Eight medical students and one tutor from Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, attended the 2nd international seminar entitled “Collaborative Investigation Study between Japan and Brunei on Diabetes and Obesity” held at Kagawa University, Japan. Present at the event was His Excellency Mr Kenichi Suganuma, Ambassador to Japanese Embassy in Brunei, Seigo Nagao, President of Kagawa University and Professor Kakehi, Vice-President of Kagawa University. During the seminar, His Excellency Mr Tsuganuma delivered his opening remarks and presentation on “Japan in ASEAN diplomacy and the Japan-Brunei partnership”, highlighting the close relationship between Brunei and Japan in the field of academia and student exchanges.
After his lecture, there were a series of presentations on the active engagement of academic and research activities in diabetes and obesity. Dr Hjh Fazean Irdayati binti Hj Idris, senior lecturer of Institute of Health Sciences, UBD delivered a presentation of the current state of diabetes and obesity in Brunei Darussalam, including potential intervention strategies in education and research to alleviate the growing burden of those diseases in the country. Professor Masaaki Tokuda, Chair of International Exchange Committee and Assistant Dean of Faculty of Medicine, presented on the collaborative research between Brunei and Japan on diabetes and obesity where three phases of research are currently being conducted between Universiti Brunei Darussalam and Kagawa University in the field of epidemiology, science and clinical application with special focus on research in rare sugar sweets. Rare sugars have 70% sweetness to sugars with no calories and have the ability to reduce blood glucose levels and body weight. Currently Rare Sugar Sweet is only available in Japan, and has been developed in Kagawa Prefecture.
The Brunei team from PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences are in Japan to participate in the Winter Medical Seminar held in the Faculty of Medicine, Kagawa University which runs from 9th December till 25th December 2013. The seminar is an annual and collaborative exchange programme for medical students between Institute of Health Sciences and Faculty of Medicine, Kagawa University during which they are fully immersed in clinical, academic, cultural and research activities ranging from anatomy, surgery, basic-life support, clinical simulation, hospital and laboratory placements as well as enriching their experiences in Japanese cultural and club activities.Collaborative Investigation Study Between Japan and Brunei on Diabetes and Obesity.
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