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Prof Jacqueline Ho Deputy Dean Academic Affairs

Professor and Head of Paediatrics

Honorary Consultant Paediatrician

Contact Details

Email: jackie@pmc.edu.my

Biography

Jacqueline (Jackie) is a New Zealander resident in Malaysia for more than 30 years. Before going into Medical Education she worked in the Malaysian Ministry of Heath. Hence she is very familiar with Malaysian Health Care and indeed has contributed to the development of Paediatric and Neonatal Services in Malaysia. She is the Coordinator of the recently established Malaysian Cochrane Network. She is also a Trainer in Cochrane Systematic Review methods and hence trains and mentors local Cochrane Review authors.

Jackie is active in both the Malaysian Paediatric Association and Perinatal Socity of Malaysia and over the years has taken on a number of roles in these Professional bodies. She currently sits on the National Specialist Register Neonatal Committee. She is also on a number of committees within the Ministry of Health.

Jackie has always enjoyed teaching. She is heavily involved in Undergraduate Education but also teaches Paediatric Trainees as well as Neonatal Fellows. Besides teaching, Jackie has a keen interest in medical education research and endeavours to use research findings to drive the teaching and learning methods used in the Paediatric Department her at PMC.

She has also served as a Technical Advisor to WHO Reproductive Health and she is an editor for PLoS One, a leading open access medical journal.

Qualifications 

  • MB, ChB (Otago, NZ)
  • FRCP (Glasg)
  • FRCPCH (UK)
  • FRCPI (Ire)
  • M.Med.Sc (ClinEpid)
  • FAMM

Research Interests 

Jackie’s has two main research areas. Firstly she is interested in generating high-level research evidence and as such is the author of a number of Cochrane Systematic Reviews.  Secondly, she is interested in how to get this research into clinical practice and policy. She is currently a co-investigator in the SEA URCHIN project; a project investigating the impact of using high-level research evidence to reduce hospital acquired neo-natal infection.

Publications 

  • Ho J. Paediatric Problems. The Family Physician 1990;2:13-18.
  • Ho J. Causes of Chronic Oxygen Dependency in Newborns in a Tertiary Level Neonatal Unit. Mal J Child Health 1992;4(1):20-22.
  • Jacqueline Ho for MPA Neonatal Data Collection Group. Outcome of Inborn Compared with Outborn VLBW babies admitted to Level 3 Malaysian Nurseries.  Med J Mal, 1995;50:42-51.
  • Lee H B, Ho JJ. Neonatal Group B Streptococcal Infection in a Malaysian General Hospital. Mal J of Child Health. 1995;7:32-37.
  • HSS Amar Singh, Jacqueline Ho, A Jai Mohan. Prevalence of HIV in women at delivery using unlinked anonymous testing of newborns in the Malaysian setting. J Paed and Child Health 1999;35:63-66.
  • Jacqueline J Ho, HSS Amar, A Jai Mohan, Tan Hai Hon. Neurodevelopmental Outcome of Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW) Babies Admitted to a Malaysian Nursery. J Paed and Child Health 1999;35:175-80.
  • Ho JJ, Subramaniam P, Henderson-Smart DJ, Davis PG. Continuous distending airway pressure for respiratory distress syndrome in preterm infants (Cochrane Review). In: The Cochrane Library, Issue 3, 2000. Oxford: Update Software.
  • Teh SC, Chong, SI, Tan HH, Ho JJ. Chinese mothers intention to breastfeed, actual achievement and early postnatal experience. Med J Mal 2000;55(3):347-51.
  • Ho JJ. Late onset infection in very low birth weight (VLBW) infants in Malaysian level 3 neonatal nurseries. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2001;20:557-61.
  • Ho JJ. Mortality and morbidity of the small for Gestational Age (SGA) very low birth weight (VLBW) Malaysian infant. Sing J Med 2001;42(8):355-359.
  • Ho JJ. Mortality from Congenital Abnormality in Malaysia 1991 – 1997: The effect of economic development on death due to congenital heart disease. Mal J Med 2001;56:1-5.
  • Ho JJ, Amar-Singh HSS, Ismail R. Use of the Griffiths Mental Scales in normal 2-year old Malaysian children. Med J Mal. 2001;56:331-5.
  • Ho JJ, Henderson-Smart DJ, Davis PG. Early versus delayed initiation of continuous distending pressure for respiratory distress syndrome in preterm infants (Cochrane Review). In: The Cochrane Library, Issue 2, 2002. Oxford: Update Software.
  • Ho JJ, Subramaniam P, Henderson-Smart DJ, Davis PG. Continuous distending airway pressure for respiratory distress syndrome in preterm infants (Cochrane Review). In: The Cochrane Library, Issue 3, 2008. Oxford: Update Software. Substantive Update of Review first published Issue 3 2000.
  • Ho JJ. Folic acid in the prevention of neural tube defect: A programme for Malaysia? Med J Mal, March 2004 (accepted for publication Aug 2003).
  • Rajendra S, Ho JJ. Post–infective tropical malabsorption and irritable bowel syndrome: causality or mimicry? Letter. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 2003;18:1174-5.
  • Rajendra S, KamarulBaharain SR, Karim N, Ho JJ, Kutty K. Ethnic disparity in the prevalence of partial villous atrophy and post-infection tropical malabsorption. J GastroenterolHepatol 2004;19:472-4.
  • Rajendra S, Ho JJ, Arokiasamy J. Colonic adenomas in a multiethnic population: Race does not matter. J GastroenterolHepatol 2005;20:51-5.
  • Ho JJ, Henderson-Smart DJ, Davis PG. Early versus delayed initiation of continuous distending pressure for respiratory distress syndrome in preterm infants (Cochrane Review). In: The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 1, 2005. (Substantive update of review first published in Issue 2, 2002)
  • Sivasangari S, Ho JJ. Methods of securing peripheral vascular catheters to reduce morbidity in neonates (protocol). In: The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 2, 2005.
  • Rajendra S, Ho JJ. Colonic diverticular disease in a multiracial Asian population has a predilection. European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2005;17:871-5.
  • Rajendra S, Ackroyd R, Murad S, Mohan C, Ho JJ, Goh KL, Azrena A, Too CL. Human leucocyte antigen determinants of susceptibility to Barrett’s oesophagus in Asians – a preliminary study. Aliment PharmacolTher 2005;21:1377-83.
  • Thong MK, Ho JJ, Khatijah NN. A population-based study of birth defects in Malaysia. Annals of Human Biology 2005;32:180-7.
  • Rajendra S, Ho JJ. GERD in British and south-east Asian patients, (Letter). Aliment PharmacolTher 2005;22:579-81.
  • Ho JJ, Thong MK, Nurani NK. Prenatal detection of congenital malformation in a Malaysian population: Estimation of the influence of termination of pregnancy on birth prevalence in a developing country. Australia and New Zealand Journal of O&G 2005;46:55-7.
  • Ho JJ, Vyveganathan L, Sekaran J. Consumption of cereal flour in a Malaysian population: Flour fortification for prevention of neural tube defect may be feasible in a rice eating country. Ecology of Food and Nutrition 2006;45:53-60.
  • Ho JJ, Chang ASM. Changes in the Process of Care and Outcome Over a 10-year Period in a Neonatal Nursery in a Developing Country. Journal of Tropical Pediatrics 2007;doi: 10.1093/tropej/fmm050.
  • Ho JJ, Rasa G. Magnesium sulphate for persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 3. Art. No.: DOI:10.1002/14651858. CD005588.
  • Rajendra S, Ackroyd A, Karim N, Mohan C, Ho JJ, Kutty MK. Loss of human leucocyte antigen class l and gain of class ll expression are early events in carcinogenesis: clues from a study of Barrett’s oesophagus. J. ClinPathol. 2006;59:952-7.
  • Rajendra S, Ackroyd R, Roberson IK, Ho JJ, Karim N. Helicobacter pylori, ethnicity, and the gastroesophageal reflux disease spectrum: a study from the East. Helicobacter 2007;12:177-183.
  • Henderson-Smart DJ, Lumbiganon P, Festin MR, Ho JJ, Mohammad H, McDonald SJ, Crowther CA. Optimising reproductive and child health outcomes by building evidence-based research and practice in South East Asia (SEA-ORCHID): study protocol. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2007;7:43. doi:10.1186/1471-2288-7-43.
  • Zaid SA, Chan SC, Ho JJ. Emotional disorders among medical students in a Malaysian private medical school. Sing Med J 2007;48:895-9.
  • Ho JJ, Subramaniam P, Henderson-Smart DJ, Davis PG. Continuous distending airway pressure for respiratory distress syndrome in preterm infants (Cochrane Review). In: The Cochrane Library, Issue 3, 2008. Oxford: Update Software. Substantive Update of Review first published Issue 3 2000.
    • The SEA-ORCHID Study Group (2008). Use of Evidence-Based Practices in Pregnancy and Childbirth: South East Asia Optimising Reproductive andChild Health in Developing Countries Project. PLoS ONE 3(7): e2646.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002646
    • Martis R, J Ho JJ, Crowther CA. Survey of knowledge and perception on the access to evidence-based practice and clinical practice change among maternal and infant health practitioners in South East Asia. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008, 8:34. doi:10.1186/1471-2393-8-34
    • Festin MR, Laopaiboon M, Pattanittum P, Ewens MR, Henderson-Smart DJ, Crowther CA for The SEA-ORCHID Study Group.  Caesarean section in four South East Asian countries: reasons for, rates, associated care practices and health outcomes. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2009, 9:17doi:10.1186/1471-2393-9-17.
    • Turner TJ, Short J for The SEA-ORCHID Study Group. Maternal and perinatal guideline development in hospitals in South East Asia: the experience of the SEA-ORCHID project. Health Research Policy and Systems 2009, 7:10doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-10
    • ThinkhamropJ , Turner T  Sivasangari S for The SEA-ORCHID Study Group. Maternal and perinatal guideline development in hospitals in South East Asia: results from the SEA-ORCHID project. Health Research Policy and Systems 2009, 7:9doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-9
    • Short J, McDonald S, Turner T, Martis R for the SEA-ORCHID Study Group. Improving capacity for evidence-based practice in South East Asia: evaluating the role of research fellowships in the SEA-ORCHID Project. BMC Medical Education 2010, 10:37doi:10.1186/1472-6920-10-37
    • Pattanittum P, Ewens MR, Laopaiboon M, Lumbiganon P, McDonald SJ, Crowther  CA and The SEA-ORCHID Study Group.  Use of antenatal corticosteroids prior to preterm birth in four South East Asian countries within the SEA-ORCHID project. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008, 8:47doi:10.1186/1471-2393-8-47
    • Van Rostenberghe H, Ho JJ, Quah BS, Noraida R. The effects of thyroxine on end organ damage in asphyxiated neonates [Protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2009 Issue 4.
    • Ho JJ, Pattanittum P, Japaraj RP, Turner T, Swadpanich U, Crowther CA for the SEA ORCHID study group.Influence of training in the use and generation of evidence on episiotomy practice and perineal trauma. Int J Gynecol and Obst. 2010;111:13-18. DOI 10.1016/j.ijgo.2010.04.035
    • McDonald S, Turner T, Chamberlain C, Lumbiganon P, Thinkhamrop J, Festin MR, Ho JJ, Hakimi M, Henderson-Smart DJ, Short J, Crowther CA, Martis R, Green S For the SEA-ORCHID Study Group. Building capacity for evidence generation, synthesis and implementation to improve the care of mothers and babies in South East Asia: methods and design of the SEA-ORCHID Project using a logical framework approach. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2010, 10:61
    • CheYaakob CA, Dzarr AA, Ismail AA, ZukyNikLah NA, Ho JJ. Anticoagulant therapy for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in pregnancy. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD007801. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007801.pub2.
    • Ho JJ. Sodium bicarbonate infusion during resuscitation of infants at birth. RHL commentary (last revised: 1 February 2010). The WHO Reproductive Health Library; Geneva: World Health Organization.
    • Ho JJ. Appropriate use of antibiotics in the NICU (Invited Commentary). Eastern Medical Journal. 2010;15:133-138.
    • Sharifah H, Angolkar M, Jahanfar S, Ho JJ. Pacifier use versus no pacifier use in breastfeeding term infants for increasing duration of breastfeeding. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2011. Issue 3
    • Martis R, Ho JJ, Crowther CA. Survey of evidence-based practice use and understanding among final (5th) year medical students in South East Asia. The Open Education Journal. 2011;4:9-16
    • Ho JJ, Koh CW, Chang ASM. Folic acid supplementation for prevention of anaemia in preterm neonates. [Protocol]. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011 Issue 3.
    • The SEA-ORCHID Study Group 2011 Impact of Increasing Capacity for Generating and Using Research on Maternal and Perinatal Health Practices in South East Asia (SEA-ORCHID Project). PLoS ONE 6(9): e23994. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023994.
    • Lumbiganon P, Martis R, Laopaiboon M, Festin MR, Ho JJ, Hakimi M. Antenatal breastfeeding education for increasing breastfeeding duration. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD006425. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006425
    • Ho JJ, Japaraj, RP, CheAnuar CY, Van Rostenberghe HA, Chang ASM, Sivasangari S. Influence of a targeted education intervention on evidence-based practice in tow Malaysian Maternity Units: The SEA ORCHID project in Malaysia. Med J Malaysia 2011;66:283-290.
    • Ho JJ. One dose per day compared to multiple doses per day of gentamicin for treatment of suspected or proven sepsis in neonates: RHL commentary (last revised: 1 March 2012). The WHO Reproductive Health Library; Geneva: World Health Organization.
    • Ho JJ, Adnan AS, Darus Z, Nik Ismail NZA, Van Rostenberghe H. Human albumin infusion for treating oedema in people with nephrotic syndrome (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD009692. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009692.
    • Ho JJ. Invited commentary: Childhood obesity. Time to act? Med Journal of Malaysia. 2012;67(2) 143-4.
    • Sharifah H, Ho JJ, Lee KS. Separate Care Mother infant rooming-in for increasing duration of breastfeeding. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. Issue 8. 2012
    • Robert Peter J, Ho JJ, Valliapan J, Subramaniam S. Symphysial fundal height measurement (SFH) in pregnancy for detecting abnormal fetal growth. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 7.
    • Mohd Noor Norhayati, MohdYacobAzman, Ho JJ. Influenza vaccine for preventing acute otitis media in infants and children. Cochrane database of systematic reviews [Protocol]. Issue 9 2012. Art. No.: CD010089. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010089
    • Ong HT, Loke MO, Ho JJ. Hypertension control in chronic kidney disease: Don’t Miss the Forest for the Trees. (Invited commentary). Accepted for publication Medical Journal of Malaysia, August 2012.
    • Muhamad NA, Abdullah NA, Ujang N, Elias A, Ho JJ, Awang S. Community based interventions for reducing dengue incidence (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Issue 11 2012
    • Tan ML, Ho JJ, Teh KH. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) for children with specific learning disorders. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD009398. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009398.pub2.