Mei Yen Chan

Global Nutrition & Sustainability/ Master's Public Health Thesis Dissertation Course Lead, Global Nutrition & Sustainability/ Master's Public Health Thesis Dissertation Course Lead

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Dr Chan was trained as a clinical dietitian from King’s College, London. She has a strong background in nutrition education and research, with expertise including, chronic diseases treatment and management, specifically cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. She obtained her PhD from National University of Singapore, School of Medicine.

As a course leader, she led the design of a postgraduate public health nutrition programme in UK. She is an experienced academic who has broad experience in the co-ordination and administration of HE duties including accreditation, monitoring postgraduate students’ progression, marketing and research ethics.  She looks forward to working with staff and students in NUSOM to ensure that we meet global standards and to enhance our students’ learning experience.

Her vision is that food security is for all.  There should be culturally appropriate, delicious, equitable and inclusive food experience for all people living in Kazakhstan. She works with healthcare professionals, education providers and professional bodies to enhance nutrition capacity and to train food and nutrition researchers to meet today’s global health challenges. She is passionate about promoting clinical nutrition education. She has attracted over half a Million USD in research funding from government bodies, non-government organizations (NGOs) and philanthropic foundations.

Research interests

Role of dietary intake & health status of Central Asians- Forging strategic partnerships with relevant government, NGOs and food industries: to evaluate existing scientific evidence and to translate into policies and product messaging; Clinical nutrition intervention studies; Behavioral effects of eating and Personalized nutrition interventions based on nutrient-gene interactions.



Selected publications and conference presentations

  1. Kali A, Gusmanov A, Aripov M and Chan M-Y (2022) Proposing new body mass index and waist circumference cut-offs based on cardiometabolic risks for a Central Asia population: A feasibility study. Front. Endocrinol. 13:963352. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2022.963352
  2. Sarria-Santamera, Antonio, Zhanna Alexeyeva, Mei Yen Chan, Miguel A. Ortega, Angel Asunsolo-del-Barco, and Carlos Navarro-García. (2022)  "Direct and Indirect Costs Related to Physical Activity Levels in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus in Spain: A Cross-Sectional Study" Healthcare 10, no. 4: 752.
  3. Nakipov Z, Tursynbekova A, Dauletova G, Mussakhanova A, Dossybayeva G, Kerimbayeva Z, Saurbayeva G, Kaliyeva A, Turgambayeva A, Chan MY. 2022 A Pilot Study of Nutrition Management in the Department of Pediatric Oncology Department of a Hospital in Kazakhstan. Open Access Maced J Med Sci. Available from:
  4. do Vale, M.R.L., Trigueiro, H., Johnsen, J., Macaninch, E., Ray, S. and Chan, M.Y., 2021. Global Food and Nutrition Insecurity Due to COVID-19 over 2020: Perspectives from a Survey of Nutrition Educators Across 5 Continents. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior53(7), pp.S16-S17.
  5. Razbekova, M., Issanov, A., Chan, M.Y., Chan, R., Yerezhepov, D., Kozhamkulov, U., Akilzhanova, A. and Chan, C.K., 2021. Genetic factors associated with obesity risks in a Kazakhstani population. BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health4(1), p.90.
  6. Kendall, H., Kuznesof, S., Dean, M., Chan, M.Y., Clark, B., Home, R., Stolz, H., Zhong, Q., Liu, C., Brereton, P. and Frewer, L., 2019. Chinese consumer's attitudes, perceptions and behavioural responses towards food fraud. Food Control95, pp.339-351.
  7. Kendall, H., Kuznesof, S., Dean, M., Chan, M.Y., Clark, B., Home, R., Stolz, H., Zhong, Q., Liu, C., Brereton, P. and Frewer, L., 2019. Chinese consumer's attitudes, perceptions and behavioural responses towards food fraud. Food Control95, pp.339-351.
  8. Mocciaro, G., Ziauddeen, N., Godos, J., Marranzano, M., Chan, M.Y. and Ray, S., 2018. Does a Mediterranean-type dietary pattern exert a cardio-protective effect outside the Mediterranean region? A review of current evidence. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition69(5), pp.524-535.
  9. Gill-Dang, Saloni & Santos-Merx, Lourdes & Giam, Freda & Fung, Denise & Chan, M.Y. (2018). Dietary risk factors amongst Singapore university students. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society.
  10. A Ong, L Frewer, MY Chan (2017) Cognitive Dissonance in Food and Nutrition – A Conceptual Framework. Trends in Food Science and Technology Vol 59 60-69
  11. JL Ang and MY  Chan (2016) Development of a Checklist (I-Seavd) for Public Health Nutrition Programmes Related to Cardiovascular Disease in Southeast Asia. Public Health Vol 140 80-83
  12. L Frewer, H Kendall, MY Chan, B Clark, M Dean, R Home, S Kuznesof, P Naughton, G Stewart, H Stolz and M Stolz (2016) European food authenticity and Chinese consumers.  Reducing concerns about  food safety Assuring the integrity of the food chain: Fighting food fraud Prague
  13. SH Yang, D S Monteiro, MY Chan, T A Woods (2016) Preferences for meat labeling in Taiwanese Traditional Markets: What do consumers want? Journal of Food Distribution Research Vol 47 (1) 50- 56
  14. Z Ng, S Lim, MY Chan (2015) Oral presentation: Adopting a Mediterranean-style dietary plan to reduce cardiovascular disease in ASEAN countries: Does it work? ASEAN Food Conference, Philippines
  15. Z Ng, T Chang, MY Chan (2015) Poster presentation: The Purchase and Use of Key Mediterranean Ingredients in Asia: A Qualitative Study Amongst Chinese Young Adults 2nd Food Integrity Conference Spain, Bilbao
  16. Z Ng, T Chang, MY Chan (2015) Exploring the attitudes and dietary behaviors amongst young adults to reduce cardiovascular disease: A qualitative study. Designing Law for Nutrition-Related Health UK, University of Surrey
  17. A Ong, L Frewer, MY Chan (2015) Cognitive Dissonance in Food and Nutrition: A Review Journal of Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition May 15: 0. 
  18. K Tan, E Beek, MY Chan, X Zhao L Stevenson (2015) Health Claims on food products: the regulatory frameworks, barriers and opportunities in Southeast Asia Nutrition Reviews 73 (9) p 634- 641  
  19. K Chia, Z Ng, MY  Chan (2014)  Young Chinese  Adults’ Attitudes towards Adopting A MediterraneanStyle Dietary Plan to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease. Journal of Atherosclerosis and  Thrombosis Vol. 21(2014) S3
  20. Y Yuliana & MY Chan (2013) Effect of Mediterranean diet components on selected cardiovascular risk factors, all-cause mortality and cardiovascular mortality: systematic review Annals of Nutrition and  Metabolism Vol. 63, p981
  21. R Patterson, Risby A, MY Chan (2012). Consumption of takeaway and fast food in a deprived inner London Borough: are they associated with childhood obesity? BMJ Open 20;2(3).
  22. Tan EK, Chung WL, Lew YJ, Chan MY, Wong TY, Koh WP (2009) Characteristics, and disease control and complications of hypertensive patients in primary-care – a community-based study in Singapore. Ann Acad Med Singapore. 38(10):850-6.
  23. Chan MY, Zhao Y, Heng CK (2008) Sequential responses to high-fat and high-calorie feeding in an obese mouse model. Obesity May 16(5): 972-8
  24. Chan MY & Heng CK (2008). Sequential effects of a high-fiber diet with psyllium husks on the expression levels of hepatic genes and plasma lipids. Nutrition Jan 24(1): 57-66.
  25. Chan MY*, Zhao YL*, Zhou S, Heng CK (2008). Effects of atherogenic diet and atorvastatin treatment on gene expression profiles in the C57BL/6J mouse liver. Gene Expr; 14(3):149-58

Education/Academic qualification

Clinical Nutrition, Dietetics, Nutrigenomics and Nutrigenetics, PhD

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