The Golden Helix Symposia

The Concept
The Golden Helix Symposia series are named after the house of Francis Crick (“The Golden Helix”; 19/20 Portugal Place, Cambridge, UK) to emphasize their focus on human genomics and personalized medicine. The topic of these symposia revolves around the fields of genomic and personalized medicine. In particular, these symposia series have the following features:

  • Symposia topics are selected by Golden Helix Institute’s International Advisory Council of distinguished research scientists from academia, government, and industry.
  • New and often ground- breaking science is presented at every meeting.
  • Symposia range in length from 2 to 3 days
  • Average attendance is 200 participants, with attendance ranging from 180 to 250 participants coming from various countries worldwide.
  • Scientific excellence is ensured where important collaborations are formed, careers are enhanced, and new scientific breakthroughs are presented
  • Participants are staff scientists, post-doctoral fellows and students from academia, working in the field of personalized research, and scientists from pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, government agencies and private and research foundations,
  • Conference venues are usually prestigious locations in major cities or summer retreats in Southern Mediterranean or Eastern regions

UPCOMING SYMPOSIUM: 2015 Golden Helix Symposium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


2015 Golden Helix Symposium

Next Generation Pharmacogenomics

March 11-13, 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


The 2015 Golden Helix Symposium "Next Generation Pharmacogenomics" will be organized in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 11-13, 2015.

The meeting will mark the official patnership with the Genomic Medicine Alliance and the SEAPharm Consortium and will focus on the recent trends in the field of Pharmacogenomics ad Personalized Medicine.

The Symposium Faculty consists of international renownded speakers mostly from Southeast Asian countries but also from Europe and the US.

Lastly, the meeting will feature the 2015 Genomic Medicine Alliance - Public Health Genomics award, presented for the best abstract submitted for this meeting.

Registration will open in October 2014.


The 2015 Golden Helix Symposium Organizing Committee


Co-organized by:


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Early bird registration deadline: January 31st, 2015

Deadline for abstract submission: January 31st, 2015



2015 Golden Helix Symposium venue

The 2015 Golden Helix Symposium will be held in the TM Convention Centre.

TM Convention Centre is a masterpiece of late modern architecture. Through understanding and recognition of the potential provided by the site against the stunning backdrop of Menara Rebung TM, the idea to build TMCC was initiated. Completed in 30th December 2011, TMCC was fast becoming “in-demand” event venue by businesses and public. Designed as a state-of-art “One Stop Centre”, TMCC offers the latest cutting edge technology in serving those who are discerning. The design concept was conceptualized to embody the essential characteristics of a hi tech building in tandem with the futuristic building aesthetics.

The exquisite interior design that is free flow and eye catching creates engaging ambiance of a classy convention centre. TMCC is a perfect venue for kinds of exhibitions, receptions, product launches, conferences, corporate events, meetings and seminars. TMCC’s dynamic and dedicated team will be supporting customers to smoothen the flow of any kind of events. The team holds a high standard duty of care to customers and embraces the motto of “Service With Heart”.


University of Malaya

University of Malaya, or UM, Malaysia's oldest university, is situated on a 750 acre (309 hectare) campus in the southwest of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. It was established on 8th October 1949 on Singapore with the merger of the King Edward VII College of Medicine (founded in 1905) and Raffles College (founded in 1928). The University of Malaya derives its name from the term 'Malaya' as the country was then known. The Carr-Saunders Commission on University Education in Malaya, which recommended the setting up of the university, noted in its Report in 1948: "The University of Malaya would provide for the first time a common centre where varieties of race, religion and economic interest could mingle in joint endeavour ... For a University of Malaya must inevitably realise that it is a university for Malaya."

The growth of the University was very rapid during the first decade of its establishment and this resulted in the setting up of two autonomous Divisions on 15 January 1959, one located in Singapore and the other in Kuala Lumpur. In 1960, the government of the two territories indicated their desire to change the status of the Divisions into that of a national university. Legislation was passed in 1961 and the University of Malaya was established on 1st January 1962. On June 16th 1962, University of Malaya celebrated the installation of its first Chancellor, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, who was also the country's first prime minister. The first Vice-Chancellor was Professor Oppenheim, a world-renowned Mathematician. Professor Dato' Dr. Mohd Amin Jalaludin was appointed as the eleventh Vice-Chancellor of University of Malaya on 8th November 2013.


About Malaysia

To know Malaysia is to love Malaysia - a bubbling, bustling melting-pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. Our multiculturalism has made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise and home to hundreds of colourful festivals. It's no wonder that we love celebrating and socialising. As a people, Malaysians are very relaxed, warm and friendly. Geographically, Malaysia is almost as diverse as its culture. 11 states and 2 federal territories (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) form Peninsular Malaysia which is separated by the South China Sea from East Malaysia which includes the 2 states (Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo) and a third federal territory, the island of Labuan. One of Malaysia's key attractions is its extreme contrasts which further add to this theme of ‘diversity’. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts while five-star hotels sit just metres away from ancient reefs. Rugged mountains reach dramatically for the sky while their rainforest-clad slopes sweep down to floodplains teeming with forest life. Cool highland hideaways roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves. For the perfect holiday full of surprises, the time is now, the place is Malaysia.

*Further information on the country can also be obtained from the Malaysian government's official portal.

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Organizing Committee

Zahurin Mohamed (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Chairman)

George P. Patrinos (University of Patras, Patras, Greece)

Ahmad Hatim Sulaiman (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Eng Hooi Sian (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Batoulsadat Haerian (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Shamsul Mohd Zain (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Yamunah Apalasamy (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)


Local Committee

Mohammad AlShawesh

Zaini Jamaludin

Tan Choo Hock

Chai Hann Juang

Aizat Mohd Zain

Rhanye Mac Guad

Hasniza Zaman Huri

Noor Shafila Shafiee

Haslyna Omar

Yamunah Devi Apalasamy

Nur Lisa Zaharan

Syireen Alwi

Abdul Halim Mohamad

Kong Wai Mun

Poppy Rajan

Roop Mala

Tan Hwa Li

Immaculate Langmia

Vijayapandy Pandi

Gareth Sim

Ashri Rani

Lim Chor Hong

Ng Ching Soon

Raziyah Abdul Razak

Nor Fazida Rasidi

Prevathe Ponniah

Behnaz Riazi

Diong Shiau Hui



Invited Speakers

Liam Brunham (Singapore, SG)

Wasun Chantratita (Mahidol, TH)

Ku Chee Seng (Stockholm, SE)

Jae Gook Shin (Seoul, KR)

Federico Innocenti (Chapel Hill, NC, USA)

Teri Klein (Stanford, CA, USA – to be confirmed)

Michiaki Kubo (Yokohama, JP)

Surakameth Mahasirimongkol (Mahidol, TH)

Teri Manolio (Washington DC, USA)

Zahurin Mohamed (Kuala Lumpur, MY)

Ming Ta Michael Lee (Yokohama, JP)

Taisei Mushiroda (Yokohama, JP)

George P. Patrinos (Patras, GR)

Munir Pirmohamed (Liverpool, UK)

Gavin Reynolds (Sheffield, UK)

Ron H. van Schaik (Rotterdam, NL)

Gan Siew Hua (Kuala Lumpur, MY)

Rika Yuli Wulantari (Jakarta, ID)


Scientific Program

Scientific Program


Wednesday 11th March 2015   


15:00 – 18:00  Registration


Thursday 12th March 2015          


08:00 – 08:45  Registration


08:45 – 09:00  Opening addresses

Zahurin Mohamed (University of Malaya, Malaysia)

George P. Patrinos (University of Patras, Greece)


Session 1 (Chairman: Zahurin Mohamed)

09:00 – 09:30  Teri Manolio, Director, Division of Genomic Medicine National Human Genome Research Institute, Baltimore, MA, USA

Genomic Medicine Programs of the National Human Genome Research Institute

09:30 – 10:00  Zahurin Mohamad, Professor, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Pharmacogenomics studies in a multi-ethnic population


10:00 – 10:30  Coffee Break


10:30 – 12:30  Clinical Pharmacogenomics Forum (Chairman: George P. Patrinos)

Munir Pirmohamed, Professor,University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Personalized Medicine: The challenge of developing the evidence base

Ron H van Schaik, Professor,Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Clinical implementation of pharmacogenomics: What did we learn?

Federico Innocenti, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Next-generation sequencing technology and individualization of cancer treatment


12:30 – 14:00  Lunch Break


Session 2 (Chairman: Wichittra Tassaneeyakul)

14:00 – 14:30  Ming Ta Michael Lee, Team Leader, Centre for Integrative Medical Sciences, RIKEN, Yokohama, Japan

Pharmacogenomics and Genetic Testing in the Taiwan population

14:30 – 15:00  Wasun Chantratita, Professor, Chief of Virology and Molecular Microbiology, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

From pharmacogenomics card to medical genomic card

15:00 – 15:30  Surakameth Mahasirimongkol, Medical Researcher, National Institute of Health, Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health and Scientific manager, Pharmacogenomic research project, Thailand Center For Excellence in Life Sciences(TCELS)

Pharmacogenomics of SCAR and DILI in Thailand

15:30 – 16:00  Jae Gook Shin, Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology Director, Pharmacogenomics Research Center Inje University College of Medicine and Director, Clinical Trial Center Inje University Busan Paik Hospital, Busan, South Korea

Are we ready to practice pharmacogenomics for personalized medicine?


16:00 – 17:00 Coffee Break and Poster viewing


Session 3 (Chairman: Jae Gook Shin)

17:00 – 17:30 Ku Chee Seng,  Foreign Adjunct Faculty, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden); Honorary Research Fellow in the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore.

New technologies in pharmacogenomics research

17:30 – 18:00  Rika Yuli Wulantari, Vice Rector in Research and Development, Yarsi University, Jakarta, Indonesia

Pharmacogenomics of NAT2 influences Oral Anti Tuberculosis Drug Induced Hepatotoxicity in Indonesia


20:00 – 22.00  Conference Dinner


Friday 13th March 2015 


Session 4 (Chairman: Munir Pirmohamed)

09:00 – 09:30  Gavin Reynolds, Professor, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK

Understanding individual variability in the effects of antipsychotic drugs - Pharmacogenetics to epigenetics

09:30 – 10:00  Taisei Mushiroda, Group Director, Laboratory for Pharmacogenetics, Centre for Genomic Medicine, RIKEN, Yokohama, Japan

Individualization of anticancer therapeutics based on pharmacogenomics

10:00 – 10:30  Teri Klein, Director, PharmGKB, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

The Pharmacogenomics Knowledge Base and its implementation


10:30 – 11:00  Coffee Break


Session 5 (Chairman:  Ku Chee Seng)

11:00 – 11:30  Wichittra Tassaneeyakul, Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand

Genetic markers for severe cutaneous adverse drug reactions of phenytoin

11:30 – 12:00  Liam Brunham, Assistant Principal Investigator, Translational Laboratory in Genetic Medicine, A-Star, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Modelling Pharacogenomic Traits in Genome-edited Isogenic Human Cells     

12:00 – 12:30 Gan Siew Hua, Professor, Human Genome Centre, University of Science Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Pharmacogenomics and Genetic Testing in the Malaysian population


12:30 – 14:00  Lunch Break


Session 6 (Chairman: Ming Ta Michael Lee)

14:00 – 14:30  Michiaki Kubo, Group Director, Laboratory for Genotyping Development, RIKEN, Centre for Genomic Medicine, Yokohama, Japan

Pharmacogenetic research in the Biobank Japan project

14.30 – 15.00  2015 Genomic Medicine Alliance - Public Health Genomics award

Lecture title and recipient TBA


15:00 – 16:00  Coffee Break and Poster viewing


Session 7 (Chairman: Zahurin Mohamed)

16.00 – 16.40  Keynote lecture

George P. Patrinos, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy, University of Patras, Patras, Greece

Next-generation pharmacogenomics: An information technology perspective


16:40 – 17.00  Concluding remarks

17:00 – 19:30  4TH SEAPHARM MEETING (By invitation only)






The Organizing Committee of the 2015 Golden Helix Symposium is indebted to the following academic and corporate entities that support the organization of his scentific event:



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Please click here to register for the upcoming 2015 Golden Helix Symposium

Please click here to submit an abstract for the upcoming 2015 Golden Helix Symposium



Early-bird registration fees (up to December 31st, 2014):

Participants: 800 RM (350 USD)

Students: 480 RM (200 USD)

Registration fees (as of December 31st 2014):

Participants: 900 RM (400 USD)

Students: 480 RM (200 USD)

Conference Dinner on March 12th, 2015 (free seating): 120 RM (40 USD)


For more information please contact:

Mr Peter Thomson at:

The Golden Helix Foundation,

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Ms Haslyna Omar and/or Ms Shafila Shafie at:

Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya

50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Telephone: 603-79674703

Fax: 603-79674791


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