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MariKannan Maharajan

Associate Professor,

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Biography

Marikannan Maharajan received his PhD in pharmacy (2014), master's degree in pharmacy practice (2006), and bachelor's degree in pharmacy (2004). After completing his master's he started his career in academia as a lecturer and gained significant professional experience in teaching from various universities across countries. In his academic career, he was holding a variety of appointments and demonstrated experience in teaching.

Dr Kannan has significant experience of scientific research, works in a wide range of interprofessioanal collaborative research within the field of public health, patient safety, behavioral science and pharmacy education. He has over 50 publications to date in international journals. He has a special interest in technology-enhanced learning and received various awards for his innovation in teaching. He also held the posts of director of postgraduate programme in pharmacy practice and led various initiatives such as interprofessional learning, patient safety education and student mobility programme.

Teaching Summary

Dr Kannan aims to train competent and compassionate healthcare professionals through constructivism and active learning strategies in his teaching. He teaches undergraduate and graduate students in… read more

Research Summary

Currently, Dr Kannan is working closely with researchers from various departments and schools locally and internationally to establish a research network to design and execute research projects in… read more

Recent Publications

  • RAJADURAI, SHAMALA GOPAL, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, VEETTIL, SAJESH K. and GOPINATH, DIVYA, 2022. Comparative Efficacy and Safety of Antifungal Agents in the Prophylaxis of Oropharyngeal Candidiasis among HIV-Infected Adults: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis LIFE-BASEL. 12(4),
  • TEMPEST, ADELAIDE, VEETTIL, SAJESH K, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, EARL, JACOB CRAIG, NGORSURACHES, SURACHAT and CHAIYAKUNAPRUK, NATHORN, 2022. Genetic biomarkers in multiple sclerosis: An umbrella review of meta-analyses of observational studies. Multiple sclerosis and related disorders. 63, 103834
  • CHONG, KAH MUN, RAJIAH, KINGSTON, CHONG, DAVID and MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, 2022. Management of Medicines Wastage, Returned Medicines and Safe Disposal in Malaysian Community Pharmacies: A Qualitative Study. Frontiers in medicine. 9, 884482
  • BRABAHARAN, SHARMILA, VEETTIL, SAJESH K., KAISER, JENNIFER E., RAO, VROSHA RAU RAJA, WATTANAYINGCHAROENCHAI, RUJIRA, MAHARAJAN, MARIKANNAN, INSIN, PUTSARAT, TALUNGCHIT, PATTARAWALAI, ANOTHAISINTAWEE, THUNYARAT, THAKKINSTIAN, AMMARIN and CHAIYAKUNAPRUK, NATHORN, 2022. Association of Hormonal Contraceptive Use With Adverse Health Outcomes An Umbrella Review of Meta-analyses of Randomized Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies JAMA NETWORK OPEN. 5(1),

Dr Kannan aims to train competent and compassionate healthcare professionals through constructivism and active learning strategies in his teaching. He teaches undergraduate and graduate students in pharmacy with various innovative technology-enhanced teaching methods. To promote meta-cognition of learners, he creates opportunities for learners to reflect on their learning and to help them to take responsibility for their own learning.

Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Skill Development

Cardiovascular Pharmacology

Public Health for Pharmacists

Clinical Pharmacy including Pharmaceutical Care Plan

Pharmacovigilance and Patient Safety

Current Research

Currently, Dr Kannan is working closely with researchers from various departments and schools locally and internationally to establish a research network to design and execute research projects in evidence-based medicine, which can be extended to the context of Pharmacoepidemiology.

Past Research

Dr Kannan is passionate about research in the field of pharmacy and public health. He has significant research experience in cardiovascular pharmacology, examined molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular complications in myocardial infarction in his doctoral research. He recognised the challenges of promoting health while treating complex diseases, especially infectious diseases and its prevention. His research projects focussed the preparedness of healthcare professionals against some of the infectious diseases such as COVID-19, Ebola, and Zika virus diseases.

Future Research

Dr Kannan aims is to apply the evidence-based practice approach for the clinical decision-making to promote rational use of medicines.

  • RAJADURAI, SHAMALA GOPAL, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, VEETTIL, SAJESH K. and GOPINATH, DIVYA, 2022. Comparative Efficacy and Safety of Antifungal Agents in the Prophylaxis of Oropharyngeal Candidiasis among HIV-Infected Adults: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis LIFE-BASEL. 12(4),
  • TEMPEST, ADELAIDE, VEETTIL, SAJESH K, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, EARL, JACOB CRAIG, NGORSURACHES, SURACHAT and CHAIYAKUNAPRUK, NATHORN, 2022. Genetic biomarkers in multiple sclerosis: An umbrella review of meta-analyses of observational studies. Multiple sclerosis and related disorders. 63, 103834
  • CHONG, KAH MUN, RAJIAH, KINGSTON, CHONG, DAVID and MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, 2022. Management of Medicines Wastage, Returned Medicines and Safe Disposal in Malaysian Community Pharmacies: A Qualitative Study. Frontiers in medicine. 9, 884482
  • BRABAHARAN, SHARMILA, VEETTIL, SAJESH K., KAISER, JENNIFER E., RAO, VROSHA RAU RAJA, WATTANAYINGCHAROENCHAI, RUJIRA, MAHARAJAN, MARIKANNAN, INSIN, PUTSARAT, TALUNGCHIT, PATTARAWALAI, ANOTHAISINTAWEE, THUNYARAT, THAKKINSTIAN, AMMARIN and CHAIYAKUNAPRUK, NATHORN, 2022. Association of Hormonal Contraceptive Use With Adverse Health Outcomes An Umbrella Review of Meta-analyses of Randomized Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies JAMA NETWORK OPEN. 5(1),
  • RAJIAH, KINGSTON, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, CHONG, DAVID, CHIEN, SHEE CHIAO and LI, EILEEN ONG XIAO, 2021. Determination of pharmacy students' patient safety approach using the theory of planned behaviour: a mixed-method study BMJ OPEN. 11(12),
  • RAJADURAI, SHAMALA GOPAL, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, VEETTIL, SAJESH K. and GOPINATH, DIVYA, 2021. Comparative Efficacy of Antifungal Agents Used in the Treatment of Oropharyngeal Candidiasis among HIV-Infected Adults: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis JOURNAL OF FUNGI. 7(8),
  • AL-RUDAYNI, ALI HATEM MANFI, GOPINATH, DIVYA, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, VEETTIL, SAJESH KALKANDI and MENON, ROHIT KUNNATH, 2021. Efficacy of Oral Cryotherapy in the Prevention of Oral Mucositis Associated with Cancer Chemotherapy: Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis and Trial Sequential Analysis CURRENT ONCOLOGY. 28(4), 2852-2867
  • RAJIAH, KINGSTON, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, RAMAYA, HEMAWATHI and WAN AB RAHMAN, WAN NUR ASYIKEN, 2021. Use of Psychotropic "Pro Re Nata" Medications by Patients Attending the Outpatient Clinic in a Hospital: A Qualitative Exploration FRONTIERS IN MEDICINE. 8,
  • AL-RUDAYNI, ALI HATEM MANFI, GOPINATH, DIVYA, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, VEETTIL, SAJESH K. and MENON, ROHIT KUNNATH, 2021. Efficacy of Photobiomodulation in the Treatment of Cancer Chemotherapy-Induced Oral Mucositis: A Meta-Analysis with Trial Sequential Analysis INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH. 18(14),
  • RAJIAH, KINGSTON, SIVARASA, SHREETA and MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, 2021. Impact of Pharmacists' Interventions and Patients' Decision on Health Outcomes in Terms of Medication Adherence and Quality Use of Medicines among Patients Attending Community Pharmacies: A Systematic Review INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH. 18(9),
  • CHING, SIEW MOOI, MOKSHASHRI, NAIDU RAGUBATHI, KANNAN, MAHARAJAN MARI, LEE, KAI WEI, SALLAHUDDIN, NURIN AMALINA, NG, JUN XUN, WONG, JIE LIN, DEVARAJ, NAVIN KUMAR, HOO, FAN KEE, LOO, YEE SHEN and VEETTIL, SAJESH K., 2021. Effects of qigong on systolic and diastolic blood pressure lowering: a systematic review with meta-analysis and trial sequential analysis BMC COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE AND THERAPIES. 21(1),
  • AL-ZOOBAEE, FARAH WASIM ARIBI, SHEN, LOO YEE, VEETTIL, SAJESH K., GOPINATH, DIVYA, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN and MENON, ROHIT KUNNATH, 2020. Antiviral Agents for the Prevention and Treatment of Herpes Simplex Virus Type-1 Infection in Clinical Oncology: A Network Meta-Analysis INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH. 17(23),
  • RAJIAH, KINGSTON, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, INGLE, PRAVINKUMAR VISHWANATH, THIRUCHELVAM, LAVINYAA, GUNASAGARAM, RAYNUGAH, KANAGARAJ, KIRTHANA and KRISHNAMURTHI, TAMILARASI, 2020. Factors influencing choice of career: A comparative study among medical, dental and pharmacy students in a private university in Malaysia PHARMACY EDUCATION. 20(1), 273-281
  • RAJIAH, KINGSTON, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, WOO, MAY YEE, YEE, YEW WING, CHEAH, SHI MUN and ZHE, MAI YA, 2020. Predicting factors contributing to knowledge, attitudes and practices relating to Zika virus infection among the general public in Malaysia ASIAN PACIFIC JOURNAL OF TROPICAL MEDICINE. 13(7), 314-321
  • MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, RAJIAH, KINGSTON, BELOTINDOS, JO-ANN SINGCO and BASA, MARILOU S., 2020. Social Determinants Predicting the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Women Toward Zika Virus Infection FRONTIERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH. 8,
  • AL-RUDAYNI, ALI HATEM MANFI, GOPINATH, DIVYA, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN and MENON, ROHIT KUNNATH, 2020. Impact of oral mucositis on quality of life in patients undergoing oncological treatment: a systematic review TRANSLATIONAL CANCER RESEARCH. 9(4), 3126-3134
  • YEYE, EMMANUEL OLORUNTOBA, KANWAL, KHAN, KHALID MOHAMMED, CHIGURUPATI, SRIDEVI, WADOOD, ABDUL, REHMAN, ASHFAQ UR, PERVEEN, SHAHNAZ, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, SHAMIM, SHAHBAZ, HAMEED, SHEHRYAR, ABOABA, SHERIFAT A. and TAHA, MUHAMMAD, 2020. Syntheses, in vitro alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase dual inhibitory activities of 4-amino-1,2,4-triazole derivatives their molecular docking and kinetic studies BIOORGANIC & MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY. 28(11),
  • MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, YONG, YU JING, YIP, HONG YANG, WOON, SZE SHEE, YEAP, KAR MON, YAP, KHAI YENG, YIP, SHUEN CHI and YAP, KAI XIAN, 2020. Medical cannabis for chronic pain: can it make a difference in pain management? JOURNAL OF ANESTHESIA. 34(1), 95-103
  • RAJIAH, KINGSTON, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, YIN, PUA YIN, YEE, YAP WEI, LIN, WONG WAN and KEAN, CHEW HUI, 2019. Zika Outbreak Emergency Preparedness and Response of Malaysian Private Healthcare Professionals: Are They Ready? MICROORGANISMS. 7(3),
  • CHIGURUPATI, SRIDEVI, SELVARAJ, MANIKANDAN, MANI, VASUDEVAN, MOHAMMAD, JAHIDUL I., SELVARAJAN, KESAVANARAYANAN K., AKHTAR, SHAIKH S., MARIKANNAN, MAHARAJAN, RAJ, SUTHAKARAN, TEH, LAY K. and SALLEH, MOHD Z., 2018. Synthesis of azomethines derived from cinnamaldehyde and vanillin: in vitro aetylcholinesterase inhibitory, antioxidant and insilico molecular docking studies MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY RESEARCH. 27(3), 807-816
  • RAJIAH, KINGSTON, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, YEEN, SI JEN and LEW, SARA, 2017. Quality of Life and Caregivers' Burden of Parkinson's Disease NEUROEPIDEMIOLOGY. 48(3-4), 131-137
  • MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, RAJIAH, KINGSTON, TAM, AI MAY, CHAW, SIEW LING, ANG, MAY JING and YONG, MEI WAN, 2017. Pharmacy students' anxiety towards research during their undergraduate degree; How to reduce it? PLOS ONE. 12(4),
  • RAJIAH, KINGSTON, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN and JANARDANAN, PRASHANTHINI, 2017. A quantitative insight on preclinical and clinical year medical students towards adverse drug reporting and pharmacovigilance in Malaysia JOURNAL OF PHARMACEUTICAL HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH. 8(1), 67-69
  • MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, RAJIAH, KINGSTON and SHANMUGAVELU, SHALINI, 2017. Predictors and factors associated with academic career decision-making among pharmacy students PHARMACY EDUCATION. 17(1), 87-94
  • MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, RAJIAH, KINGSTON, FANG, KELLY NUM SZE and LUI, LAI YUN, 2017. Cervical Cancer Prevention in Malaysia: Knowledge and Attitude of Undergraduate Pharmacy Students Towards Human Papillomavirus Infection, Screening and Vaccination in Malaysia JOURNAL OF CANCER EDUCATION. 32(1), 166-174
  • MAHARAJAH, MARI KANNAN, RAJIAH, KINGSTON, KHOO, SUAN PHAIK, CHELLAPPAN, DINESH KUMAR, DE ALWIS, RANJIT, CHUI, HUI CING, TAN, LUI LEE, TAN, YEE NING and LAU, SHIN YEE, 2017. Attitudes and Readiness of Students of Healthcare Professions towards Interprofessional Learning PLOS ONE. 12(1),
  • RAJIAH, KINGSTON, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, FANG NUM, KELLY SZE and HOW KOH, RAYMOND CHEE, 2017. Knowledge about Human Papillomavirus and Cervical Cancer: Predictors of HPV Vaccination among Dental Students Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention : APJCP. 18(6), 1573-1579
  • RAJIAH, KINGSTON, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, SAMSUDIN, SARAH ZAKIAH BINTI, TAN, CHOO LIN, PEI, ADELINE TAN YEN and YING, AUDREY WONG SAN, 2016. Ebola: Emergency preparedness and perceived response of Malaysian health care providers AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INFECTION CONTROL. 44(12), 1720-1722
  • MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, RANJAN, ARUNA, CHU, JIAN FENG, FOO, WEI LIM, CHAI, ZHI XIN, LAU, EILEEN YINYIEN, YE, HEUY MIEN, THEAM, XI JIN and LOK, YEN LING, 2016. Zika Virus Infection: Current Concerns and Perspectives CLINICAL REVIEWS IN ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY. 51(3), 383-394
  • RAJIAH, KINGSTON, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN and NAIR, SHASHINA, 2016. Pharmacy students' knowledge and perceptions about adverse drug reactions reporting and pharmacovigilance SAUDI PHARMACEUTICAL JOURNAL. 24(5), 600-604
  • RAJIAH, KINGSTON, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, KHOO, SUAN PHAIK, CHELLAPPAN, DINESH KUMAR, DE ALWIS, RANJIT, CHUI, HUI CING, TAN, LUI LEE, TAN, YEE NING and LAU, SHIN YEE, 2016. Suitability of the RIPLS and IEPS for Discriminating Attitude Differences towards Interprofessional Education among Students of Healthcare Profession EDUCATION RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL. 2016,
  • SIVANANDY, PALANISAMY, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, RAJIAH, KINGSTON, WEI, TAN TYNG, LOON, TAN WEE and YEE, LIM CHONG, 2016. Evaluation of patient safety culture among Malaysian retail pharmacists: results of a self-reported survey PATIENT PREFERENCE AND ADHERENCE. 10, 1317-1325
  • RAJIAH, KINGSTON and MAHARAJAN, MARIKANNAN, 2016. Framework for Action to Implement Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice in Pharmacy and Allied health Sciences Programs in India INDIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACEUTICAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH. 50(2), 238-245
  • KANNAN, MARI M., KINGSTON, R., NUM, KELLY S., CHIN, SUE N., YONG, JIN N., LUI, YUN L. and HOW, RAYMOND K. C., 2015. HEALTH PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS' WILLINGNESS TO PAY FOR HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS VACCINATION AND FACTORS INFLUENCING THEIR DECISION IN MALAYSIA VALUE IN HEALTH. 18(7), A475-A476
  • RAJIAH, KINGSTON, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, CHIN, NANG SUE and NUM, KELLY SZE FANG, 2015. Awareness and acceptance of human papillomavirus vaccination among health sciences students in Malaysia VirusDisease. 26(4), 297-303
  • MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, RAJIAH, KINGSTON, NUM, KELLY SZE FANG and YONG, NG JIN, 2015. Knowledge of Human Papillomavirus Infection, Cervical Cancer and Willingness to pay for Cervical Cancer Vaccination among Ethnically Diverse Medical Students in Malaysia. Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention : APJCP. 16(14), 5733-9
  • KANNAN, M. MARI and QUINE, S. DARLIN, 2013. Ellagic acid inhibits cardiac arrhythmias, hypertrophy and hyperlipidaemia during myocardial infarction in rats METABOLISM-CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL. 62(1), 52-61
  • POGULA, BHARATH KUMAR, MAHARAJAN, MARI KANNAN, ODDEPALLI, DIVYA REKHA, BOINI, LAVANYA, ARELLA, MOUNIKA and SABARIMUTHU, DARLIN QUINE, 2012. Morin protects heart from beta-adrenergic-stimulated myocardial infarction: an electrocardiographic, biochemical, and histological study in rats JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY. 68(3), 433-446
  • KANNAN, M. MARI, QUINE, S. DARLIN and SANGEETHA, T., 2012. Protective efficacy of ellagic acid on glycoproteins, hematological parameters, biochemical changes, and electrolytes in myocardial infarcted rats JOURNAL OF BIOCHEMICAL AND MOLECULAR TOXICOLOGY. 26(7), 270-275
  • KANNAN, MAHARAJAN MARI and QUINE, SABARIMUTHU DARLIN, 2012. Ellagic acid protects mitochondria from beta-adrenergic agonist induced myocardial damage in rats; evidence from in vivo, in vitro and ultra structural study FOOD RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL. 45(1), 1-8
  • KANNAN, M. MARI and QUINE, S. DARLIN, 2012. Mechanistic Clues in the Protective Effect of Ellagic Acid Against Apoptosis and Decreased Mitochondrial Respiratory Enzyme Activities in Myocardial Infarcted Rats CARDIOVASCULAR TOXICOLOGY. 12(1), 56-63
  • KUMAR, BHARATH P, KANNAN, MARI M and QUINE, DARLIN S, 2011. Litsea deccanensis ameliorates myocardial infarction in wistar rats: evidence from biochemical and histological studies. Journal of young pharmacists : JYP. 3(4), 287-96
  • KANNAN, M. MARI and QUINE, S. DARLIN, 2011. Pharmacodynamics of ellagic acid on cardiac troponin-T, lyosomal enzymes and membrane bound ATPases: Mechanistic clues from biochemical, cytokine and in vitro studies CHEMICO-BIOLOGICAL INTERACTIONS. 193(2), 154-161
  • KANNAN, M. MARI and QUINE, S. DARLIN, 2011. Ellagic acid ameliorates isoproterenol induced oxidative stress: Evidence from electrocardiological, biochemical and histological study EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACOLOGY. 659(1), 45-52

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