Individual Partners


Dr E Leigh Gibson

Current Position Reader in Biopsychology
Research Interest Leigh Gibson's current research is concerned with influences on appetite and food choice, and their interaction with stress, health, and cognitive and emotional well-being. The work is aimed at understanding processes controlling people's habitual diet, attempts at dietary change, weight control and disordered eating. His work derives mainly from psychological and physiological mechanisms underlying dietary habit formation, especially the role of learning, but also including influences of nutrition and stress on brain/behaviour and cardiovascular adaptations protecting health.
Works in Department of Psychology, University of Roehampton
Located in London, UK
Personal Webpage
Role in ToyBox Principal Investigator


Prof Dr Poh Bee Koon

Current Position Professor in Nutrition
Chair, Centre for Community Health Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences, UKM
Research Interest
  • Childhood and Adolescent Nutrition
  • Anthropometry and Body Composition
  • Physical Activity and Dietary Assessment
  • Obesity and Energy Metabolism
Works in Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Personal Webpage
Role in ToyBox Co-Principal Investigator


Assoc Prof Dr Cheah Whye Lian

Current Position Associate Professor
Research Interest
  • Community Nutrition
  • Public Health
  • Children and adolescent health
  • Obesity
  • Physical activity
  • Non-communicable disease and lifestyle related factors
  • Qualitative research, mixed-method research
Works in Department of Community Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Located in Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia
Personal Webpage -
Role in ToyBox Project leader for Sarawak site


Prof Dr Carolyn Summerbell

Current Position Professor of Nutrition and Principal of John Snow College
Research Interest
  • Obesity and public health
  • Particularly childhood obesity
  • Obesity and inequalities
  • Evaluations of public health interventions.
Works in Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Located in 42 Old Elvet, Durham City, DH1 3HN, UK
Personal Webpage
Role in ToyBox Co-applicant on the grant; advisor on research design and data analysis, advisor on interpretation of data (particularly data from accelerometry), co-ordinator of journal publication plan.


Prof Dr Cecilia Essau

Current Position Professor, Centre for Applied Research and Assessment in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing Centre for Religion, Society and Human Flourishing
Research Interest
  • Developmental Psychopathology
Works in Centre for Applied Research and Assessment in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing (CARACAW), and Research Degrees Convener in the Department of Psychology.
Located in University of Roehampton
Personal Webpage
Role in ToyBox Co-Applicant


Dr Denise Koh Choon Lian

Current Position Senior Lecturer
Research Interest
  • Physical activity assessment
  • Exploring and understanding the correlates of physical activity behaviour
  • Motor skill development and learning in children
Works in The Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Located in Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
Personal Webpage
Role in ToyBox Responsible for the adaptations of Physical Activity and Sedentary modules in Toybox Study Malaysia. Responsible for the method and process of data collection for physical activity.


Dr Julia Lee Ai Cheng

Current Position Senior Lecturer and Deputy Dean for Research and Postgraduate
Research Interest
  • Reading Difficulties / Disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Technology in Special Education
  • Inclusive Education
Works in Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Located in Kuching Sarawak
Personal Webpage
Role in ToyBox Team Member (ToyBox Malaysia)


Prof Dr Ruzita Abd. Talib

Current Position Professor in Nutrition
Deputy Dean (Graduates) , Faculty of Health Sciences, UKM
Research Interest
  • Nutrition education and health promotion
  • Obesity intervention study
Works in Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Personal Webpage -
Role in ToyBox Co-Applicant


Dr Sue Reeves

Current Position Principal Lecturer, Department of Life Sciences Health Sciences Research Centre
Research Interest
  • The role of diet in obesity
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Sports performance
  • How beverages and breakfast may be implicated in energy balance and body weight maintenance
Works in Department of Life Sciences Health Sciences Research Centre
Located in University of Roehampton
Personal Webpage
Role in ToyBox Co-Applicant


Emeritus Prof Dr Mohd Ismail Noor

Current Position Emeritus Professor in Nutrition and President, Malaysian Association for the study of Obesity (MASO)
Research Interest
  • Energy requirements
  • Energy balance
  • Obesity
  • Body composition
  • Nutritional status of selected population groups including sports nutrition.
Works in School of Culinary Arts and Food Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and Leisure Management, Taylor’s University.
Located in Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Personal Webpage -
Role in ToyBox Project Partner

Organization Partners

University of Roehampton London

The University of Roehampton has a strong and fast-growing reputation for the quality of teaching and research, and is proud to have a community of talented and committed members of staff. We are more popular among students than we have ever been, with robust levels of applications that have been growing year on year. We provide an engaging portfolio of courses across the creative arts, social sciences, law, humanities, literature, education, business, and human and life sciences. We have a unique and positive sense of community and tradition based on our four Colleges, which are located on a fantastic campus in south-west London. And, perhaps above all else, in the current climate, we have proved ourselves to be innovative, flexible and adaptable.

At Roehampton, we change lives by helping our students to develop the confidence, knowledge and adaptability they need for a successful graduate career and fulfilling life. We are a supportive, close-knit and inclusive community, where anyone can fit in and feel inspired do their best. We have a proud history in higher education stretching back more than 175 years. Our values come from this rich history, built on community, engagement and partnership, with a belief that no matter their background, we can help our students realise their ambitions. With international reach, our research informs policy, enriches culture and improves people’s lives. We undertake world-class research across all of our academic departments and we are ranked as the most research-intensive modern university in the UK.



Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) is a public university that is recognised as one of five research universities in Malaysia. Since its establishment on May 18, 1970, UKM has not only fulfilled the vision of its founding fathers to accord Bahasa Melayu as the language of learning and scholarship but has also successfully produced intellectuals and scholars who are among the nation’s pride.

Starting out with only three faculties, it has since grown into 13 faculties, 13 research institutes of excellence and two commercial entities, UKM Holdings Sdn. Bhd. and UKM Technology Sdn. Bhd. It has thus grown not just in size, but also stature, becoming a research institute in various fields of study including operating various research centres.

Aware of the changes taking place in the academic landscape, UKM is taking steps to address them. One, is through e-Learning to prepare students through innovative teaching and forward–looking curriculum to meet demands of the new economic needs. Secondly, it nurtures research to provide solutions to pressing problems and at the same time engage with the community and industry, as a sustainable development initiative both at the national and international levels.

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The Community Development Department (KEMAS)

The Community Development Department or better known among the public as KEMAS is an extension of the Adult Education Division which was established in 1961, through cabinet papers No.385 / 25/60 by focusing on the “Illiteracy Eradication” program.

By 1977, this illiteracy was enhanced by ‘Functional Literacy‘ concept introduced by UNESCO. It is an effort to make poverty eradication as one of the strategies to develop rural communities.

Following the launch of the “New Economic Policy” (1970), this Division was renamed to “Community Development Department” (KEMAS) that emphasize on an effort towards a community development.

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Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Malaysia's eighth university was officially incorporated on 24 December 1992. A university that is contemporary in character and forward-looking in outlook, it is committed in providing the nation with leaders, managers, scientists and technical specialists as well as thoughtful citizens who are capable of handling the complex challenges of our common future - confidently, competently, and creatively. As of January 2019, UNIMAS is offering a total of 45 undergraduate programmes and 40 postgraduate programmes. The total total enrolment is 15,882 consisting of 13,517 undergraduates, 1,649 postgraduates and 716 pre-university students. In addition, a total of 2,416 staff have been employed as of January 2019.

  • To analyze ToyBox Study Malaysia data from Baseline and Post-Intervention
  • To discuss the content of the pamphlet ToyBox Study Malaysia
  • To plan the future work of ToyBox Study Malaysia


Harokopio University of Athens is a public university dedicated in promoting research and education in a small, well focused set of intellectual areas. The university, situated in the centre of Athens and close to the Unesco World Heritage Centre of the Acropolis, originates from an educational institution that was first established in 1929 and gained the status of University in 1990. It takes its name from the national benefactor Panagis Harokopos.

The University’s excellent campus facilities houses four academic departments, the central administration, the library, the IT centre and student advisory services. Harokopio University of Athens is located close to many important cultural sites of interest such as the Acropolis Museum, Thissio, Panathenaic Stadium (Kallimarmaron), Keramikos, the Benaki Museum and the National Museum of Contemporary Art.

Professor Yannis Manios and Dr. Odysseas Androutsos are participating as non-funded advisors in the ToyBox-study Malaysia. Dr. Manios is a Professor of “Nutritional Assessment, Counselling and Health Promotion”. Over the last 20 years his research interests have been expanded to include assessment of dietary habits, physical activity levels and their determinants, as well as their association with obesity and obesity related health indices in large national and multinational cohorts. Recording and understanding the determinants of those behaviors have guided the development and implementation of community based, web-based interventions and randomized clinical trials aiming to prevent or treat obesity and related risk factors in children, adults and elderly. Dr. Androutsos is a postdoctoral researcher in the fields of energy balance behaviours and lifestyle interventions for the prevention of obesity and cardiovascular disease.

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Malaysia Association for the Study of Obesity (MASO)

Persatuan Kajian Obesity Malaysia or Malaysian Society for the Study of Obesity (MASO) was registered (Bil:PPM 1102/93) with the Registrar of Society on 15 February 1994 and was officially launched by YB Datuk Napsiah Omar on 17 July 1994 at Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur. The Founding President for MASO (1994-1995) was Dato’ Dr. Ismail Merican, Deputy Director General of Health Malaysia. At the 3rd AGM in 1996, Prof.Dr.Mohd Ismail Noor, was elected President MASSO and it’s Secretariat moved from Servier Ltd (Malaysia), to the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. In 1998, MASSO changed its name to “Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity (MASO)” and is affiliated with the World Obesity Federation (WO) since 1997 and a founding member of Asia-Oceania Associations for the study of Obesity (AOASO) since 1998.

MASO members mainly comprise of Nutritionists, Dietitians, Clinical Psychologists, Endocrinologists, Medical Doctors and other related health professionals. MASO strive to enhance the understanding of obesity including causes, manifestations, prevention and anagement principles through various local and international collaborative studies.

MASO organises Scientific Conferences once every two years, Workshops and International Conferences such as the 2nd Asia-Oceania Conference on Obesity (AOCO) in 2003 and Asia Pacific Obesity Conclave (APOC) in 2007. We also run weight management camps for the general public and institutions. MASO is also represented in several Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia health promotion activities and are active members in several MOH Committees including the National Coordinating Committee on Food and Nutrition (NCCFN) since 1996. Collaboration with other professional bodies namely Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM) and Malaysian Dietitians’ Association (MDA) is made to organise Nutrition Month Malaysia since 2002 and various other scientific events.

MASO greatest achievement thus far must be the success in jointly organising with World Obesity Federation the International Congress on Obesity (ICO), held in KLCC Kuala Lumpur from 16-20 March 2014.

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Durham University

Durham University, founded in 1832, is England’s third oldest University, established from a long history of learning an dscholarships in the city. As a charity, the University aims to provide a public benefits primarily through education and research, rooted in the local community it also makes a positive contribution to Durham City.

The University offers one of the broadest ranges of courses in the UK covering the Arts & Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences with over 200 undergraduate courses, plus many research programmes, across 25 departments. A member of the Russell Group of leading, research-intensive universities, Durham’s education programmes are informed by research undertaken by talented staff in partnership with policy-makers, industry, the public sector and communities around the world.

Durham’s 18,000 students benefit from the strong ethos of combining rigorous hard work on their degree courses with a strong commitment to activities outside the curriculum resulting in high participation rates and excellence in sport, music, drama and volunteering. This ethos is endorsedthrough the 16 colleges which provide a great source of friendship, well-being, pastoral and scholarly support.

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