Prof. Asma Haji Ismail, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) is one of 58 new Fellows in the field of Medicine and Health Sciences who has been appointed to join the ranks of 1000 distinguished scientists in the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World during its October 2010 General Meeting in Hyderabad, India.TWAS is an international organisation founded in 1983 in Tieste, Italy by a group of distinguished scientists, under the leadership of the late Nobel Laureate, Abdus Salam of Pakistan. It was launched by the United Nations Secretary- General in 1985. TWAS which has close ties with UNESCO represents distinguished scientists from developing countries. Its principal aim is to promote scientific capacity and excellence for sustainable development in the South countries. It also has close links with academicians, research councils and the Ministry of Science and Technology from various countries.Prof. Asma Haji Ismail, 52, has a very keen interest in developing local technology and innovation to generate national wealth and simultaneously improve the quality of life of the people.
Prof. Asma has received numerous prestigious awards including the National Young Scientists Award in 1991, the Malaysian Toray Science and Technology Award for her contributions to the field of science in 2002, the National Innovation Award, 2006 and the National Academic Award for Product and Commercialisation in 2007. She was also a Fellow of the Malaysian Science Academy and since 2007 has served as its council member. She also sits on the “Board of Trustees Women Scientist of the Muslim World’.Prof. Asma was appointed USM Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) in May 2008 after having held the post of Director and Founder of the Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine (INFORMM), USM since 2003.