Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Syed Hatim Noor

Professor Dr Haji Syed Hatim Noor (USM)
Professor Dr Syed Hatim Noor after delivering his professorial talk at the USM Health Campus; 20 November 2011. Medical School Dean, Professor Abdul Aziz bin Baba is at far left.

Professor Nyi Nyi Naing @ Professor Dr Syed Hatim Noor is a medical doctor by profession. He was born in Mandalay, Burma (now Myanmar) in 1961. He has 4 siblings: an elder brother (a doctor), a twin sister (a clinical psychologist at Universiti Putra Malaysia), himself, and a brother (general manager of a hotel in Myanmar). Both his parents were medical doctors - Dr Syed Kassim Noor and Dr Aisha Beebee. They both served in Burma. His father passed away 8 months before Dr Syed Hatim obtain his full professorship. His mother is down with stroke. 

Dr Syed Hatim was educated in Burma. He studied medicine in Burma and graduated along with his twin sister. In addition to his basic medical degree (MBBS), he has postgraduate degrees in Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Medical Statistics. He did his postgraduate studies in Thailand and Australia. He is also an elected Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society of the UK (2001 to date).

He then joined the School of Medical Sciences, USM in 1994. He holds several posts in the USM Medical School: Coordinator for Unit of Biostatistics, Coordinator for Unit of Biostatistics and Research Methodology (1997 to date), Chairman for Biostatistics and Epidemiology program  for USM Health Campus (1999 to date), Course Coordinator for MSc in Medical Statistics degree program (2003 to date), Member of USM Research and Ethics Committee (1999-2008), Member of Research Committee at USM Medical School (1999 to date), Coordinator for Professional and Personal Development of Postgraduates (PPD) for USM Health Campus (2010 to date), and Coordinator of Health Cluster for Research Methods and Statistics (2003 to date).

His core teaching in postgraduate education covers many areas: Medical Statistics, Medical Epidemiology, Research Methodology, and Statistical Software Applications in Medical Research.

He was appointed by the USM Vice-Chancellor to be the Coordinator of Health Cluster, for conducting regular annual intensive courses on Biostatistics, Research Methodology, Quality Thesis, and Scientific Writing, for postgraduates as well as for academics since 1997. 

His major contribution to the university is in improving its postgraduate and academic research wrt standard and appropriateness of research designs and implementation, application of appropriate statistical methods and publication of scientific papers.

He is actively involved in research. He held a number of research grants and led several government-funded research projects as the Principal Investigator. His major research interest covers: tuberculosis (TB), tobacco-related diseases, and food- and water-borne diseases. Additionally, he is the Statistical Consultant to private and governmental organisations, and to pharmaceutical companies.

To date, he has published a total of 123 scientific papers. Of these, 96 papers were published in international journals and 27 papers were published in Malaysian journals. He has also published 6 books on medical statistics, critical appraisal, research protocol development, and advanced statistics.

He has been an invited speaker for more than 190 occasions, which include intensive courses, workshops, and conferences both in and out of USM, and overseas.

He was promoted to full professorship in August 2007.

Program booklet "Statistik Dalam Penyelidikan Perubatan Dan Sains Kesihatan: Dahulu, Kini & Masa Depan" which was distributed at Syarahan Umum. "Syarahan Umum Pelantikan Profesor, Profesor Syed Hatim Noor". Ahad, 20 November 2011, 8.45am-12pm, Dewan Utama, Kampus Kesihatan, USM.

Assoc Prof Dr Nyi Nyi Naing. 2007. A practical guide on Determination of Sample Size in Health Sciences Research. ISBN978-983-867-263-4
Other books and publications

USM Biostatistics and Research Methodology Unit
USM Biostatistics and Research Methodology Intensive Courses & Workshops
USM Biostatistics and Research Methodology Postgraduate Programme (MSc Medical Statistics)

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