Researcher Spotlight: Jason Kai Wei Lee

La Isla Network is a global interdisciplinary team, composed of nephrologists, epidemiologists, public health experts, economists, photojournalists, and physiologists, (to name a few). We recently had the opportunity to sit down with a member of the LIN physiology team, Jason Kai Wei Lee, to ask him about his involvement in the network and to get his perspective on adequately responding to the global risk of heat. Jason’s research was recently featured in National Geographic in an urgent, yet sobering analysis of the global health risks affecting millions worldwide due to climate change.

Jason Kai Wei Lee

Jason Kai Wei Lee

1) What is your role with La Isla Network.

I am a member of LIN.

2) How has working with La Isla Network been valuable for your research?

Certainly. I was first exposed to the prevalence CKDnt through this Network. Having experienced AKI myself, learning and interacting with the Network have been enriching so far. The global reach through LIN has also connected me with a wider network of experts and opportunities, maximising my own research output.

3) What are some of the key problems in addressing heat stress globally?

We need to coordinate across the whole society to beat the heat in both mitigation and adaptation efforts. Innovation is needed (not just in technology, innovative policies/laws are equally important). Research findings need to be translated instead of completing one “project” and starting another too soon…

4) What is your research focus over the next 5 years?

My team in Singapore seeks to provide scalable solutions to safeguard the wellbeing and health of workers under heat stress while optimising work productivity with a special focus in South East Asia. In tandem, innovating new solutions to curb heat strain.

Jason Kai Wei Lee is a Research Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Singapore.