Prof. Christiani Jeyakumar Henry

Clinical Nutrition Research Centre

Christiani Jeyakumar Henry is currently Director, Clinical Nutrition Research Centre, A*STAR in Singapore and Professor at the Department of Biochemistry, National University of Singapore. He was the founding director of the Functional Food Centre in Oxford. He initially trained as a food scientist and obtained his MSc and PhD in Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His interests have been on understanding glycemic control, the role of glycaemia in body weight regulation, food-nutrient interactions and functional foods. His work on energy expenditure culminated in the development of the “Henry Equations” to predict Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). His equations on BMR are widely used in several countries including the European Union to estimate human energy requirement.

Jeyakumar was a Board member of UK Food Standards Agency and member of the General Advisory Committee on Science of the Food Standards Agency (UK). He is on the Board of Directors of International Life Sciences Institute South East Asia (ILSI-SEA), and is a Scientific Advisor, Science and Technology Advisory Board, Singapore Sports Institute, and Expert Panel Member, Advertising Standards Authority Singapore. He is also a founding member of the Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (ARoFIIN).

Jeyakumar has published over 260 papers and presented over 320 lectures around the world. In 2010, he was awarded the British Nutrition Foundation prize for his outstanding contribution to Nutrition. He was made a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Scientists and Technologists (2012). He was the recipient of the Most Inspiring Mentor Award, from A*STAR, Singapore in 2017, and was recently the scientific commentator on the highly successful TV program “Food Files” that has been aired worldwide.

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