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Min Hui Cheah

I am a pharmacist, and currently a doctoral student at the University of Malaya. My main research interest is in infectious diseases and osteoporosis. I completed my master’s thesis on a topic regarding antiretroviral therapy for HIV patients. For my doctoral training at University of Malaya, I have moved into the fields of osteoporosis and geriatric health by working on implementation of a Fracture Liaison Service in the University Malaya Medical Center, under the mentorship of Dr. Terence Ong. Dr. Terence is a consultant geriatrician and had multiple publications in the field of musculoskeletal health. Under his guidance, we successfully implemented the Fracture Liaison Service and presented several poster presentations at both national and international conferences. My doctoral research was put on halt for a short period of time in June 2021 due to COVID outbreak, I decided to use the time to volunteer myself at the COVID vaccination centre in University Malaya Medical Centre. I was offered the opportunity to take part in the Malaysian Implementation Science Training (MIST) Program during the volunteer work. I get to attend several courses offered by the Yale University and foster my knowledge in implementation science. As the MIST program focused on HIV research, I learnt about the current state of osteoporosis and HIV in Malaysia which requires much attention but was not addressed. Therefore, I planned to use this grant to address this research gap and thus improve the care for HIV patients.