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Ling-Wei Chen

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science
Woodview House,
University College Dublin,
Belfield,
Dublin 4

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Email: ling-wei.chen@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr Chen is a nutritional and life course epidemiologist with a passion for disease prevention. His research revolves around the influence of early life nutrition on offspring birth and later health outcomes such as overweight and obesity. With a primary degree in Life Sciences (1st class honour; specialized in Biomedical Science) and a direct PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology, he excels in both basic and clinical research. He is particularly interested in the Developmental Origin of Health and Diseases (DOHaD) theory, sometimes called the 'Barker's hypothesis'. He believes that a healthy start in life can positively influence population health trajectories and should be incorporated as a complementary strategy to battle the increasing burden of non-communicable chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases. Dr Chen has comprehensive knowledge of epidemiology, human nutrition (dietary patterns, micronutrients, macronutrients, specific dietary factors such as caffeine), statistical modeling, and child growth and body composition. He is also proficient in the conduct of meta-analysis as an efficient way to critically and systematically summarize evidence.  

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2015.
Title: Shortlisted and nominated for Wang Gungwu Medal and Prize (best PhD thesis)
Year: 2010.
Title: President's Graduate Fellowship
Year: 2008.
Title: NUS Award for Study Abroad
Year: 2007.
Title: Dean's list
       

Conference Contributions

Chen LW et al. (2011) Dietary patterns during pregnancy and the confinement period: Findings from the Growing Up in Singapore Towards healthy Outcomes (GUSTO) study. [Poster Presentation], XI Asian Congress of Nutrition, Singapore , 11-JUL-11 - 13-JUL-11.
Chen LW et al. (2012) Dietary changes during pregnancy and the postpartum period in Chinese, Malay, and Indian women in Singapore: The GUSTO cohort. [Oral Presentation], YLL School of Medicine 2nd Annual Graduate Scientific Congress, Singapore , 15-FEB-12 - 15-FEB-12.
Chen LW et al. (2013) Associations of maternal folate concentration with birth outcomes in an Asian population: Growing Up in Singapore Towards healthy Outcomes (GUSTO). [Poster Presentation], 20th International Congress of Nutrition, Spain , 15-SEP-13 - 20-SEP-13.
Chen LW et al. (2013) Maternal caffeine intake and risk of low birth weight: a meta-analysis. [Poster Presentation], 8th World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, Singapore , 17-NOV-13 - 20-NOV-13.
Chen LW et al. (2014) Maternal n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid status in late pregnancy and neonatal body composition: Growing Up in Singapore Towards healthy Outcomes (GUSTO). [Poster Presentation], THE POWER OF PROGRAMMING 2014: International Conference on Developmental Origins of Adiposity and Long-Term Health, Germany , 13-MAR-14 - 15-MAR-14.
Chen LW et al. (2015) Associations of maternal folate and vitamin B12 status with offspring linear growth in a multi-ethnic Asian mother-offspring cohort study. [Poster Presentation], 9th World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, South Africa , 08-NOV-15 - 11-NOV-15.
Chen LW et al. (2015) Maternal trans fatty acid status in relation to birth outcomes in a multi-ethnic Asian population. [Oral Presentation], 9th World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, South Africa , 08-NOV-15 - 11-NOV-15.
Chen LW et al. (2016) Associations of maternal macronutrient intake during pregnancy with infant BMI peak characteristics. [Poster Presentation], 3rd International Conference on Nutrition & Growth, Austria , 17-MAR-16 - 19-MAR-16.
 

Employment

Employer: National University of Singapore
Position: Research Fellow
Employer: National University of Singapore
Position: Research Assistant

Education

Year 2010 Institution: National Uni of Singapore
Qualification: BSc Subject: BSc in Life Sciences
Year 2014 Institution: National Uni of Singapore
Qualification: PhD Subject: PhD in Nutrirional Epidemiology

Languages

Japanese:
Chinese:
English:
     

Other Activities

Invited to peer-review for the following journals: 
1) Journal of Nutrition
2) Nutrients
3) Singapore Medical Journal
4) European Journal of Nutrition  
5) Public Health Nutrition
6) PLOS ONE
7) British Journal of Nutrition
8) Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology

Verified peer-reviewer profile:
https://publons.com/author/1172241/ling-wei-chen#profile

 

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Chen, Ling-Wei (2016) 'You are What Your Mother Eats' In: Juliana Chen, Shuzhen Sim, Rebecca Tan (eds). Bugs & Quarks: Stories from the Asian Scientist Writing Prize 2015. Singapore: Asian Scientist. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Bernard JY, Tint MT, Aris IM, Chen LW, Quah PL, Tan KH, Yeo GS, Fortier MV, Yap F, Shek L, Chong YS, Gluckman PD, Godfrey KM, Calder PC, Chong MFF, Kramer MS, Botton J, Lee YS. (2017) 'Maternal plasma phosphatidylcholine polyunsaturated fatty acids during pregnancy and offspring growth and adiposity'. Prostaglandins Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids, . [Details]
Aris IM, Chen LW, Tint MT, Pang WW, Soh SE, Saw SM, Shek LP-C, Tan KH, Gluckman PD, Chong YS, Yap F, Godfrey KM, Kramer MS, Lee YS. (2017) 'Body mass index trajectories in the first two years and subsequent childhood cardio-metabolic outcomes: a prospective multi-ethnic Asian cohort study'. Scientific Reports, . [Details]
Chia AR, Tint MT, Han CY, Chen LW, Colega MT, Aris IM, Chua MC, Tan KH, Yap F, Shek LP-C, Chong YS, Godfrey KM, Fortier MV, Lee YS, Chong MF. (2017) 'Adherence to Healthy Eating Index for pregnant women is associated with lower neonatal adiposity in a multi-ethnic Asian cohort: the Growing Up in Singapore Towards healthy Outcomes (GUSTO) study'. The American journal of clinical nutrition, . [Details]
Chen LW, Tint MT, Fortier MV, Aris IM, Shek LP-C, Tan KH, Rajadurai VS, Gluckman PD, Chong YS, Godfrey KM, Kramer MS, Henry CJ, Yap F, and Lee YS (2017) 'Body composition measurement in young children using quantitative magnetic resonance: a comparison with air displacement plethysmography'. Pediatric Obesity, . [Details]
Chen LW, Tint MT, Fortier MV, Aris IM, Shek LP-C, Tan KH, Chan SY, Gluckman PD, Chong YS, Godfrey KM, Rajadurai VS, Yap F, Kramer MS, and Lee YS (2017) 'Which anthropometric measures best reflect neonatal adiposity?'. International Journal of Obesity, . [Details]
Chen LW, Aris IM, Tint MT, Bernard JY, Colega M, Gluckman PD, Shek LP-C, Saw SM, Chong YS, Yap F, Godfrey KM, van Dam RM, Chong MF, and Lee YS. (2017) 'Associations of maternal macronutrient intake during pregnancy with infant BMI peak characteristics and childhood BMI'. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 105 (3):705-713. [Details]
Aris IM, Bernard JY, Chen LW, Tint MT, Pang WW, Lim, Soh SE, Saw SM, Godfrey KM, Gluckman PD, Chong YS, Yap F, Kramer MS, Lee YS. (2017) 'Infant body mass index peak and early childhood cardio-metabolic risk markers in a multi-ethnic Asian birth cohort'. International Journal of Epidemiology, . [Details]
Aris IM, Chen LW, Tint MT, Pang WW, Soh SE, Saw SM, Shek LP, Tan KH, Gluckman PD, Chong YS, Yap F, Godfrey KM, Kramer MS, Lee YS. (2017) 'Body mass index trajectories in the first two years and subsequent childhood cardio-metabolic outcomes: a prospective multi-ethnic Asian cohort study'. Scientific Reports, . [Details]
Aris IM, Bernard JY, Chen LW, Tint MT, Pang WW, Soh SE, Saw SM, Shek LP, Godfrey KM, Gluckman PD, Chong YS, Yap F, Kramer MS, Lee YS. (2017) 'Modifiable risk factors in the first 1000 days for subsequent risk of childhood overweight in an Asian cohort: significant of parental overweight status'. International Journal of Obesity, . [Details]
Bernard JY, Tint MT, Aris IM, Chen LW, Quah PL, Tan KH, Yeo GS, Fortier MV, Yap F, Shek L, Chong YS, Gluckman PD, Godfrey KM, Calder PC, Chong MFF, Kramer MS, Botton J, Lee YS. (2017) 'Maternal plasma phosphatidylcholine polyunsaturated fatty acids during pregnancy and offspring growth and adiposity'. Prostaglandins Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids, 121 :21-29. [Details]
Pang WW, Colega M, Cai S, Chan YH, Padmapriya N, Chen LW, Soh SE, Han WM, Tan KH, Lee YS, Saw SM, Gluckman PD, Godfrey KM, Chong YS, van Dam RM, Chong MF. (2017) 'Higher Maternal Dietary Protein Intake Is Associated with a Higher Risk of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in a Multiethnic Asian Cohort'. Journal of Nutrition, 147 (4):653-660. [Details]
Aris IM, Bernard JY, Chen LW, Tint MT, Lim WY, Soh SE, Saw SM, Godfrey KM, Gluckman PD, Chong YS, Yap F, Kramer MS, Lee YS. (2017) 'Postnatal height and adiposity gain, childhood blood pressure and prehypertension risk in an Asian birth cohort'. International Journal of Obesity, . [Details]
Chen LW, Wu Y, Neelakantan N, Chong MF, Pan A, and van Dam RM (2016) 'Maternal caffeine intake during pregnancy and risk of pregnancy loss: a categorical and dose--response meta-analysis of prospective studies'. Public Health Nutrition, 19 (7):1233-1244. [Details]
Li LJ, Ong PG, Colega MT, Chen LW, Man R, Lamoureux E, Gluckman PD, Kwek K, Chong YS, Saw SM, Godfrey KM, Wong TY, Chong MF (2016) 'The Impact of Macronutrients on Retinal Microvasculature among Singapore Pregnant Women during the Mid-Late Gestation'. PLoS ONE, . [Details]
Chen LW, Tint MT, Fortier MV, Aris IM, Bernard JY, Colega M, Gluckman PD, Kwek K, Saw SM, Chong YS, Yap F, Godfrey KM, Kramer MS, van Dam RM, Chong MF, and Lee YS (2016) 'Maternal Macronutrient Intake during Pregnancy Is Associated with Neonatal Abdominal Adiposity: The Growing Up in Singapore Towards healthy Outcomes (GUSTO) Study'. Journal of Nutrition, 146 (8):1571-1579. [Details]
Chen LW, Aris IM, Bernard JY, Tint MT, Chia A, Colega M, Gluckman PD, Shek LP-C, Saw SM, Chong YS, Yap F, Godfrey KM, van Dam RM, Chong MF, and Lee YS. (2016) 'Associations of maternal dietary patterns during pregnancy with offspring adiposity from birth until 54 months of age'. Nutrients, 9 (1):2. [Details]
Chia A, de Seymour J, Colega M, Chen LW, Chan YH, Aris IM, Tint MT, Quah PL, Godfrey KM, Yap F, Saw SM, Baker P, Chong YS, van Dam RM, Lee YS and Chong MF (2016) 'A vegetable, fruit, and white rice dietary pattern during pregnancy is associated with a lower risk of preterm birth and larger birth size in a multiethnic Asian cohort: the Growing Up in Singapore Towards healthy Outcomes (GUSTO) cohort study'. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 104 (5):1416-1423. [Details]
Ong YL, Quah PL, Tint MT, Aris IM, Chen LW, van Dam RM, Heppe D, Saw SM, Godfrey KM, Gluckman PD, Chong YS, Yap F, Lee YS, Chong MF (2016) 'The association of maternal vitamin D status with infant birth outcomes, postnatal growth and adiposity in the first two years of life in the multi-ethnic Asian population: the GUSTO cohort study'. British Journal of Nutrition, . [Details]
Chen LW, Lim AL, Colega M, Tint MT, Aris IM, Tan CS, Chong YS, Gluckman P, Godfrey K, Kwek K, Saw SM, Yap F, Lee YS, Chong MF, and van Dam RM (2015) 'Maternal folate status, but not that of vitamins B-12 or B-6, is associated with gestational age and preterm birth risk in a multiethnic Asian population'. Journal of Nutrition, 145 (1):113-120. [Details]
Chen LW, Low YL, Loh NL, Han WM, Chong YS, Gluckman P, Godfrey K, Kwek K, Saw SM, Soh SE, Tan KH, Chong MF, and van Dam RM (2014) 'Dietary changes during pregnancy and the postpartum period in Singaporean Chinese, Malay and Indian women: the GUSTO birth cohort study'. Public Health Nutrition, 17 (9):1930-1938. [Details]
Chong MF, Wong JXY, Colega M, Chen LW, van Dam RM, Tan CS, Lim AL, Cai S, Broekman BFP, Lee YS, Saw SM, Kwek K , Godfrey K, Chong YS, Gluckman P, Meaney MJ, and Chen H. (2014) 'Relationships of maternal folate and vitamin B12 status during pregnancy with perinatal depression: The GUSTO study'. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 55 :110-116. [Details]
Chen LW, Wu Y, Neelakantan N, Chong MF, Pan A, and van Dam RM (2014) 'Maternal caffeine intake during pregnancy is associated with risk of low birth weight: a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis'. BMC Medicine, 12 (1):174. [Details]
                                                                                                                                           

Research

Research Interests

-Developmental Origin of Health and Diseases (DOHaD)
-Nutritional epidemiology 
-Early life nutrition (maternal and child)
-Birth, growth, and body composition outcomes
-Life course epidemiology 
-Meta-analysis 
     

Teaching

       

Developing as a Teacher

Recent mentoring experience: -Supervisor of Fung Si Ming for her final year project (2017), resulting in a manuscript publishable in international peer-reviewed journal (in preparation) -Co-mentor of Roisin Fitzgerald on her final year undergraduate research project.
 

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Prof. Cecily Kelleher, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, University College Dublin
Prof. Fionnuala McAuliffe, National Maternity Hospital

External Collaborators

Prof James Hebert and Dr Nitin Shivappa, University of South Carolina, USA 
Prof Caroline Relton and Dr Matthew Suderman, University of Bristol, UK 
Prof Nicholas Harvey, University of Southampton, UK
Dr Barbara Heude, INSERM UMR 1153, France
Dr Liesbeth Duijts,  Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, Netherlands
Prof Kinga Polanska, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Poland