Symposium on Transformation Technologies and Translational Research: A New Era in Advancing Sustainable Food System and Public Health Solutions

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore


Rapid technological advancement over the past decade in the areas of biomedicine, agriculture, and food and nutritional sciences, and translational research of these emerging technologies, presents exciting possibilities for positive impact on the overall food system, the environment and for human health and disease prevention. Understanding the development of these technologies and their applications, as well as public acceptance and societal impact in the coming era will be critical in bringing science to market to provide better and more sustainable public health solutions

This symposium was held in conjunction with ILSI SEA Region Annual Meeting 2018. More information is available HERE.


This 1 day scientific symposium:

  • Highlighted new technology used in agriculture and the food supply chain, environmental science, and health and biomedical research
  • Explored the use of bioinformatics and other innovative digital technologies to capture and analyse data in food systems and in public health research
  • Provided a platform to discuss and enhance multi-stakeholder partnerships in the advancement of new technologies and their applications


Food, agriculture, nutrition and healthcare professionals from industry, academia, government, research organizations and technology providers


Smart Data and Food Innovation: Potential Impact on Public Health Solutions
Dr. Ralph Graichen, A*STAR, Singapore 

An Evolutionary Perspective on Nutritional Science and Human Health: From Reductionism to System Approaches
Prof. Richard Head, University of South Australia, Australia 

Technology Innovation: Trends that are Reshaping Life Science Research and Approaches to Food and Human Health
Dr. Chor San Khoo, ILSI North America, USA 

Innovations in Agriculture and Food: Implications for Nutrition and Precision Health
Prof. Lynne Cobiac/Dr Chris Downs, CSIRO, Australia 

New Agricultural Technologies for Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition Improvement in ASEAN: Opportunities and Challenges
Prof. Paul Teng, NIE International, Singapore 

Data Science and Analytics: Blockchain and its Application in the Food Supply Chain
Zelda Anthony, IBM ASEAN, Singapore 

Harnessing Emerging Technologies in Nutrition and Biomedical Science for Public Health Improvement
Prof. Christiani Jeyakumar Henry, Clinical Nutrition Research Centre, A*STAR/NUHS, Singapore

Advances in Antioxidant Research: Translation from Bench to Applications
Prof. Barry Halliwell, A*STAR/NUS, Singapore 

Potential of Genome Editing Tools in Agriculture, Preventative Health and Disease: Current and Future
Prof. Meng How Tan, Genome Institute of Singapore, A*STAR, Singapore

Applications of Next Generation and Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS): Opportunities and Challenges for Food Safety Management
Dr. Masami Takeuchi, FAO RAP, Thailand 

Novel Computational Approaches for Assessing the Allergenic Potential of Proteins for the Food Industry
Dr. Sebastian Maurer-Stroh, A*STAR Bioinformatics Institute, Singapore


The full report on the symposium is available HERE


The symposium E-flyer is available HERE 


S$280 per person (includes symposium materials, lunch and tea breaks)


The full PROGRAM is available HERE


More information on our SPEAKERS is available HERE 




Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)