Professor Dr. Jafri Malin Abdullah studied in Sekolah Menengah Sains Bukit Mertajam and SMS Kelantan, Pengkalan Chepa and Leederville Technical College, Perth, Western Australia and the University of Western Australia. He graduated later with an MD from the School of Medical Sciences, University Sains Malaysia in 1986. In 1994, he was awarded the Diplomate Certification of Specialization in Neurosurgery from the University of Ghent, Belgium. He obtained a Ph.D (Magna Cum Laude) from the same university in 1995.
Professor Dr Jafri is a Fellow of the Academy Science Malaysia, American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Medicine(UK). He is currently Professor of Neurosciences and the Director of P3Neuro; The Center for Neuroscience Services and Research, Universiti Sains Malaysia. He was awarded the prestigious Young National Malaysian Scientist Award in 1999 and Top Research Scientist Award, Academy Science Malaysia in 2013 both by the Prime Minister of that period. Part of his cluster’s research are focused on new treatments in the field of neurooncology, medicinal chemistry in the field of biodegradable wafer antibiotics, drugs for movement disorders, CNS tuberculosis, epilepsy and pain as well as ethnopharmacology. Together with the Transcranial Magnetic stimulation facilities and complete behaviour lab his other cluster concentrates on comparative as well as neuropsychology and behavioral neurosciences.
Besides being responsible in setting up labs for functional magnetic resonance imaging, magnetoencephalography, high density electroencephalography, neurogenetics, rodent animal behavior, electrophysiology, stem cell culture and primary cell laboratories his most recently research activity is in the field neuroinformatics. Professor Dr Jafri has 174 publications in national/international peer-reviewed journals and has a H-Index of 18. He is the Editor of the Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences and is editorial board member/International editor of 6 international neuroscience/neurosurgical journals in Europe,USA, Australia, Japan, India and China. Professor Dr Jafri has authored 10 textbooks and written 14 textbooks chapters. He graduated more than 70 neurosurgeons, neurologists & neuroscientists via the Masters of Surgery (Neurology), Advance Master Internal Medicine (Neurology), Master of Science (Neuroscience) and PhD Neuroscience and recently initiated Asia’s first Integrated Doctor of Neuroscience Program as well as the first joint Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience’s programme. Professor Dr Jafri has with USM & Assoc. Prof. Dr Muzaimi Mustapha established more than 20 neuroscience clubs in secondary and primary schools in Malaysia and is the Malaysian International Brain Bee coordinator. Professor Dr Jafri has been the member of the board of Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics, Member of the G20+ World Brain Mapping and Therapeutics Initiative (G20+ WBMTI) Committee (representing Malaysia) and the Vice Chairman of the Malaysian-SBMT and co-founder of Malaysian Brain Mapping Initiative as part of the G20+ WBMTI.