10th National Conference for Clinical Research 2016

Theme: Big Data Driving Clinical Research for Health
Date: 27 – 28 July 2016 | Venue: Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur
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  • Evolution or Revolution – Big Data and Evidence Based Medicine;
  • The role of Big Data in research and health outcomes;
  • The strategic effect and influence on policy and procedures – a paradigm shift?;
  • Health Economics and use of Big Data.



  • Discover the usage of ‘Big Data’ – its impact and challenges in research and healthcare;
  • Examine its potential and discover the profound benefits to patients and populations;
  • Consider the enhancement to clinical outcomes and healthcare;
  • Present health economics and use of Big Data.



  • Industry Sponsored Research;
  • Clinical Research in Public Health and Management;
  • Assess the evolving contribution of clinical research teams in global innovations.


Conference No. of participants
Main Conference 589
Special Event for Student 200
TOTAL : 789




9th National Conference for Clinical Research 2015

Theme: Research Matters To Society
Date: 27 – 29 May 2015 | Venue: Bayview Beach Resort, Penang
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The research sphere in Malaysia evolves and expands, growing in diversity each year. In line with this, the 9th National Conference of Clinical Research (NCCR 2015) once again sets the stage to bring together researchers, key industry leaders, and various stakeholders from a wide variety of fields to engage in lively and enriching discourse. Revolving around the theme “Research That Matters to Society”, NCCR 2015 features several research fields of interest in public health, life style diseases and industry sponsored researches.

In the pursuit of a better living tomorrow, one of the conference focus area surrounds research for the aging society. Population aging due to rising life expectancy has become a worldwide phenomenon resulting in the major impact on healthcare delivery and management besides having socio-economic implications. New challenges and demands on healthcare and social services are inevitable.

With this special focus, the NCCR 2015 invites Professor Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, Distinguished Professor from the University of California, San Diego, USA to deliver the CRC Named Lecture on gender differences and healthy aging. This two-and-a-half day line-up features talks on different medical and disease areas that involves the aging population such as caring for the elderly, rheumatoid arthritis, visual impairments, and dementia, to name a few.

In order to encourage and cultivate good research practices, each year, the Young Investigator and Research Poster Awards are presented to outstanding young scientists in recognition of their contributions to society. This year NCCR marks the inaugural Dr Wu Lien-Teh Research Awards, recently established by the Dr Wu Lien-Teh Society to present awards and prizes to researchers for the same purpose of inculcating good research culture and to continue the medical legacy of the Penang born Dr Wu Lien-Teh, a public health champion. He was acclaimed internationally for his control of the Manchurian Plague and is regarded as the first person to modernize China’s medical services and medical education.


Conference No. of participants
Main Conference 511
Pre-conference Workshops/symposia/training courses 85
TOTAL : 596





8th National Conference for Clinical Research 2014

Theme: Research That Matters
Date: 30 September – 2 October 2014 | Venue: Four Points by Sheraton, Kuching Sarawak
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Research matters in healthcare because it is the essence of good medical practice to know what interventions work based on credible evidence. Research also shapes policy and determines better healthcare management with increasingly limited resources. Research outcomes matter to stakeholders, clinicians, researchers and ultimately.

The 8th National Conference for Clinical Research 2014 (NCCR 2014) will look at research from a cross-disciplinary perspective to examine how it can contribute towards, reshaping the future healthcare. In collaboration with the Clinical Research Centre, Ministry of Health Malaysia, NCCR 2014 will bring together key speakers to share their experiences with research and practice, as well as to exchange ideas.


Conference No. of participants
Main Conference 530
TOTAL : 530





7th National Conference for Clinical Research 2013

Theme: Translate & Transform
Date: 3 -5 September 2013  |  Venue: Seri Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
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The main conference programme will be structured according to the symposia below:Symposium 1 : Clinical Informatics
Symposium 2 : Regulatory Issues in Research
Symposium 3 : Strengthening Research Capacity
Symposium 4 : Clinical Database
Symposium 5 : Rights of The Human Research Participants
Symposium 6 : eHealth


Conference No. of participants
Main Conference 339
Pre-conference Workshops/symposia/training courses 211
TOTAL : 550





6th National Conference for Clinical Research 2012

Theme: Novel to Nobel: Better Research, Better Doctors, Better Health
Date: 23-28 September 2012  |  Venue: Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur
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Clinical research is evolving in the face of global challenges, from escalating cost to calls for tighter regulatory oversight and more reliable quality. As Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM) gears up to transform the clinical trials ecosystem, the buzz in the industry is that global outsourcing is set to grow. The need to explore ways to tap into the trend towards clinical trial outsourcing is the reason the Ministry of Health (MOH) is striving to move Malaysia into the big leagues as a regional clinical trials destination.

The MOH, through CRC, supports NCCR 2012 as a forum that brings together clinical investigators, industry professionals, regulatory agencies and policy makers to address issues and challenges to achieve this aim. By gathering people from various research disciplines, we hope to foster constructive and forward looking discussions, sharing of experiences, and mutual commitment towards the betterment of humanity.

The NCCR 2012 has a special focus on the multidisciplinary nature of research and the importance of collaboration in the discovery of new drugs and treatments, from bench to bedside. Involving young researchers would be an important step in the right direction towards placing Malaysia at the forefront as a clinical research destination.

As in previous years, NCCR 2012 will run two concurrent tracks; Track 1 – Industry Sponsored Research (ISR) & Track 2 – Investigator Initiated Research (IIR)

The main conference programme will be structured in two tracks around the following themes:


Track 1: Industry Sponsored Research (ISR)

Research in Vaccine
Regulatory Issues in ISR
Expanding Research: Opportunities
Issues in Stem Cell Research
Pharma Outlook in Research
Contract Research in Malaysia


Track 2: Investigator Initiated Research (IIR)

Innovation in IIR
Expanding IIR in ASEAN
Breaking Barriers in Data Sharing
Translating Research into Practice
Investigator Initiated Trials (IIT) : Challenges & Triumph
Tips & Tricks in Publication


Conference No. of participants
Main Conference  322
Pre-conference Workshops/symposia/training courses  214
TOTAL :  525




5th National Conference for Clinical Research 2011

Theme: Trials, Registries and Databases: Many Angles, One Aim
Date: 19-24 June 2011    Venue: Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, Petaling Jaya

The 5th National Conference for Clinical Research was held in collaboration with the Association of Clinical Registries, Malaysia. Staying true to its twin tracks, NCCR 2011 focused on clinical trials in one track and patients registries, healthcare databases and healthcare performance in the other. The clinical trials track had symposiums on research experience, academic research, generics and bioequivalence industry, early clinical development, research development in Asia, and research development in Malaysia. The second track covered ethical and legal issues in patient registry, healthcare databases, data management, and healthcare performance measurement and reporting.

This was the first NCCR which was attended by the Minister of Health. Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, in his opening speech, announced a new national effort to spearhead industry sponsored research in Malaysia. This new entity, Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM), will not only be the single information and referral entry point to the Ministry of Health’s extensive network of 341 hospitals and hundreds of clinical trial sites, but will also link to Clinical Research Centres established in private hospitals and medical universities. In addition to launching CRM, Dato Sri also witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between Veeda Clinical Research (SE Asia) and the Clinical Research Centre, which represented the government of Malaysia. Dato’ Sri Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman, also in his first NCCR since taking office as Director General of Health earlier this year, delivered the keynote address. His speech captured the essence of Trials, Registries and Databases: Many Angles, One Aim, which was the year’s theme.


Conference No. of participants
Main Conference  311
Pre-conference Workshops/symposia/training courses  214
TOTAL :  525




4th National Conference for Clinical Research 2010

Theme: Advancing Medical Research: The Next Stage
Date: 2-4 June 2010  |  Venue: The Royale Chulan, Kuala Lumpur


The 4th National Conference for Clinical Research (NCCR) 2010 incorporated the 13th National Institutes of Health (NIH) Scientific Meeting. This joint meeting offered a fresh and broad look at the medical research culture in Malaysia. The NIH scientific meetings and the NCCR have been effective research platforms for the Ministry of Health Malaysia. Both have covered a wide range of research, brought up important issues and displayed significant findings that focus on the health of the nation.

All six NIH were involved:

1.  Institute for Medical Research
2.  Clinical Research Centre
3.  Institute for Public Health
4.  Institute for Health Systems Research
5.  Institute for Health Management
6.  Institute for Health Behavioural Research

This joint conference had 35 speakers, 7 plenary lectures and 14 symposia, as well as a comprehensive list of pre- and post-meeting seminars and workshops. And for the second time, NCCR provided researchers the opportunity to display their work in a scientific poster competition. Over 180 posters of various types of medical research were displayed. This blend in research enabled researchers to develop a greater understanding and appreciation for research conducted in other institutes.


Conference No. of participants
Main Conference 368
Pre-conference Workshops/symposia/training courses 208
TOTAL : 576




3rd National Conference for Clinical Research 2009

Theme: Expanding the Range of Clinical Research in Malaysia
Date: 9-10 June 2009  |  Venue: G Hotel, Penang


For the first time, NCCR left the Klang Valley; it made its way to the Pearl of the Orient, Penang. Several exciting initiatives to boost the clinical research industry were introduced by the Ministry of Health in this conference. The Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Hj Mohd Ismail Merican in the opening ceremony officially launched the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and Web Randomization Service, a system by the Clinical Research Centre that will provide around-the-clock central randomization service to Malaysian clinical investigators. He also launched the GLP Compliance Monitoring Programme for Malaysia, with the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau (NPCB) and the Department of Standards acting as Compliance Monitoring Authorities (CMAs). Test facilities/ laboratories which are ready to request for verification of compliance to principles of GLP are invited to do so from these two CMAs. Tan Sri DG also revealed the Ministry’s next step of developing facilities for early clinical development studies locally to raise Malaysia’s profile and credibility amongst the policy makers of contract research.

As NCCR 09 had a variety of clinical research professionals under one roof, the organisers took the opportunity to have informal dialogues. Both the Industry Dialogue and the pre-conference Forum for Ethics Review Committees in Malaysia (FERCIM) raised many questions as participants and the panel discussed on topics such as ethics, regulatory approval, clinical trial sites, Malaysian investigators and protocol compliance.


Conference No. of participants
Main Conference 258
Pre-conference Workshops/symposia/training courses 175
TOTAL : 433




CReaTE 08  (aka 2nd National Conference for Clinical Research)

Clinical Research & Trials Excellence Conference & Exhibition 2008
Theme: Promoting Clinical Research in Asia
Date: 20-22 October 2008  |  Venue: Sunway Convention Centre, Petaling Jaya


The NCCR took the name Clinical Research & Trials Excellence Conference & Exhibition 2008 (CReaTE 08) for this year. This pivotal clinical research event provided a platform for industry players from countries in Asia to promote clinical research opportunities available in their respective nations. A follow-up to the resounding success of NCCR 2007, this three-day event attracted speakers and delegates from both local and international clinical research industry. An added attraction was the extensive exhibition by industry players eager to make their presence felt in the Asian region as well as a pre-conference course, and four post-conference workshops.

The conference featured experts in clinical research from Malaysia as well as abroad who presented plenary lectures on topics such as Malaysia as Clinical Trial Hub, Biotechnology Industry in Malaysia and in Asia, Research Ethics, Governance, Oversight and the Public Interest and Patient Registry. CReaTE also featured several clinical research related symposia on the CRO industry, Clinical Research, Malaysian R&D Showcase, Ethics, Regulation and Law, Pharmaco-Epidemiology, Health and Pharmaco-Economics among others.

For those interested in patient registries, an post-conference workshop on Practical Issues in Planning, Designing and Operating Registries for Multiple Purposes was organised by CRC and Associations of Clinical Research Malaysia (ACRM). The workshop provided guidance on matching program objectives with appropriate design and operational elements. Another post-conference workshop MSOM: Towards Improving the Use of Medicines in Malaysia was held from 22-24 October 2008. Organised by WHO, Pharmaceutical Services Division Ministry of Health and CRC, the workshop related the appropriateness of drug usage using MSOM data and evaluate use of drugs in comparison to existing guidelines.




1st National Conference for Clinical Research 2007

Date: 24-26 October 2007  |  Venue: Berjaya Times Square Hotel and Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur


It all began in 2007 when the Ministry of Health decided to put Malaysia on the clinical research map with a multipronged approach to aggressively promote the country as a regional clinical trials hub. In NCCR 2007, clinical investigators, industry professionals and regulatory agencies came together to address the need for knowledgeable and skilled professionals to achieve this aim. The conference and training workshops was initiated to fulfill a growing need for human capital equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills that will give Malaysia that competitive edge.

The NCCR 2007 incorporated a training course on ethics of clinical research and workshops on clinical epidemiology as well as on pharmaco-epidemiology and economics. Invited speakers shared insights on developments in ethics and regulation of clinical research, research guidelines & procedures, methodology and technical advances in research design & conduct. In addition, there was an exhibition that provided an ideal learning and networking opportunity for investigators, sponsors, regulatory agencies and other service providers.





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