NSM Council

Members of the 18th Council (2020-2022)

The 18th Council of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia was elected for the 2020-2022 term, during the 35th Annual General Meeting of the Society which was conducted on 27th November 2020.

President : Dr Tee E Siong, AMN, KMN, FNSM, FMSA
Vice-President : Associate Professor Dr Mahenderan Appukutty, FNSM
Honorary Secretary : Associate Professor Dr Chin Yit Siew
Honorary Treasurer : Dr. Roseline Yap Wai Kuan
Assistant Honorary Secretary : Dr Wong Jyh Eiin
Council Members : Professor Dr Norimah A Karim, FNSM
Associate Professor Dr Gan Wan Ying
Assistant Professor Dr Satvinder Kaur Nachatar Singh
Dr Yasmin Ooi Beng Houi

To contact the Nutrition Society of Malaysia, please write in to :

Dr Tee E Siong Assoc Prof Dr Chin Yit Siew

President
Nutrition Society of Malaysia
c/o 46, Jalan SS 22/32
47400 Petaling Jaya
Selangor DE, Malaysia.

Honorary Secretary
Nutrition Society of Malaysia
c/o Department of Nutrition
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Universiti Putra Malaysia
43400 UPM Serdang
Selangor DE, Malaysia

Email : president@nutriweb.org.my Email : secretary@nutriweb.org.my

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Dr Tee E Siong

President, Nutrition Society of Malaysia

Tee E Siong, PhD, is nutrition consultant for TES NutriHealth Strategic Consultancy, a sole proprietor company he established in 2004, upon his retirement from the Institute for Medical Research in 2002, after serving for almost 30 years. He was Head of the Cardiovascular, Diabetes and Nutrition Research Centre of the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) at the time of leaving the IMR. He served as the protem Honorary Secretary of NSM and was elected to serve in the 1st NSM Council from 1985 till present.

He has been appointed as member of the Malaysian Allied Health Professions Council (MAHPC), for 2020-2023. He represents NSM in several Technical Working Groups in the Ministry of Health Malaysia, including the National Coordinating Committee for Food and Nutrition (NCCFN) and the Technical Working Group for Nutritional Guidelines. He is a member of several sub-committees related to food regulations and Codex Alimentarius of the Food Safety and Quality Division of the Ministry of Health Malaysia. He is also a member of the Board of Scientific Directors of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) (Southeast Asia Region) and is Scientific Coordinator for ILSI Malaysia Country Committee.

He is chair of the Southeast Asia Public Health Nutrition (SEA-PHN) Network which he initiated the formation in 2014. He is also co-chair of the Southeast Asia Probiotics Scientific and Regulatory Experts Network (SREN), a network which he co-founded in 2019.


Associate Professor Dr Mahenderan Appukutty

Vice President, Nutrition Society of Malaysia

Mahenderan Appukutty, is a lecturer at Faculty of Sports Science & Recreation, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam. He holds a PhD in Nutritional Sciences focusing on nutrition, immunity and exercise performance from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, MSc in Sports Science from Universiti Sains Malaysia and BSc (Hons) in Nutrition and Community Health from Universiti Putra Malaysia. In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of NSM. He also serves as Vice President of Malaysian Association of Sports Medicine (MASM), Vice President of Malaysian Society of Body Composition (MSBC) and Council Member of Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity (MASO). He also serves in the Clinical Care Committee for World Obesity (WO) Federation as Specialist Representative for Exercise Physiology/Sports Medicine.

His research interests and focus are on functional food and exercise science. He chairs the Malaysian Vegetarian Dietary Guidelines which was commissioned by the Ministry of Health Malaysia, and contributed as a key writer for the Malaysian Dietary Guidelines. He has worked closely in capacity building of Nutritionists in the region (Southeast Asia Nutrition Leadership Program, SEAMEO-RECFON, Indonesia and also serves as Chairperson of Technical Working Committee of the Malaysian Nutrition Leadership Program (MyNLP) and South East Asia Public Health Nutrition Leadership Programme (SEAPHN LP).


Associate Professor Dr Chin Yit Siew

Honorary Secretary, Nutrition Society of Malaysia

Chin Yit Siew, PhD, is the Head of Community Nutrition Unit, Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Her field of specialization in community nutrition has prompted research interests that include i) child and adolescent nutrition, ii) early nutrition and allergic diseases, and iii) nutrigenetics and metabolic syndrome. She serves on the Editorial Boards of BMC Public Health, Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition (APJCN) and Malaysian Journal of Nutrition (MJN).

She is also Hon. Secretary of Malaysian Society of Body Composition (MSBC), and Council Member of Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity (MASO). She also serves as a member of several Technical Working Groups (TWGs) under Ministry of Health of Malaysia.

As a community nutritionist, she has been actively organising various nutrition and health promotion programmes in various community settings. Currently, she is the Leader of NSM Roadshows 2.0 Management Team, member of Nutrition Month Malaysia National Steering Committee, and expert committee of both Healthy Kids Programme and ‘Good Nutrition – Key to Healthy Children’ Programme. She also leads several research-driven community programmes, such as Program Cara Hidup Sihat, ‘Eat Right, Be Positive About Your Body and Live Actively’ (EPaL) intervention programme, School Nutrition Programme (SNP), and ‘Eat Right to Play Right’ Programme. She believes that continuous efforts in nutrition and health promotion are crucial in improving nutritional status and well-being.


Dr Wong Jyh Eiin

Assistant Honorary Secretary, Nutrition Society of Malaysia

Wong Jyh Eiin, PhD, is a senior lecturer in the Nutritional Sciences Programme and a postgraduate programme coordinator at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). She is a Life member of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM) and has served as a Council Member of NSM since 2017.

She is a certified instructor anthropometrist and her research interests include development and evaluation of dietary methods, body composition and physical activity assessment. She also serves as a member of the Ministry of Health of Malaysia Technical Working Group (TWG) on Malaysian Dietary Guidelines and Nutrition Research Priorities.

She believes in leadership grooming and is convinced that empowering nutrition champions is the key in shaping nutrition landscape. She is the Vice-Chair of the Technical Working Committee of the Malaysian Nutrition Leadership Programme (MyNLP).


Dr Roseline Yap Wai Kuan

Honorary Treasurer, Nutrition Society of Malaysia

Roseline Yap, PhD, was previously a Senior Lecturer in the Food Science with Nutrition programme, School of Biosciences at Taylor’s University, Malaysia. She received her BSc in Dietetics and MSc in Nutrition and Food Science from University of Kentucky, USA. She further obtained her PhD in Nutritional Science from University of Nagasaki, Japan. She started her career as an academic since 2005, teaching nutrition-related modules and supervising final year projects for undergraduate students.

Her research interests are directed toward public health nutrition and nutritional epidemiology with the emphasis on dietary patterns, food consumption, lifestyle habits and incorporation of nutrigenetics in diet-related chronic diseases. She has received various international awards and has publications as conference proceedings and peer-reviewed papers in major nutrition-related journals including book chapters.

She served as the Council Member of NSM since 2012. Her passion is in the field of community nutrition therefore she is involved as an expert committee representing NSM in several projects such as Nutrition Month Malaysia, Positive Parenting, Maternal and Infant Care (Mi-CARE) and NSM Roadshows 2.0 programme.


Professor Dr Norimah Abdul Karim

Council Member, Nutrition Society of Malaysia

Norimah A. Karim, PhD, recently retired from the Nutrition Programme, Faculty of Health Sciences, UKM after more than 30 years of service. She is currently a Professor in Nutrition at IMU. Her PhD in Nutrition was from the University of Southampton, focusing on dietary assessment methods (FFQ). Her research interest now is on teenage pregnancy and nutrition of the various communities as well as nutrition education and promotion. Her journey in NSM started as an ordinary member, progressing to Council member and later Hon Secretary of NSM (2008-2020 ). She is currently a Council member and also a Life Member and Fellow of NSM. She is also the Vice President of Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity (MASO).

She works closely in several committees in MOH, chairing the TWG Nutrition Research in Malaysia, and contributed as key writer for the Malaysian Dietary Guidelines. She is the editor of the Pregnant and Lactating Dietary Guidelines. As one of the champions in nutrition education and promotion, she has been actively involved in various nutrition and health promotion programmes in different community settings such as being a national steering committee member of Nutrition Month Malaysia, and expert committee of both Healthy Kids Programme and ‘Good Nutrition – Key to Healthy Children’ Programme and Positive Parenting. She is also a co-researcher in research-driven community programmes, such as, School Nutrition Programme (SNP), and ‘Eat Right to Play Right’ Programme.

After many years as a lecturer and Nutritionist, she believes that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure the nutritional status and healthy well-being of Malaysians can continuously be improved.


Dr Yasmin Ooi Beng Houi

Council Member, Nutrition Society of Malaysia

Yasmin Ooi, PhD is a senior lecturer in nutrition at the Nutrition Programme, Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition, Universiti Malaysia Sabah. She is a member of the Ministry of Health Malaysia’s Technical Working Group for Nutritional Guidelines. She is also a member of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries’ National Advisory Council for Agriculture. She is also the country representative for Malaysia for the Sustainability Initiative in the Marginal Seas of South and East Asia under the International Science Council’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. She is the coordinator of AgriSolutions for Universiti Malaysia Sabah which comprises of groups of researchers who provide technological interventions to communities to help solve problems in the food supply chain brought about by the covid-19 pandemic.

Her research interest is in nutritional epidemiology and working in a trans-disciplinary manner on issues from farm and sea to plate. Together with her colleagues and collaborators, they try to identify the relationship between nutrition and environmental causes of diseases among various communities in Sabah. She is currently working on childhood iron deficiency anaemia as part of a cluster of research projects on sustainable development for people living in a recognised heritage site. The findings will form the basis of policy advice for sustainable development in the Kinabalu UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Associate Professor Dr Gan Wan Ying

Council Member, Nutrition Society of Malaysia

Gan Wan Ying, PhD is the research coordinator of the Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia. She has served as a council member of the NSM from 2014 to 2016 and currently re-elected as a council member in the 18th Council of the NSM. She has also served as a council member of the Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity (MASO).

Her research interests include early childhood development, malnutrition, disordered eating and body image, and nutrition in underprivileged groups. She is a member of several Technical Working Groups (TWGs) under Ministry of Health Malaysia and contributed as key writer for the Malaysian Dietary Guidelines. She is also the national steering committee member of Nutrition Month Malaysia. She works closely with different stakeholders such as Ministry of Health and private agencies to improve nutritional and health status of the community. She has been actively involved in nutrition education and health promotion programmes. She is passionate about educating the community regarding nutrition and health to improve the well-being of the community.


Dr Satvinder Kaur Nachatar Singh

Council Member, Nutrition Society of Malaysia

Satvinder Kaur, PhD is a senior lecturer in Nutrition with Wellness programme at the Faculty of Applied Sciences, UCSI University.

Her research interests include childhood obesity, maternal and child nutrition. Her main area of research is circadian rhythm and chrononutrition. She serves as a member of the Ministry of Health of Malaysia Technical Working Group (TWG) on Malaysian Dietary Guidelines and Nutrition Research Priorities. She is also a member of the Technical Working Group (TWG) for a collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Universiti Putra Malaysia for optimizing gestational weight gain for the prevention of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in Malaysia.

She is passionate about delivering nutrition education and has conducted many health talks for the community. Her interest lies in empowering young children in preparing healthy meals and has conducted several workshops on this.