Past Events

N2RTU Critical Analysis Workshop


N²RTU Hands On Workshop Nutritional Biomarkers and Biochemistry analysis in Precision Nutrition


The inception ceremony of the Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics Research and Training Unit (N²RTU) was held at UTAR Sungai Long Campus on 16 February 2022. The event was held in a hybrid mode with participants across the globe joining simultaneously via Zoom. N²RTU is the first of its kind in Malaysia with a focus on knowledge and technology transfer in the emerging field of nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics via research and training. It was set up under UTAR Centre for Biomedical and Nutrition Research (CBNR), in collaboration with the University of Reading, with the MoH and NSM as associate partners. CBNR received the prestigious British Council Research Environmental Links (BC-REL) grant to implement N²RTU in Malaysia as part of the Going Global Partnership initiative by the British Council with the support of MIGHT, the Malaysian partner to the British Council. The N²RTU is led by UTAR Dr Anto Cordelia and the UK-PI and Deputy Director of IFNH at the University of Reading Prof Vimal Karani. Joining them from Malaysia are co-investigators, CBNR Chairperson Dr Eddy Cheah Seong Guan, FSc Deputy Dean (R&D and Postgraduate Programmes) Dr Phoon Lee Quen, and FSc academic Dr Annaletchumy Loganathan, with associate partners, namely Head of Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Research Centre (NMCRC) of IMR, NIH, MoH Dr Mohd Fairulnizal Md Noh and NSM Vice President Dr Mahenderan Appukutty. From the University of Reading (United Kingdom), Prof Vimal Karani will be joined by IFNH Director Prof Ian Givens.

First N2RTU Workshop on Nutrigenetics, Nutrigenomics and Data Analysis for Precision Nutrition

A five-day workshop on “Nutrigenetics, Nutrigenomics, and Data Analysis for Precision Nutrition” was organised by the Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics Research and Training Unit (N²RTU) under UTAR Centre for Biomedical and Nutrition Research (CBNR) from 15 to 19 August 2022 at UTAR Kampar Campus. The workshop was convened by Prof Vimal Karani S, Deputy Director of Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH) from the University of Reading, United Kingdom and the organising committee included Malaysian Principal Investigator (PI) and Faculty of Science (FSc) academic Dr Anto Cordelia Tanislaus Antony Dhanapal, and co-investigators namely, FSc Deputy Dean for R&D and Postgraduate Programmes Dr Phoon Lee Quen, Chairperson of CBNR Dr Eddy Cheah Seong Guan, and FSc academic Dr Annaletchumy Loganathan.

The opening of the workshop was graced by the Deputy Director of Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Research of Kampar Campus Prof Dr Sumathi Sethupathi who appreciated the N2RTU team for pioneering nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics research and training in Malaysia.

The workshop was attended by nutritionists, dietitians, students, academics, public health officers, epidemiologists, and general practitioners from 22 different organisations in Malaysia, Singapore, and India. It was conducted as part of the Nutrigenetics, and Nutrigenomics Research and Training Unit (N²RTU) project funded by the British Council, UK; Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and supported by the Ministry of Health (MOH), Malaysia, and Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM). The purpose of the workshop was to transfer knowledge and technology pertaining to
nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics and precision nutrition in Malaysia. During the workshop, the participants underwent group activities such as personalised nutrition debates and presentations, quizzes, hands-on experience in genetic analysis, and statistical genetic analysis training using appropriate software.

The workshop included talks given by speakers from the UK, namely Professor of Food Chain Nutrition and Director of IFNH of UoR Prof Dr Ian Givens; Associate Professor in Metagenomics of UoR, Dr Gemma Walton; and Lecturer from the University of Surrey, UK, Dr Shelini Surendran. Additionally, Vice President of NSM Dr Mahenderan Appukutty gave a lecture on sports nutrigenomics and its applications in precision nutrition. Hands-on experience in DNA extraction, next generation sequencing, and bioinformatics analysis was provided by Field Application Scientist of Neoscience Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Ms. Ngan Xue Yi. Industry experts, Founder of Adam’s Genetics, India Dr Shah Fahad Husami, and Dr. Zahiah
binti Mohamed Amin from MyGenome, Malaysia also gave talks on DNA-based personalised nutrition services that are available in South Asia and Southeast Asia, respectively. The workshop ended with a closing remark delivered by FSc Dean Assoc Prof Dr Lim Tuck Meng.

Captions based on press release


Press releases linked to N 2 RTU

  1. First Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics Research and Training Unit in Malaysia
  2. Setting up of N²RTU for knowledge and technology transfer in nutrigenetics and
    nutrigenomics (
  3. First N²RTU workshop to facilitate precision nutrition in Malaysia