Sheffield team takes zebrafish expertise to Malaysia

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A team of scientists from the University of Sheffield recently travelled to Malaysia to run a workshop about the use of zebrafish in research.

Zebrafish are small tropical fish often used by scientists to model and study human disease. The University of Sheffield has a number of experts in biomedical research who, along with an expert technical team, have developed a world leading reputation in the field.

Their reputation has spread to Malaysia and three members of the Sheffield team were invited to travel to the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) to deliver a workshop to teach some of their skills to IIUM scientists.

This is the first time this workshop has been run and it offered training to postgraduate students and other researchers from across South East Asia.

Steve Winder from Sheffield’s Department of Biomedical Science said, “It is a real pleasure to be able to share our expertise with our Malaysian colleagues. Such workshops are always an excellent way to develop new opportunities for international collaboration, which will open up the possibilities to progress medical research.”

Matthew Green and Sarah Baxendale joined Steve. Matthew said of the workshop, “The University of Sheffield’s Department of Biomedical Science is a world-recognised centre of excellence for zebrafish research. We provided laboratory sessions and lectures to explain how to use zebrafish and the kinds of research that benefit from this important tool.”

This workshop is not the first link Sheffield scientists have had with Malaysia. The Faculty of Science has undergraduate students from 70 countries and nearly one fifth of them come from Malaysia. Sarah said, “Modern scientific research takes place across the global community and workshops such as this serve to highlight the University’s reach and influence around the world.”

The workshop is also an opportunity for the team to maintain connections with collaborators in Singapore. Suresh Jesuthasan, from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, has many links with the University of Sheffield. At the workshop, Suresh and Steve discussed how zebrafish models have provided significant developments in medical research.

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