Dr Evelyn Loo
Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS)
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Dr Evelyn Loo is a Principal Investigator from Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences, Agency for Science, Technology and Research. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor from Department of Paediatrics and Principal Investigator from Human Potential Translational Research Programme, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. Her research focus is on understanding the role of the exposome, which includes a diverse array of environmental exposures ranging from individual-level factors to broader-scale influences such as air pollution, so as to derive interventions that translate into clinical practice and impact public healthcare policies.
Her ongoing work involves the study of green space exposure and indoor dust microbiome as well as mechanistic studies of the exposome using multi-omics approaches and machine learning methods. As the Principal Investigator in two large birth cohorts in Singapore – the Growing Up in Singapore Towards healthy Outcomes (GUSTO) and Singapore Preconception Study of Long-Term Maternal and Child Outcomes (S-PRESTO), she has led and published many multi-disciplinary works with international collaborators. She is supported by national funding such as from the National Medical Research Council and Human Potential - Prenatal/Early Childhood Grant to develop novel treatments and preventive strategies to improve human health.
Topic: Neighbourhood Land Uses and their Association with Individual Health Measures – Findings from GUSTO
Much of the global population resides in urban built environments, with the proportion poised to reach 72% by 2050. The urban environment has a profound influence on our well-being. This talk features preliminary findings from a pilot study using data from the Growing Up in Singapore Towards healthy Outcomes (GUSTO) project which is a prospective population-based cohort study involving 1,247 healthy pregnant mothers recruited during their first trimester with longitudinal data on their child’s health collected at regular follow-ups. The pilot investigates whether neighbourhood land uses correlate to child’s health outcomes, while accounting for key individual- and neighbourhood-level confounders, such as age and income. While preliminary findings indicate a lack of association, this study showcases the potential of leveraging on longitudinal cohort studies to better understand the influence of the built environment on health and well-being.