INTROM: Positioning Its Role for Information Sharing

Author

Amal Nasir Mustafa, Noor Rain Abdullah and Zakiah Ismail

Proceeding

Traditional & Complementary Medicine Exhibition 2007 (TCME 2007), Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Date

17/7/2007

Keyword

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Abstract

The Inter-Islamic Network for Tropical Medicine (INTROM) of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH was set up in 1987 with the objectives to promote the exchange and sharing information; promote and undertaking collaborative research projects and its application; organise, coordinate and collaborate training programmes in tropical medicine among the OIC member countries and Muslim world. Several network activities and programs have been carried out and planned either at the national or international levels. Three main activities of INTROM are training, research and consultation. INTROM in collaboration with other national and international organisations conducts and financially sponsors scientists from the OIC member countries to participate in short courses, workshops and scientific meetings in the field of tropical medicine in particular related to herbal medicine and medicinal plants. INTROM has financially sponsored more than 50 scientists from the OIC member countries to participate in several courses and hands-on workshops related to herbal medicine for the past five years. INTROM was also involved in other activities related to Science and Technology in Muslim countries and conducted short courses and collaborative research projects particularly on herbal medicine. The main future activities of INTROM will include series of hands-on workshop on toxicology evaluation of herbal extraction; hands-on workshop on the production of monoclonal antibody against parasite of medical importance; epidemiological intelligence and management program and tackling emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. After 20 years since its inception, many positive and significant changes have taken place in INTROM activities. However, these activities in particular on training, conducting collaborative research projects, consultancy and sharing information in the fields related to tropical medicine could be enhanced with commitment, cooperation and collaboration by all OIC member countries. It is hoped that more scientists from OIC member countries would participate and be more actively involved in the scientific activities that INTROM would be able to offer.