Monique Tan is an NIHR Advanced Fellow at Queen Mary’s Centre for Public Health and Policy. She is interested in policy measures that encourage industry-wide food reformulation as a way to improve the nutritional quality of the entire food supply, so that it becomes easier for everybody to enjoy healthier diets.
Dr Tan holds degrees in nutrition and dietetics (University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) and international health (Uppsala University, Sweden). She also has research and field experience in Europe, Asia, and Africa, notably through her work for the World Health Organization and the European Commission.
She originally joined Professors Feng J He’s and Graham MacGregor’s team at Queen Mary as a PhD student. Her doctoral research focussed on salt reduction in China, which her work has helped identify as one of the countries with the highest salt intake in the world.
Her 4-year NIHR Advanced Fellowship is now centred on helping reinvigorate the salt reduction programme in the UK. The programme pioneered a successful target-based approach to industry-wide salt reformulation, but it has now lost its momentum. Yet average salt intake in the UK still exceeds the maximum recommended levels, and this is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease such as heart disease and strokes, the biggest cause of premature deaths in the country.
Recent key publications:
He FJ, Tan M, Ma Y, MacGregor GA. Salt reduction to prevent hypertension and cardiovascular disease: JACC state-of-the-art review. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2020 Feb 18;75(6):632-47.
Tan M, He FJ, Wang C, MacGregor GA. Twenty‐four‐hour urinary sodium and potassium excretion in China: a systematic review and meta‐analysis. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2019 Jul 16;8(14):e012923.
Tan M, He FJ, Ding J, Li Y, Zhang P, MacGregor GA. Salt content of sauces in the UK and China: cross-sectional surveys. BMJ open. 2019 Sep 1;9(9):e025623.
Alonso S, Tan M, Wang C, Kent S, Cobiac L, MacGregor GA, He FJ, Mihaylova B. Impact of the 2003 to 2018 Population Salt Intake Reduction Program in England: A Modeling Study. Hypertension. 2021 Apr;77(4):1086-94.
Song J, Brown MK, Tan M, MacGregor GA, Webster J, Campbell NR, Trieu K, Ni Mhurchu C, Cobb LK, He FJ. Impact of color-coded and warning nutrition labelling schemes: A systematic review and network meta-analysis. PLoS medicine. 2021 Oct 5;18(10):e1003765.
Tan M, He F J, MacGregor G A. Obesity and covid-19: the role of the food industry BMJ 2020; 369 :m2237 doi:10.1136/bmj.m2237
For more publications please visit Queen Mary Research Online