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Founded in 2008, the Tropical Infectious Diseases Research & Education Centre (TIDREC) at the Universiti Malaya is the leader in this country’s tropical infectious diseases research and education. It is one of the 20 Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE)’s Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE) and the only one for tropical infectious diseases.


TIDREC houses the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Arbovirus Reference & Research, and recently has been designated as one of the only three global outposts of Tick Cell Biobank.


TIDREC also oversees the operation of a fully certified modular biosafety level 2 (BSL-2) & 3 (BSL-3) laboratories for research involving highly virulent pathogens, as well as the country’s first mobile BSL-3 laboratory. TIDREC also is currently the only center that operates a mock BSL-3 training facility.

During COVID-19 pandemic, TIDREC was designated as one of the 10 diagnostics laboratories under a Special COVID-19 Screening Team formed by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI) to assist the Ministry of Health (MOH) to conduct 42,420 tests within 30 days.


TIDREC also actively collaborate with local and international partner institutions, communities and industries to accelerate research on different aspects of COVID-19.

TIDREC has a proven and successful track record of providing world class research and education in tropical infectious diseases, especially diseases that have potential impact on the global community.


A leading, world renowned research centre for the advancement of knowledge in tropical infectious diseases.


To advance knowledge by focusing on research in neglected tropical infectious diseases that have potential impact on the global community.

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