Dr Amutha Ramadas

Senior Lecturer

Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Email: amutha.ramadas@monash.edu
Tel: +603 5515 9660
Office: Room 4-4-68

Profile Summary

Dr Amutha Ramadas joined the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Sciences in August 2012. She was awarded the Higher Degree Research Scholarship by Monash University Malaysia to pursue her PhD in Public Health. She has also completed the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education to strengthen her skills as an educator. Currently she is pursing her second Master's degree in Applied Statistics.

During her PhD study, she also acted as the coordinator for the Asian Collaboration for Excellence in Non-Communicable Disease (ASCEND) Research Network (Malaysia), which awarded the “Award of Excellence – Greatest Career Progress”. She was the recipient of the Best Postgraduate Student (MSc) and Young Investigator Award (BSc) awarded by the Nutrition Society of Malaysia, of which she is a life member. She also won the Young Investigator Award at the Diabetes Asia Conference organised by National Diabetes Institute, as well as awarded several travel grants to attend national and international conferences.

Her fields of special interest includes clinical and community nutrition, health promotion and biostatistics,  given her academic and professional training in these areas.  In addition, she possesses a strong research in health education, health behaviour change, as well as well prevention and management of non-communicable diseases. She is a life member of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia, and played a vital role in the Technical Working Committee of the Malaysian Dietary Guidelines for Vegetarians.

She has since published and presented her scientific findings in various national and international journals including noteworthy Q1 journals such as Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Journal of Functional Foods and PLoS One.  She is also an independent reviewer for several international journals.

Academic Qualifications

  • Master of Applied Statistics, University Malaya (in progress)
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Monash University
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Public Health), Monash University
  • Master of Science (Clinical Nutrition), Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Bachelor of Science (Nutrition & Community Health), Universiti Putra Malaysia

Involvement in Organizations

  • 2003 – present Nutrition Society of Malaysia (life member)
  • 2016 – present Malaysian Dietary Guidelines for Vegetarians (Technical Working Committee)

Research & Education

Research Interests

  • Prevention and management of non-communicable diseases
  • Health education
  • Health behaviour change

Fields of Special Interest

  • Nutrition (clinical & community)
  • Health promotion
  • Biostatistics

Monash Teaching Commitment

Bachelor of Medical Science & Doctor of Medicine
– Population Health
– Young Scholar Program supervision

Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons)
– Research Methodology & Systematic Review
– Statistics 1.0 (Basics)
– Statistics 2.0 (Intermediate)

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)
– Community Engagement Elective

Graduate Research (PhD)
– Basic Statistics for Biomedical Science
– Intermediate Statistics for Biomedical Science
– Advance Statistics for Biomedical Science

Recent Publications

Please refer to the full academic profile for the complete list of publications.

Research Impact

Tan VPK, Ngim CF, Lee EZ, Ramadas A, Pong LY, Ng JI, Hassan SS, Ng XY & Dhanoa A (2018). The Association between Obesity and Dengue Virus (DENV) Infection in Hospitalised Patients. PLOS One. 13(7):e02200698 – IF 2.81 , Q1

Dominic NA, Thirunavuk Arasoo VJ, Botross NP, Riad A, Biding C & Ramadas A (2018). Changes in Health-related Quality of Life and Psychosocial Well-being of Breast Cancer Survivors: Findings from a Group-based Intervention Program in Malaysia. Asian Journal of Cancer Prevention (in press). – IF 2.52, Q2

Shyam S, Ramadas A & Chang SK (2018). Isomaltulose: Recent Evidence for Clinical Application and a Focus on Its Prebiotic Potential. Journal of Functional Foods. 48: 173-8. – IF 3.47, Q1

Ramadas A, Chan CKY, Oldenburg B, Zanariah H & Quek KF (2018). Randomized-controlled Trial of a Web-based Dietary Intervention for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: Changes in Health Cognitions and Glycaemic control. BMC Public Health. – IF 2.42, Q1

Balaravi B, Chin MQ, Karppaya H, Chai WJ & Ramadas A (2017). Knowledge and Attitude Related to Nutritional Supplements and Risk of Doping among National Elite Athletes in Malaysia. Malaysian Journal of Nutrition. 23(3): 409-423 – Scopus

Ngim CF, Lai NM, Hong J, Tan SL, Ramadas A, Muthukumarasamy P & Thong MK (2017). Growth Hormone Therapy for People with Thalassaemia (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 9:CD012284. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD012284.pub2. – IF 6.103, Q1

Ng QX, Choe YX, Karppaya H, Chai WJ & Ramadas A (2017). Rapid Weight Loss Practices among Elite National Combat Sports Athletes in Malaysia. Malaysian Journal of Nutrition. 23(2): 199-209 – Scopus

Dhanoa A, Rajasekaram G, Hassan SS, Ramadas A, Adnan NAA, Lau CF & Ngim CF (2017). Risk Factors and Clinical Outcome of Profound Thrombocytopenia in Adult Patients with DENV Infections. Platelets. 28(7):724-727. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09537104.2017.1293802 – IF 3.213, Q2

Ramadas A & Quek KF (2016). Potential of Mobile Applications in Prevention and Management of Cardio-metabolic Diseases. Public Health Open Journal. 1(4):71-80. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.17140/PHOJ-1-114

Ngim CF, Lai NM, Hong J, Tan SL, Ramadas A, Muthukumarasamy P & Thong MK (2016). Growth hormone therapy for people with thalassaemia (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 7:CD012284. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD012284  – IF 6.103, Q1

Ramadas A, Qureshi AM, Dominic NA, Botross NP, Riad A, Arasoo VJT, & Elangovan S (2015). Socio-Demography and Medical History as Predictors of Health-Related Quality of Life of Breast Cancer Survivors. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention. 16(4)1479-1485. doi: 10.7314/APJCP.2015.16.4.1479 – IF 2.514, Q3.

Ramadas A, Chan CKY, Oldenburg B, Zanariah H & Quek KF (2015). A Web-Based Dietary Intervention for People with Type 2 Diabetes: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 22(3):365-73. doi: 10.1007/s12529-014-9445-z – IF 2.126, Q2.

Atan R, Virzi GM, Peck L, Ramadas A, Brocca A, Eastwood G, S Sood, Ronco C, Bellomo R, Goehl H & Storr M (2014). High Cut-off Hemofiltration versus Standard Hemofiltration: a Pilot Assessment of Effects on Indices of Apoptosis. Blood Purification. 37:296–303. doi: 10.1159/000363220 – IF 1.284, Q3.

Ahmad B, Ramadas A, Quek KF & Zain AZ (2014). A Pilot Study: The Development of a Culturally Tailored Malaysian Diabetes Education Module (MY-DEMO) based on the Health Belief Model. BMC Endocrine Disorders. 14(1): 31. doi: 10.1186/1472-6823-14-31 – IF 1.710, Q4.

Book chapter

Shyam S & Ramadas A (2018). Treatments with Low Glycaemic Index Diets in Gestational Diabetes. In: Nutrition and Diet in Maternal Diabetes. SpringerLink. Pp: 237-251.

Refereed conference proceeding (full paper)

Ramadas A (2016). Vegetables and Cardiometabolic Health: An Update of Recent Evidence. Southeast Asian Vegetable Symposium 2016 (pp. 51-62). Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), Malaysia.

Qureshi A, Ramadas A, Dominic NA, Botross NP, Riad A, Arasoo VJT, & Elangovan S (2015). Psychosocial Factors and Quality of Life of Breast Cancer Survivors. In Michigan State University (Ed.), Today's Universities: Combining Rigour with Relevance - 3rd Dubai International Conference in Higher Education (pp. 305-328). Boca Raton, Florida: BrownWalker Press.

Media

Caring for Life – NST, 8 April 2013

BMedSc (Hons) graduates win awards at international conferences – December 2017

Research Grants

  • Prevalence of Hypertension in Malaysian Adolescents and Its Related Lifestyle Factors. Seed Grant, Tropical Medicine & Biology Multidisciplinary Platform, Monash University Malaysia. RM5,000 (2018)
  • Nutrition and lifestyle behaviours in cardiometabolic syndrome: development of a community-specific peer-support programme. Fundamental Research Grant Scheme, Ministry of Education. RM110,000 (2013-2016).

Graduate Research and Honours Supervision

Dr Lee Mei Yun (Co-Supervisor)
Honours – Graduated
Project title: Complications of thalassemia among Malaysian adults with thalassemia disease: A single cross-sectional study.

Dr Serric Willeam Peter (Co-Supervisor)
Honours – Graduated
Project title:  Association between vitamin D status, and the risk of developing multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders in Malaysia.

Dr Hardesh Singh Dhillon (Main-Supervisor)
Honours degree – Graduated
Project title:  Impact of diabetes complications and severity, medication adherence and psychosocial well­being on quality of life of people with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Dr Ivan Adam Rasheed (Main-Supervisor)
Honours degree – Graduated
Project title:  Impact of social networking sites on eating behaviour, body image and self-esteem of young adults in Malaysia.

Dr Saleem Perwaiz Iqbal (Main-Supervisor)
PhD – On-going
Project title:  Nutritional and lifestyle behaviours influencing Metabolic syndrome among adults residing in Johor, Malaysia.

Mr Muhammad Daniel Mahadzir (Main-Supervisor)
PhD – On-going
Project title:  Nutrition and lifestyle behaviour peer support for Malaysian adults with metabolic syndrome (PERSUADE): A randomised controlled trial.

Professional Awards & Distinctions

  • Monash University’s Early Educator Forum (Third Prize Winner) at Transforming Education through Trailblazing Innovations (TETI) 2017 for project “Gamification: A tool for Formative Assessment in Medical Education”. (2017)
  • Nutrition Society of Malaysia’s Travel Grant (International Congress on Obesity 2014) for early career researchers (ECR) who are also active members of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia. The recipients were presenting first authors of impactful oral or poster presentations at the Congress.(2014)
  • ASCEND Research Network’s Greatest Career Progress awarded to best trainee of ASCEND Research Network with distinguished career development from 2011 to 2013, as reviewed by colleagues, peers and seniors.(2013)
  • Malaysian Palm Oil Council’s Travel Grant (Palm International Nutra-Cosmeceutical Conference (PINC) & Dietary Palm Oil in Human Nutrition (NUTRICON) granted to active members of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia to enrich their knowledge with latest evidence in human nutrition.(2013)
  • National Diabetes Institute’s Young Investigator Award awarded at the national level Diabetes Asia Conference for the presentation entitled “The effectiveness of a tailored web-based dietary education programme for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus”. Only three excellent oral presentations by ECR are awarded each year.(2012)