Australians academics among winners of Asia Research Grant

Australian Dr. Manohar Garg from the University of Newcastle, will receive funding for two nutrition research pieces, as BASF announces the winners of its 2017 Newtrition Asia Research Grant.

The announcement was made at the 13th China Nutrition Science Congress, an international nutrition conference, in Beijing. Now into its fifth run, the grant program is an initiative established by BASF to recognise and support the work of researchers in Asia Pacific who are making scientific advancements specific to Asian diets in the areas of omega-3s and plant sterols.

Each year, proposals from the region are evaluated based on robust selection criteria which include a panel review by a team of health experts as well as BASF’s scientific advisory committee. The five recipients of 2017’s Newtrition Asia Research Grant, and their respective research topics, are as follows:

  • Dr. Manohar Garg, University of Newcastle, Australia: Long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids for the prevention of gestational diabetes: A double-blind randomized controlled trial
  • Dr. Manohar Garg, University of Newcastle, Australia: Complementary and/or synergistic effects of phytosterols and curcumin for reducing cardiovascular disease risk in hyperlipidaemic individuals
  • Dr Mira Dewi, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia: Associations of maternal dietary intake and blood level of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) in pregnancy, and newborn body composition
  • Dr Patel Kadamb, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore: Effects of phytosterols on glycosylated haemoglobin and oxidative stress in Type 2 Diabetic Patients
  • Dr Sudathip Sae-tan, Kasetsart University, Thailand: The effects of omega-3 and high intensity interval exercise on body composition, energy expenditure and delayed onset muscle soreness of overweight males
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