Prof Koh Woon Puay
Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
Dr Koh is Professor in Healthy Longevity Translational Research Programme at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. Being a population health scientist, Prof Koh’s research interest and expertise is in unravelling the epidemiology of chronic diseases of importance to Singapore, such as cancer, cardio-metabolic, musculoskeletal and neurodegenerative diseases. Beyond establishing associations between exposures and risk of disease, her research uses molecular and genetic tools to identify modifiable factors that could be applicable to disease prevention, or biomarkers that could be developed for early detection or screening of disease. Prof Koh is the Principal Investigator of the Singapore Chinese Health Study, a 63,257-strong cohort of middle-aged and elderly Chinese Singaporeans established for the long-term study of dietary and environmental determinants of chronic diseases common among Singaporeans. She has co-authored over 380 scientific papers on diet, lifestyle and genes in relation to risk of diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, gout, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and tuberculosis disease. She has received over $24 million dollars in research funding from NIH (USA) and NMRC (Singapore), and is a recipient of the Ministry of Health NMRC Clinician Scientist Award (Senior Investigator).