Putting Research Results into Use: From Scientific Publications to a Mobile App

Published: 2021-07-09

For this month’s blog post, we welcome Dr John Tang Yew Huat from Malaysia, whose two IFS grants in 2012 and 2015 led to the development of a smartphone app called EatSAFE-StopWASTE.

Dr John Tang Yew HuatMy two IFS-funded projects focused on food safety issues that involve pathogenic bacteria in food. The IFS grants played a pivotal role in my early career as an academician cum scientist. Grant funding is crucial for science-based research, without which projects will not be able to proceed. The IFS funds acted as a financial start-up and support for me to buy chemicals and consumables for my students’ research activities. As national grants have become limited and extremely competitive, it is not easy to secure them.

The results of the research supported by IFS have been published in peer-reviewed journals, chapters in books and copyright filings, and also presented in invention conferences. These achievements have helped significantly in my career visibility, widening my network and collaborations with researchers in similar fields. In order to make the research useful beyond the scientific community, my study findings were translated into a mobile app named “EatSAFE-StopWASTE”. Its aim is to improve food safety knowledge on food poisoning and food spoilage prevention among food handlers, schoolchildren and the general public. 

Food poisoning incidences happen in both developed and developing countries. It is hoped that through the advancement of mobile technology, information on food safety and food spoilage can easily reach users. The EatSAFE-StopWASTE app was developed to be user friendly, attractive, informative and flexible. It can reduce food poisoning through one of its functions called “Are You At Risk” by estimating potential risk of poisoning from particular food handling practices.

Dr John Tang Yew Huat group


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