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Past Postdoctoral Member: Jeannie Tay, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Nutrition Obesity Research Center
Webb 514
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama 35294
Office: 205-934-7922
Full CV

Jeannie Tay is a Postdoctoral fellow with the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences and the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Centre.

She pursued her degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at the Flinders University of South Australia on a scholarship from the Ministry of Health, Singapore, where she graduated with First Class Honours in 2007.  Jeannie completed her honours at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Food and Nutrition flagship in Adelaide, Australia and her research was on the metabolic effects of very low carbohydrate diets in abdominally obese people. This work cumulated in a publication in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Thereafter, she returned to Singapore and has worked as a Clinical Dietitian in a variety of tertiary and community healthcare settings. Her interests and expertise are in weight management and renal dietetics although she was also involved in the dietary management of patients from a variety of disciplines- geriatrics, cardiology, oncology, palliative care, gastroenterology and surgery. She gave media interviews, wrote nutrition articles, as well as delivered nutrition talks and workshops to students, the elderly, renal patients and corporate clients such as teachers from the Ministry of Education and Singapore Armed Forces officers. In addition, she rendered voluntary dietetic services to the Singapore Red Cross and Touch Diabetes Support Group.

More recently, she was involved in the ethics review of research studies conducted in the National Healthcare Group (NHG) and partner institutions, as part of the Office of Human Protection Program, at the Institutional Ethics Review Board, Research and Development Office, NHG.

In 2012, Jeannie returned to CSIRO, Adelaide on a National Science Scholarship (PhD) from The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore to pursue a Doctorate. Her area of research involved the long term effects of very low carbohydrate diets in people with type 2 diabetes. This involved leading and working as part of a multidisciplinary team to assess the long term effects of a very low carbohydrate diet compared to a high carbohydrate diet on a variety of metabolic, physiological and cognitive factors in people with type 2 diabetes. By suggesting that a particular diet and lifestyle strategy may confer additional advantages for diabetes management, this large, complex study raised several exciting and clinically relevant findings that challenge current paradigms.  These results were published in Diabetes Care and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and presented at the International Diabetes Federation World Diabetes Congress and Obesity Week. As a corollary of this work, Jeannie also wrote a review paper published in the Annual Review of Nutrition on the importance of glycemic variability- an emerging therapeutic target and risk factor for diabetes complications, in guiding the dietary management of diabetes.

Jeannie commenced postdoctoral training in June 2016 under the mentorship of Dr Barbara Gower at the Department of Nutrition Sciences, UAB. She intends to further develop her clinical research skills in the areas of diabetes, human metabolism and assessment of body composition, which Dr Gower has an expertise in.

International Scholar. Her postdoctoral training is being sponsored by the Singapore government

Selected Publications

  1. Tay J, Thompson CH, Luscombe-Marsh ND, et al. Effects of an energy-restricted low carbohydrate, high unsaturated fat/low saturated fat diet versus a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet in type 2 diabetes: A 2-year randomized clinical trial. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2017;1–14.
  2. Tay J, Zajac IT, Thompson CH et al. A randomised-controlled trial of the effects of very low-carbohydrate and high-carbohydrate diets on cognitive performance in patients with type 2 diabetes. Br J Nutr, 2016; 116(10): 1745–1753.
  3. Tay J, Thompson CH, et al. Luscombe-Marsh ND, et al. Long-term effects of a very low carbohydrate compared with a high carbohydrate diet on renal function in individuals with type 2 diabetes: a randomized trial. Medicine. 2015; 94: e2181
  4. Tay J, Luscombe-Marsh ND, Thompson CH, et al. Comparison of low- and high-carbohydrate diets for type 2 diabetes management: a randomized trial. Am J Clin Nutr 2015; 102:780-790
  5. Tay J, Thompson CH and Brinkworth GD. Glycemic Variability: Assessing Glycemia Differently and the Implications for Dietary Management of Diabetes. Annu Rev Nutr 2015;35:389-424
  6. Tay J, Luscombe-Marsh ND, Thompson CH, et al. A Very Low Carbohydrate, Low Saturated Fat Diet for Type 2 Diabetes Management: A Randomized Trial. Diabetes Care 2014; 37(11):2909-2918.
  7. Tay J, Brinkworth GD, Noakes M, Keogh J, Clifton PM. Metabolic effects of weight loss on a very-low-carbohydrate diet compared with an isocaloric high-carbohydrate diet in abdominally obese subjects. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2008;51(1):59-67.

Years: 2016 - 2019
Mentor(s): Barbara Gower, PhD