6 September 2014 – International Medical University (IMU) Nutrition and Dietetics lecturer, Ms Yang Wai Yew, was awarded the 2014 Nestle Nutrition Institute Young Researcher Award at the 5th NNI Symposium at Aloft Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Her research paper submitted for this award is entitled “The Relationship between Dietary Patterns and Overweight and Obesity in Children of Asian Developing Countries: A Systematic Review” and was judged the best paper. Ms Yang Wai Yew is currently pursuing her PhD with University of Newcastle, Australia and is on study leave. She obtained her Master of Medical Sciences in Human Nutrition with distinction from University of Sheffield, United Kingdom in 2006 and a First Class Honours undergraduate dietetics degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Prior to becoming an academician at IMU, she has 7 years of working experience in various aspects of clinical and community dietetics as well as management. Ms Yang Wai Yew has won several academic scholarships and awards, and been recognised at her workplace. She is a member of several professional organisations and has served as the Treasurer of the Malaysian Dietitians’ Association from 2007 to 2011. Ms Yang Wai Yew has great passion in dietetics and nutrition, and is committed towards uplifting evidence-based, professional and ethical practice through her teaching and practice. The 2014 Nestle Nutrition Institute Young Researcher Award is given to young researchers (below the age of 40) in the field of maternal and paediatric health & nutrition and based on outstanding publication judged by a panel.
Congratulations Wai Yew for her outstanding achievement and for flying the IMU flag high in the area of Nutrition and Dietetics research!