Dr Siti Rohaiza Ahmad

rohaiza.ahmad@ubd.edu.bn

Assistant Professor, Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences



                              

Lecturer in Nutrition and Public Health at the PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Her current research focus is on characterization of local Bruneian rice and the use of local medicinal plants among diabetic patients in Brunei Darussalam (both projects has received grants from UBD, and herself as the Principal Investigator). Dr Siti Rohaiza is also very much interested in research in other nutrition-related projects and University Education.

EDUCATION

Bsc (Hons) Nutrition - University of Nottingham, UK
MSc (Biotech) - UOW, Australia
PhD in Public Health - UQ, Australia

RESEARCH INTERESTS

1. Nutrition (Public health and laboratory research)
2. Obesity - the impact of the environment
3. University Education

FUTURE PROJECTS

Local Bruneian Rice Study: Health Impact and Product Development ( MARCH 2018-MARCH 2021)

Research involving characterization of local Bruneian rice such as Sembada, MRQ96, Laila etc. Looking at their nutritional composition and glycaemic index. The research also looked at the impact of cooking on calories and the anti-cancer property of selected local Bruneian Rice. Research is fully funded by UBD Competitive Grant (BND$35,000) and Dr Siti Rohaiza is the Principal Investigator.


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Myth versus scientific evidence: effectiveness of selected local Bruneian herbs acting as supplement to control diabetes (JANUARY 2020 - JANUARY 2023)

Comparison will be made on traditional belief against scientific evidence on the efficacy of the mentioned medicinal plants on managing type 2 diabetes mellitus. Followed by in-depth experimental research on the best methods of extraction of these three local plants, to measuring the toxicity levels of the plants’ extractions. Followed by, studies on animal test subjects on the administrations of these medicinal plants to establish clear proof on best practice of consumption of these medicinal plants to establishing a clearer understanding of the effect of the medicinal plants on the management of type 2 diabetes in animal models. Research is fully funded by UBD Herbal Grant (BND$32,500) and Dr Siti Rohaiza is the Principal Investigator. Currently one PhD Student, Nazurah Hamizah Salleh (started January 2020) is undergoing her research under the project.


Applications Invited
PhD student taken

Local Brunei Health Study - PART 2 (Proposed start date is January 2022)

Is a follow up studies based on the first grant received. Will now be looking at the health impact of local Bruneian rice among diabetic patients and will be doing further characterization of the rice. Grant application is in plan and there will be an opening for Master student to start in August 2022 or January 2021. Depending on the completion of the first grant.


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MASTER BY RESEARCH
6

Scopus Publications

12

Google Scholar Citations

2

Google Scholar h-index

Scopus Publications

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Ahmad. S. R. Foods Consumed with Rice that Elicit a Reduction in Glucose Response among Healthy Individuals. Curr Res Nutr Food Sci 2020; 8(2). https://bit.ly/2DPhLQ0

Hayati, A., Aziz, A., Ahmad, S., & Ningsih, S. (2019). Pyridinium Crosslinks (Pyd) in the Urine is Associated with Stunting in Neonates. Asian Journal of Research in Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 7(1), 1-8. https://doi.org/10.9734/ajrimps/2019/v7i130113

Damit, NAD Awang, H. A. Rahman, and S. R. Ahmad. "Research Article Breakfast Intake Habits Among Universiti Brunei Darussalam Students." Pak. J. Nutr 18 (2019): 817-823.
Ahmad, S. R., Schubert, L., & Bush, R. (2019). Government and school community member perception on childhood obesity prevention in the primary school settings of Brunei Darussalam. Journal of Health Sciences. https://doi.org/10.17532/jhsci.2018.191
Ahmad, SR. (2019). Maternal Nutrition and Fetal Programming of the Immune System: Epidemiological and Experimental Evidences. Asian Journal of Medicine and Health, 14(3), 1-8. https://doi.org/10.9734/ajmah/2019/v14i330103

Ahmad, S., Schubert, L., & Bush, R. (2019). Nutrition and Physical Activities in the Schools: A Qualitative Study of Children Perceptions in Brunei Darussalam. Asian Food Science Journal, 8(1), 1-8. https://doi.org/10.9734/afsj/2019/v8i129980

Mustapa, N.A.H. and Ahmad, S.R., 2019. Effects of Various Drying Methods on the Vitamin C level of Papaya Locally Grown in Brunei Darussalam. Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology, 27(1). http://www.pertanika.upm.edu.my/Pertanika%20PAPERS/JST%20Vol.%2027%20(1)%20Jan.%202019/21%20JST-1140-2018.pdf

Shirley Huan Fang Lee, Ihsan N Zulkipli, Sheba R David, Siti Rohaiza Ahmad, Fairuzeta Ja'afar, Ya Chee Lim, Rajan Rajabalaya. Review on milk and its biological effects on human health: Neurological conditions, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition, 3-6 (2018), 84-89. http://www.foodsciencejournal.com/archives/2018/vol3/issue6/3-6-23

Tok CY, Ahmad SR, Koh DSQ. Dietary habits and lifestyle practices among university students in Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Malays J Med Sci. 2018;25(3):xx–xx. https://doi.org/10.21315/mjms2018.25.3.6

SR Ahmad, L. Schubert, R.Bush (2016) Use of an Audit Tool to Assess Obesogenicity: Lessons Learnt from Primary School Environments in Brunei Darussalam. Malaysian Journal of Nutrition, 22(2), 307-315.

Maisarah S, SR Ahmad and David K (2016). Fruits and vegetables consumptions among students studying at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Brunei International Medical Journal 12(2), 70-77. http://www.bimjonline.com/Abstract/BIMJ%202016%20Volume%2012,%20Issue%202/SHARIF20161227077.htm

Ahmad, S. R., L. Schubert, and P. R. Bush (2013). "Primary school nutrition and physical activity environment: A case study in Brunei Darussalam." Obesity Research & Clinical Practice 7 (2013): 22-23. [Conference Presentation] (Google Scholar and Scopus-Indexed)

Siti Rohaiza Ahmad (2017) Brainstorming activity in class: How will you do it? The Asia Pacific Scholar, 2 (2), 34-35. https://doi.org/10.29060/TAPS.2017-2-2/LE1043

SR Ahmad and Usamah Sarbini. The effect of storage on Vitamin C stability of locally grown fruits in Brunei Darussalam. Innovare Journal of Food Science (Google Scholar Indexed).

TOP PUBLICATIONS

Ahmad. S. R. Foods Consumed with Rice that Elicit a Reduction in Glucose Response among Healthy Individuals. Curr Res Nutr Food Sci 2020; 8(2). https://bit.ly/2DPhLQ0

Tok CY, Ahmad SR, Koh DSQ. Dietary habits and lifestyle practices among university students in Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Malays J Med Sci. 2018;25(3):xx–xx. https://doi.org/10.21315/mjms2018.25.3.6

SR Ahmad, L. Schubert, R.Bush (2016) Use of an Audit Tool to Assess Obesogenicity: Lessons Learnt from Primary School Environments in Brunei Darussalam. Malaysian Journal of Nutrition, 22(2), 307-315.

GRANT DETAILS

UBD Competitive Research Grant - Local Bruneian Rice Research as Principal Investigator (BND$35,000)

UBD Herbal Grant - Myth versus scientific evidence: effectiveness of selected local Bruneian herbs acting as supplement to control diabetes as the Principal Investigator (BND$37,500)

RESEARCH OUTPUTS (PATENTS, SOFTWARE, PUBLICATIONS, PRODUCTS)

- Innovation in terms of the development of an audit tool for the assessment of obesogenic environment and also a policy analysis grid.

CONSULTANCY

Nutrition related projects - Methodology

Industry, Institute, or Organisation Collaboration

SEAMEO-RECFON
Riau Polytechnic, Bogor, Indonesia