Background of the Centre

Julius Centre University of Malaya

(Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Medicine)

The Julius Centre University of Malaya was borne out of the collaboration of the University of Malaya (UM) with the University Medical Centre, Utrecht (UMCU). UMCU together with the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM), University of Oxford, the Rumah Sakit Cipto Mangunkusumo (RSCM) Hospital, Jakarta and UM were earlier members of the Asia-Link project an Asia-Europe Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Medicine project (fondly referred to as Asia-Link within JCUM) Funded by grants form the European Union. Although the project ended in December 2010 to further strengthen the ties between UMCU, CEBM, RSCM and UM, it was decided that the department would set up a centre which would further the collaboration beyond the remit of the Asia-Link project. The strengths of the centre lie in its expertise in epidemiology and research, medical statistics and evidence-based medicine. The other main strength of the centre is its close links to its partners in the Netherlands, Australia, the United Kingdom, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates. Since its inception, the centre has been active in carrying out activities both under the Asia-Link programme as well as its own activities separately from the Asia-link programme.