Highlights/ Achievements

Third Place at the Young Investigator Symposium

Chong (third from left) receiving her certificate of achievement from Assoc Prof Dr Hazizi Abu Saad (second from left), Vice President of MASO.


As an institution transitions into a university, the emphasis on research takes centre stage. This is why the achievement of  TAR UMT’s PhD student in Life Sciences, Chong Guey Yong at the Young Investigator Symposium could not have come at a more opportune time. The symposium was part of the Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity (MASO) 2023 Scientific Conference on Obesity. The conference, themed “Curbing Obesity: A Shared Responsibility” took place on 4 to 5 September 2023.

MASO convenes its scientific conference on obesity every two years with the primary goals of fostering research collaboration among member nations and participants, offering a platform for the exchange of insights into obesity-related issues at national and international levels, and sharing expertise on current obesity management approaches, spanning basic science, applied and clinical research, epidemiology and pharmacotherapy.

Guey Yong expressed her delight in securing third place at the symposium as she shared:  “I had to present my research findings in a clear, engaging, and compelling manner. This involved effectively communicating the significance of my research, detailing the methodology I employed, and presenting the results obtained. Additionally, I had to field questions from the judges and the audience, demonstrating a deep understanding of my research and its implications. The competition was fierce, but through diligent preparation, a strong presentation, and the ability to address queries effectively, I am glad my efforts paid off with this achievement.”

Guey Yong’s research project named ChronoDMTM focuses on Chrononutrition, Chronotype, and Glycemic Outcomes in Prediabetes. This comprehensive research aims to investigate the interrelationships between meal timing, individual circadian rhythms (chronotype), and glycemic outcomes in individuals with prediabetes. This multifaceted research initiative seeks to uncover how aligning meal timing and dietary patterns with an individual’s biological rhythms can enhance glycemic control, particularly in those at risk of developing diabetes. By understanding these connections, ChronoDMTM aims to provide personalised strategies for optimising nutrition and meal timing to potentially reduce the risk of diabetes and improve the overall health for individuals in the prediabetes stage.

Offering advice to those aspiring to follow a similar path, she emphasised the importance of cultivating a genuine passion for one’s chosen field and staying curious. “Research and academic pursuits are often fueled by a deep interest in the subject matter. Stay updated with the latest developments in your field through continuous reading, active participation in conferences, and engagement with experts. Remember that success in research and academia often requires both dedication and adaptability. Stay true to your interests and objectives, and continue to learn and grow throughout your academic and research journey,” she wisely advised.


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