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Dr. Hemant Poudyal

Founder & Director

Educational Qualification
Doctor of Philosophy (University of Queensland, AUSTRALIA)
Previously Held Position
Jr. Associate Professor and Unit Leader
Population Health and Policy Research Unit, Graduate School of Medicine,
Kyoto University, JAPAN

A Bit About Me

Hungarian-American psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, one of the pioneers of Positive Psychology, describes the experience of flow as the state in which a person has complete concentration with clarity of goals, the task feels effortless, the experience is intrinsically rewarding, actions and awareness merge with a loss of self-conscious rumination, and the perception of time changes (speeding up/slowing down).


Throughout my life, I can only recall three activities in which I have been in a perfect state of flow: Running, Meditation, and Teaching. I have entered packed classrooms while feeling very stressed, anxious, sleepless, hungover, or with a depressed mood. Yet, I deliver the content and interact with my students as if nothing else is happening in my life. There are no mental tricks, switches, or exercises. Sharing knowledge and interacting with curious minds are so exciting and rewarding for me that it supersedes everything else on my mind. The experience is so incredible that I have made it my life’s mission to help others identify what genuinely excites them.

Work Experience

Jan 2021 - April 2023

Jan 2017 - Dec 2020

Apr 2014 - Dec 2016

Dec 2013 - Dec 2016

Apr 2013 - Sep 2013

Apr 2013 - Oct 2013

Feb 2012 - Oct 2013

Jr. Associate Professor and Unit Leader

Population Health and Policy Research Unit

Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan

Assistant Professor

Medical Education Center (International Education Section)

Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan

Hakubi Assistant Professor

Department of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Nutrition,

Graduate School of Medicine and The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University, Japan.

Adjunct Research Associate

School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery,

University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Center for Systems Biology

University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

Project Officer for the development of ‘e-Infrastructure’ 

School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery,

University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

Assistant Coordinator for Mathematics and Computing courses for nursing students

School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery,

University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

Publications

Research Articles
 

  1. Lelliott M, Sahker E, Poudyal H. A Review of Parental Vaccine Hesitancy for Human Papillomavirus in Japan. J Clin Med. 2023; 12(5):2004. 
     

  2. Ito H, Chang-Leung C, Poudyal H. Inclusion of students with developmental disabilities in Japan: barriers and promising practices in primary and secondary education. Asia Pacific Educ. Rev. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12564-022-09763-8
     

  3. Sahker E, Pro G, Sakata M, Poudyal H, Jordan A, Furukawa TA. Factors supporting substance use improvement for Black Americans: A population health observational study. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2022; 234:109405.
     

  4. Fauzi M, Kartiko-Sari I, Poudyal H. Trends of Dietary Intakes and Metabolic Diseases in Japanese Adults: Assessment of National Health Promotion Policy and National Health and Nutrition Survey 1995-2019. J Clin Med. 2022;11(9):2350.
     

  5. Takayama A and Poudyal H. Incorporating Medical Supply and Demand into the Index of Physician Maldistribution Improves the Sensitivity to Healthcare Outcomes. J Clin Med. 2021;11(1):155.
     

  6. Musumari PM, Techasrivichien T, Srithanaviboonchai K, Wanyenze RK, Matovu JKB, Poudyal H, Suguimoto SP, Zamani S, Tangmunkongvorakul A, Ono-Kihara M, Kihara M. HIV epidemic in fishing communities in Uganda: A scoping review. PLoS One. 2021;16(4):e0249465.
     

  7. Toyama S & Poudyal H. Prevalence of kodokushi (solitary deaths) in the Tokyo metropolitan area. SN Social Sciences. 2021; 1.
     

  8. Tanigaki J and Poudyal H. Challenges and opportunities for better tobacco control in Japan. Int J Drug Policy. 2019; 70:78-86.
     

  9. Miyanaga R and Poudyal H. Participation of nurses and care workers in the decision-making process for people with dementia in Japan. Int J Nurs Stud. 2019; 96:91-98.
     

  10. Murata Y, Harada N, Yamane S, Iwasaki K, Ikeguchi E, Kanemaru Y, Harada T, Sankoda A, Shimazu-Kuwahara S, Joo E, Poudyal H, Inagaki N. Medium-chain triglyceride diet stimulates less GIP secretion and suppresses body weight and fat mass gain compared with long-chain triglyceride diet. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2019;317(1): E53-E64.
     

  11. Dagla I, Benaki D, Baira E, Lemonakis N, Poudyal H, Brown L, Tsarbopoulos A, Skaltsounis AL, Mikros E, Gikas E. Alteration in the liver metabolome of rats with metabolic syndrome after treatment with Hydroxytyrosol. A Mass Spectrometry and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance - based metabolomics study. Talanta, 2018, 1;178:246-257.
     

  12. Lemonakis N, Poudyal H, Halabalaki M, Brown L, Tsarbopoulos A, Skaltsounis AL, Gikas E. The LC-MS-based metabolomics of hydroxytyrosol administration in rats reveals amelioration of the metabolic syndrome. J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci, 2017, 15;1041-1042:45-59. 
     

  13. Poudyal H, Lemonakis N, Gikas E, Halabalaki M, Skaltsounis L, Brown L. Hydroxytyrosol ameliorates metabolic, cardiovascular, and liver changes in a rat model of diet-induced metabolic syndrome: Pharmacological and metabolism-based investigation. Pharmacol Res, 2017;117:32-45.
     

  14. Shafie SR, Poudyal H, Panchal SK, Brown L. Linseed as a functional food for the management of obesity. In Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Keys to Nutritional Health, Springer International Publishing, 2016 ISBN: 978-3-319-40456-1.
     

  15. Poudyal H. Mechanisms for the cardiovascular effects of glucagon-like peptide-1. Acta Physiol (Oxf), 2015, 216(3):277-313.
     

  16. Brown L, Poudyal H, Panchal SK. Functional foods as potential therapeutic options for metabolic syndrome. Obes Rev. 2015;16(11):914-41.
     

  17. Poudyal H, Brown L. Should the pharmacological actions of dietary fatty acids in cardio-metabolic disorders be classified based on biological or chemical function? Prog Lipid Res. 2015; 59:172-200. 
     

  18. Bhaswant M, Poudyal H, Brown L. Mechanisms of enhanced insulin secretion and sensitivity with n-3 unsaturated fatty acids, J Nutr Biochem, 2015; 26(6): 571–584.
     

  19. Bhaswant M, Poudyal H, Brown L. Green and black cardamom in a diet-induced rat model of metabolic syndrome. Nutrients. Nutrients. 2015;7(9):7691-707.
     

  20. Panchal SK, Poudyal H, Brown L. Modulation of tissue fatty acids by L-carnitine attenuates metabolic syndrome in diet-induced obese rats. Food Funct, 2015, 6: 2496. 
     

  21. Diwan V, Poudyal H, Brown L. Piperine attenuates cardiovascular, liver, and metabolic changes in high carbohydrate, high fat-fed rats. Cell Biochem Biophys, 2013; 67:297-304.
     

  22. Poudyal H, Kumar SA, Iyer A, Waanders J, Ward LC, Brown L. Responses to oleic, linoleic, and α-linolenic acids in high-carbohydrate, high-fat diet-induced metabolic syndrome in rats. J Nutr Biochem, 2013; 24:1381–1392.
     

  23. Poudyal H, Panchal SK, Ward L, Brown L. Effects of ALA, EPA, and DHA in high-carbohydrate, high-fat diet-induced metabolic syndrome in rats. J Nutr Biochem, 2013; 24:1041–1052. 
     

  24. Gajamer VR, Najar IN, Poudyal H, Thakur N. Prevalence of liver diseases in Sikkim and its associated risk factors. J Public Health (Photon). 2013; 115: 140-146.
     

  25. Rajapure VA, Tirwa RK, Poudyal H, Thakur N. Prevalence and risk factors associated with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Sikkim. J Community Health. 2013; 38(1):156-62.
     

  26. Poudyal H and Brown L. Osteoporosis, and its association with non-gonadal hormones involved in hypertension, adiposity, and hyperglycaemia. Curr Drug Targets, 2013; 14:1-13. 
     

  27. Poudyal H and Brown L. The role of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in human heart failure. Endocr Metab Immune Disord Drug Targets, 2013; 13(1):105-117.
     

  28. Diwan V, Poudyal H, Brown L. Traditional Indian medicine for metabolic syndrome, disease prevention, and natural materials.  In: Natural products and their active compounds on disease prevention, Nova Science Publishers, NY, USA, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-62100-300.
     

  29. Wong W-Y, Poudyal H, Ward LC, Brown L. Tocotrienols Reverse Cardiovascular, Metabolic and Liver Changes in High Carbohydrate, High Fat Diet-Fed Rats. Nutrients. 2012; 4:1527-41.
     

  30. Tirwa RK, Rajpure VA, Poudyal H, Thakur N.  Prevalence and risk factors associated with gastrointestinal tract infections in Sikkim. J Community Med Health Educ 2012; 2:174. 
     

  31. Iyer A, Lim J, Poudyal H, Reid RC, Suen JY, Webster J, Prins JB, Whitehead JP, Fairlie DP, Brown L: An inhibitor of pla2g2a modulates adipocyte signaling and protects against diet-induced metabolic syndrome in rats. Diabetes 2012; 61:2320-2329.
     

  32. Panchal SK, Poudyal H, Brown L. Quercetin ameliorates changes in cardiovascular and hepatic structure and function in high-carbohydrate, high-fat diet-fed rats. J Nutr. 2012 Jun; 142(6):1026-32.
     

  33. Poudyal H, Panchal SK, Ward LC, Waanders J, Brown L. Chronic high-carbohydrate, high-fat feeding in rats induces reversible metabolic, cardiovascular, and liver changes. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2012; 302(12):E1472-82.
     

  34. Panchal SK, Poudyal H, Waanders J, Brown L. Coffee extract attenuates changes in cardiovascular and hepatic structure and function without decreasing obesity in high-carbohydrate, high-fat diet-fed male rats. J Nutr. 2012; 142(4):690-7.
     

  35. Poudyal H, Panchal SK, Waanders J, Ward L, Brown L. Lipid redistribution by alpha-linolenic acid-rich chia seed inhibits stearoyl-CoA desaturase-1 and induces cardiac and hepatic protection in diet-induced obese rats. J Nutr Biochem. 2012; 23(2):153-62.
     

  36. Panchal SK, Poudyal H, Arumugam TV, Brown L. Rutin attenuates metabolic changes, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, and cardiovascular remodeling in high-carbohydrate, high-fat diet-fed rats. J Nutr. 2011; 141(6):1062-9.
     

  37. Poudyal H, Panchal SK, Diwan V, Brown L. Omega-3 fatty acids and metabolic syndrome: effects and emerging mechanisms of action. Prog Lipid Res. 2011; 50(4):372-87. 
     

  38. Poudyal H and Brown L. Stearoyl-CoA desaturase: a vital checkpoint in the development and progression of obesity. Endocr Metab Immune Disord Drug Targets. 2011; 11(3):217-31.
     

  39. Panchal SK, Poudyal H, Iyer A, Nazer R, Alam MA, Diwan V, et al. High-carbohydrate, high-fat diet-induced metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular remodeling in rats. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2011; 57(5):611-24.
     

  40. Poudyal H, Panchal S, Brown L. Comparison of purple carrot juice and beta-carotene in a high-carbohydrate, high-fat diet-fed rat model of the metabolic syndrome. Br J Nutr. 2010; 104(9):1322-32.
     

  41. Poudyal H, Campbell F, Brown L. Olive leaf extract attenuates cardiac, hepatic, and metabolic changes in high carbohydrate-, high fat-fed rats. J Nutr. 2010; 140(5):946-53.
     

  42. Iyer A, Panchal S, Poudyal H, Brown L. Potential health benefits of Indian spices in the symptoms of the metabolic syndrome: a review. Indian J Biochem Bio. 2009; 46(6):467-81.

Key Conference Proceedings

  1. Murata Y, Harada N, Yamane S, Iwasaki K, Kanemaru Y, Harada T, Sankoda A, Ikeguchi E, Kuwahara S, Joo E, Poudyal H, Inagaki N. Medium-chain triglyceride oil does not induce GIP secretion and induces less body weight and fat mass gain compared with long-chain triglyceride oil. Diabetologia. 2018; 61 (Suppl 1):S229-S230.
     

  2. Poudyal H. SGLT-1 is the primary mediator of sugar-induced heart damage. The 59th Annual Meeting of the Japan Diabetes Society (19-21 May 2016), Kyoto, Japan
     

  3. Poudyal H. Carbohydrate induced heart damage is independent of MetS risk factors but may involve sodium/glucose co-transporters. 7th AASD Scientific Meeting and Annual Scientific Meeting of the Hong Kong Society of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Reproduction (21-22 November 2015), Hong Kong.
     

  4. Lemonakis N, Halabalaki M, Skaltsounis AL, Tsarbopoulos A, Gikas E, Mougios V, Brown L, Poudyal H. Omics tools for the biological evaluation of olive-derived bioactive substances. J Diagnos Tech Biomed Anal 2015, 3:2.
     

  5. Ward L C, Panchal S, Bhaswant M, Wong WY, Poudyal H, Brown L.  Bone mineral density (BMD) in rats in a model of metabolic syndrome (metS), Journal of Nutrition & Intermediary Metabolism, 2014, 1: 51.
     

  6. Lemonakis N, Poudyal H, Halabalaki M, Brown L, Tsarbopoulos A, Skaltsounis AL, Gikas E. The LC-MS-based metabolomics of hydroxytyrosol administration in rats reveals amelioration of the metabolic syndrome. J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci, 2017, 15;1041-1042:45-59. 
     

  7. Lemonakis N, Poudyal H, Gikas E, Halabalaki M, Brown L, Skaltsounis AL. Metabolomics study of hydroxytyrosol's administration in a metabolic syndrome rat model. Planta Med, 2013; 79 - PH6.
     

  8. Lemonakis N, Gikas E, Poudyal H, Halabalaki M, Brown L, Skaltsounis AL. Hydroxytyrosol: A compound from nature's arsenal against metabolic syndrome. Planta Med, 2012; 78 - PH20.
     

  9. Panchal SK, Poudyal H, Arumugam TV, Brown L. Rutin attenuates non-alcoholic steatohepatitis in high carbohydrate-high fat diet-fed rats. J Hepatology. 2011; 54(11)60097-4. 
     

  10. Ward L C, Poudyal H, Panchal S and Brown L. Body composition and bone mass in rats. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, 2011, 104.

Books

  1. Hemant Poudyal. Butt Out: A Scientific Approach to Quit Smoking. 2019. ISBN-13: 978-1691917334
     

  2. Hemant Poudyal. Developing Communication Skills: A Handbook for Japanese Speakers. 2018, 2019 (Revised Ed.) ISBN-13: 978-1792706707
     

  3. Hemant Poudyal. What Makes an Academic Presentation Great? A complete guide for students, researchers, and educators. 2019. ISBN-13: 978-1070985534
     

  4. Lindsay Brown, Bernhard Rauch, and Hemant Poudyal (Eds). Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Health and Disease. 2016. ISBN 978-3-03842-272-3 (print) • ISBN 978-3-03842-273-0 (electronic).

Teaching Activities

Courses Taught

  1. Ethical Issues in Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University (2017-2023) (Lectures, content development and coordination).
     

  2. Critical Thinking and Communication Skills, Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University (2017-2023) (Lectures, content development and coordination).
     

  3. Nutrition and Health, Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University (2017-2023) (Lectures, content development and coordination).
     

  4. Biology and Sociology of Chronic Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University (2017-2023) (Lectures, content development and coordination).
     

  5. Clinical Communication, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University (2015-2020) (Lectures, content development and coordination). 
     

  6. Academic Communication, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University (2015-2020) (Lectures, content development and coordination).
     

  7. Global Health Course: Non-Communicable Diseases, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University (2015-2023) (Lectures, content development and coordination). 
     

  8. Interdisciplinary Life Science, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University (2014-2015) (Lectures, content development and coordination).
     

  9. Lifestyle-Related Diseases, Aging and Metabolism, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University (2014-2015) (Lectures).
     

  10. MAT1008: Professional Nursing Attributes B, School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of Southern Queensland (2011- 2013) (Lectures, content development and coordination).
     

  11. NUR2000: Medication Theory and Practice, School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of Southern Queensland (2013) (Lecture and content development).
     

  12. BIO1203 Human Anatomy and Physiology, School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of Southern Queensland (2013) (Lectures and content development)
     

  13. BIO2218 Human Physiology and Pharmacology 2, School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of Southern Queensland (2013) (Lectures and content development)
     

  14. BIO3313 and BIO3323 Human Physiology and Pharmacology in Disease 1&2, School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of Southern Queensland (2012-2013) (Lectures).
     

  15. NSC2500 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology in Health, School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of Southern Queensland (2012-2013) (Lectures).

Key Invited Lectures

  1. Eat Fish! Mental, Physical, and Social Health Promoted by Traditional Foods. Hyogo Forum on the New Era in Japan (Lecture # 124; 30 Mar 2022)
     

  2. Changes in Himalayan lifestyle and its impact on health: The tale of 3 countries and a small Himalayan community. SGH Program. Takatsuki High School, Osaka, Japan (6 November 2018).
     

  3. SGLT-1 is the primary mediator of sugar-induced heart damage. The 59th Annual Meeting of the Japan Diabetes Society (19-21 May 2016), Kyoto, Japan.
     

  4. Rejuvenating education system to foster creativity and innovation. Human Resource Development Department, Government of Sikkim, India (March 2016).
     

  5. PowerPoint Presentation and Manuscript Writing Workshop. Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University (July 2015).
     

  6. Effects of ALA, EPA, and DHA on the risk factors of metabolic syndrome. Jain University, Bangalore, India (March 2014). 
     

  7. Research tools: Simplifying a life scientist’s efforts. Jain University, Bangalore, India (March 2014).
     

  8. Four-week interactive workshop: Introduction to Research for MPHIL and PhD-Sikkim University, Sikkim, India (2011).
     

  9. Old remedies for new diseases. The Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, India (August 2010).
     

  10. Research methodologies and statistics for life scientist, Sikkim University, India (August 2010).
     

  11. Avoiding scientific plagiarism, Sikkim University, India (September 2010).
     

  12. Two-week interactive workshop: Introduction to Research for MPHIL and PhD-Sikkim University, Sikkim, India (2010).

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