About Us

Vision and Mission

To be a global pioneer and leader in tobacco control.

To promote and provide excellence in multidisciplinary, collaborative, education, research and service.

Our Value and Objectives
Our values
  • Pioneering
  • Innovative
  • Reputable
  • Dynamic
  • Multidisciplinary

Our Objectives
  • To be a WHO-collaborating centre by 2020
  • To be recognised regional leader in Tobacco Control
  • To be a research based solution provider
  • To actively engage in society
  • To be UMCoE

The Nicotine Addiction Research Group UMCAS (NARCC), was initiated in mid-2009 by a multidisciplinary group of academics interested in conducting research and providing services in nicotine addiction albeit tobacco smoking. It is part of the University Malaya Centre of Addiction Sciences, the main center investigating and working on research related to addiction.

Its humble beginnings started with the landmark study of “Empowering Dentists into a Tobacco Cessation Program” initiated in November 2009, with initial grant allocation from University Malaya and was subsequently provided with added research grant. What was unique about this study was that dentists in Malaysia were never included formally to participate in smoking cessation programs by the Ministry of Health. This study was unique enough for members in health to co-partner in the study. This study has assisted in including dentists into the National Strategic Plan in 2015 which is a blueprint initiated by the Ministry of Health to reach a smoke free Malaysia by 2045. This study is also the precursor for the Smoking Cessation Organizing, Planning and Execution Training Program (SCOPE) which has since November 2015 been recognised as one of three methods to become a certified smoking cessation provider. SCOPE is now supported by a Grand Challenge grant on upscaling smoking cessation efforts in Malaysia.

In the last five years, the NARCC team has not only expanded to include many other collaborating partners, but also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Institute for Health Innovations (NIHI) led by Prof Dr Chris Bullen and the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) Unit of the Ministry of Health Malaysia in areas of tobacco control research, training and services.

This group is led by A/P Dr Amer Siddiq Amer Nordin and A/P Dr Farizah Mohd Hairi. The membership within and outside of UM is growing and the number of researchers being part of NARCC has now doubled from when it was initiated.

Contact us:
University Malaya Centre of Addiction Sciences (UMCAS)
Level 21, Wisma R&D University Malaya
Jalan Pantai Baharu
59200 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +603 7967 3797
E-mail: narcc.um@gmail.com


The University of Malaya Centre for Addiction Sciences (UMCAS) was formed in December 2009 by a group of academics in an effort to enhance research in various areas of addiction medicine. UMCAS was later formalized as a formal Research and Collaborating Centre of the University in 2010.  To date it has served the University in formulating several research areas relating to addiction, Nicotine Addiction being one of them. More detailed information is available on UMCAS website at https://umcas.um.edu.my/

Our Team


Associate Professor Dr Amer Siddiq Amer Nordin (UM)

Associate Prof. Dr. Amer is an Associate Professor with the Dept. of Psychological Medicine, University Malaya and consultant psychiatrist (Addiction Medicine) in University Malaya Medical Centre. He received his undergraduate training in New Zealand (University of Otago) and his postgraduate training both in Malaysia (M. Psych Med. University Malaya) and New Zealand (University of Otago).

He is a certified smoking cessation specialist (NZ) and trainer and is currently the coordinator for the Nicotine Addiction Research Group of University Malaya Centre for Addiction Sciences (UMCAS). His main interests are in general psychiatry and addiction psychiatry, particularly in tobacco and alcohol use disorders.

He is involved with NGOs in both psychiatry and tobacco control. He also provides technical expertise to the Ministry of Health. He is an active writer for both professionals and the lay public. He is the editor for Tobacco Control News Bulletin and is also holding editorial positions in the Malaysian Medical Gazette (MMG) and PlosOne Journal.

Deputy Coordinator

Associate Professor Dr Farizah Mohd Hairi (UM)

Associate Prof. Dr. Farizah is an Associate Professor with the Dept. of Social and Preventive Medicine, University Malaya and consultant public health physician in University Malaya Medical Centre. She received her undergraduate and postgraduate training in public health from the University of Malaya. She also obtained her MSc. from Wales (University College of Wales, Swansea) and her DSc. in Public Health from the Netherlands (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam).

She is currently the deputy coordinator for the Nicotine Addiction Research Group of University Malaya Centre for Addiction Sciences (UMCAS) and is also an elected council member of the Malaysian Council for Tobacco Control (MCTC). Her areas of expertise are in smoking cessation, public health, health care management and social epidemiology.



Professor Dr Rahimah Abdul Kadir (Consultant UMCAS, Lincoln University College)

Professor Dr Mohd Hussain Habil (UMCAS)

Associate Professor Dr Zarihah Mohd Zain (Lincoln University College)

Dr Rusdi Abd Rashid (Director, UMCAS)

International Advisors

Professor Dr Christopher Bullen (NIHI, New Zealand)

Professor Dr Hayden McRobbie (New Zealand)

Associate Professor Dr Natalie Walker (New Zealand)

Professor Dr Shu-Hong Zhu (USA)


Associate Professor Dr Rohana Jani (UM)

Dr Nurul Asyikin Yahya (UKM)

Professor Dr Anne Yee (UM)

Dr Hazli Zakaria (UKM)

Dr Nazariah Aiza Harun (MOH)

Associate Prof Dr Wee Lei Hum (UKM)

Dr Rashidi Mohd Pakri (UKM)

Ms Helen Tee (MOH)

Dr Mohd Said Nurumal (UIAM)

Ms Narima (UMMC)

Associate Professor Dr Fredie Robinson (UMS)

Dr Fadzli Mohd Isa (MOH)

Dr Kow Ken Siong (UM)

Dr Mohazmi Mohamed (UM)

Dr Nur Amani @ Natasha Tajuddin (UM)

Dr Amiruddin Kamsin (UM)

Dr Emilia Zainal Abidin (UPM)


Research Assistants:



Zul-‘Izzat Ikhwan B Zaini

2009 - 2010

Siti Arina Baharim

2010 - 2011

Aqela Amer Nordin

2009 - 2013

Darishiani Paramasivam

2016 – April 2017

Siti Idayu Binti Hasan

2015 – Present

Julian Wong

2015 –2016

Mohd Aizat B Mohd Zain

2015 – Present


2015 –2016


2015 – Present

Ikmal AR
2016 – Present
Last Update: December 26, 2017