Ikuo Tooyama, MD, PhD
Professor, Director, Molecular Neuroscience Research Center, Shiga University of Medical Science, Seta Tsukoinowa-cho, Otsu, Shiga, 520-2192, Japan +81-77-548-2330 (office) +81-77-548-2331 (fax) e-mail: kinchan@belle.shiga-med.ac.jp

Professor Tooyama is the Director at Molecular Neuroscience Research Center, and Director at Biomedical Innovation Center, Shiga University of Medical Science, Shiga, Japan. His main area of research include development of novel diagnostic method for Parkinson’s disease using high-filed MRI, Schizophrenia, elucidation of the role of natriuretic peptides in ES cells, development of amyloid imaging based on 19F-MRI, development of a novel serodiagnostic test for Alzheimer's disease using curcumin derivatives, development of diagnostic and therapeutic methods for Alzheimer’s disease with targeting amyloid oligomers and development of a novel diagnostic test for Alzheimer's disease using nasal samples. He has published over 200 publications internationally and nationally.



Meharvan Singh, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, University of North Texas
Interim Executive Director, Institute for Healthy Aging
Interim Director, Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Disease Research

Dr. Meharvan “Sonny” Singh left Columbia University Medical Center in New York to join UNT Health Science Center in 2001, and is currently Professor of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, and Director for the Institute for Healthy Aging, under which is housed the Center for Neuroscience Discovery and the Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Disease Research.   Dr. Singh has spent most of his professional career focusing on how hormones, like estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, affect the brain, particularly within the context of brain aging and such degenerative diseases as Alzheimer’s disease. His funded programs of research have led to numerous publications that have helped shape our current understanding of how hormones affect the brain. Dr. Singh has also leveraged his program of research to support the training of students and postdoctoral fellows, which is in addition to serving as director of a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored T32 training grant, where the next generation of researchers are afforded the opportunity to train in the area of the Neurobiology of Aging.

His commitment to research and the education of the next generation of research scientists has been recognized through several awards, including the Outstanding Faculty Member Award in 2006, the President’s Research Educator Award in 2012, the Health Care Hero Award from the Fort Worth Business Press in 2013, and the Edward E. Elko Award for Distinguished Service to the Graduate Student Association in 2017.


Mohd Hanafi Ahmad Damanhuri, PhD
Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine UKM, Level 17, Pre-Clinical Building, UKM Medical Center, Jalan Yaacob Latif, Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA. Phone: 603-91459551, Fax: 603-91459546. Email: hanafi.damanhuri@ppukm.ukm.edu.my

Dr. Hanafi currently holds dual position in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).  He is a lecturer at Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and he is also the current Principal of Tun Dr Ismail Residential College. He graduated from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia with Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Hons.) in 2006 before pursuing his postgraduate study at Macquarie University, Sydney Australia and graduated with PhD in Molecular Neuroscience in 2012. Dr. Hanafi was the recipient of IBRO/APRC Research Exchange Fellowship Award for 2015 where he went to Brain Mind Research Institute (BMRI), University of Sydney, Australia for his fellowship training. Dr Hanafi has a lot of interest in understanding how aging affects the brain signaling and the molecular changes associated with brain aging. He is currently investigating the molecular changes in the brain regions associated with cognitive functions by using the state-of-the-art omics approaches. He is also interested to understand the effect of aging in controlling feeding response. Apart from that, he is also working on a project that is looking at the effect of palm oil tocotrienol supplementation on the cognitive functions of transgenic Alzheimer’s disease (AD) mouse model. He has published a number of papers in peer-reviewed international journals including PLoS One, Journal of Neurochemistry and Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. He has several research grants and is currently involved in many research projects and supervision of undergraduate medical students and postgraduate students in UKM.

Norzana Abd Ghafar, PhD

Associate Professor, Head Department of Anatomy, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre.

Associate Professor Dr Norzana Abd Ghafar underwent her undergraduate medical training (BMedSc) at the University of St Andrews, United Kingdom and pursued her medical degree at the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (MBChB). She obtained her postgraduate degree in Anatomy (MMedSci) in 1999 and doctorate (PhD) in 2010. Associate Professor Dr Norzana Abd Ghafar is actively involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate clinical courses including surgery, orthopaedic and otorhinolaryngology. She has been invited as an external examiner and curriculum evaluator to various medical or dental institutions either locally or internationally.

Associate Professor Dr Norzana Abd Ghafar is the pioneer of corneal cell culture in Malaysia, which has stemmed from her PhD research project of tissue engineering of the cornea. Currently, her research area includes the in vitro corneal wound healing model using natural products as adjunct treatment for corneal ulceration. Her future research interest focuses on the mechanism of corneal wound healing and the development of natural product-based eye drop in the treatment of ophthalmological disorders. As an anatomist, she has published research articles on morphology and anatomical variations. She has published more than 40 research articles in the peer-reviewed journals.