Human Nutrition

2018 Grant Recipients - Nutrition Asia Research Grant by BASF


(From left to right): Dr. Mary Chong Foong Fong (Singapore), Dr. Fiastuti Witjaksono (Indonesia), Dr. Kai Lin Ek, Senior Manager, Scientific Marketing, BASF Human Nutrition Asia Pacific Tina Low, Vice President, Global Business Management, BASF Human Nutrition Dr. Stefan Ruedenauer, Global Director Research & Development and Scientific Marketing, BASF Human Nutrition, Dr. Mahenderan Appukutty (Malaysia), Dr. Liu Xin (China), Dr. Kim Jung Eun (Singapore)

The winners will conduct scientific research on three main topics relevant for Asia Pacific: cardiovascular health, metabolic health, and physical function and mobility

Recipient Project title Institution
Dr. Liu Xin The effects of supplementation of conjugated linoleic acid on body fat reduction in overweight or obese Chinese adults: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, School of Public Health, Xi’an Jiaotong University Health Science Center, China
Dr. Fiastuti Witjaksono Conjugated linoleic acid combined with nutrition counselling on body weight, body fat mass, and inflammatory status in overweight and obese adults Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia
Dr. Kim Jung Eun Impact of co-consuming a plant sterols-enriched food product with a healthy eating pattern diet on endothelial function and blood pressure management in individuals with metabolic syndrome Food Science & Technology Programme, c/o Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore
Dr. Mary Chong Foong Fong Relationships of maternal carotenoids, vitamin E and fatty acids with metabolic health in women during pregnancy and after childbirth Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences, A*STAR, Singapore & SSH School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
Dr. Mahenderan Appukutty The effect of co-administration of omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics (lactobacillus casei) in improving stress, inflammatory and immune response in athletes University of Teknologi MARA, Selangor, Malaysia


(Left to right) Dr. Thorsten Schmeller (BASF), Mr. Haibo Tian (BASF), Dr. Kai Lin Ek (BASF), Dr. Manohar Garg, Ms. Jessica Ferguson, Ms. Kylie Abbott, Dr. Mira Dewi, Dr. Patel Kadamb, Dr. Sudathip Sae-tan, Ms. Tina Low (BASF), Dr. Michael De Marco (BASF)

Research topic/direction: Science-based solutions in optimizing health using omega-3 fatty acids and plant sterols

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


(Left to right) Ms. Tina Low, Director, Human Nutrition Asia Pacific, and the awardees Dr. Beverly Mühlhäusler, Dr. Lihua Song, Dr. Samsu Udayana Nurdin, Dr. Ruirong Pan, Dr. Stephen Burns, and Dr. Kai Lin Ek, Scientific Marketing, Human Nutrition Asia Pacific

Research topic/direction: Plant Sterols, Omega-3 fatty acids: Efficacy in Preventative Health

Recipient Project title Institution
Dr. Samsu Udayana Nurdin Effect of phytosterols, omega-3 fatty acids and life style modification on surrogate markers of CVD in school children. Research Institute of Lampung (Indonesia)
Dr. Beverly Mühlhäusler Better tummies – better babies: defining the role of omega-3 long chain PUFA DHA in the maturation of the gut microbiome. The University of Adelaide, FoodPlus Research Centre (Australia)
Dr. Stephen Burns Postprandial triglycerides: effects of plant sterols and omega-3 fatty acid consumption with or without regular walking in sedentary, overweight men of Asian origin. Nanyang Technological University, (Singapore)
Dr. Rui Rong Pan The prevention and treatment effects of plant sterols, omega-3 fatty acids, and the combination on individuals with impaired glucose regulation. Affiliated Hospital of Jiangsu University (China)
Dr. Li Hua Song The effects of combination of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids with phytosterol ester in attenuating diet-induced non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Shanghai Jiaotong University (China)

Research topic/direction: Plant Sterols

Recipient Project title Institution
Dr. Samsu Udayana Nurdin School-based modified lifestyle for increasing phytosterol intake of obese school children in Bandar Lampung Research Institute of Lampung (Indonesia)
Dr. Srinivasan Vedantham Effects of Phytosterol treatment in feto-placental vascular function – evidences of anti-inflammatory role in High Fat Diet (HFD) fed pregnant mice and primary Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVEC) isolated from gestational diabetic (GDM) mothers Sastra University (India)
Dr. Xiao Qiang Chen Hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic effects of phytosterols compounded with tea polysaccharide conjugates Hubei University of Technology (China)
Dr. Wensen He Co-administration of phytosterols and tea extract synergistically modulate lipid metabolism Jiangsu University (China)
Dr. Li Hua Song The effects of phytosterol ester on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)—A clinical trial Shanghai Jiaotong University (China)

Research topic/direction: Plant Sterols

Recipient Project title Institution
Dr. Nancy Dewi Yuliana Anticancer activity of sterols- rich artificial rice in Balb/c mice Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia)
Dr. Sandhya Narasimhan Dietary phytosterol supplementation and their effects on inflammatory status: an intervention trial study among overweight obese south Indians Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (India)
Dr. Stephen Burns Combined effects of dietary plant sterol supplementation and exercise on postprandial triglyceride responses Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
Dr. Loke Wai Mun Effects of pure dietary phytosterols on inflammation and lipid peroxidation in vivo Nanyang Polytechnic (Singapore)
Dr. Shuang Rong Study on the protective effect of phytosterol esters on cognitive function in rats China CDC, Wuhan University of Science and Technology (China)
Dr. Li Hua Song The effects of phytosterol on high fat diet induced non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) Shanghai Jiaotong University (China)
Dr. Rui Rong Pan A survey on intake of plant sterol by patients of type 2 diabetes with complications Jiangsu University Affliated Hospital (China)

Research topic/direction: Plant Sterols

Recipient Project title Institution
Dr. Yumei Zhang Mechanisms of effect of phytosterol esters added low-fat milk on hypercholesterolemia Peking University (China)
Dr. Youjin Yi Study of the compatibility of phytosterol and different edible Chinese medicine in hyperlipidemic rat model Hunan Agriculture University (China)
Dr. Huan Ling Yu Effects of phytosterols on memory and learning ability in hypercholesterolemic Individuals Capital Medical University (China)
Dr. Lie Gang Liu Supplementation of flaxseed oil with alpha-linolenic acid esters of plant sterols attenuate atherosclerosis in apolipoprotein-E deficient mice Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China)
Dr. Nuri Andarwulan Epidemiological study on intake of plant sterols contained in foods in rural and urban area in Indonesia Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia)
Dr. Mira Dewi Efficacy study on plant sterol-enriched palm oil intervention to improve lipid profile and inflammation status in hyperlipidaemic individuals Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia)