Capabilities

Clinical Nutrition / Metabolic Study

Our team of experienced Principal Investigators and Clinical Research Coordinators designs and conducts clinical researches that examine the clinical/ functional properties of food products and their ingredients, as required by trial protocol. Our laboratory allows for analysis of various markers of metabolism and clinical manifestation, as well as processing and storage for human biological samples. We have wide-reaching analysis capabilities, including:

 

1.1. Biochemistry
  • Substrates

- Albumin

- Bicarbonate

- ilirubin - direct / total

- Calcium

- Creatinine - enzymatic or jaffé

- Iron

- Magnesium

- Phosphorus

- Total protein

- Urea

- Uric acid

 

  • Enzymes

- ALP

- ALT/ GPT

- Amylase

- AST/ GOT

- Creatinine kinase

- GGT

- Lipase

  • Electrolytes

- Chloride

- Potassium

- Sodium

 

  • Hormones

- Insulin

- Ghrelin

- Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1)

- C-peptide

- PYY

 

  • Proteins

- C-reactive protein

 

  • Absorption / Malabsorption Markers

- Breath Hydrogen

- Breathalyzers

- Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring

  • Cardiovascular risk markers

- Cholesterol

- High-density lipoprotein cholesterol

- Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol

- High sensitivity c-reactive protein

- Triglyceride

 

  • Diabetes markers

- Glucose

- Glucose hemolysate

- HbA1c

- Microalbumin

 

  • Other health markers

- Antioxidants

- Cytokines

- Inflammation markers

- Oxidative stress markers

1.2. Clinical/ Nutrition
  • Anthropometry
  • Blood pressure
  • Body composition analysis
  • Energy expenditure analysis

 

All studies are conducted in our centre and overseen by our experienced Clinical Research Coordinators, with ethics approval by the Nanyang Polytechnic Institutional Review Board. All analyses are performed in-house in our analytical laboratory and overseen by our Senior Laboratory Technologist. Our centre has collaborative relations with local, national, and international academic institutions and research hospitals, allowing us to broaden the scope of our clinical research as required by the trial protocol.

 

Nutrition status assessment

At Nanyang Polytechnic Centre for Functional Food & Human Nutrition, nutrition status will be assessed via the four standard methods used by our qualified dietitians and nutritionists:

  • Anthropometry
  • Biochemical
  • Clinical
  • Dietary

 

Anthropometry assessment includes:

  • Weight
  • Height
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Waist circumference
  • Midarm circumference
  • Midarm tricep skinfold
  • Calf circumference
  • Hip circumference
  • Waist-hip circumference ratio
  • % body fat mass
  • % body lean mass (by air displacement plethysmogram or bioelectrical impedance analyses)
  • Basal energy expenditure (by indirect calorimetry)

 

Biochemical analyses include:

  • Albumin
  • Ferritin
  • Hemogoblin
  • Transferrin

 

Our dietitians carry out the following dietary assessments:

  • 24-hour dietary recall
  • Food frequency questionnaire
  • Dietary history
  • Food diary technique
  • Observed food consumption

Satiety Testing

Determining the satiety effect of food product is very relevant in today’s market, with significant implications for weight management. Our scientific team customizes study designs/ protocols offering food intake measures and satiety assessment to meet your specific objectives. All studies are conducted in our centre and overseen by our experienced Clinical Research Coordinators, with ethics approval by the Nanyang Polytechnic Institutional Review Board. All analyses are performed in-house in our analytical laboratory and overseen by our Senior Laboratory Technologist.