Greetings and a warm welcome to the 3rd International Conference on Molecular Diagnostics & Biomarker Discovery (MDBD 2018) in Penang!

Cancer is a major global health concern and its burden will rise in the near future due to a growing, aging world population. In tandem, the scientific study of cancer is advancing rapidly. A deeper understanding of cancer will lead to improved prevention strategies, diagnostics, therapeutics and better care for cancer patients. The conference theme “Recent insights in cancer, from biodiscovery to translational outcomes”  reflects the span of cancer research to tackle these issues.

MDBD 2018 is the 3rd such conference organised by INFORMM, following its inaugural event in 2013, and the 2nd in 2017.  This year, the conference has taken another step in bridging INFORMM, and Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI), Curtin University, in the field of cancer research.

We seek to assemble researchers and leaders from the region to share their experience and progress made in diverse fields from cancer biology and immunology to biodiscovery, diagnostics and therapeutics.

We are delighted to offer a comprehensive programme of world-leading plenary speakers, early career researchers, academic and industrial experts, as well as many informative presentations, posters and exhibition booths. The conference aims to encourage effective knowledge sharing,  networking and socializing.

Despite the busy schedule, we hope you will be able to enjoy Penang, also known as Pearl of the Orient.  A fascinating fusion of the East and West, Penang embraces modernity while retaining its traditions and old world charm. These are reflected in its harmonious multiracial populace and well-preserved heritage buildings which led to George Town being accorded a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2008. Long regarded as the food capital of Malaysia, Penang also entices visitors with its beautiful coasts and scrumptious cuisines.

We look forward to personally welcoming you in Penang!




Prof. Dr. Gurjeet Kaur     Associate Professor Delia Nelson
Conference Chair              Conference Co-Chair

   Prizes will be awarded to 2 best student oral and poster presenters.