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Dr Crystal Lee Senior Research Fellow, Public Health

Crystal Lee is a senior research fellow at the School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University; an honorary research fellow at the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders, University of Sydney; and an adjunct senior research fellow at the School of Public Health, Curtin University. During her doctoral training at The George Institute for Global Health, she developed an interest in using large epidemiological datasets to study global health issues. While working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Boden Institute, she was invited to participate in a large Norwegian health study (The HUNT Study) at the HUNT Research Centre, Norway and the Risk Prediction Tools for Identifying People at High Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes (PREDICT-2) project, an International Diabetes Federation initiative. Her doctoral and postdoctoral trainings were funded by both an NHMRC Public Health Postgraduate Scholarship and Postdoctoral Training Fellowship. In 2013, she received a European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes Albert Renold Travel Fellowship to establish collaboration with Leicester Diabetes Centre, UK.

Crystal has engaged herself in a broad range of projects, from molecular biology to public health epidemiology. Her research interest lies in obesity and diabetes epidemiology. She began epidemiological research in obesity focusing on adult populations in the Asia-Pacific region. Her postdoctoral research had greater emphasis on diabetes in adult populations around the world. She currently manages the Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Collaboration which is funded by an NHMRC project grant and a project investigating treatment disparities in primary health which is funded by a Heart Foundation Vanguard grant.

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