Dr. Zanariah Hussein

President of MEMS Council 2018-2020

Salam to all. The first month of 2018 has flashed by like the wind but it is not too late to offer sincere wishes for a bright and productive year to all and the hope that the Endocrinology specialty will continue to grow and flourish in Malaysia. At the latest count, we now have close to 90 endocrinologists in the country with many young physicians interested to pursue the specialty as reflected in the growing number of applications to enter the fellowship training programmes in the recent few years.

MEMS has continued to actively promote and enhance continuous medical education in the field of adult and paediatric endocrinology and diabetes among the medical fraternity. In May 2017, we had a very successful outcome of the MEMS Annual Congress (MAC 8) with a great line-up of international and regional speakers and a record registration of participants. Later in September 2017, a one-day adult and paediatric endocrinology update in Kota Kinabalu was successfully organized and well attended. This year MAC 9, to be held in Kuala Lumpur in early May 2018, promises a similar comprehensive and holistic scientific programme with the theme of “ Evolving Towards Excellence in Endocrinology”.We hope to attract an even larger participation with an illustrious line-up of international and regional speakers.

In 2017, MEMS focused on activities to enhance thyroid health; promoting public awareness of hypothyroidism, supporting the completion of the first nationwide thyroid disease prevalence study and embarking on developing the clinical practice guidelines for management of thyroid disorders.

In 2018, MEMS aims to focus on promoting pituitary health; promoting public awareness on pituitary disease and working together with My-ACRO, the Acromegaly patient support group to enhance patient education and support. We will report on the disease registry for Acromegaly and work towards developing a local consensus guideline on the management of Acromegaly.

In the field of diabetes, for 2018, MEMS is committed to launch the first Diabetes in Pregnancy Clinical Practice Guidelines this year, a serious multidisciplinary collaborative effort to provide a well coordinated standardized combined care plan for women with diabetes in pregnancy. We hope to continue to give strong support to diabetes-related public awareness and patient support activities held throughout the year. One of the coming highlights of this year will be the 12th IDF-WPR Congress to be held in Kuala Lumpur in November 2018, an important regional scientific exchange, with MEMS as co-organizer.

At the recent 2017 AFES Conference, MEMS has been acknowledged to take on the helm of the Asian Alliance for the Study of Neuroendocrine, Pituitary and Adrenal Tumours, which was previously managed by our colleagues in the Philippines. It is hoped with this new involvement, it will give the us the opportunity to enhance research and advance clinical care in this area for Malaysia and the region.

Finally, it is also with great pride that I inform that MEMS has put serious effort and commitment to supporting endocrine research in the country by providing allocations for research grants for researchers in clinical and basic science areas, co-managed with Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM). We hope to continue to strengthen this commitment in the years to come, as research is a key area of interest as the endocrinology field expands in the country.

There is much to do, to make a difference. Let’s work together for more success and better outcomes for all in 2018 and beyond.

Zanariah Hussein
President MEMS 2018 - 2020