Kuala Lumpur, 16 Dec (UPM) – A research on a virus that has the potential to become an anti-tumour or preventive agent against cancer cells has won a Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) scientist a RM30,000 grant from the National Cancer Council Malaysia (MAKNA).
Dr Yeap Swee Kong, 31, a Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Vaccines and Immunotherapeutic of the Institute of Bioscience of UPM, is one of the three recipients of the MAKNA Cancer Research Award 2013. The other two are Asst. Prof Dr Ho Wan Yong of the University Nottingham Malaysia Campus and Master student Cik Noorfaiza A. Aziz of the Institute for Molecular Medical Biotechnology Mara (UiTM). Dr Yeap said his research on Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV), a type of virus known to infect livestock, has been identified as an anti-cancer agent with high selectivity against cancer cells instead of normal cells.
“The mechanism of NDV as an anti-cancer agent is still in the research stage and we are still trying to discover its efficacy potential in curbing cancer cells, especially in breast cancer,” he said at the MAKNA Cancer Research Award 2013 ceremony on 3rd December 2013.