KUALA LUMPUR, 23 NOVEMBER 2016 – The University of Malaya (UM) received RM5 million endowment from Dato’ Dr. Mahmood Osman Merican and his family for medical research at the Faculty of Medicine, UM.
The endowment will be used to establish an annual research grant specifically to address medical conditions pertinent to Malaysia and improve the outcomes on patient care in the Malaysian community.
The mock cheque presentation from Dato’ Dr. Mahmood to Tan Sri Professor Dr. Mohd Amin Jalaluddin, Vice-Chancellor, UM witnessed by DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Perak Darul Ridzuan Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah who is also Chancellor of UM in a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur recently.
The ceremony were also graced by Toh Puan Dato’ Seri Hajjah Dr. Aishah Ong, Pro-Chancellor of UM; Datuk Seri Panglima Annuar Zaini, member of Board of Directors of UM; Dato’ Professor Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Dean of Faculty of Medicine, UM; Datin Ragayah Dato’ Hj Mohd Eusoff, wife of Dato’ Dr. Mahmood and their family members.
Dato’ Dr. Mahmood who is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, has always been an active and avid philanthropist throughout his career and has founded various charities and centres throughout the country.
Apart from an endowment, the family have also contributed toward the establishment of the Dato’ Mahmood Merican Medical Research (MMRG) at the Faculty of Medicine, UM.
The first recipient of MMRG, worth RM150,000.00, is Associate Professor Dr. Zamri Chik from the Department of Pharmacology who is embarking on the development of a niosome local anaesthetic system and HAMIN® base which was formulated from a mixture of hydrogenated palm oil and palm kernel oil as a base.
This revolution in drug delivery system would provide rapid onset, better stability, more accessibility, and at a lower price compared to an existing commercially available local anaesthetic system.
This project will automatically contribute greatly to the development of palm oil base in the pharmaceutical industry. Dato’ Dr. Mahmood and his family have also been instrumental in establishing the National Orthopaedic Centre of Excellence (NOCERAL) as well as Yayasan Orthopedik to foster research in orthopaedic surgery at the Faculty of Medicine, UM.