Department’s research interests/direction

We are passionate about research that matters and using research to change practice. Our research interests are in the fields of breastfeeding, kangaroo care, thalassaemia and child development.

We are also involved in Cochrane Systematic Review production and training.

List of on-going studies

Title of Study Principal Investigator Status (e.g. recruiting, follow-up, completed)
Gap analysis of confinement centres
(A collaboration with United Nations University on a confinement centre study as upon request by the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development Malaysia, supported by the United Nations Population Fund)
Fatima Ghani (UNU)
Foong Siew Cheng and Jackie Ho in the advisory and steering committee for the project
The impact of an educational intervention for confinement centres on mothers’ breastfeeding and hygiene experiences in confinement centres compared to experiences at home in Penang Foong Siew Cheng Completed. Analysing data
Challenges faced by people with transfusion dependent thalassaemia during adulthood Foong Wai Cheng Completed. Awaiting publication.
Kangaroo Mother Care: Key informant interviews on enablers and barriers Foong Wai Cheng Completed.
Infant Feeding Practices Tan May Loong Completed. Analysis