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Dr. Rizal Damanik

Assistant Professor
Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia

Highest Degree
Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

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Dr. Rizal Damanik is currently working as Assistant Professor of Nutrition at the Department of Community Nutrition, Faculty of Human Ecology, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) in Bogor, Indonesia. He completed his Bachelor degree in Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, IPB Bogor, then he received scholarship to complete his post graduate programs, Master of Reproductive Sciences, and PhD in nutrition at Monash University Melbourne Australia. Professor Damanik was also a Visiting Professor at the Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia and a Honorary Research Fellow at the Asia Pacific Nutrition Centre, Monash Asia Intitute, Monash University. His scientific interests include the Nutrition for Pregnant and Lactating Women, Nutraceutical and Traditional Foods. He has until now continued to carry out further research and collaborate to improve other dosage forms to facilitate breast-feeding mothers to consume the leaves of Torbangun (Coleus amboinicus Lour) so that the nutritional requirement of breastfeeding mothers and infants can be optimally achieved through a sufficient supply of high-quality breast milk.

Area of Interest:

Biomedical Sciences
Clinical Nutrition
Human Genetics

Research Publications in Numbers


Selected Publications

  1. Damanik, R., 2009. Torbangun (Coleus amboinicus Lour): A bataknese traditioal cuisine perceived as lactagogue by bataknese lactating women in Simalungun, North Sumatera, Indonesia. J. Hum. Lactat., 25: 64-72.
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  2. Damanik, R. and K. Al-Numair, 2009. Breast milk and cognitive development: The role of essential fatty acids. J. Paediatrics Obstetrics Gynaecol., 35: 55-60.
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  3. Damanik, R., 2007. Traditional usage of Coleus amboinicus lour among bataknese lactating women in Indonesia. Malays. J. Med. Sci., 14: 155-155.
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  4. Damanik, R., M.L. Wahlqvist and N. Watanapenpaiboon, 2006. Lactagogue effects of torbangun, a bataknese traditional cuisine. Asia Pacific J. Clin. Nutr., 15: 267-274.
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  5. Damanik, R., N. Watanapenpaiboon and M.L. Wahlqvist, 2004. The use of a putative lactagogue plant on breast milk production in Simalungun, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Asia Pacific J. Clin. Nutr., 16: S87-S87.
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  6. Damanik, R., N. Damanik, Z. Daulay, S. Saragih, R. Premier, N. Wattanapenpaiboon and M.L. Wahlqvist, 2001. Consumption of bangun-bangun leaves (Coleus amboinicus Lour) to increase breast milk production among bataknese women in North Sumatera Island, Indonesia. Asia Pac. J. Clin. Nutr., 10: S67-S67.
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  7. Damanik, R., 1997. The menopause: Benefits and risks of estrogen-progesterone replacement therapy. J. Pediatr., Obstetr. Gynaecol., 3: 35-38.
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  8. Damanik, R., 1995. The effect of immunization against inhibin on the medium and large follicles in dairy heifers. Media Veteriner, 4: 12-16.
  9. Damanik, R., 1995. Mammalian cryopreservation. J. Pediatr. Obstetr. Gynaecol., 5: 16-20.
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  10. Fry R.C., T.L. Simpson, T.J. Squires, R.A. Parr and D. Rizal, 1994. Factors affecting transvaginal oocyte pick-up in heifers. Theriogenology, 41: 197-197.
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  11. Damanik, R., 1993. Health Aspects of Goat and Sheep Production. In: Small Ruminant Production in the Humid Tropics. M. Wodzicka-Tomaszewska (Ed.). Sebelas Maret University Press, Solo Indonesia.
  12. Damanik, R., 1993. Aspek Kesehatan Kambing dan Domba. In: Produksi Ternak Domba di Daerah Tropis, M. Wodzicka-Tomaszewska (Ed.). Sebelas Maret University Press, Solo Indonesia.