February 27, 2024

Sridhar Kameswaran, area director at Abbott Nutrition R&D was speaking on the topic “Delivering differentiated scientific benefits through integrated product development” at a symposium co-organised by A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation (SIFBI) and ILSI-SEA.

Themed “The Integration of Food Science and Nutrition to Improve Global Health”, the symposium also celebrated the achievements and retirement of Professor Christiani Jeyakumar Henry, deputy executive director of A*STAR’s SIFBI.

Prof Henry, the director of the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC) which is part of SIFBI, was also awarded the Nutrachampion​ title at the NutraIngredients-Asia Awards 2019.​

Held at Biopolis, researchers and industry sponsors from the likes of Abbott, Ajinomoto, BENEO, Roquette, and Symrise​ gave presentations on food science, nutrition, and global health concerns at the symposium.

One of the key points brought up was the importance of collaboration when conducting human clinical trials.

Abbott Nutrition, for example, has successfully completed its SHIELD (Strengthening Health in ELDerly through Nutrition) study​ in Singapore with the involvement of Changi General Hospital (CGH) and SingHealth Polyclinics.

The study assessed the impact of Abbott’s oral nutrition supplement marketed as Ensure Life HMB in enhancing health outcomes of community dwelling older adults who are at risk of malnutrition.

Conducted in 2017, at least five scientific papers have come out from the trial involving 811 elderly aged 65 and above.

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