17th Dental Students’ Scientific Conference (DSCC)
2nd-3rd March 2016
This year, the 17th Dental Students’ Scientific Conference (DSCC), with the theme ‘Serving Community Through Research’ took place on 2nd & 3rd March at Balai Ungku Aziz (BUA). Quoted by the scientific committee chairperson, Prof Dato Dr Ishak Abdul Razak : “The theme this year reflects the need for community engagement and to make research findings relevant to community needs. Students are encouraged to be involved in applied research to find solutions to ‘real life’ situations as the utility of any research findings would ultimately be within the community it serves.”
The event begun at 8.30am with singing of the national anthem and UM song, followed by the Al Fatihah recital lead by Mr. Fakhru Ridwan. The dean of the dental faculty, YBhg Prof Dato Dr Zainal Ariff Abdul Rahman gave his speech; followed by the opening speech by Dr Noor Aliyah bt Ismail, principal director of the Oral Health Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia. With that, the 17th Dental Students’ Scientific Conference had officially begun.
The oral and e-poster presentations commenced simultaneously with the former held at BUA auditorium and the latter held in the Oral Biology department. The final year students had prepared more than six months for this day. With beaming confidence and pride, they presented their respective researches to the judges and audience.
At the foyer, there were many booths by the various sponsors of the conference. Among those sponsors were Dr. Wong and Partners, GSK, Malaysian Association of Aesthetic Dentistry and Pharmaniaga. Food and beverage stalls were also set up by the fourth year students for their Entrepreneurship Skill Programme(APK).
The second day of DSCC began with three lectures, namely (1)”Putting Social Entrepreneurship in Perspective” by Ponmalar N Alagappar, lecturer of Centre for the Initiation of Talent and Industrial Training (CITtra), University of Malaya (2) “Research @UM: Breaking into Top 100” by Prof Dr Noor Hayaty by Abu Kasim, dean of Wellness Research Cluster, University of Malaya and (3) “Creating a Successful Brand in Dental Practice- Sharing Experience” by Dr Wong Ruen Yuan, CEO of Smile Link Holding Berhad.
Next, a short speech by the Scientific Committee Chairperson Prof Dato Dr Ishak Abdul Razak and the Elective Project Chairperson Dr. Wan Nurazreena took place. This was followed by the closing speech by Assc. Prof. Dr. Zeti Adura bt Che Ab Aziz, deputy dean of the dental faculty.
Finally, it was time for the prize-giving ceremony. Mr. Amirul Fahmi Che Mohd Fadzilah and Mr. Hong Teng Ching won 1st place in the overall category. Their research, supervised by Dr Ros Anita, is titled “Alpha-Mangostin as a Disinfectant of Dental Impression Materials”. The ‘Best Oral Presentation’ award was given to Mr. Tai Meng Wei and Mr. Chong Zhen Feng, with their research titled “A Comparative Study Between Xerographic and Computer-Assisted Bite Mark Analyses”, supervised by Prof. Phraba. Ms. Tai Tze Shin and Mr. Chong Li Yang were the 1st place winners for the e-poster presentation, with their research topic “Aesthetic Outcome of Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment”, supervised by Dr Siti.
By the end of the conference, with much sense of accomplishment, all of the final year students adjourned to the stage and took a big group photo. The 17th Dental Students’ Scientific Conference has undoubtedly set a platform for aspiring dentists-to-be to unleash and discover their potential in scientific research.