Diabetes Expert Appointed to Board of International Journal
As a board member, Islam will be required to review articles in his area of expertise and assign reviewers to articles submitted for publication. He will also develop special issues on pertinent topics in Food and Nutrition Research and write editorials on recent developments in this arena. The journal is contributing considerably to Food and Nutrition Research by publishing excellent research. Acting as an editorial board member will afford Islam the opportunity to become acquainted with a wide range of international research.
Islam is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry with more than eight years’ teaching experience in Biochemistry and Metabolism, and chairs the University’s Animal Research Ethics Committee (AREC). The NRF C2-rated researcher is recognised for his expertise in the field of type 2 diabetes and obesity, the latter a major contributor to the development of type 2 diabetes in individuals. He has published seven book chapters and more than 70 full-length articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He has also, delivered a number of lectures around the world and was a recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Teachers’ Award in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science. Islam has supervised more than 35 postgraduate students from honours through postdoctoral studies, and teaches undergraduate to honours level classes.
His research has involved the development of animal models of type 2 diabetes, antidiabetic intervention trials of various medicinal and functional foods, food supplements, artificial sweeteners, sugar substitutes, and medicinal plant extracts (including fractions and isolated pure compounds from these) and underlying molecular mechanisms behind their effects targeting novel drug discovery and better management of diabetes.
Islam and colleagues have developed two animal models of type 2 diabetes in use by researchers around the world, with growing global collaborations with institutions like the Paris Diderot University. Their work on sugar alcohols have also drawn attention from researchers at a Swiss hospital where Islam was a Visiting Professor. Research conducted by his team on medicinal plants is also gaining global attraction.
Islam, who is on the editorial boards of more than five other international, peer-reviewed journals in his field, has been invited to deliver a keynote address at the International Conference on Diabetes and Phytotherapy (ICDP)-2017 in India in August 2017, as well as to serve on their international advisory board.