Beijing, China – May 25, 2017 – BASF announced winners of its Newtrition® Asia Research Grant during a satellite symposium held on May 23 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 recognize 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:
The satellite symposium also profiled past grant awardee Dr. Huan Ling Yu, Associate Professor at Capital Medical University, China, who presented findings from her intervention study1 showing that the use of plant sterols reduced cardiovascular risk factors in an elderly Chinese population. In addition, three international experts in human nutrition were invited to share insights into research involving Asian diets and functional foods. The three key experts were: Dr. Rob van Dam, Associate Professor, National University of Singapore, Dr. Richard Ostlund, Professor, Washington University in St. Louis and Dr. Mary Chong, Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore.
“Rapid nutritional transitions are taking place due to major economic, demographic and epidemiological shifts, especially in this part of the world. This grant program is one way in which BASF remains at the scientific forefront to continuously deliver on our commitment in providing the right nutrients to the right people at the right time” said Haibo Tian, Vice-Director, BASF Human Nutrition, Asia Pacific. “This innovation platform is also a three-way collaboration between customers, academics and BASF to foster even closer collaboration on development projects,” he added.
1 Dong et al., 2016. Soy milk powder supplemented with phytosterol esters reduced serum cholesterol level in ypercholesterolemia independently of lipoprotein E genotype: a random clinical placebo-controlled trial. Nutr Res, 36(8), 879-884. doi:10.1016/j.nutres.2016.05.006
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