Technical Advisors (2008 - 2010)
Professor Yip Cheng Har (Consultant Breast Surgeon)
Prof. Yip is a consultant breast surgeon in the University Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur. She started the Breast Clinic in the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) in 1993 and takes care of over 300 new cases of breast cancer every year.
She is the Chairman of the National Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Breast Cancer in Malaysia, and serves on the Council of the College of Surgeons of Malaysia. She is an exco member of the Asian Breast Cancer Society and is a member of Breast Surgery International. She is also on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Breast Health Global Initiatives Foundation. Her research interests are in the epidemiology, early detection and management of breast cancer in developing countries. She has over 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals.
She was awarded the first UICC Reach to Recovery International Asia Pacific Health Professional Award in 2004 in recognition of her outstanding commitment and contribution to breast cancer support programmes in the Asia Pacific region and 2009 RRI Medal for Health Professionals for her strong commitment to voluntary breast cancer support programs at the 15th UICC Reach to Recovery International Breast Cancer Support Conference.
Dr Evelyn Ho Lai Ming (Consultant Clinical Radiologist and President, College of Radiology, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia)
Dr Evelyn Ho is a consultant clinical radiologist in a private specialist medical and surgical day centre. She is currently the President of the College of Radiology, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia. She was responsible for the birth and as an Editor, the continued success of the Official Homepage of the College of Radiology (CoR), www.radiologymalaysia.org. The website also houses the Breast Health Info Centre, tailored to the Malaysian public and provides the A to Z of breast health in Bahasa Malaysia and English.
Evelyn has special interest in breast imaging and the development of the service in Malaysia. She has been involved in continuing professional development programmes in breast imaging as well as other fields in biomedical imaging and intervention. Her community and healthcare contributions includes multiple talks, lectures, workshops, authoring a book, organising the CoR's value added mammogram programme since 2001 and organising a variety of public awareness programmes. She received the inaugural Novartis-Malaysian Breast Cancer Council Award 2005 for leadership in breast cancer advocacy. She is a founding member of the Malaysian Breast Cancer Council.
Dr Ednin Hamzah (CEO and Medical Director, Hospis Malaysia)
Dr Ednin is a palliative care physician and the Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director of Hospis Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. Hospis Malaysia provides community palliative care, a palliative day care to about 1500 patients each year in the Klang Valley. Palliative care training and education is also provided to several local medical and nursing schools as well as palliative care workshops which are attended by healthcare professionals from all over Malaysia. He is on the Board several national organisations and of the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network.
Dr Patricia Gomez (Consultant Breast Surgeon)
Dr Pat Gomez qualified as a surgeon in 1994 and trained in Breast and Endocrine Surgery in Hammersmith Hospital in London from 1997 to 1998. She ran the Breast Unit in Hospital Kuala Lumpur until June 2005, when she joined Pantai Medical Centre as a consultant breast surgeon and clinical director of the 'Breast Care Centre'. She is interested in athletics, aerobics and theatre and is a strong advocate for breast cancer survivors. She is also a member of the executive committee of the Asian Breast Cancer Society.
Dr Teo Soo-Hwang (Chief Executive Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation)
Dr. Teo Soo Hwang is the Chief Executive for Cancer Research Initiative Foundation (CARIF) and heads the breast cancer research team. Working together with University Malaya since 2003, CARIF has been conducting the Malaysian Breast Cancer Genetic Study (MyBrCa). This study aims to determine how genes that we inherit influence our risk to developing breast cancer. To date, the study has recruited more than 1,000 women to the study and has conducted studies on breast cancer genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 (pronounced bra-kah one and bra-kah two). More recently, CARIF has been offering genetic counselling and genetic testing to individuals who have familial breast cancer.
Dr Teo Soo Hwang obtained a First Class Honours Degree and PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. She continued her research career at Cambridge, first as a post-doctoral researcher, then as a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow. Dr Teo returned to Malaysia in 2001 to establish CARIF, the first non-profit cancer research organisation in Malaysia. Today, CARIF employs 22 scientists and conducts a wide range of research in an effort to identify more effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, with a particular focus on cancer in Malaysia.