in biostatistics, epidemiology and behavioral science.

In-country training courses, regional workshops/seminars, and international conferences dealing with specific topics are organized as per need for a wide range of clientele.

Partnership with Industry:

Global Information Hub for Integrated Medicine (approved by Malaysian Cabinet) Sp. Corporate Vehicle Multimedia Super-Corridor/ Multimedia Development Corporation (Portal)
Stem cell research and services
Stem-Life / Centre for Advanced Medical Enterprises
Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals - incl. Vaccine development
Malaysian Biovalley (approved by the Council on Biotechnology and Biodiversity

Commitment towards quality research:

ISO 9001 certification on 18 April 2002 Core process:  Research management
Accreditation for specialized diagnostics 
Good laboratory practice:  International benchmarking
ISO IEC 17025 - by early 2003 (NATA)
CAP - 2003
Gold Medal Award on 30th International Invention, Innovation & Products 2002, Geneva, Switzerland
Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals in ITEX 2002 Innovation & Invention Award 2002 Malaysia
Gold Medal for Invention & Innovation in S&T Exhibition and 25th Anniversary of Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment, 2001

Address for Inquiries:

The Director    
SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for Microbiology, Parasitology and Entomology    
Institute for Medical Research    
Ministry of Health Malaysia    
Jalan Pahang, 50588 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia    
Tel. Nos.: +60 (3) 4040-2302;  2698-6033; 2693-9335  

Fax No.: +60 (3) 2692-0675     




Milestones General Information
Vision, Mission, Goal
The  Governing Board

TROPMED Central Office Functions

Highlights of Accomplishments
SEAMEO Organizational Chart
Special Projects/Linkages Publications

SEAMEO  TROPMED Network Centres:

SEAMEO TROPMED Network Organizational Chart
Directory of SEAMEO TROPMED Network