Our Research in Asia

We seek to better understand the nutritional context for each country in Asia, including dietary habits and cultural/lifestyle trends that could affect nutrition
Our Research in Asia

Our research satellite centre in Singapore was established in 2010 and has both a global and regional focus. By bringing our global R&D expertise on early nutrition, microbiology, immunology and clinical studies to Asia, we can connect more closely to world-leading scientific teams & research centres in the Asia-Pacific region. Thus, we are able to provide excellence in science and support our local innovations.

Our Asia research focus includes:

  • Impact of nutrition in early life.  This includes programming and epigenetic studies exploring the impact of early nutrition on longer term health, with a special focus on nutrient intake during pregnancy & lactation and in newborn infants.
  • Comparison of Asian versus Caucasian children. We study the early development and colonisation of gut microbiota, as well as the development of the immune system in various cohorts of children around the world.
  • Understanding local nutritional needs. We perform local dietary and public health surveys (called ‘NutriPlanet’) to better understand local nutritional
    needs for pregnant women, infants and young children.

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NutriPlanet Research Studies

Better Understanding Local Nutritional Needs for Pregnant Women, Infants and Young Children

NutriPlanet is a data gathering and research tool designed to give Nutricia and its partners greater insight into the current state of mother and child nutrition health country by country.

We seek to better understand the nutritional context for each country, including dietary habits and cultural/lifestyle trends that could affect nutrition.  We analyze existing scientific literature country by country while looking at existing data on dietary habits, lifestyle, and nutritional and health status.  We also conduct interviews with local scientific and health experts.  Our goal is to identify potential gaps in local market health needs, factors that could either hinder or help drive change, and recommend specific actions to improve local health states.

For NutriPlanet, we collaborate and partner with local authorities and Key Opinion Leaders, as well as share our learning to help advance local understanding of health and nutrition needs.  In Indonesia, a NutriPlanet study was conducted in 2010 while working together with health experts, governments and other key stakeholders.

To further the NutriPlanet study, we have conducted in Indonesia further studies to follow up our NutriPlanet results. One of the studies was conducted in collaboration with SEAFAST (South East Asian Food & Agricultural Science & Technology Center), an institute of research and community empowerment. The study was aimed at obtaining data on food patterns and nutritional status and to define recommendations of additional nutrients required by pre-pregnant (at child-bearing age) women, as well as pregnant and lactating mothers.  The study was conducted in Bogor, West Java during 2010-2011. More details will be available at this website soon.

We also conducted a dietary intake study on children aged 1-5 years old, in collaboration with SEAMEO (South East Asia Ministers of Education Organisation), an intergovernmental organisation promoting regional cooperation through education, science and culture. The study was aimed at obtaining data on food patterns and nutritional status and to define recommendations of additional nutrients required by children aged 1-5 years old. The study was conducted in Bandung, West Java in 2012. More details will be available at this website soon.