The University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Centre for Research on Communicable Diseases (CRCD) was established on 15 July 2017. The CRCD secretariat is presently associated with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS).
The CRCD will strive to become a Centre of Excellence in communicable diseases research, focusing on improving our understanding of the epidemiology, microbiology, immunology, pathogenesis, treatment, prevention and control of communicable diseases of national as well as global importance.
In line with the government’s mission to strengthen research activities and be more involved in the development of the nation and the region, the Centre is established to encourage all academic staff and graduate students to contribute towards a vibrant research culture and nation building.
The CRCD will support research (both basic and applied) on all communicable diseases, particularly the infections that are prevalent and important in Malaysia and SE Asia. The following are examples:
Other research areas to be encouraged include:
- Diarrhoeal diseases
- Leptospirosis and other zoonoses/veterinary infections
- Dengue, chikungunya and respiratory/enteric/arbovirus infections
- Opportunistic fungal infections
- Malaria, enteric protozoal/helminthic infections
- Infections by multidrug-resistant bacteria
- Development of new insecticides, vaccines, chemotherapeutic agents and diagnostics
- Medicinal value of tropical plants for the treatment of infectious diseases
- Traditional and Complimentary Medicine approaches to the management of infectious diseases
- Water quality assessment for indicators of
- The role of the environment and non-human reservoirs on the incidence and pathogenesis of infectious diseases
- The occurrence and consequences of polyparasitism
- The role of infective agents in cancer development
- Development of comprehensive infection and drug resistance surveillance systems
- Development of effective management strategies for infectious diseases in different social contexts
- Evaluation of the impact of interventions in the prevention and control of infectious diseases