Head of Research
A physician specializing in Community Medicine, and a public health researcher, Dr Rahul Malhotra’s research focuses on the vulnerability associated with ageing. Within this area, his research agenda is to develop an evidence base that enables understanding, measurement and alleviation of vulnerability, resulting from physical, psychological, social and health service factors, among older adults at the individual and the population level. Specific areas of interest are (1) measurement of frailty; (2) assessment of health literacy and its outcomes, and improvement of medication safety; (3) measurement and utilization of healthy life expectancy for spatial and temporal comparison of health; and (4) determining the impact of the informal care context, including family caregivers and foreign domestic workers. He also maintains an interest in global health research, with a focus on health of older adults and their caregivers in Asian countries. He is or has been the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on 3 research grants, Co-Investigator on 6 research grants and Collaborator on 3 research grants. He has authored or co-authored over 75 peer-reviewed papers in the medical and public health literature. Journals in which he has published include the International Journal of Epidemiology, International Journal of Obesity, Pediatrics, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, PLoS One, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Hypertension Research, Journals of Gerontology Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, Quality of Life Research and Health Services Research. His current teaching activities include mentorship of third year Duke-NUS medical students and invited lectures for undergraduate and graduate students at NUS and Duke-NUS.