Professor Emeritus Dr. Khalid Abdul Kadir and Tocotrienol Research
In the course of Prof. Khalid’s extensive research, he has made significant contributions in the understanding of diabetes and formulating strategies to combat the disease. Professor Emeritus Dato’ Dr Khalid Abdul Kadir and his research team embarked on human clinical trials with palm-tocotrienols produced locally from Malaysian palm oil. These clinical studies aim to overcome diabetic complications and gain better quality of life using natural ingredients as adjuvant therapy. In his numerous publications, the potential mechanism of action for palm-tocotrienols in diabetic complications were elucidated, namely nephropathy, retinopathy and neuropathy. Currently, 3.6 million Malaysians are suffering from the disease. Up to 5 randomized controlled trials with palm-tocotrienols were conducted under the leadership of Prof. Khalid, showing significant improvement in the management of diabetic complications after long term supplementation. In year 2020, Prof Khalid was the recipient of NutraChampion Award for his significant achievements in elevating the clinical evidence of palm-tocotrienols in the field of endocrinology.
It is with much sadness that I share the news that our colleague Professor Emeritus Dato' Dr Khalid Bin Abdul Kadir has passed away.
Professor Khalid commenced his medical studies at Monash University in Australia, graduating with first-class honours BMed.Sc in 1973 and first-class honours in MBBS in 1975, winning the Henry Hindlip Green Prize in Clinical Medicine and the Harriet Power Prize in Medicine.
Professor Khalid did his residency at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and underwent training for his FRACP in endocrinology at the Prince Henry's Hospital, where he was awarded his PhD in Medicine in 1984.
In 1990, Professor Khalid achieved full professorship and was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, UKM. He later became the director of the UKM Hospital (HUKM) in 1996 and Senior Professor of Medicine in 2000. Professor Khalid retired in 2004 and was made Professor Emeritus.
Professor Khalid joined Monash University Malaysia in 2004. In 2006, he was appointed head of the Johor Clinical School, Monash University Malaysia. In addition, Professor Khalid was a Consultant Endocrinologist at Pantai Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
Throughout his brilliant academic career, Professor Khalid amassed many accolades in recognition of his contribution to medical science. To name a few, he was awarded the Tun Abdul Razak Research Award in 1986, the Asia Pacific Society Clinical Nutrition Award 1996, the National Science Award Malaysia in 1997, the inaugural Merdeka Award in 2008 and the NutraChampion Award in 2020.
Professor Khalid was the president of several reputable societies, including the Malaysian Endocrine Society from 1995 to 1998, the ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies from 1992 to 1993 and Persatuan Diabetes Malaysia from 1985 to 1990. He was a Member of the Council of the International Diabetes Federation, representing Western Pacific countries in 2000, and an elected member of the Malaysia Medical Council from 1986 to 2001. He was also the Master of the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia from 2005 to 2008 and a Fellow of the Academy of Science Malaysia. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the American College of Physicians in 2008.
Professor Khalid's active involvement in diabetes research is evident in investigating the increasing occurrence of diabetes in younger age groups. He spearheaded the Young Diabetes Study (YDP) from 1996 to 1999. With nearly 300 published articles on diabetes and endocrinology, and his continuing research efforts, Professor Khalid has significantly improved the understanding of endocrinology.
His research on the efficacy of diabetes treatment and monitoring of diabetes in Malaysia have aided in formulating strategies to combat the disease. His work has also contributed to developing and implementing national strategies and programs to prevent and control diabetes and reduce its risks. Professor Khalid's epidemiology research, clinical drug trials, and research on insulin resistance have aided in creating new treatments for diabetes.
Professor Khalid was laid to rest at the Kota Damansara Muslim Cemetary, yesterday evening.
A remarkable man with an exceptional career. Professor Khalid will be very greatly missed.
Professor Matthew Nicholson
President & Pro Vice-Chancellor (interim)
Monash University Malaysia