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jata40pxSEAMEO-TROPMED Regional Centre for Microbiology, Parasitology & Entomology
Institute for Medical Research, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

 Institute for Medical Research

The Institute for Medical Research (IMR) established in 1900, is the research arm of the Ministry of Health, Malaysia. Its main function is to carry out research to identify, elucidate, control and prevent diseases and health issues prevalent in the country. IMR also provides specialised diagnostic services, training in specialised fields and consultative and advisory services. IMR is SEAMEO-TROPMED Regional Center for Microbiology, Parasitology and Entomology. IMR also serves as WHO Collaborating Centere for Ecology, Taxonomy and Control of Vectors of Malaria, Filariasis and Dengue. It is also the WHO National focal point for Malaria, the WHO National Influenza Centre and National Reference Centre for Polio Eradication.

SEAMEO-TROPMED Regional Centre for

Microbiology, Parasitology & Entomology

In line with the overall mission of SEAMEO, the role of SEAMEO-TROPMED is to promote health and to prevent or control diseases, thus improving the living conditions of people in South and Southeast Asia through relevant programmes and services. Together with two other Regional Centres in the NETWORK hosted by established academic and/or research institutions in the Philippines and Thailand, SEAMEO-TROPMED serves to facilitate the strengthening of national and institutional capabilities in research and human resource development through various training and postgraduate degree programmes, linkages, personnel exchanges, scientific forums, technical consultant services, publication and information dissemination.   SEAMEO-TROPMED Network beliefs that, healthy and enlightened citizen is the basis of stable nationhood.    




Duration:  5 monthsfrom 03 February to 04 July 2014



As the world proceeds to modernization and globalisation, we are increasingly challenged by emerging and re-emerging diseases. There is a very apparent change in the geographical distribution of disease. Globalisation is certainly impacting on the epidemiology of infectious disease, and on the capacity to effectively prevent, control and treat these diseases. Today, infectious diseases still account for a large proportion of death and disability worldwide and in certain regions remain the most important cause of ill health. 

The medical laboratory plays a critical role in recognizing, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases by establishing a specific etiology for disease syndromes seen by clinicians, and by reporting new or unusual pathogens that such laboratories may encounter. The laboratory may also serve as a key surveillance point for information gathering and dissemination, as is the case with antimicrobial resistance. For the laboratory to have maximum impact, it must be able to perform competently a series of essential steps.


The course aims to provide knowledge and practical training on pathogens of major significance to public health and to enable participants to apply scientific approach and critical thinking to diagnose, prevent and control infectious diseases.   The course will facilitate and strengthen institutional and national capabilities in medical diagnostic laboratory services, research and human resource development. It is also hoped that this course will encourage networking between the various participants’ institutions and ours to foster exchange in expertise and collaboration in research projects.


Entrance Requirement:

Applicants must have a sufficiently good command of English to follow this post graduate Course.  They must possess at least a basic degree in biological sciences, health or medical field.  Candidates should be certified medically fit.

Course Venue:

The course will be held at the SEAMEO-TROPMED Regional Centre for Microbiology, Parasitology & Entomology, Institute for Medical Research (IMR), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Course Methodology:

Course methodology consist of Lectures, Demonstration, Hands-on laboratory practical and study visit, Preparation of dissertation, and Final examination – consist of theory and practical assessment.


Course Content:

  • Bacteriology

An introduction to medical bacteriology including general properties and nomenclature of bacteria, bacterial diseases and pathogenesis.  Systematic study of medically important bacteria with special emphasis on infections endemic in Asia, and antimicrobial agents. Laboratory diagnosis of bacterial infections and antibiotic susceptibility testing.  Introduction to disinfection and sterilization, and Health Care Associated Infections.   Public Health Bacteriology and disease control.

  • Virology

An introduction to medical virology including general properties and nomenclature of viruses, biology of virus replication, viral immunology and pathogenesis, systemic study of medically important viruses with special emphasis on viral infections endemic in Asia, emerging viral diseases antiviral agents and viral vaccines. This module also covers diagnostic virology including collection, transportation and processing of specimens from clinical as well as field settings, biosafety and standard laboratory techniques in virology.

  • Immunology

An introduction to molecular, cellular and clinical immunology.  The lymphoid system, antigens, cell interaction, cellular basis of antibody and cell-mediated immune responses, the diversities in the immune system, immunoglobulins, complements, antigen-antibody reactions, cellular assays, autoimmunity, immune complex diseases, allergy, clinical transplantation and immunodeficiency states.

  • Mycology

Role of the mycology laboratory in the diagnosis and management of fungal diseases.  Histophathological diagnosis of mycosis.  A systematic study of yeast and fungi of medical importance and the diseases they cause.  Antifungal agents.  Pathogenecity and immunity to fungal infections.  Serodiagnosis of fungal diseases.

  • Epidemiology

Definition, scope and uses of epidemiology.  Measurement of disease occurrence and sources of data.  Epidemiological factors and sequence of disease transmission.  Epidemiologic methods.  Principles of disease control.

  • Biostatistics

Introduction to biostatistics.  Types and sources of data.  Measurement of microbiological data.  Descriptive statistics for microbiologist.  Inferential statistics.  Methods for determining association and correlation.

  • Molecular Biology

Introduction and principles of molecular biology.  Applications of molecular biology in diagnosis and research.  Hybridoma technology and applications in diagnosis and research.


Assessment of candidate:

There will be continuous assessment of  the candidate through the Course.

At the end of each module, the candidates will be assessed. This contributes to 10% of the total marks.

As an essential part of the course, participants are required to carry out a literature review assignment including oral presentation.  The written assignment and oral presentation would contribute 5% of final examination marks.

There will be a final examination at the end of the course.  The examination would consist of theory (40%), practical (40%) and viva voce (5%).   The decision of the Board of Studies regarding the examination result is final.

Successful candidates will be awarded the Diploma in Medical Microbiology, while participant who fail to obtain the passing mark but had satisfactorily completed the course will be awarded with a Certificate of Attendance.



Course Fee:

  1. Diploma Medical Microbiology (DMM)


Every participant is required to pay a course fee of RM 15,000.00 per person that should be paid in advance.  Course fee should be paid directly to the “Director Institute for Medical Research”.   Participant may join individual module and the fees are listed in the schedule.    However, acceptance is subject to availability of seats.

  1. Modular Courses


Modular Courses offered during the DMM course.  Number of candidates accepted is subject to the availability of seats.  The fees and dates are subject to change.



Aprox. Duration



Fee (RM)


Biostatistics & epidemiology

2 weeks

05 – 18 Feb



Immunology in infectious diseases

1 week

19 Feb - 11 Mac



Principles of molecular biology

1 week

12 – 18 Mac




6½ weeks

19 Mac – 06 May




2 weeks

07 – 20 May




3 week

21 May – 11 Jun





The Institute provides a limited number of hostel rooms on a twin-sharing basis and on first come first serve basis at a minimal cost RM100.00 per month, (subject to change). 

The room rate around Kuala Lumpur is about RM250.00 per month.  Apartment rental is about RM450.00-800.00 per month depending on the location and facilities available.   (approximately RM 3.03 = 1 USD)

Deadline of Submission:

All application forms must reach the The Dean, Diploma in Medical Microbiology Course, SEAMEO-TROPMED Regional Centre for Microbiology, Parasitology & Entomology, c/o Institute for Medical Research, Kuala Lumpur, 50588, Malaysia not later than 2 months  before the commencement of the Course (03 December 2013).

Method of Application:


  1.  Full DMM Course

a) Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP)

All applications must be made in a standard application form obtained from representatives (Embassy, High Commission, et.) of the Malaysian Government in the respective countries. All applications must be endorsed by the applicant’s government and be submitted through the Malaysian government’s representative.

b) SEAMEO -TROPMED Programme

Applications must be made using SEAMEO-TROPMED fellowship forms obtainable from SEAMEO-TROPMED Secretariat, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, 420/6 Rajvithi Road, Bangkok 10400, Thailand. Applications must be made through the applicant’s government to the SEAMEO-TROPMED Secretariat in Bangkok. Applications are open to applicants from ASEAN member countries only.

c) World Health Organisation (WHO)

Applications must be made through the WHO Regional Office using specified WHO Fellowship forms.

d) Other sponsors and private candidates

Applications must be made through a standard application form obtainable from the Director, SEAMEO-TROPMED Regional Centre for Microbiology, Parasitology & Entomology, and Institute for Medical Research, Jalan Pahang, 50588 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 Modular Course

Applications must be to the Director, SEAMEO-TROPMED Regional Centre for Microbiology, Parasitology & Entomology, and Institute for Medical Research, Jalan Pahang, 50588 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Further Enquiries:

For further enquiries, prospective applicants can approach the SEAMEO-TROPMED Regional Centre for Microbiology, Parasitology & Entomology (Institute for Medical Research, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia)  at  the following:

The Director
Institute for Medical Research
Jalan Pahang
50588 Kuala Lumpur

Tel. No:   603 – 2616 2666
Fax No:   603 – 2693 8306
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The Secretariat SEAMEO-TROPMED Regional Centre (Malaysia)
Institute for Medical Research,
Jalan Pahang,
50588 Kuala Lumpur 

Tel. No:   603 – 2616 2601
Fax No:   603 – 2692 0675
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The Dean
Diploma Medical Microbiology
Institute for Medical Research,
Jalan Pahang,
50588 Kuala Lumpur 

Tel. No:   603 – 2616  2498
Fax No:   603 – 2692 4949
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Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) Secretariat
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia,
Wisma Putra,
No. 1, Jalan Wisma Putra,
Precint 2,62602 Putrajaya.

Tel. No:   603 – 8887 4000
Fax No:   603 – 8889 2936
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: http://mtcp.kln.gov.my/


  1. Flyers Diploma In Medical Microbiology
  2. Application Form for 2014
  3. Seameo Application Form 2014
  4. MTCP Form