The Initiation of Cebior

Based on the Resolution Letter about SUDR project by the Directorate General of Higher Education, Ministry of National Education No. 0107/0/91/SUDR-ADB/SK in 1993, FMDU has received financial support from SUDR Project-ADB Loan to develop its undergraduate program. Cytogenetic and Immunology divisions were the only scientific divisions in its undergraduate program that have been considered eligible to receive that financial support.

Based on the Rector Decree of Diponegoro University (Prof. dr. Moeljono S. Trastotenojo, Sp.A (K)) No.146/SK/PT09/1993 about the counterpart appointment and members of Academic Working Group (AWG) Local Project Implementation Unit Six Universities Development and Rehabilitation Project (LPIU-SUDR) in July 7th 1993, the division of Cytogenetic has acquired overseas academic consultants. They were Prof. Oscar Ward, PhD from Arizona University, USA and Dr. PRL. Lam-Po-Tang from New South Wales University, Australia/Prince of Wales Hospital, Australia. Both of them worked in FMDU for 4 and 2 months respectively.

The Immunology division obtained a native academic consultant, Prof Subowo, MSc, PhD from Faculty of Medicine Padjajaran University for 3 months period. At that time, Prof. Sultana MH Faradz was appointed by Prof. dr. Soebowo, SpPA (Dean of FMDU at the moment) as a counterpart coordinator and also as a part of AWG FMDU.

Those consultants together with the counterparts performed several activities. First, they composed a new undergraduate program curriculum for Human Genetics division (including Cytogenetics) and Immunology division. Second, they planned to set up a laboratory for undergraduate program by proposing the provision of laboratory devices. They organized seminars, workshops, and lectures for lecturer staffs in FMDU in order to stimulate the eagerness and improve their knowledge. 

In 1994, the provision of laboratory devices was completed by SUDR project organizer. At that time, those devices were neatly placed in Gedung Serba Guna (GSG) 2nd floor. When the devices arrived, it could not be used properly because of the lack of professionals. Another cause was that some staffs were still finishing their study inside and outside the country.

In the beginning of May 1999, dr. Soejoto as the vice Dean for financial affair at that time, Drs. Damin Soemardjo as a senior chemist, and dr. MI. Tjahjati (clinical pathologist) as a coordinator of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) laboratory have invited Prof. Sultana MH Faradz to start operating the laboratory in GSG together with two new laboratory technicians.

Finally, the laboratory has been operated and named “Medical Biotechnology Laboratory” by the Dean decree (dr. M. Anggoro DB Sachro, Sp A (K)) on June 12th 1999 with Drs. Damin Soemardjo as the director, dr. MI Tjahjati as the vice director, Prof. Sultana MH Faradz as the head of Molecular and Cytogenetic Unit, Prof. Edi Dharmana as the head of Immunology Unit, and Prof. Hendro Wahyono as the head of Molecular Microbiology Unit.

Entering his retirement in 2001 with the Dean decree SK No.21/J07.1.17/TU/2001, Drs. Damin Soemardjo as the leader of Medical Biotechnology Laboratory was replaced by Prof. Djokomoeljanto with his vice Prof. Hendro Wahjono. In 2007, Prof. Djokomoeljanto has also entered his retirement. Because of the massive progress of science and the change of its vision and mission, the name “Medical Biotechnology Laboratory” has been changed to “CEBIOR – Center for Biomedical Research” through the Dean decree SK No.169/FK/2007 with Prof. Sultana MH Faradz as the director. The replacement of the name was followed by reforming the organizational chart and the members.

Collaboration in research and education with Department of Human Genetics, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands with the main research in Intelectual Disability has been started in the year 2000. Driven by community demand and also scientific perspectives, CEDIA (Center for Developmental Disability and Autism) was established in 2010 in collaboration with Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands and Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (MIND) Institute, University of California, Davis, USA.

Both research and services produced many publications in national and international peer reviewed journals, thereby it made Cebior being more acknowledged as an outstanding research center in Indonesia.

Establishment of CEDIA (Center for Developmental Disorders and Autism) in August 2010. From left to right: Bambang Sudharmanto, MD (Former Director of Kariadi Hospital); Louise Gane, MS (Genetic Counselor from MIND Institute, UC Davis, CA); Prof. Sultana MH Faradz, MD, PhD (Director of CEBIOR); Prof. Susilo Wibowo, MD, PhD (former Rector of Diponegoro University/Director of Diponegoro National Hospital); Soejoto, MD (Former Dean of Faculty of Medicine Diponegoro University); Prof. Randi J Hagerman, MD (Director of Research MIND Institute, UC Davis, CA); Prof. Paul Hagerman, MD (Professor in Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, UC Davis, CA)

In 2004, Cebior has started a good collaboration with Erasmus Medical Centre, The Netherlands focusing on Ambiguous Genitalia. Since then, the Disorders of Sex Developments team became more excellent in managing ambiguous genitalia (Disorders of Sex Developments/DSD) patients. This team comprises multidisciplinary expertises including Genetics, Urology, Andrology, Endocrinology, Obgyn, Plastic Surgery, Psychology, Psychiatrics, Social Workers, Medical Law, and patient support group. Up to now, over 1000 patients have been managed and this team hasbecome the largest organization of DSD in Indonesia. The collaboration in DSD research has been expanded with Prof. Andrew Sinclair from MCRI/University of Melbourne Australia.