JCSMHS doctoral candidate wins Young Scientist Award at ACN 2019

August 2019

Muhammad Daniel Azlan Mahadzir, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ doctoral candidate, has made Monash University Malaysia proud by winning the Young Scientist Award for the best oral presentation in the recently concluded Asian Congress of Nutrition (ACN) 2019 at Bali, Indonesia.

ACN, organised by Federation of Asian Nutrition Societies, is one of the largest conferences in nutrition in the world and is held every four years.

Muhammad Daniel was among the three winners in the category, beating more than 200 entries from all over Asia. The award was sponsored by the U.S. Dairy Export Council.

His presentation on ‘Contextualizing Motivations and Perceived Barriers of Healthy Nutrition and Lifestyle Behaviors among Malaysian Adults with Metabolic Syndrome’ was a part of his doctoral thesis.

In ACN, he presented the outcomes of focus groups’ discussion among individuals with metabolic syndrome to contextualize their understanding of the disease, their perceived motivation and barriers of healthy nutrition and lifestyle behavior.

Muhammad Daniel is in his final year of doctoral study, and currently under the supervision of Dr Amutha Ramadas and Associate Professor Dr Quek Kia Fatt.


Muhammad Daniel (right) with his supervisor Dr Amutha Ramadas.