MALANG, Indonesia – Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) Student Travel Grant for Conference awardee, Mr. Mohamad Shazeli Che Zain from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), attended an International Conference on Regenerative Medicine at Santika Premiere Hotel, Malang, Indonesia on 22-23 November 2019. The conference was co-organized by UPM and Universitas Brawijaya, both members of the UC.
The theme of the conference was "New Challenges toward Regenerative Medicine" which included lectures and keynote speeches by experts from the United Kingdom, Japan, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The event highlighted developments in the field of medicine and the latest technology for discovering drugs. The conference also included oral and poster presentations with Mr. Shazeli presenting his study on "The Application of Flavonoid C-glycosides extracted from oil palm leaves on fibroblast cells for their wound healing properties". The conference also provided Mr. Shazeli further information on stem cell application, utilization of natural products, chemistry, and ethical issues which proved valuable to his research on plant-based cell culture.
Besides participating in the conference, Mr. Shazeli also engaged in different cultural activities during his stay where he learned a lot about Indonesian tradition. The travel grant availed by Mr. Shazeli allows graduate students from UC member institutions to present a paper in a conference or seminar organized by another UC member institution. It also fosters cultural exchange in Southeast Asia. There are four grants under the UC Student Travel Grant, namely, UC Student Travel Grant for Research, UC Student Travel Grant for Conference, UC Student Travel Grant for Credit, and UC Student Travel Grant for Training/Workshop/Short Course.
The UC Student Travel Grant is made available for graduate students from the following universities: Institut Pertanian Bogor (Indonesia), Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia), Universitas Brawijaya (Indonesia), Universiti Putra Malaysian (Malaysia), Kasetsart University (Thailand), University of the Philippines Los Baños (Philippines), Tokyo University of Agriculture (Japan), and National Taiwan University (Taiwan). SEARCA, which serves as UC Secretariat, facilitates the awarding of grants upon endorsement of the UC Coordinator of the member institutions. For more information about other UC grants for faculty, research, and mobility, visit: https://uc.searca.org/grants