Regional Symposium on Diabetes – Current Science and Multi-Stakeholder Approaches to Prevention & Management

Singapore, Singapore
04/10/2017 – 05/10/2017
8:30 am – 5:30 pm


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 and effective management of 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. To review the status and latest science on type 2 diabetes mellitus and its prevalence in Asia.
2. To explore prevention and management of type 2 diabetes mellitus through various strategies at individual and community levels.
3. To discuss innovation, emerging science, and multi-stakeholder approaches in the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes mellitus.




Clinical Nutrition Research Centre


Health Promotion Board


The program is available HERE.


Day 1
Keynote Address
Singapore’s War on Diabetes
Mr. Yoong Kang Zee, Chief Executive Officer, Health Promotion Board (HPB), Singapore

Opening Plenary
Lessons Learnt for Diabetes Prevention Programs: Replicating Principles from Successful Case Studies
Prof. James Best, Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University,


The Evolution of Diabetes Policy in USA and Beyond – Science to Multi-Stakeholder

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


SESSION 1: The Science Behind Diabetes and Population Risk
Drivers of Diabetes in Asia
Prof. E Shyong Tai, National University Hospital, Singapore

Could Asian Diet and Gut Microbiome have an Impact on Diabetes?
A/Prof. Yuan Kun Lee, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in a Multi-Ethnic Asian Cohort: Prevalence and Prediction of Glucose Intolerance at Postpartum
A/Prof. Mary Chong, NUS, Singapore

Ethnic Differences in Glycation and HbA1c-Glycemia Relationship: Impacts on Research,
Diagnostic Cut-offs and Treatment

A/Prof. Melvin Leow, CNRC, Singapore

SESSION 2: Diabetes Prevention Strategies and Programs among Countries
Novel Approaches in the Promotion of Physical Activity and Exercise for Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes
Prof. Andrew Hills, University of Tasmania, Australia

Diabetes Prevention in the Community: The Singapore Story
Dr. Shyamala Thilagaratnam, HPB, Singapore

Community-based Diabetes Prevention Program in Thailand
A/Prof. Valla Tantayotai, Walailak University, Thailand

Molecular Endorsements of Lifestyle Modification Benefits towards Diabetes
Prevention and Management

Dr. M. Balasubramanyam, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, India

Day 2
Opening Plenary
System Approaches to Prevention, Management and Cure for Type 2 Diabetes
Dr. Ben van Ommen, Principle Scientist, The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), The Netherlands

SESSION 3: Diabetes Prevention & Management through Lifestyle and Innovation
Transcultural Diabetes Nutrition Algorithm (tDNA) as a Lifestyle Intervention for Diabetes Weight Management: The Malaysian Application
Prof. Winnie Chee, International Medical University, Malaysia
Presentation not available.

The ‘Year of Care’: Engaging People Living with Diabetes by Transforming Routine Clinic Visits into Collaborative Care and Support Planning Consultations
A/Prof. Tong Wei Yew, NUS, Singapore
Presentation not available.

Food-based Interventions for the Management of Diabetes: Opportunities and Challenges
Prof. Christiani Jeyakumar Henry, CNRC, Singapore
Presentation not available.

The Role of a Very Low Carbohydrate Diet for Type 2 Diabetes Management:
A Long-term Randomised Trial

A/Prof. Grant Brinkworth, CSIRO - Health & Biosecurity, Australia

Genetic Basis of Low Glycaemic Index Rice: Its Potential Application in
Diabetes Prevention and Management

Dr. Nese Sreenivasulu, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines

Diabetes Management: Trends, Innovations and New Technologies:
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cognitive Technologies to Aid Diabetes Management
Mr. Kelvin Tan, NUS Enterprise, Singapore

Mobile Technology in Diabetes Care: The Landscape Today
Dr. Teng Yan Yau, Holmusk, Singapore