Dr. Farah NAJA
Dr. Farah NAJA: Associate Professor of Nutrition Epidemiology at the department of Nutrition and Food Science at the American University of Beirut (AUB)

Dr. Farah Naja is an Associate Professor of Nutrition Epidemiology at the department of Nutrition and Food Science at the American University of Beirut (AUB). She completed her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, Canada. She was trained at Cancer Care Ontario studying diets’ effect on various cancers.

Dr. Naja’s research interests include investigation of the role of diet in the etiology of non-communicable diseases including cancer, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and metabolic syndrome. A specific focus of her research is to study innovative approaches to study dietary factors such as dietary patterns as opposed to single nutrient approach and to assess the association of these patterns to various diseases in the Lebanese context. Recently, Dr. Naja has led collaboration between Qatar and Lebanon to launch the first mother and child cohort study in the Middle East and North Africa region, examining the effects of maternal and young child nutrition and lifestyle characteristics on birth outcomes and growth patterns.

Another arm of Dr. Naja’s research is in the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). She has conducted numerous investigations to better understand the prevalence and determinants of use of CAM in Lebanon, both at the national level and among patients with chronic diseases, such as cancer, Diabetes and HIV. Her studies provided evidence for the necessity to regulate the CAM market in Lebanon and to integrate CAM sciences into the medical and nursing curricula, as well as the establishment of new training programs for CAM product specialists.