Keynote Speakers
Keynote Speakers
Plenary Lecture I
THE RISE OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS IN ASIA

Dr Chwang Leh-Chii (Taiwan)
President
Asian Federation of Dietetic Association
 
Dr Chwang Leh-chii, Dr PH, RD is the President of Asian Federation of Dietetic Association (AFDA) and Chinese Dietetic Society, Taiwan (CDS), Founding President of Taiwan Dietetic Association, a past Vice Superintendent of Taipei Municipal Gan-Dau Hospital, and Director of Food and Nutrition Department, Taipei Veterans General Hospital.

She served on the Board of Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation and Quality Assurance, Medical Research Ethics Foundation, Dietitian Registration Examination Council, Consumer Protection Bureau, Child Health Alliance and Society of Lipids and Atherosclerosis.

Her academic appointments include faculty position in Department of Nutrition, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taiwan; external examiner of International Medical University, Malaysia; and visiting scientist, USDA-Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, Boston, USA

Dr Chwang received her DrPH from University of Texas, MS from University of Hawaii, and BS for National Taiwan University.

Plenary Lecture II
NUTRITION-SENSITIVE FOOD SYSTEMS FOR HEALTHY DIETS: A CHALLENGE OF THE 21ST CENTURY

Dr Warren Lee (Hong Kong)
Nutrition and Food Systems Division
Food &Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
 
Dr Warren Lee leads the Nutrition Assessment and Scientific Group in FAO Headquarters. He co-ordinates programs on nutrition assessments, human nutrient requirements and Codex scientific advice on nutrition, and nutritional aspects of food loss and waste. He also contribute to the development of dietary assessment tools and develop country’s capacity to collect dietary data and nutrition indicators http://www.fao.org/nutrition/assessment/capacity-development/en/. Dr Lee obtained his BSc. in Human Nutrition at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, and PhD. from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also a Registered Dietitian and Public Health Nutritionist qualified in the U.K.

Before joining FAO, Dr Lee conducted research at universities and public health institutions in Australia, Hong Kong, and in the U.K. He pioneers studies in calcium and vitamin D requirements, bone growth and calcium bioavailability using stable isotopes. He also coordinated clinical and population-based studies in assessing growth and nutritional status of infants, children and adolescents; nutrition in relation to bone growth and osteoporosis; and the pathophysiology of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Dr Lee has served at several executive boards of scientific organizations on food and nutrition. He was President of the Hong Kong Nutrition Association in 1994-95, 1996-97 and 2002-03, and council member of the Federation of Asian Dietetic Association (1994-99).

Plenary Lecture III
NUTRITION FOCUSED PHYSICAL EXAMINATION INCLUDING MALNUTRITION IDENTIFICATION FOR ACUTE AND CHRONICALLY ILL PATIENTS

Prof. Rebecca Brody (United States)
Associate Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Rutgers University School of Health Professions
 
Dr Rebecca Brody is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Health Professions at Rutgers University. She completed her undergraduate degree in dietetics at the University of Vermont and her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition, and PhD in Health Sciences (nutrition track) at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers University). She started her career in clinical nutrition and clinical nutrition management and has maintained the Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) credential since 1995. Currently she works for the Graduate Programs in Clinical Nutrition at Rutgers University where she teaches, mentors masters and doctoral research students, and conducts research on nutrition focused physical assessment, dysphagia screening, nutrition support therapy, and advanced practice topics. She is the incoming Vice Chair of the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and is vice-chair of the Advanced Level Practice Panel for CDR Dr Brody has published numerous research and review papers in peer reviewed journals and has presented to international, national and state groups on dysphagia, neurological impairment, nutrition focused physical exam, and advanced dietetics practice.

Plenary Lecture IV
PREVENTION OF ALLERGY: WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE IN 2018?

Prof Hania Szajewska (Poland)
Professor & Chair of the Department of Paediatrics
The Medical University of Warsaw
 
Hania Szajewska, MD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Paediatrics at the Medical University of Warsaw. Since 2014, she has been serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Prof Szajewska has broad interests in paediatric nutrition but her research focuses on the effects of early dietary interventions on later outcomes; the gut microbiota modifications such as with probiotics and/or prebiotics; acute and chronic diarrheal diseases, and coeliac disease. She is or has been actively involved in several European Union-funded projects (e.g., PREVENTCD; NUTRIMENTHE; EarlyNutrition). She is an enthusiastic advocate for the practice of evidence-based medicine. Previously, Prof. Szajewska served as a member of the Council and then as the General Secretary of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN). She also served as the Secretary of the ESPGHAN Committee on Nutrition. Currently, she serves as the co-chairperson of the ESPGHAN Working Group on Probiotics and Prebiotics. She has authored more than 250 publications and 25 book chapters. Citations over 11,500; Hirsh index 59 (Scopus, March 2018).