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Irna Elina Binti Ridzwan

Academic Qualification

  • Ph.D in Pharmacy and Pharmacology - Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bath
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) - Bachelor Degree, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Irna Elina Binti Ridzwan (Dr.)

Assistant Professor
IIUM Kuantan Campus


Area of Specialisation

  • Medical And Health ~ Medical And Health Sciences ~ Clinical Medicine ~ Anaesthesiology - Opioids pharmacology
  • Medical And Health ~ Medical And Health Sciences ~ Other Medical and Health Sciences n.e.c. - Drug addiction (opioids)
  • Medical And Health ~ Medical And Health Sciences ~ Medical Diagnostic Imaging ~ Other Medical Diagnostic Imaging n.e.c. - Semi-synthesis (opioids)

Professional Membership

  • 2013: Member of Profesional Body / Association, Malaysia Pharmaceutical Society (MPS)

Teaching Responsibilities


Research Projects

2021 - 2023 Transferring Knowledge on Quality Use of Medicines to Staff of Pertubuhan Komited Malaysia (KOMITED) in Pahang: Towards Improving Health Literacy during COVID-19 Pandemic.
2019 - 2022 Identification of alpha-glucosidase inhibitors from Psychotria malayana Jack leaf using multi-platform metabolomics approach and protein-ligand interaction with molecular docking in treating diabetes mellitus
2014 - 2018 Clinical Safety and Efficacy Evaluation of Ibogaine as an Anti-Addictive Treatment in Patients with Opioid Addiction
2014 - 2018 Synthesis and Mechanistic Evaluation of Orvinol Analogues as Potential Anti-Relapse to Morphine/ Methamphetamine Dependence
2013 - 2018 Synthesis, Mechanistic And Biological Evaluation Of Novel Bis-Sydnone Styrylketones As Antiproliferative And Antioxidant Agents
2012 - 2015 Sintesis analog dan modifikasi struktur mitragynine untuk mengkaji perkaitan di antara stuktur mitragynine dengan kesan psikoaktif drug
2023 - Present A Feasibility Study on the Development of the Medical Cannabinoid Industry in Malaysia
2021 - Present Perspective of Pharmacists and Patients Towards Patient-Centered Mental Health Pharmacy Services
2021 - Present Investigation on Formulation Parameters of Essential Oil Nanoemulgel as a Potential Therapeutics for Topical Skin Cancer



2022 Preventing oversight on medical Cannabis legislation in Malaysia: analysis of risks, benefits and regulation requirements.. Journal of the Malaysian Parliament, 2 () pp. 248-273
2021 GC-MS- and NMR-based metabolomics and molecular docking reveal the potential alpha-glucosidase inhibitors from psychotria malayana jack Leaves. Pharmaceuticals, 14 (10) pp. 1-29
2021 Rapid analysis of alpha-glucosidase inhibitory activity of Psychotria Malayana jack leaf applying infrared fingerprinting. International Journal of Allied Health Sciences (IJAHS), 5 (1 Special Issue) pp. 2144-2144
2020 Alpha-glucosidase inhibitory effect of psychotria malayana jack leaf: A rapid analysis using infrared fingerprinting. Molecules, 25 (18) pp. 1-11
2020 Characterization of α-glucosidase inhibitors from psychotria malayana jack leaves extract using LC-MS-based multivariate data analysis and in-silico molecular docking. Molecules, 25 (24) pp.
2017 Distinct role of kappa opioid receptor in attenuating relapse to morphine/methamphetamine (polydrug) dependence. British Journal of Pharmacy, 2 (2) pp. S21-22S
2017 The crucial role of nociceptin opioid peptide (NOP) receptor in attenuating relapse to morphine/methamphetamine (poly-drug) addiction in mice. Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology, 10 (12) pp. 4488-4550
2017 Upregulation of kappa opioid receptor system and its association with relapse to morphine/methamphetamine (poly-drug) addiction. Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology, 10 (12) pp. 4488-4550
2016 Kappa antagonist to prevent drug relapse: does stage in addiction cycle matter?. International Medical Journal Malaysia, 15 (Supplement issue) pp. 67-67
2014 A non-rewarding, non-aversive buprenorphine/naltrexone combination attenuates drug-primed reinstatement to cocaine and morphine in rats in a conditioned place preference paradigm. Addiction Biology, 19 (4) pp. 575-586
2014 Evaluating the potential of buprenorphine to reduce relapse to morphine/methamphetamine addiction. Malaysian Journal of Pharmacy, 1 (11) pp. 199-199
2014 Selectively promiscuous opioid ligands: discovery of high affinity/low efficacy opioid ligands with substantial nociceptin opioid peptide receptor affinity. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 57 () pp. 4049-4057
2012 A single compound alternative to A Buprenorphine/Naltrexone combination to prevent relapse to drug addiction. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 73 (6) pp. 1004-1004
Conference or Workshop Item

2022 Synthesis of flavone-based compounds as ros-dependent apoptosis inducers in colorectal cancer. In: International Conference on Pharmaceutical Sciences ICOPS@IIUM2022, 08-09 August 2022, IIUM, Kuantan.,
2021 LC-MS-based metabolomics and molecular docking to characterize α-glucosidase inhibitors from Psychotria Malayana Jack leaves extract. In: at the Asian Symposium on Medicinal Plants and Spices XVII (2021) – Virtual Conference,
2020 Rapid investigation of Αlpha-Glucosidase inhibitory activity of Psychotria Malayana Jack leaf using infrared fingerprinting. In: International Research Conference on Pharmaceutical and Allied Science 2020,
2018 Low-dose methamphetamine addiction induced opioid receptor sensitization in polydrug-dependent mice. In: Regional Conference on Science Technology & Social Sciences (RCSTSS2016),
2018 The crucial roles of nociceptin opioid peptide (NOP) receptor in attenuating relapse in morphine/methamphetamine (poly-drug) dependence model. In: 1st MYPSA National Pharmacy Research Competition (NPRC) 2018,
2015 Anti-stress properties of buprenorphine: a better choice for stress-induced relapse to drug addiction. In: International Conference on Addiction Science (iCAS 2015),
2015 Priming dose of morphine/methamphetamine combination induced stereotyped behavior in morphine/methamphetamine-dependent mice. In: International Conference on Biomedical & Health Sciences Research (ICBHSR 2015),
2015 The effect of dose on the intensity of dependence in morphine-dependent mice. In: Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium,
2015 The influence of duration of confinement towards morphine dependence intensity in conditioned place preference (CPP) model. In: Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium,
2015 The pyrrolidine ring and its relation with the psychoactivity of mitragynine. In: International Conference on Natural Products 2015 (ICNP 2015),

2018 Synthesis, mechanistic and biological evalution of novel bis-sydnone styrylketone as antiproliferative and antioxidant agents. In: ,