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CRC Seberang Jaya

Clinical Research Centre Hospital Seberang Jaya (CRC HSJ) was officially launched in 2011. Since then, CRC HSJ has embarked on multiple collaborations, both locally and internationally to promote, assist and conduct clinical research in line with Malaysian government’s aspiration to be a research nation. CRC HSJ is actively carving its role to be a key research leader. As part of the CRC-Network nationwide, CRC HSJ has conducted numerous training workshops like Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Introduction to Clinical Research, and Research Methodology. There is also ongoing research consultations throughout the year to assist our colleagues in conducting research and clinical registries. Our core duties include facilitating Industry Sponsored Research (ISR), Investigator Initiated Research (IIR), and Bioavailability and Bioequivalence (BABE) studies. CRC HSJ provides research support and training to three other satellite hospitals over Seberang Perai (Figure 1), which caters the public health needs for approximately 900,000 populations.

Figure 1: Geographical distribution of Cluster Hospital in Seberang Perai (Penang Mainland), Hospital Seberang Jaya is the lead hospital.

Our excellent medical facilities and staffs directly contribute to the identification of pools of suitable and potentially eligible patients whom can be recruited into clinical trials. Furthermore Hospital Seberang Jaya is a referral hospital, with service provision from major specialties and many subspecialties, namely Neurology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Respiratory medicine, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, General Surgery, General Orthopaedics, Emergency & Traumatology, and Dentistry, providing a good mix of patients from different disease areas.

Hospital Seberang Jaya is one of the few public/Ministry of Health (MOH) hospitals that provide acute thrombolysis management for acute ischaemic stroke.


To become a leading clinical research institution in Seberang Perai.

Mission To improve patients’ health outcomes through ethical and quality clinical research.

Services & Facilities

Our centre is an accredited BABE centre by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency, and equipped with a 24-bedded Clinical Trial Unit (CTU) ward.

CRC HSJ provides services and facilities in;.

Protocol development Study report writing
Clinical research planning and coordination Help with the submission for publication/manuscript
Clinical data management Clinical Trial Unit (CTU) ward
Internet connection Specimen handling
Fax machine Drug storage room
International telephone line Specimen storage
Discussion room Computer laboratory room
Grant application Centrifuge
Project management Biomedical freezer (-20°C and -80°C)
IRB/IEC submission Thermoguard (temperature monitoring system)
Trial initiation Pharmacology freezer
Trial monitoring Site management

CRC HSJ provides training through workshops and consultations:

Good Clinical Practice (GCP Scoping review
Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Introduction to Clinical Research
Case study writing workshop Research methodology
Biostatistics National Conference for Clinical Research (NCCR)
Statistical software (SPSS, STATA) National Medical Research Register (NMRR) hands-on
Health system research Protocol development workshop
Systematic review  

News Highlights

Date   Article
5/7/2017 | Career in health and research
6/4/2015 | Research Personality: Dr. Irene Looi
19/8/2014 | Tocotrienols for brain health

Workshop/Training/Activities 2021

Date | Schedule
2-3 March | Epidemiology Workshop
5-6 Juky | Introduction of Clinical Research
17 Aug | SPSS Workshop
8-9 Sept | Evidence Based Medicine Workshop
12 Oct | Protocol DEVELOPMENT


“Discover! Malaysia Stroke Care Revolution”
The Medical Journal of Penang Hospital
Discover! The Never Ending Quest


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Dr Looi Irene
Head of Department Consultant Neurologist,
MBBS (UM), FRCP (Edin), Fellowship of Neurology (Mal),
Clinical Fellowship in Stroke (NNI, S’pore)
E-mail: : irenelooi@yahoo.com

Dr Alan Ch’ng Swee Hock, B.C.N.
Deputy Head of CRC HSJ Consultant Geriatrician

MD (USM), MIntMed (UM), Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine (Mal),
Clinical Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine (TTSH, S’pore), CMIA (NIOSH)
E-mail: alanchng@yahoo.com

SR Vimala A/P J. Kasinathan
Manager of CRC and Registered Nursing Sister,

Diploma in Nursing (MOH), Post Basic Renal (MOH)
E-mail: vimalacrchsj@gmail.com

Mr Loh Hong Chuan

BPharm (Hons) (UKM)
E-mail: lohhongchuan@gmail.com

Mr Mohd Fadzly Amar Jamil
Research Officer,

BSc Biomedical (UPM), MSc Healthcare Biotechnology (USM)
E-mail: fadzly.crc@gmail.com

Clinical Research Centre,
Hospital Seberang Jaya
Jalan Tun Hussein Onn,
Seberang Jaya
13700 Perai, Pulau Pinang
Tel: +604-3827333 Ext: 511
Fax: +604-3902192

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