DATE: 9th - 10th NOVEMBER 2021 | VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Emeritus Professor Dr Elaine Rush
PhD (Physiology), MSc (Exercise and immunity), Registered Nutritionist
Professor Elaine Rush, Auckland University of Technology has impacted health through research contributions ranging from the understanding of nutritional metabolism, informing dietary guidelines, to others relating to the implementation of programmes with the potential to reduce the epidemic proportions of childhood obesity and enhance child health and wellbeing. A substantial number of her contributions and 180+ publications relate to body composition in people of different ethnic groups living in New Zealand. Studies involving measurement of body mass index, skeletal muscle mass, bone mineral density, body fat distribution and leg length have made an important contribution to understanding the complexity of the relationship between body fatness, growth trajectories and diabetes and other non-communicable diseases She now serves on the board of the New Zealand Health Research Council, The New Zealand Nutrition Foundation and continues to work with the Riddet Centre of Research Excellence.
University of Tasmania, Australia
Professor Andrew P. Hills
BEd, MSc (Growth and Development), PhD (Functional Anatomy), FASMF.
Andrew is a prominent educator, exercise scientist and international expert on physical activity and obesity and for many years, he was Professor of Energy Metabolism at Queensland University of Technology. In 2011, he was appointed Professor of Allied Health Research at Mater Mothers’ Hospital, Brisbane and affiliated with Mater Research Institute – The University of Queensland. In 2016, he returned to the University of Tasmania as Professor of Exercise and Sports Science and recently completed a 2-year appointment as Associate Dean Global in the College of Health and Medicine. Andrew has led numerous international projects with the Division of Human Health, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on undernutrition and overnutrition in the developing world, including a multi-country study on infant body composition co-funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has also completed expert assignments with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and World Health Organization (WHO) on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Andrew was the first non-medical President of the Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS). He has published extensively on obesity and related topics, including body composition, and completed 10 books and over 300 other publications. Andrew’s current research program with mothers and young children includes large Medical Research Future Fund grants on obesity prevention and improving the health status of young women prior to conception and during pregnancy for better maternal and child health outcomes.
University of Adelaide, Australia
Professor Dr Renuka Visvanathan
PhD, MBA (Health Service Management), FRACP, FAAG, FANZSGM, G.Cert.Ed (H.Ed.), MBBS, ATCL
Professor Renuka Visvanathan is Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Adelaide and is the Project Lead for the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Centre of Research Excellence in Frailty and Healthy Ageing. She is also a geriatrician and Head of Unit of the Aged & Extended Care Services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Central Adelaide Local Health Network, South Australia. She has been awarded the Fellowship of the Australian Association of Gerontology and the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine. She is a health services researcher with research interests including Nutritional Frailty, Sarcopenia, Gerontechnology and Dementia.
Kagawa Nutrition University, Japan
Associate Professor Dr. Masaharu Kagawa
BSc (Hons) (Nutrition and Food Sciences), PhD (Public Health)
Dr Masaharu Kagawa is Deputy Director of the Institute of Nutrition Sciences of Kagawa Nutrition University (KNU). He is a Registered Public Health Nutritionist (RPHNutr) of Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) and also one of the 15 internationally recognized Level 4 (Criterion) anthropometrists accredited by the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK). His research interests include all research that involve anthropometry and body composition assessments in the fields of Public Health and Nutrition, particularly in relation to obesity and health screening, body image, and sports science. To date, he has more than 85 publications as journal papers and book chapters. He is also involving in a number of nutritional support activities for athletes of various levels.
University of Adelaide, Australia
Professor David McCarthy
BSc Hons (Nutrition), PhD Biochemistry, Registered Nutritionist (RNutr)
David is Professor of Nutrition and Health at London Metropolitan University where he leads the Public Health Nutrition Research Group. He teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Human Nutrition where his academic interests cover metabolic nutrition, assessment of nutritional status, nutrition policy, sports nutrition, nutritional epidemiology and dietary assessment. He has supervised many PhD students within the UK and overseas. His research interests focus on body composition and obesity, especially in children. He has developed novel tools for the assessment of risk for metabolic disease including a suite of centile charts including body fatness, skeletal muscle and waist circumference. He was a member of the team who produced the first waist circumference centile charts for the Malaysian childhood population. His research also addresses weight management strategies and obesity policy. He has acted as the principal investigator on several projects including global and pan-European multi-centre trials of weight loss in patients with type 2 diabetes and other components of the metabolic syndrome. He has published widely across medical, nutrition and obesity journals as well as contributing to key academic text on nutritional assessment and public health nutrition. He has national and international profile and has provided expertise on a number of TV and radio programmes as well as being a regular contributor in the press. He is currently honorary Visiting Professor at UCSI University, Malaysia.
King Edward Memorial Hospital, India
Professor Dr. Chittaranjan S Yajnik
MD (Internal Medicine), FRCP
Prof. Yajnik is a diabetologist and a researcher who has made substantial contributions to the investigations of the high susceptibility of Indians to diabetes and related disorders. He is well known for his description of the ‘thin fat Indian’ and the contribution of nutritional intrauterine programming to this phenotype. He highlighted the role of vitamin B12 deficiency and deranged 1-C metabolism in the mother to these phenomena. He has initiated a pioneering randomized-controlled trial in Pune, India to improve micronutrient status of adolescents to reduce susceptibility to diabetes in the offspring. Dr. Yajnik’s specialty is to set up multigenerational cohorts with high retention rates and collect extensive phenotypic information. He has facilitated the transfer of many research technologies to India from a wide range of collaborators from many countries and across multiple specialties. He has created a unique Biobank dating back to samples collected from 1987, spanning many cohorts and a lifecourse serial collection of blood, urine, stool and buccal smears (DNA, RNA, plasma, microbiome) in three generations in the Pune Maternal Nutrition Study.He is a founder member, the current President of SNEHA India (Society for Natal Effects on Health in Adults) and a founder member and Trustee of the International DOHaD society (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease). He has been awarded Hellmut Mehnert award of the International Diabetes Federation (2009), David Barker Medal of the International DOHaD society (2011), Outstanding Investigator award of the World India Diabetes Foundation (2016), 41st Gopalan Oration Award, Nutrition Society of India (2017-18) and March of Dimes Agnes Higgins Award (2019).
Universitas Gadjamada, Indonesia
Dr Janatin Hastuti, S.Si., M.Kes.
MSc (Biomedical Sciences), PhD (Nutrition & Exercise)
Dr Janatin Hastuti is a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Health Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). Her research interests are but not limited to body composition of infant to adulthood, anthropometry and nutritional status, obesity, body image, and physical activity. To date, she involved in 13 research projects and has approximately 40 publications including journal articles and abstract presentations.
Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Prof. Dr Patria Anne Hume
BSc Auck MScHons Auck PhD Otago ISAK4 FISBS FRSNZ
Professor Patria Hume is an international leader in applied sport science research (biomechanics, anthropometry and epidemiology) with a sport risk factors research platform that improves sport technique and reduces sports injuries. Her track record of impactful research with real-world benefits has shaken up sports worldwide with evidence of preventable injury. Her research distinction was recognised in 2016 via the most prestigious award in her field the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Geoffrey Dyson Award. In 2016 she gained the AUT Research Medal, and NZ Herald New Zealander of the year finalist in recognition of her research impact on concussion in rugby. Patria was appointed by Her Excellency the Governor-General to New Zealand as the first non-MD sport scientist to the Drug Free Sport New Zealand Board. Patria was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2021 as the first sport scientist ever to receive this appointment.
University of Auckland, New Zealand
Associate Professor Dr. Lindsay Plank
MSc (Physics), DPhil (Biophysics)
Dr Plank is a scientist in the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has been for 20 years director of a state-of-the-art body composition and metabolism laboratory encompassing neutron activation analysis, 40K whole-body counting, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, bioimpedance technologies, anthropometry, muscle function, and indirect calorimetry. Research interests include diagnosis of malnutrition in disease, particularly chronic liver disease, nutritional and other interventions to improve recovery after major surgery including organ transplantation, and approaches to improve glycaemic control in pre-diabetes and diabetes. He has served on the editorial boards of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, British Journal of Nutrition and Nutrition and has published more than 170 journal articles and book chapters.
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Professor Dr Ranil Jayawardena is a Professor in Nutrition at the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo and a visiting fellow to the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Following his medical graduation from the University of Colombo, he completed his MSc from the University of Glasgow, UK and subsequently the PhD focused on Obesity and Body Composition in Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
He is a registered nutritionist in Sri Lanka, UK and Australia. In addition, he is a very active researcher, he has nearly 100 full paper publications in international peer-reviewed journals. He has developed and published Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) and skinfold thickness equations for Sri Lankan adults.
Ministry of Health Malaysia, Malaysia
Dr Sally Suriani Ahip
MBBS (UM), Msc (Family Medicine) (UKM)
Dr Sally Suriani Ahip is a Family Medicine Specialist with the Ministry of Health Malaysia. She obtained her MBBS degree from Universiti Malaya. She completed her housemanship training in Sarawak General Hospital, Malaysia. Subsequently, Dr Sally served in Daro District Hospital in central rural Sarawak for 2 years and was the Director of Daro District Hospital. She pursued her master’s in medicine (Family Medicine) training in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and was awarded Doctor of Family Medicine. Dr Sally had since served as Family Medicine Specialist in several healthcare centres in Sarawak state, including Miri, Kuching and Samarahan. In 2016, she was awarded the Ministry of Health Malaysia scholarship to pursue her Community Geriatrics training in The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, South Australia. She is currently the Head of Family Medicine Specialists Services in Samarahan Division and the Head of Kota Samarahan Health Clinic. Dr Sally has also founded the first national Primary Healthcare Community Geriatrics Services @Unit GEKO (Geriatrik Komuniti) in October 2019, an initiative for early frailty assessment and timely multidisciplinary intervention in the primary care setting. Dr Sally has been actively involved in clinical researches nationally and internationally. She has presented various papers for healthcare professionals and public engagements through community programs across a spectrum of diseases in primary care. Her passion for her work and excellent performance has earned her outstanding service awards throughout her tenure.
Singapore Sports Institute, Singapore
Ms Huang Liyan
BSc (Food Science and Technology), Ms (Nutrition and Dietetics), Post Dip (Sport Nutrition)
Liyan is a sports dietitian with the Singapore Sports Institute. Prior to joining SSI, Liyan worked at a local research institute where she conducted studies aimed at improving the health and performance of soldiers through nutrition. Her current research interests revolve around vitamin D and muscle function, weight management among aesthetic athletes as well as impact of glycemic control on mental performance and skill-based sports. Liyan is an accredited dietitian with the Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association and a member of the Professionals in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences.
National Sports Institute, Malaysia
Ms Chai Wen Jin
BSc (Nutrition), PGDip (Sports Nutrition)
Ms. Chai Wen Jin graduated with B. Sc. Nutrition (Hons) and been a sports nutritionist with National Sports Institute of Malaysia (ISN) since 2005. She obtained the IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition in 2018 with the scholarship support from Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport (PINES). Chai specialises in nutrition for racquet sports, especially badminton. She has supported the Malaysia badminton team to major events like World Championships, Thomas & Uber Cups. In recent years, Chai was appointed as the team nutritionist for the Malaysia contingent in multi sports events such as SEA Games, ASIAN Games & Olympic Games. Chai is a certified ISAK level 3 instructor anthropometrist and invited instructor in Sports Nutrition topics for courses under National Coaching Academy. She also being appointed as guest lecturer to Sport Nutrition subject in universities. Her research interest includes anthropometry & body composition, dietary supplement & anti-doping among athletes.