To express our deepest sympathy at the loss of Professor Faridah Moosdeen, one of the leading figures of the International Society of Chemotherapy (ISC) over the past 20 years.
January 30, 2009

Faridah Moosdeen

It is with great regret that we report the death on 30 January 2009 of Faridah Moosdeen, one of the
leading figures of the International Society of Chemotherapy (ISC) over the past 20 years.
Faridah was born in Malaya in 1949 and received her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Science
from the Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia. In 1975 she went to Vietnam to study for
the Diploma in Medical Microbiology at the Pasteur Institute in Saigon.

She came to the UK in 1982 to study at the Department of Medical Microbiology at the London
Hospital where she was awarded a PhD and passed the MRCPath examination. In collaboration
with the late Professor David Williams she carried out significant research, publishing a number of
papers on bacterial resistance mechanisms.

On her return from England Faridah was appointed to an academic post in the Department
of Microbiology and Immunology in the Faculty of Medicine at the Universiti Kebangsaan in
Selangor, Malaysia.

From 1995 until 1997 she was Professor of Microbiology at the Medical School of the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. During her time in the Caribbean she studied infections in patients with sickle cell disease and published on this topic with Graham Sergeant, a world authority on haemoglobinopathies.

Faridah was one of the founders of the Malaysian Society for Infectious Diseases and Chemotherapy (MSIDC) and also of the Western Pacific Society of Chemotherapy (WPSC). The first Congress of both Societies was held in Kuala Lumpur in 1989 and was organised by Faridah together with her local colleagues. She became Secretary General of the WPSC in 1989 and continued in that post until 1994.
Faridah made major contributions to the International Society of Chemotherapy. From 1991 until 1999 she was Honorary Treasurer of the Society and from 1999 to 2005 was Executive Director, establishing the ISC office in London where she documented the history of the ISC and organised its publications and memorabilia. She was responsible for the organization of the ISC’s two-yearly Congress in several continents. In 2005 the ISC awarded Faridah Meritorious Membership of the Society.

Faridah’s last few years were clouded by cancer. In spite of this she carried on as normal,refusing to become an invalid, travelling to meetings and corresponding with colleagues and friends. She never complained and bore her illness with great bravery.

Kurt Naber President, International Society for Chemotherapy & Cancer, Germany Victor Lim Immediate Past-President, Western Pacific Society of Chemotherapy, Malaysia


Faridah Moosdeen Abdullah
Curriculum Vitae

• born 8th September 1949 in the State of Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
• died 30 January 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Education:
• Primary School in Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur
• Secondary School in Tunku Kurshiah College
from 1962 to 1966
• Upper 6 in Cochrane Road School in 1967

Family Members:
• Elder Sister: Zabeda Moosdeen
• Younger Brother: Saladdin Moosdeen
• Daughter: Hazlinda Binti Zainodin
• Grand Daughter: Sara Nadirah Abd Rahim
• Son in Law: Abd Rahim Mahat


University:
• 1st Degree at Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia, (Doktoranda), where she
obtained her Bachelor and Master degrees in Science Special Training:
• She went to Vietnam for the Diploma in Medical Microbiology, a course organised under the SEAMEO - TropMed (South East Asian Ministers of Education Organisation - Tropical Medicine). This is a six-month course run then by the Pasteur Institute in Saigon. She returned from Saigon to KL, when the Americans withdrew from Vietnam (30 April 1975).

Postgraduate Specialisation:
• 1982 she began her study at the Royal London Hospital Medical College, London, UK,where she was awarded a PhD and passed the MRCPath examination. In collaboration with the late Professor David Williams she carried out significant research, publishing a number of papers on bacterial resistance mechanisms.

Professional Career:
• Upon return from London after her PhD and MRCPath she came back to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan, Kulala Lumpur, Malaysia
• 1995 - 1997 Professor of Microbiology at the Medical School of the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. During her time in the Caribbean she studied infections in patients with sickle cell disease and published on this topic with Graham Sergeant, a world authority on haemoglobinopathies.

Publications:
• 22 publications listed in PubMed, half (11) of them together with JD Williams, mainly on mechanism and testing of antimicrobial resistance.

Activities in the Western Pacific Society of Chemotherapy (WPSC)
• Farida Moosdeen was actively involved in establishing the Western Pacific Society of Chemotherapy (WPSC) and the Western Pacific Congress of Chemotherapy and Infection (WPCCID).
• The concept of having the meeting and the society was mooted by JD Williams when Faridah Moosdeen was doing her PhD with him at the Royal London Hospital Medical College in the mid 80s.
• With the help of J David Williams and the International Society of Chemotherapy (ISC) she planned and organised the 1st WPCCID together with her local colleagues.
• The Malaysian Society for Infectious Diseases and Chemotherapy (MSIDC) was established largely through Faridah Moosdeen's initiative in 1988 and was the host society for the 1st WPCCID.
• The WPSC inaugural meeting was held in conjunction with the 1st WPCCID in Kuala Lumpur in February 1989.
• Faridah Moosdeen was elected the Secretary General of the WPSC at the 1st meeting in 1989 and kept this office until the 4th WPCCID in Manila in 1994.
• In 1998 at the 6th WPCCID, the WPSC presented Faridah and David Williams special awards in recognition of the important roles they played in WPSC.
• In 2006 she participated the last time in the 10th WPCCID in Fukuoka/Japan by invitation of the Congress President, Joichi Kumazawa.

Activities in the International Society of Chemotherapy (ISC)
• 1989 – 1993 Ordinary Member of the Executive Committee as a representative of WPSC
• 1991 – 1993 Acting Honorary Treasurer
• 1993 – 1999 Honorary Treasurer
• 1999 – 2005 Administrative Secretary (Executive Director) of ISC. During that time the ISC office was established at 31 St. Olav's Court, City Business Centre, 25 Lower Road, London SE16 2XB, UK (when?), where she documented the history of the ISC and organised its publications and memorabilia
• 1997 – 2003 Managing Editor of the ISC Newsletter, Antibiotics & Chemotherapy
• She attended the last 23th ICC in 2003 in Durban, South Africa, but was also very
much involved in the preparation of the 24th ICC in Manila, The Philippines, in 2005, which she could not attend any more.
• Her last work on ISC business was her attendance at the Informal Executive Committee meeting on October 20, 2005 in Florence, Italy
• In 2005 at the 24th ICC in Manila the ISC presented Faridah Moosdeen the Meritorious Membership in recognition of her important role as Honorary Treasurer and Executive Director/Secretary of ISC for many years.
• 2006 she returned from London to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, because of her illness, which was first diagnosed in 2003 after the 13th ESCMID in Prague.
• She attended the 10th WPCCID held on December 3 – 6, 2006 in Fukuoka, Japan, by invitation of Professor Joichi Kumazawa, President of the 10th WPCCID, where she met so many old friends and colleagues of ISC and WPSC
• in June 2008 she met ISC officers (Kurt Naber, Morimasa Yagisawa) the last time during the ICID in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia She died 30 January 2009 at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital in Kuala Lumpur (UKM). This is the teaching hospital of her former place of work in Malaysia where many of the specialists were former students of Faridah Moosdeen. 05 March 2009