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Tackling Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Asia – A Multidisciplinary and Multi-sectoral Initiative

Diabetes represents an enormous public-health problem, especially in Asia and comprehensive programs are crucial to curb this epidemic. However, most programs target individuals, whereas initiation and maintenance of behaviour change necessitates a holistic approach that also transforms the individual's environment. Additionally macro-level forces, such as public-policies/national campaigns must be deployed.

The main aim of this project is to develop a comprehensive diabetes prevention program that covers all domains of the socio-ecological model, is culturally relevant and leverages on technological advancements. Program development will involve four stages, and will start-off by consolidating existing knowledge about best-practises and intervention strategies. Primary analyses using Singaporean and Asian data will be conducted to contextualise the problem.

A separate multidisciplinary panel involving stakeholders from government, NGOs, media, industry and the healthcare sector will be assembled in stage-2, to evaluate stage-1 data and brainstorm on novel strategies. Feasibility studies will be carried out during stage-3. During stage-4, a multi-level diabetes prevention program will be defined for Singapore and China specifically, and for Asia in general. Post phase-4, this program can be tested in evolving communities like Punggol-21, and would provide a model for other Asian cities.

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Main Researcher

Prof Chia Kee Seng

Head & Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, NUS
Director, Centre for Molecular Epidemiology
Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

 Curriculum Vitae

Team Members


Assoc Prof Angelique CHAN

Department of Sociology, NUS & Health Services and Systems Research Program, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School


Assoc Prof Rob M van DAM

Departments of Epidemiology and Public Health and Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS; adjunct appointment at the Harvard School of Public Health



Deputy Director & Professor, Signature Research Program in Health Services and Systems Research, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School & Associate Research Professor, Duke University Global Health Institute


Assoc Prof TAI E Shyong

Endocrinologist and Clinician Scientist, Department of Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS


Prof Jean YEUNG Wei-Jun

Department of Sociology and Asia Research Institute, NUS


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