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NIHR Advanced Fellow, Queen Mary University of London

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.

Dr Tan has received an NIHR Advanced Fellowship to help 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.


  • 2021–present
    NIHR Advanced Fellow, Queen Mary University of London, Centre for Public Health and Policy


  • 2021 
    Queen Mary University of London, Centre for Public Health and Policy, PhD in Global Health Nutrition
  • 2016 
    Uppsala University (Sweden), Master of Medical Science in International Health
  • 2014 
    University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (1st)


  • 2019
    Tan M, He FJ, Wang C, MacGregor GA. Twenty-Four-Hour Urinary Sodium and Potassium Excretion in China: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. JAHA. 2019. doi:10.1161/JAHA.119.012923.,
  • 2019
    Campbell NRC, He FJ, Tan M, Cappuccio FP, Neal B, Woodward M, Cogswell ME, McLean R, Arcand J, MacGregor G, Whelton P, Jula A, L’Abbe MR, Cobb LK, Lackland DT. The International Consortium for Quality Research on Dietary Sodium/Salt (TRUE) position statement on the use of 24‐hour, spot, and short duration (<24 hours) timed urine collections to assess dietary sodium intake. The Journal of Clinical Hypertension. 2019;21:700–709.,
  • 2019
    He FJ, Tan M, MacGregor GA. Salt and health. In: Reducing Salt in Foods. Elsevier; 2019: 3–43.,
  • 2019
    He FJ, Tan M, MacGregor GA. Urinary sodium excretion measures and health outcomes. The Lancet. 2019;393:1293.,
  • 2019
    Alessandrini R, He FJ, Hashem KM, Tan M, MacGregor GA. Reformulation and Priorities for Reducing Energy Density; Results from a Cross-Sectional Survey on Fat Content in Pre-Packed Cakes and Biscuits Sold in British Supermarkets. Nutrients. 2019;11:1216.,
  • 2018
    Tan M, He FJ, MacGregor GA. Salt and cardiovascular disease in PURE: A large sample size cannot make up for erroneous estimations. Journal of the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System. 2018;:1–5.,
  • 2017
    Tan M, Rheeston M, Douglas H. Using the Solihull Approach in breastfeeding support groups: Maternal perceptions. British Journal of Midwifery. 2017;25:765–773.,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    NIHR Advanced Fellowship
    Research Fellow
    Funding Source:
    National Institute for Health Research