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 OCT/NOV 2018




Seminar on Nutrition and Life Course Approach to Healthy Aging  
September 25, 2018, Pan Pacific Manila Hotel, Manila, Philippines

ILSI SEA Region Philippines Country Committee recently held a 1-day Seminar on Nutrition and Life Course Approach to Healthy Aging on September 25, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. The seminar discussed on the aging process through life course, nutrition profile of older persons across the region as well as nutrition and dietary approaches to reduce risk to sarcopenia, the aging brain and low physical activity. Recent studies on the determinants of successful aging, updates on new technologies in food product development and efforts to provide a healthy aging agenda for the population were also shared. The summary report and speakers' presentations can be accessed HERE.

Symposium on 'Nutrition for the Ageing Brain: Moving Towards Clinical Applications'
August 30-31, 2018, Madrid, Spain

Organized by ILSI Europe, this 2-day symposium was held on August 30-31, 2018 in Madrid, Spain to convene experts to discuss and debate the potential for maintaining cognitive function through dietary intake with a great focus on clinical aspects and novel strategies developed to determine whether diet and nutrients have efficacy in individuals affected by dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions. Several main themes had been addressed which included the impact of nutrition, microbiome and immune status on brain functions, biomarkers of food intake and cognitive health, effect of lifestyle factors on diet and cognitive performances, and new methodologies applied to dementia and how nutrition could play a role. Please click HERE for more information on the symposium or contact ILSI Europe.


Contribution to the One ILSI Healthy Aging Project

Adherence of Malaysian Adults’ Energy and Macronutrient Intakes to National Recommendations: A Review and Meta-Analysis

A recent study, published in Nutrients, examined the best available evidence regarding energy and macronutrient intake during adulthood (age 19 to 59 years) in Malaysia and assessed whether intakes adhere to national recommendations, in order to develop recommendations for dietary improvement based on population consumption patterns. Twenty studies (five nationwide, 15 individual) which indicated that Malaysian adults generally met or exceeded recommendations for fat and protein, but were inconsistent with respect to energy and carbohydrates. Information on dietary sources was limited. The study concluded that insufficient evidence existed regarding energy and macronutrient intakes of Malaysian adults. Improved dietary assessment methods (including use of biomarkers), better data analysis, and updated food composition data, to provide more reliable information on which to base policy decisions and recommendations for dietary improvement. To access the publication, click HERE.

ILSI Korea
A Systematic Review on Factors Influencing the Healthy Aging: A Korean Perspective

Rapid aging, in tandem with the high prevalence of chronic diseases, raises the question on whether the present population lives longer while maintaining their well-being. While the term of successful aging has been widely used to define a healthy aging in a common population, there has been inconsistencies among various studies in the criteria to define an effective successful aging with diverse terminologies.

Published in the Journal of Aging Research & Clinical Practice (JARCP), the systematic review explored the coherent characteristics influencing healthy and successful aging in Korean elderly. Factors contributing to healthy aging at the individual, social and national levels were investigated. Results suggested that healthy aging is a multidimensional concept embracing physical, mental and social domains. Physical function, social support, and behaviors including smoking and alcohol, and diet were identified as potential contributors to achieve healthy aging. The full article can be viewed HERE.

ILSI Taiwan
Gender Differences in Longevity in Free-Living Older Adults Who Eat-With-Others: A Prospective Study in Taiwan

A research article published in British Medical Journal in 2017 investigated the gender-specific association between eating arrangements and risk of all-cause mortality among free-living older adults. Results revealed that eating socially can positively affect the aging process, particularly among elderly men through improved dietary quality. Positive association was also found with men's mental health, suggesting that providing a social environment which encourages eating-with-others may benefit the survival of older people, especially men. The full article can be accessed HERE

ILSI India
Midlife Factors that Influence the Aging Process: An Indian Perspective

Published in JARCP in 2017, a research study explained that the Asian Indian phenotype predisposes Indians to NCDs, more so at an earlier age. With Indian diets high in refined carbohydrates and fats being consumed and low physical activity levels, a sharp rise in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases and cancers has been observed. Although some of the physiological changes experienced by older adults occur primarily as a result of the biological process of aging, lifestyle factors are important modulators of the risk factors associated with chronic disease. More information on the article can be accessed HERE


Sarcopenia: Revised European Consensus on Definition and Diagnosis

The European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People (EWGSOP) recently updated the original definition of sarcopenia published in 2010 to better reflect scientific and clinical evidence that has built over the last decade. In this updated consensus paper, the EWGSOP also delineated several new recommendations on clear criteria and tools that define and characterize sarcopenia in clinical practice and in research populations based on newest evidence which are essential in guiding both clinical practice and research design for the future. This article is published on the Age and Ageing Journal and can be accessed HERE

World Health Organization's Global Nutrition Policy Review

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently published the Global Nutrition Policy Review 2016-2017 which has a comprehensive analysis of nutrition-related policy environment, coordination mechanisms, available capacities and actions being taken in the WHO Member States. In the report, it mentioned that programs specifically targeting adults or elderly people were the least often reported, and largely comprised media campaigns and nutrition education to promote healthy diets. WHO noted that more countries may be encouraged to improve programs targeting elderly as a result of the recently published WHO guideline on the integrated care for older people, which includes recommendations on nutrition. Access the Global Nutrition Policy Review report HERE for more information. 

Metabolism of Sleep and Aging: Bridging the Gap Using Metabolomics

In a review published in the Journal of Nutrition and Healthy Aging,  the interleaving effects of sleep, aging and progression of diseases related to aging using metabolomics were examined. The authors concluded that metabolic effects of sleep and aging demonstrated similarities. Lipid and aromatic amino acid metabolism, particularly impacting phospholipids and tryptophan metabolism are two pathways commonly perturbed in both aging and sleep curtailment. To read the full article, please click HERE.

Domains and Measurements of Healthy Aging in Epidemiological Studies: A Review

In the past decades, healthy aging has become a popular topic in many countries. However, few studies have recommended the essential domains of healthy aging and their relevant measurement to assess healthy aging comprehensively. Published in the Journal of Gerontologist, in 2018, a review of the domains and measures of healthy aging in epidemiological studies was conducted. Essential domains of healthy aging were identified, and the measurement instruments for  each domain were discussed and recommended for further epidemiological research to be used in the assessment of healthy aging.The full article is available HERE


ILSI SEA Region would like to congratulate its Scientific Director, Prof. Jeyakumar Henry, and Scientific Advisor, Dr. Lay Ching Chai, for their recent prestigious awards and recognition in the scientific fields. 

5th Niigata International Food Award

Prof. Jeyakumar Henry, Director of Clinical Nutrition Research Centre, Singapore Institute for Clinical Science, was awarded the “Asian World Food Prize” by the Niigata International Food Award Foundation. The prize was awarded to recognize scientists that have made a substantial global contribution to food and nutrition. Prof. Henry is a leading researcher in the field of rice functionality and measures against diabetes. He has contributed as a global leader in the research on diabetes prevention, for example, by establishing functional food research institutes in the UK and Singapore. His main research areas include: rice research and diabetes in developing nations; introduction of food fortification for refugees; estimation of human energy requirements; functional foods; and understanding food structure and physiological functions. 

Prof. Henry joined ILSI SEA Region as a Scientific Advisor in 2012 and was nominated to be a Member of the Board of Directors in 2014.

L’Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science 2018 Award

Dr. Lay Ching Chai, Senior Lecturer at University of Malaya’s Institute of Biological Sciences, has been named as one of the three recipients for the prestigious L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award. The L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science National Fellowship is an extension to the international L’Oreal-UNESCO awards to provide research grant to help young female researchers pursue their research. Dr. Chai's proposed study is designed to develop a real-time Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)-based biosensors or "electric noses" to detect Campylobacter bacteria in raw chicken based on the specific VOCs that are produced by the bacteria. The application will be crucial in saving lives and reducing morbidities-associated with these bacteria as well as bringing significant economic benefit.

Dr. Chai was also awarded the ILSI 2018 Malaspina International Scholar Travel Grant Award to attend the ILSI Annual Meeting in Bermuda, USA earlier this year and present her studies in microbiology. She is also ILSI SEA Region's Scientific Advisor.

ILSI Annual Meeting 2019

The 2019 ILSI Annual Meeting & Science Symposium will be held at the Wyndham Grand in Clearwater, Florida. The event is a premiere gathering of scientists from around the world. The primary focus of the meeting is to learn about new food safety and nutrition science and identify areas where ILSI can have an impact on public health. This multidisciplinary meeting is an opportunity for experts from all sectors to collaborate and share knowledge. More information including registration can be found on ILSI website HERE.


December 13, 2018
2nd National Workshop on Food and Nutrition Labelling and Claims in Myanmar (By Invitation Only)
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

January 8-13, 2019
ILSI Annual Meeting 2019
Clearwater, Florida, USA


March 2019
2nd Workshop on World Bank GFSP Food Chemical Risk Assessment Training
(By Invitation Only)


April 2, 2019
Seminar on Food Safety Risk Communication in ASEAN
Bangkok, Thailand

April 2-3, 2019
ASEAN Regional Workshop on Food Safety Risk Communication
(By Invitation Only)

Bangkok, Thailand

April 23-25, 2019
ILSI SEA Region Annual Meeting 2019 and Science Symposium
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

May 14-15, 2019
Conference on Human Variability in Food and Nutrition: The Challenges and Opportunities for Industry and Academic Research  
Sydney, Australia

May 17, 2019
Conference on Human Variability in Food and Nutrition  

2nd Quarter 2019
Regional Symposium & Workshop on Food Consumption & Nutrients Intake in ASEAN  

August 4-7, 2019
ILSI SEA Region Sponsored Sessions @ Asian Congress of Nutrition 2019   

Bali, Indonesia

September 24-25, 2019
Symposium on Scientific Development of Food Packaging 2019: Safety, Innovations and Sustainability    

Penang, Malaysia

September 26-27, 2019
11th ILSI BeSeTo Meeting
(By Invitation Only)   

Penang, Malaysia

3rd Quarter 2019
Seminar on Micronutrient Fortification   

3rd-4th Quarter 2019
Survey and Seminar on Physical Activity Assessment, Status, Data and Programs 

3rd-4th Quarter 2019
Whole Genome Sequencing/ Next Generation Sequencing Conference

4th Quarter 2019
Seminar and Workshop on Addressing Aging and Related Issues in ASEAN 

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