6 January 2015
By Dr. Subapriya Suppiah
"Don't forget to taste the 'Lo Por Bang' (wife cake) - local delicacy while you are there!" were the words of Jessie Fung from our college secretariat; when she informed me that I had been nominated as the Young Radiologist representing Malaysia at the Hong Kong College of Radiologists (HKCR) 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting 2014. I was excited that my oral and poster presentation abstracts had been accepted and I had been given the opportunity to present at this world-renowned platform for radiologists. It was also indeed an honour to receive the Education and Research Fund awarded by HKCR, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine.
The Hong Kong College of Radiologists 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting 2014 was held at the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Jockey Club Building at Aberdeen, Hong Kong. There were three main tracts comprising General Radiology, Oncology and Nuclear Medicine; which included general lectures, oral scientific proffered papers and e-poster presentations. The participants and invited faculty were from multinational countries including Australia, India, United Kingdom and the U.S.A.
The general radiology lectures were very informative and up to date. Inviting an international forum of senior radiologists mixed with local expertise; including Professor Donald Resnick and Professor Emeritus Hans Ringertz; was indeed a plus point and well received especially with all sessions being conducted in English.
With the guidance of my mentor Professor Abdul Jalil Nordin, Director and Consultant Radiologist, National Nuclear Diagnostic Centre, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), I took part in the oral scientific presentation. The title of our paper co-authored by Dr. Fathinul Fikri and Nur Hafizah Binti Mohad Azmi; was 'Non Small Cell Lung Cancers With Emerging Resistance To Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Inhibitors (EGFR) Treatment: Can 18-FDG PET/CT Help?'. It was also a double honour for me to be awarded the Young Presenter Award for Scientific Proffered Paper in Nuclear Medicine Discipline. It was very insightful for me to listen to the work of researchers with similar interests in Hong Kong.
The e-poster presentations were also reflective of advances in the field of medical diagnostic imaging, with many categories of topics including abdominal radiology, neuroradiology, and nuclear medicine. My topic, co-authored with fellow radiologist and Senior Medical Lecturer at UPM, Dr. Hasyma Abu Hassan and two of our medical students Lee Roy-Ming Chow and Nur Sharmin Sazali, was titled ‘Contrast-Enhanced Computed Tomography for the Quantification of Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome’.
It was indeed a great pleasure to be invited to attend the jointly organised HKCR and the UK Royal College of Radiologists Dinner of the Colleges during this meet. An exciting lion dance performance and vocal performance by local member radiologists including an inspiring piano and opera performance were certainly memorable highlights of the event.
Apart from attending the conference, I took the opportunity to visit Disneyland Hong Kong that is a major attraction not to be missed. I watched the parade of the Disney characters that came down Main Street USA, took photos with Minnie Mouse, visited the attractions there and shopped at the mesmerizing merchandize shops.
In short, the trip to Hong Kong was an exciting, fruitful and memorable one. I will certainly encourage my fellow Malaysian radiologists to attend future HKCR annual scientific meetings and participate in the many prize categories awarded including oral sessions, original manuscript and e-poster presentation categories. Zàijiàn
My memorable moments at HKCR 22nd ASM 2014 (clockwise from left): In front of Academy of Medicine Hong Kong Building with the HKCR President Dr. Law Chun Key and Senior Vice-President Dr. Jennifer Khoo Lai San; at AstraZeneca vendor booth at HKCR conference exhibition hall with my niece Ms. Sharmala Nedunchezian, Dr. Subapriya Suppiah at Disneyland Hong Kong, at the Dinner of the Colleges, lunch with charming Dr. Darling Lee Allison @Ai-Xin-Jue-Luo, a Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Radiologists and descendant of the last Qing Dynasty Emperor.
Dr. Subapriya Suppiah
Pensyarah Perubatan Kanan dan Pakar Radiologi Jabatan Pengimejan Fakulti
Perubatan dan Sains Kesihatan Universiti Putra Malaysia
43400 UPM Serdang