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Prof. Christiani Jeyakumar Henry

Deputy Executive Director, Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS)

Director, Clinical Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC), Singapore


Christiani Jeyakumar Henry initially trained as a Food scientist and subsequently obtained his MSc and PhD in Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was instrumental in the development & launch of the UK’s first dedicated Functional Food Centre. He was Head of Food Sciences and Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University, and Director of the Functional Food Centre in Oxford. Professor Henry has served on several committees including the UK Committee on Medical Aspects of Food & Nutrition Policy (COMA) panel on novel foods, was a board member of the UK Food Standards Agency and was a member of the General Advisory Committee on Science (GACS) of the Food Standard Agency (FSA). He also served as a panel member on the Department for International Development (DFID) health & population research committee, and was a member of the research panel of the UK Crop post harvest Technology. He was Royal Society visiting professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong & continues to remain a visiting professor at the same university.

He was also a member of the recent Joint FAO/WHO consultation on fats and fatty acids in human nutrition. He has also acted as a consultant to the FAO, WHO & UNICEF. He regularly acts as a consultant to global food companies on aspects of food product development with special reference to Nutrition. His major research interests are in Energy Regulation, Functional Foods, Obesity, Glycaemic Index, Energy and Protein Metabolism and Nutrition in the Elderly. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Advances in Food and Nutrition Research, Editorial Board Member of Nutrition Today, Editor-in-Chief, Clinical Nutrition, Frontier in Nutrition and Scientific Director, International Life Science Institute South East Asia (ILSI-SEA),. He has presented over 200 lectures around the world and in 2010 was awarded the British Nutrition Foundation prize for his outstanding contribution to nutrition, as well as the Rank Prize for Nutrition 2010. He is Fellow of the UK Institute for Food Science & Technology & is a registered Public Health Nutritionist. In June 2011 he was appointed Director of Clinical Nutrition at the Singapore Institute of clinical Science to spearhead the translation of nutrition research into food applications.


  1. Henry CJ, Ponnalagu S, Bi X (2019) Development of an Easy-to-Use Visual Aid for the Prediction of Body Fat Based on Waist Circumference and Height in Asian Chinese Adults. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2019 pii: S2212-2672(18)31448-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2019.02.017.
  2. Sun LJ, Goh HJ, Priya G, Leow MK, CJ Henry (2019) Postprandial Glucose, Insulin and Incretin Responses Differ by Test Meal Macronutrient Ingestion Sequence (PATTERN Study). Clin Nutr. 2019 pii: S0261-5614(19)30154-2. doi: 10.1016/j.clnu.2019.04.001.
  3. Sadananthan SA, Tint MT, Michael N, Aris IM, Loy SL, Lee KJ, Shek LP, Yap FKP, Tan KH, Godfrey KM, Leow MK, Lee YS, Kramer MS, Gluckman PD, Chong YS, Karnani N, Henry CJ, Fortier MV, Velan SS. Association Between Early Life Weight Gain and Abdominal Fat Partitioning at 4.5 Years is Sex, Ethnicity, and Age Dependent. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2019 Mar;27(3):470-478. doi: 10.1002/oby.22408.
  4. Shalini, D, Ponnalagu, O, Bi, X, & Henry, CJ (2018). Is waist circumference more strongly associated with metabolic risk factors than waist-to-height ratio in Asians? Nutrition. 2019, 60:30-34. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2018.09.005.
  5. Hills AP, Arena R, Khunti K, Yajnik CS, Jayawardena R, Henry CJ, Street SJ, Soares MJ, Misra A (2018) Epidemiology and determinants of type 2 diabetes in south Asia. Lancet (Diabetes Endocrinol) 2018; 6(12): p966-978.
  6. Mukhopadhyay A, Kowitlawakul Y, Henry CJ, Ong V, Leong CS, Tai BC (2019) Higher BMI is associated with reduced mortality but longer hospital stays following ICU discharge in critically ill Asian patients. Clin Nutr ESPEN. 2018;28:165-170. doi: 10.1016/j.clnesp.2018.08.009.

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