Symposium Theme
Current Science and Multi-Stakeholder Approaches to Prevention & Management

Diabetes has been reported to be on the rise in many parts of the world. In 2015, the Asia Pacific region alone accounted for 36.9% of the total number of diabetics in the world. This global rise in the prevalence of diabetes will have a significant impact on health care systems, and increase the economic burden of health care in many countries. Prevention and early detection of diabetes are crucial to delay the disease’s progression and its detrimental health effects. For individuals, diabetes prevention includes having a healthy diet, regular physical activity and avoidance of excessive weight gain. National and community programs with multi-stakeholders collaboration will be crucial in raising awareness, enhance prevention.

The aim of this symposium is to study the current science behind Type 2 Diabetes

In collaboration with Singapore Health Promotion Board, ILSI SEA Region and Clinical Nutrition Research Centre, Singapore, are organizing a symposium with the following objectives:

1. Review the status and prevalence of diabetes and the science behind.
2. Explore prevention and management of diabetes through various strategies on both individual level and community level.
3. Discuss innovation, emerging science, and a multi-stakeholder approach in the prevention of management of the diabetes phenomenon

Speakers' Profile

Distinguished Speakers for Opening Address and Plenaries

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Dr. John Agwunobi
Former Assistant Secretary of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, USA

Prof James Best

Prof. James Best
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Prof Jeya

Prof. Jeyakumar Henry
Clinical Nutrition Research Centre, Singapore

Geoffry Smith

Mr. Geoffry Smith
ILSI Southeast Asia Region, Singapore

Ben van Ommen

Dr. Ben van Ommen
Principal Scientist
The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), The Netherlands

Mr Zee

Mr. Yoong Kang Zee
Chief Executive Officer
Health Promotion Board, Singapore

Esteemed Speakers

Dr Bala 2

Dr. Balasubramanyam
Dean of Research Studies & Senior Scientist
Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, India

Prof Brinkworth

Assoc. Prof. Grant Brinkworth
Principal Research Scientist
Clinical Nutrition and Exercise Science, CSIRO – Health & Biosecurity, Australia


Prof. Winnie Chee
School of Health Sciences, International Medical University, Malaysia

Mary Chong1

Asst. Prof. Mary Chong
Assistant Professor
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health,
National University of Singapore, Singapore

Prof Andrew Hills 2

Prof. Andrew Hills
Deputy Dean Research
Faculty of Health,
University of Tasmania, Australia

Prof Yuan Kun Lee 2

Assoc. Prof. Yuan Kun Lee
Associate Professor 
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Prof Melvin Leow

Assoc. Prof. Melvin Leow
Deputy Director 
Clinical Nutrition Research Centre, Singapore

Prof Guang Ning

Prof. Guang Ning
Shanghai Clinical Center for Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases, China

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Dr. Nese Sreenivasulu
Grain Quality and Nutrition Center,
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

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Prof. E Shyong Tai
Senior Consultant
Division of Endocrinology,
National University Hospital, Singapore

Kelvin Tan 2

Mr. Kelvin Tan
Programme Director
NUS Enterprise, Singapore

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Asst. Prof. Valla Tantayotai
School of Nursing,
Walailak University, Thailand

Dr Shyamala Thilagaratnam

Dr. Shyamala Thilagaratnam
Regional Health and Community Outreach Division, 

 Promotion Board, Singapore

Tong Wei Yew

Asst. Prof. Tong Wei Yew
Assistant Professor
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore