In May 2015, an application was made by Taylor’s University (TU - Malaysia) and University Toulouse - Jean Jaurès (UT2J - France) to establish an LIA under the auspice of CNRS (the French National Scientific Research Organization). In December 2015 a positive response was received from CNRS to support LIA for a period of four years (2016-2019). LIA will be coordinated jointly by Professor Dr. Jean-Pierre Poulain, a Sociologist (UT2J; ISTHIA; CERTOP) and Emeritus Professor Dr. Mohd Ismail Noor, a Nutritionist (TU; CRI-FNPH; CRiT), during the four years’ period.
LIA was officially launched in Taylor’s University, Malaysia, with the presence of the Malaysian minister of health Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam on the 20 October 2016.
The main objective of LIA is to pool expertise, facilities and material resources to carry out a scientific project to study the links between diet and health from the perspective of Euro-Asian populations. Initially the two focus area of research are: strengthening the network of “Food Barometers" in Asia and the establishment of “Experimental Restaurants” to study of eating behaviour, based on standardized protocols both in Toulouse and in Kuala Lumpur.