Posted on November 18, 2018

Qatar University’s (QU) Human Nutrition Department at the College of Health Sciences honors the distinguished achievement of Dr. Zumin Shi, Associate Professor, for his published article in Nature Review Endocrinology, an internationally known, peer-reviewed, high impact journal. The journal’s main objective is to provide a wide array of research focusing on endocrinology and metabolism, reaching readers with diverse medical backgrounds.

Dr. Zumin’s publication titled “Epidemic T2DM, early development and epigenetics: implications of the Chinese Famine” is a collaborative work with eminent researchers in Australia and China. The paper found that the epigenetic modifications resulting from malnutrition during the famine in China (1959–1961) might convey an intergenerational risk of T2DM that continues to fuel the T2DM epidemic in China. It suggests that the research and actions that address prevention of T2DM cannot be confined to lifestyle measures and must consider the early developmental effect of in utero events. The paper also shows that the long-term and intergenerational consequences of famines and other man-made and natural disasters provide an urgent public health message for other nations currently experiencing or at future risk of such catastrophes.

Dr. Zumin Shi is an Associate Professor of Nutrition at the Human Nutrition Department, College of Health Sciences at QU. He earned a medical degree from Beijing Medical University. He pursued a Master’s degree in International Community Health and a PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology from the University of Oslo after completing 13 years of experience in nutrition and food borne disease prevention at Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  He later held postdoctoral positions at the University of Newcastle and the University of Oslo. Dr. Shi was a senior research fellow at the University of Adelaide before joining QU in 2018. His research interest focuses on the relationship between food intake, lifestyle and chronic diseases. He is the chief investigator of the ongoing Jiangsu Nutrition Study in China and has over 150 peer reviewed publications. He is currently actively involved in various research within China, Australia, USA and Norway.

Initiating research and publishing results is one of the Human Nutrition department’s crucial objectives to foster the development and advanced insights in the nutritional sciences. The department puts great effort to publish research which in turn can impact researchers globally, all with the goal of supporting the development of science. QU applauds Dr. Zumin for his achievement and the great pride he brings to the Human Nutrition Department.