Faculty Profile, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan

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Mark L. Wahlqvist, M.D., Ph.D.

Institute of Population Health Sciences


MD, Uppsala University, Sweden, 1972
MD, University of Adelaide, Australia, 1970
MB, BS, University of Adelaide, Australia, 1966
BMedSc, University of Adelaide, Australia, 1962


- Visiting professor, Center for Health Policy Research and Development, National Health Research Institutes (2007-present)
- Visiting Professor in Medicine, Zhejiang University, Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou, China (2005-present)
- Honorary Professor, Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Monash University (2003-present)
- 2002-2005 Honorary Professor, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Deakin University (2002-2005)
- Chair, FAO (Food & Agriculture Organization of UN) Centre of Excellence, Monash University (1999-2006)
- Director, Asia Pacific Health and Nutrition Centre, Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (1999-present)
- Associate Dean, International Health and Development, Faculty of Medicine, Monash University (1999-2002)
- Visiting Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia (1994-1996)
- Professorial Associate, Deakin Institute of Human Nutrition (1990-2001)
- Head, Department of Medicine, Monash University (1987-1999)
- Chairman, Division of Medicine, Monash Medical Centre Hospital (1987-1994)
- Professor of Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne (1987-2002)
- Director, Deakin Institute of Human Nutrition (1985-1987)
- Honorary Senior Associate, National Research Institute of Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine, Melbourne (1985-1986)
- Director, Clinical Nutrition & Metabolism Unit, Prince Henry's Hospital and Monash Medical Centre (1982-1988)
- Chairman, Dietitians Board of Victoria (1982-1986)
- Consultant Nutritionist, ADAB, Department of Foreign Affairs, Australian Government (1980-1982)
- Associate, Department of Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne (1979-1986)
- Clinical Teacher, Faculty of Medicine, Monash University (1979-1986)
- Honorary Consulting Physician, Geelong Hospital, Geelong, Victoria (1979-1987)
- Consultant Physician (Endocrine and Diabetes), Prince Henry's Hospital and Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne (1978-1999)
- Foundation Professor of Human Nutrition, Department of Human Nutrition, Division of Biological and Health Sciences, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia (1978-1987)
- Physician, Clinical Nutrition & Metabolism Unit, Prince Henry's Hospital and Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne (1976-1981)
- Senior Lecturer, Department of Medicine, Monash University, Prince Henry's Hospital, Melbourne (1976-1977)
- Honorary Fellow and Registrar, Department of Clinical Science, Australian National University, Canberra Hospital (1973-1975)
- Visiting Fellow, Department of Clinical Science, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University (1972)
- Research Fellow, Department of Geriatrics, University of Uppsala, Sweden (1971-1972)
- Research Fellow, King Gustaf Research Institute, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden (1970-1971)
- Research Fellow, National Heart Foundation of Australia, Department of Physiology, University of Melbourne (1968-1970)
- Resident Medical Officer, Royal Adelaide Hospital (1966)


Dr. Wahlqvist's current research interests reflect an extensive multidisciplinary career ranging from bench, bed and field to multicentre clinical and longitudinal population studies. He remains involved in cross-cultural medicine and health with a view to community development and health advancement. To this end he remains on the executive of the ICSU Sciences for Health and Well-being initiative. He is on the advisory Board of the Harvest Plus program to improve the nutritional value of staple crops and the Nutrition Advisory Panel of WHO.

In 2007, he launched the 2nd report of the WCRF and AICR on Diet, Activity and Cancer in Beijing and Hong Kong, along with Chen Jun-Shi and Jim Mann.

He has joined NHRI to further his work on Healthy Ageing policy, taking advantage of the extensive data bases and expertise available in Taiwan to understand these issues in the interest of Chinese-speaking and Indigenous peoples.


As an alumnus of Adelaide and Uppsala Universities in Australia and Sweden, respectively, he has had a combined career in Internal Medicine, Nutrition Science and Public Health with Chairs in these fields; this has involved work in clinical, community, academic, governmental and commercial settings. He has held various Australian and International positions in Science, Technology, Health and Public Policy, including Food safety and regulation.

As President of the International Union of Nutritional Science, he developed a focus on the critical nutrition-health problems of Africa, whilst maintaining and evolving his life-long interests in Asia and Chinese-speaking peoples. His studies have ranged over food patterns, metabolic disorders, the nature and determinants of disease, and ageing. He has several hundred peer-reviewed publications, a score of books and is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the National Health Research Institutes in Taiwan

His research has led to paradigm shifts in several areas:

-Arterial biology at least as important as blood components in atherogenesis (1962)
-Regulation of human myocardial fuel consumption and ischaemic heart disease (1972)
-Nutritional factors beyond carbohydrate in diabetes (1978)
-Foods and arterial health (food variety and fish) (1989)
-Food and the menopause (1990)
-Food cultural indices (ageing and survival) (1995)
-Nutrient synergy and bowel tumours (1995)
-Phytoestrogens and bone health (1998)
-Skin and ageing (2000)
-Lactogoguic plant foods (2004)
-Wellness on-line (2005)


- Life member Nutrition Australia (Australian Nutrition Foundation)EV McCollum International Lecture, American Society for Nutritional Sciences, 21st September 2005
- Fellow Nutrition Society of Australia, 2004
- Life Honorary Member, British Nutrition Society, 2003
- Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), Australia Day, 26th January 2000
- Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology- Food Industry Innovation Award, 1998
- Charlotta Medal, Emigrants' Research Institute, Sweden, 1994


1. Wahlqvist ML*, Lee MS, Lau J, Kuo KN, Huang CJ, Pan WH, Chang HY, Chen R & Huang YC. The opportunities and challenges of evidence-based nutrition (EBN) in the Asia Pacific region: clinical practice and policy-setting. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2008;17(1):2-7.

2. Lako J, Trenerry VC, Wahlqvist ML, Wattanapenpaiboon N, Sotheeswaran S & Premier R. Phytochemical flavonols, carotenoids and the antioxidant properties of a wide selection of Fijian fruit, vegetables and other readily available foods. Food Chemistry 2007;101:1727-1741.

3. Damanik R, Wahlqvist ML & Wattanapenpaiboon N. Lactagogue effects of Torbangun, a Bataknese traditional cuisine. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2006; 15(2):267-274.

4. Wahlqvist ML.* The new nutrition science: sustainability and development. Public Health Nutrition 2005; 8(6A): 766-772.

5. Purba M, Kouris-Blazos A, Wattanapenpaiboon N, Lukito W, Rothenberg EM, Steen BC & Wahlqvist ML*. Skin Wrinkling: Can Food Make a Difference? Journal of the American College of Nutrition 2001; 20(1):71-80.

6. Wahlqvist ML* & Specht RL. Food variety and biodiversity: Econutrition. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1998; 7(3/4): 314-319.

7. MacLennan R, Macrae F, Bain C, Battistutta D, Chapuis P, Gratten H, Lambert J, Newland RC, Ngu M, Russell A, Ward M, Wahlqvist ML & the Australian Polyp Prevention Project. Randomized trial of intake of fat, fiber, and beta carotene to prevent colorectal adenomas. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 1995; 87(23):1760-1766.

(*=Corresponding Author)