South East Asian Node Launched in Malaysia E-mail

The Human Variome Project South East Asian Node will assist the national efforts of Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Singapore and Thailand to share information on genetic variations in South East Asian populations between member nations and the rest of the world.

"This is a tremendous step forward for these countries," said Professor Richard Cotton from the University of Melbourne and Scientific Director of the Human Variome Project, who was present at the launch ceremony in Melaka, Malaysia on the third of October. "These countries obviously recognise that genetic and genomic health care is an important part of a well developed health system and they are serious about providing these services to their citizens."

The launch of the Human Variome Project South East Asian Node was officiated by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Bin Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia and Minister for Education, and Professor Dato' Dr Omar Osman, Vice Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia. It was held during Hari UNESCO Malaysia 2013, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation's annual celebration of Malaysia Day at Dataran MemorialKemerdekaan, Melaka on the 3rd of October, 2013.

In launching the Human Variome Project Malaysian Node, Muhyiddin Bin Yassin noted that the Human Variome Project "provides space for genetic diseases studied in various countries, and also provides access to current reference source for doctors and researchers. It is to help their daily clinical practice as well as help in the field of biomedical research. Theinformation obtained will be used for global importance."