Updated: 01/28/2014 23:42

Asia's first food and nutrition research centre set up in S'pore



Asia's first food and nutrition research centre set up in S'pore

A 20-million-dollar centre has been set up in Singapore to carry out state-of-the-art research on food and nutrition. 

The Clinical Nutrition Research Centre, or CNRC, will conduct studies on the causes of diseases such as diabetes and obesity, and develop products and diets that can reduce the risks of such diseases. 

The prevalence of diabetes in adult Singaporeans has increased to just over 11 per cent in 2010, from 9 per cent in 1998. 

Globally, the cumulative cost of all non-infectious diseases for which obesity is a leading risk factor was about US$1.4 trillion in 2010. 

The CNRC will also look into areas such as nutrition for women, children and the elderly, as well as body-weight control. 

It is the first centre of its kind in Asia with the capabilities to study all levels of nutrition, from the cellular level to whole-body nutrition. 

It was jointly set up by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research and National University Health Systems.

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