ILSI SEA Region Newsletter l November 2021

Bringing you the latest science, events, publications and news from ILSI SEA Region.


June 24, 2021

Scientific Integrity is crucial to the development of evidence-based science that benefits the public. It is the foundation of ILSI, which achieves and maintains the highest standards of scientific integrity through strong commitment to its Guiding Principles for Scientific Integrity. ILSI SEA Region supports the development and adoption of scientific integrity principles and best practices in Southeast Asia through the activities of its Scientific Integrity Working Group (SIWG).
This webinar was organized by the SIWG to provide an overview of current efforts in the region to support scientific integrity in food and nutrition research. Read More

July 5, 2021
Webinar on Science and Sustainable Food Systems - Challenges and Ways Forward

Open dialogue among different stakeholders is crucial in promoting the advancement of science, innovation, and technologies (STI). This webinar highlighted the major challenges and opportunities in harnessing STI for science-policy actions and food systems transformation in Southeast Asia.
This webinar was organized as a Side Event to Science Days for UN Food Systems Summit 2021.
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March to June, 2021
Webinar Series on Innovative Tools for Nutrition and Food Guidance 

This series of 3 webinars, organized by ILSI SEA Region Philippine Country Committee, provided updates on Food-Based Dietary Guidelines (FBDG), Front-of-Pack (FOP) and nutrient profiling initiatives in the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries. Understanding consumer food choices and behavior, perspectives of regulatory agencies and industry, as well as communication strategies were also discussed.
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November 25 - 26, 2021 l 9:00am (GMT +8)

Symposium on Optimizing Health, Wellness and Human Potential

This symposium will dive into the key elements of optimizing one’s health, wellness and potential over our life course, and discuss how this can be supported by our environment and through the application of innovative technologies.
This will be a hybrid event, conducted in-person at the University of Singapore as well as online via Zoom.

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December 8 - 9, 2021 l 9:30am (GMT +8)

11th Nutrition Labeling and Claims Webinar

This will be the latest meeting in a seminar series organized by ILSI SEA Region since 2001 to provide updates on regional developments and updates in nutrition labeling, nutrition and health claims in Southeast Asia; and to provide learning opportunities and explore areas for harmonization.

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July 2021


Complementary Foods and Milk-Based Formulas Provide Excess Protein but Suboptimal Key Micronutrients and Essential Fatty Acids in the Intakes of Infants and Toddlers from Urban Settings in Malaysia

This article aimed to quantitatively determine the intake of energy, key macronutrients, and micronutrients from (i) complementary foods and (ii) milk-based formulas separately, using two-day weighed food records among infants and toddlers aged 6–23 months living in the urban suburbs of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, Malaysia.
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October 2021

Southeast Asia Globe

Proper Nutrition Feeds into Safer Pregnancies and Healthy Children

ILSI works to support improved maternal and child health and nutrition around the world, including in Southeast Asia. To highlight ILSI’s work in this important area, the Executive Directors of ILSI Global and ILSI SEA Region have contributed an article recently published in the Southeast Asia Globe.
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Dr. Lay Ching Chai on Fostering Responsible Conduct in Research within Southeast Asia

Dr. Lay Ching Chai



Among her many roles, Dr. Lay Ching Chai is

  • Head of the Centre of Research Services, University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • Chairperson of the Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM)
  • Science Advisor of ILSI SEA Region, and member of its Scientific Integrity Working Group

She works actively to promote science and research integrity among young scientists. From initiating the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) program in Malaysia, she has helped to spur a growing RCR movement and program that is now being implemented across 10 Southeast Asian countries.

“… over the past 9 years, we have managed to raise awareness around the importance of research integrity, and it is now recognized and promoted at the regional level.”

 “I would say that one “secret to success” may be our strategy to take both a bottom-up, and a top-down approach to fostering integrity in scientific research.”

“To effect the change that is needed … RCR needs to be embedded within national and regional policies. Through our active engagement with government and public stakeholders, we have achieved important outcomes …”

We hope to build a platform where talented young scientists and researchers around the region can work together to establish a strategic framework that advances science and promotes RCR within Southeast Asia.”

Read more, including Dr. Chai’s insightful views on new and emerging issues in the field of science and research integrity.


July 26, 2021


Ensuring Healthy Aging through Supportive Diets

Organized by ILSI Global as part of the Pre-Summit held in conjunction with UN Food Systems Summit 2021.

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Sept 29, 2021

ILSI Asian Entities

2021 Be-Se-To Meeting

The Be-Se-To Meeting is an annual gathering of ILSI Asian Entities to discuss recent food safety issues and to share relevant regulatory updates. This year, the Be-Se-To Meeting was hosted by ILSI Korea. Several topics discussed included updates on food and nutrition labeling, risk assessment of added sugar, regulatory frameworks, safety concerns of alternative proteins, etc. Before concluding the meeting, participants also explored potential areas of collaboration in food safety among the ILSI Asian Entities.

September 14, 2021

ILSI Mesoamerica

Training Days: Scientific Evidence as a Tool for Development

This event was conducted as part of the Scientific Evident Project, which aims to facilitate capacity development in generating, accessing, analyzing and using of scientific evidence across Latin America. This Project includes webinars, and a high-level seminar to be held on December 9, 2021 that will be attended by representatives from OECD, universities and research centres from the region.

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August 2021

Maternal & Child Nutrition

Animal source foods, rich in essential amino acids, are important for linear growth and development of young children in low- and middle-income countries

Essential amino acids (EAA) are crucial especially in early life for linear growth and neurocognitive development. Children in low- and middle-income countries, despite consuming sufficient total protein, do not meet their EAA requirements due to poor diet diversity and low-quality dietary protein. Inclusion of animal source foods is encouraged to improve the quality of predominantly cereal/ vegetal-based diets.

One of the authors of this paper is Dr. Emorn Udomkesmalee, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand.
Dr. Udomkesmalee is a Scientific Director and a Science Advisor of ILSI SEA Region. Read More

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