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Malaysian Catholic researcher receives Marie Curie Award

KUALA LUMPUR – A Malaysian Catholic researcher is the first scientist from a developing country to receive the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award.

The award honours scientists who have contributed to the education and training of medical physicists, students and health professionals, as well as the advancement of the profession.

It is granted by the UK-based International Organisation for Medical Physics (IOMP), which represents 25,000 medical physicists worldwide.

Dr Ng Kwan Hoong, 60, works in the Faculty of Medicine of Universiti Malaya. He is a specialist in radiology, especially breast cancer screening.

His research focuses on early detection by using artificial intelligence in computer-aided diagnosis.

Prof Ng will be presented with the award during the World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in Prague in June.

Dr Ng Kwan Hoong’s success is a source of pride for the whole country, but especially for the its small Catholic community, 800,000 in a population of more than 30 million.

The scientist, the grandfather of two, is a parishioner of the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist in Kuala Lumpur, but also goes to the Church of St Francis Xavier Petaling Jaya. – AsiaNews/HeraldMalaysia

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