Professor Dr Thong Meow Keong studied medicine and trained in Paediatrics at the University of Malaya. He underwent training in genetics in Singapore and established the first Genetics Clinic at the University Hospital Kuala Lumpur in 1995. He spent three years working in the field of clinical genetics in Australia as a Fellow in Clinical Genetics at the South Australian Clinical Genetic Service at the WomenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and Children Hospital, Adelaide for two years and later, as a Senior Fellow at the Victorian Clinical Genetic Services of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia. He returned to Malaysia in 2000 as the first clinical geneticist in Malaysia, certified by the Human Genetics Society of Australasia. He established and headed the Genetics & Metabolism Unit at the Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. In 2003, he was awarded the 8th Royal College of Physicians of London and Academy of Medicine of Malaysia Annual Research Award. He was also the Visiting Fulbright Scholar (2003/2004) at the National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, United States of America. The World Health Organization (WHO) and March of Dimes consulted him on Management of Birth Defects and Haemoglobin Disorders in 2006. In 2007, the Australia-Malaysia Institute awarded him the Australia-Malaysia Fellowship in Research Excellence. He has also received the Excellent Service Award twice as well as several biotechnology awards. His area of expertise include clinical genetics, genetic counselling, paediatrics (birth defects and dysmorphology), adult genetic diseases (cancers, reproductive genetics) and inborn errors of metabolism. His works has been published in both books including the Handbook of Hospital Paediatrics (2nd edition) and numerous academic journal publications, notably in the area of evidence-based data on genetic disorders that hitherto have not been previously documented in Malaysia. Working together with the Ministry of Health Malaysia, several clinical practise guidelines and health technology assessments in the field of medical genetics were made. A national thalassaemia counselling course was also developed. He has been invited to give over 100 lectures at both national and international conferences. Professor Dr Thong was the President (Protem) and Current Vice-President of the Medical Genetics Society of Malaysia, medical adviser to the Malaysian Rare Disorders Society, Council member of the College of Paediatrics, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia and currently the President-Elect of the Asia Pacific Society of Human Genetics.
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