Assoc. Prof. Dr. David Perera
The Institute of Health and Community Medicine (IHCM) was founded in 1995 with the goal of studying diseases important in the region. The Institute’s founding member and its first director, Prof. Dr. Jane Cardosa, was instrumental in building up a world class laboratory with modern facilities with highly trained staff, to facilitate top notch research capacity in the land of Hornbills. Today, the institute is home to a team of talented researchers dedicated to investigating the causes and diagnosis of viral diseases of public health importance in the region. Most importantly, we have created and continue to strengthen links within our community and have contributed significantly to health issues relevant to the people of Sarawak.
The institute's location in Borneo allows us to study tropical diseases in the areas where they naturally occur. We are currently pursuing research projects on enteroviruses, dengue, Japanese encephalitis, adenoviruses and respiratory related diseases. We work closely with the public health sector including the setting up of several surveillance studies across a number of public hospitals in Sarawak.