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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 and an honorary research fellow at the Boden Collaboration for Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders, the University of Sydney. 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 Collaboration, 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 training were funded by both an NHMRC Public Health Postgraduate Scholarship and Postdoctoral Training (Early Career) 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. Her current research has broadened to include cardiovascular disease epidemiology. She currently manages the Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Collaboration which was funded by an NHMRC project grant (2016-2018) and a project investigating treatment disparities in primary care which was funded by a Heart Foundation Vanguard grant (CIB: 2018).

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