Assoc Prof Dr Mahenderan Appukutty is the Assistant Hon Secretary of NSM and a Fellow of NSM. He works as a lecturer and formerly appointed as the Head, Centre of Postgraduate Studies at the Faculty of Sports Science & Recreation, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam. Currently, he is on sabbatical leave at Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia. He also serves as Council Member of Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity (MASO), Hon Treasurer for Malaysian Association of Sports Medicine (MASM). He also serves as Specialist Representative for Exercise Physiology/Sports Medicine for World Obesity (WO) formerly known as International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO). His research interests and focus are on functional food, health and exercise science.
He has published scientific articles in local and international referred journals, newspaper and magazine. He also presented papers at international and local conferences and seminars in nutrition, health and exercise science. Dr Mahenderan currently serves as the Editorial Board Members for Malaysian Journal of Sports Science & Recreation, International Journal of Therapies and Rehabilitation Research and International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health. He collaborates with government (Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Youth and Sports) and private agencies for many community nutrition promotion and research projects.