Kalpana is currently the Head for the Centre of Applied Nutrition Services and the Glycemic Index Research Unit at Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore. She championed the design, planning and implementation of Singapore’s and the region’s first accredited Glycemic Index Research Unit (GIRU). She has tested over 1000 foods for their glycemic index and has completed many clinical trials in this area. She also oversees the Centre’s areas which encompass the Applied Nutrition Research, Food Technology, and the Bistro Lab (a Learning Enterprise, which is a test bed for healthier meals and baked items). She is the cluster co-chair for the Nutrition and Health-Tech Cluster, which is an initiative to drive applied research at the institution level. Dr Kalpana has been appointed as an expert advisor to Ministry of Health (MOH) in relation to sugar reduction from the sugar-sweetened beverages and she sits on Singapore Food Agency’s Advisory Committee on Evaluation of Health Claims. She regularly acts as a food and nutrition consultant to local and overseas food companies. Kalpana is the President of Diabetes Singapore and President of Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association. She is also an Executive Committee member of the Asian Nutrition Society for Sports and Health (ANSSH), Beijing, China.
Kalpana will be part of Healthy Ageing session on Day 1.