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Asia's first under-1-roof Nutritional Research Centre set up in Singapore
Date:1/29/2014

tors, such as Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS), and Monell Chemical Senses Center the world's only independent, non-profit scientific institute dedicated to sensory science (particularly for taste and smell). Other notable academic collaborators include the EpiGen Consortium , which focuses on discovering mechanisms underlying the interaction between the environmental factors and genetic processes which influence health and the risk of disease across the life-course. In addition, the centre will leverage upon existing partnerships between A*STAR and NUHS, such as the Singapore Centre for Nutritional Sciences, Metabolic Diseases, and Human Development (SiNMeD) initiative. This enables interdisciplinary research in the basic sciences as well as clinical studies in human nutrition. This encompasses the formulation of food ingredients, to diet interactions that will ultimately affect health outcomes, food policies, and food manufacturing practices.

5. Associate Professor Chong Yap Seng, Founding Director of SiNMeD, said, "One of the approaches we are taking in SiNMeD is to see how we can modify factors like pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, and early life nutrition and lifestyle to promote health and prevent disease, especially non-communicable diseases like obesity and diabetes. The CNRC will bring new precision to our understanding of how food can be used for good."

6. The prevalence of diabetes in the adult population in Singapore has increased from 9% in 1998 to 11.3% in 2010 , while that for obesity has increased from 6% to 10.8%. These studies could thus impact health outcomes and aid policy-makers in the challenges they face in reversing obesity and other metabolic diseases. The cumulative cost of all non-infectious diseases, for which obesity is a leading risk factor, was estimated to be about US$1.4 trillion in 2010 . It is important to reduce economic costs through promoting a change in eating habits, hence en
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Contact: Vithya Selvam
vithya_selvam@a-star.edu.sg
656-826-6291
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore
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