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Prof.Farah Naja Academic RankProfessor

Specialization:

  • Nutritional epidemiology

Research Interests:

  • Validation of tools, dietary patterns and health, Mediterranean diet, sustainable food system, mother and child health and nutrition, complementary and alternative medicine.

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PhD in Nutritional Sciences (University of Toronto, On, CA), MSc. Nutrition and dietetics (American University of Beirut, Lebanon), BSc. Food Technology and Nutrition ((American University of Beirut, Lebanon)
• 2008-2015. Assistant professor, American University of Beirut • 2016-2020. Associate professor, American University of Beirut • 2020-2023: Associate professor, University of Sharjah, UAE • Since June 2023-present: Full Professor, University of Sharjah, UAE
Research, teaching and service.
1. Member of the Lebanese Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics (LAND) 2. Member of the AUB Alumni Scientific Committee. 3. Member of the World Public Health Nutrition Association 4. Board Member of the National Nutrition Colloquium Examining Committee: 5. Member of the Canadian Society for Nutrition 6. Member of the Nutrition Society 7. Member of the International Breast Cancer and Nutrition team 8. Vascular Medicine Program at AUB 9. Lebanese Action for Salt and Health at AUB 10. Population Health and Nutrition Study group (PHANS) at AUB 11. Member of the Food Security and Policy in the Middle-East (FSPME) at AUB 12. Co-PI in the Associated Research Unit on “ Under-nutrition and Over-nutrition in Lebanon”
• Mother and Infant Nutritional Assessment Cohort (MINA). • Evaluation of the health and environmental impact of adherence to the Mediterranean diet. • Validation of Food Frequency Questionnaire among adults. • Dietary and lifestyle changes during COVID 19 pandemic • Use of CAM for the prevention of COVID19 • Changes in dietary intake during the holy month of Ramadan
1: Naja F, Hwalla N, Hachem F, Abbas N, Chokor FAZ, Kharroubi S, Chamieh MC, Jomaa L, Nasreddine L. Erosion of the Mediterranean diet among adolescents: evidence from an Eastern Mediterranean Country. Br J Nutr. 2020 Jul 20:1-11. doi: 10.1017/S0007114520002731. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32684174. 2: Radwan H, Hasan H, Hamadeh R, Hashim M, AbdulWahid Z, Hassanzadeh Gerashi M, Al Hilali M, Naja F. Complementary and alternative medicine use among patients with type 2 diabetes living in the United Arab Emirates. BMC Complement Med Ther. 2020 Jul 10;20(1):216. doi: 10.1186/s12906-020-03011-5. PMID: 32650773; PMCID: PMC7350641. 3: Itani L, Radwan H, Hashim M, Hasan H, Obaid RS, Ghazal HA, Al Hilali M, Rayess R, Mohamed HJJ, Hamadeh R, Al Rifai H, Naja F. Dietary patterns and their associations with gestational weight gain in the United Arab Emirates: results from the MISC cohort. Nutr J. 2020 Apr 21;19(1):36. doi: 10.1186/s12937-020-00553-9. PMID: 32316972; PMCID: PMC7175557. 4: Naja F, Hamadeh R. Nutrition amid the COVID-19 pandemic: a multi-level framework for action. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2020 Aug;74(8):1117-1121. doi: 10.1038/s41430-020-0634-3. Epub 2020 Apr 20. PMID: 32313188; PMCID: PMC7167535.
1. Omar Bahlawan. Dietary Intake and Severity of Symptoms among COVID-19 Patients in Lebanon. (2020) 2. Hiba Al Rifai. Knowledge Attitudes and Practices of Pediatricians Regarding Breastfeeding in Lebanon (2020) 3. Aya Chatila. Breastfeeding Knowledge and Attitudes among Women in the MINA Cohort Lebanon (2020) 4. Nisrine Chidiac. Dietary Patterns and Mental Health (2020) 5. Raeda El Sayed Ahmad. Validity of an Arabic FFQ among Lebanese adults-Food groups: energy macro and micro nutrients. (2019) 6. Mariam Baroudi. (2019). Validity of an Arabic FFQ among Lebanese adults-Food groups. 7. Waed Slim. (2018). Adequacy of dietary intake among pregnant women-Results of the MINA cohort 8. Sara Daher. (2017). Food security status among Syrian refugees and their host communities 9. Shirine Baalbaki (2016). Is the Lebanese dietary pattern a Mediterranean diet? 10. Hibeh Shatila (2015). Dietary pattern among 2-5 year old Lebanese children and their association with obesity indices. 11. Romy Abi Fadel (2015). Prevalence and determinants of complementary and alternative therapy among breast cancer patients in Lebanon. 12. Yasmine Aridi (2015). Adherence to the Mediterranean diet among breast cancer patients in Beirut, Lebanon 13. Huda Hadavi (2013). Association between dietary patterns and the risk of multiple sclerosis in Tehran, Iran 14. Joanna Abou Rizk (2013). Determinants of complementary and alternative medicine use and dietary practices among people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) in Lebanon 15. Nivine Bachir (2013). Determination of % body fat and BMI cutoff values associated with metabolic abnormalities in Lebanese children and adolescents 16. Patricia Moghames (2013). Validation of a food frequency questionnaire among Lebanese children from LSES 17. Nour Hammami (2012). Validation of a Food Drequency Questionnaire to assess dietary intake of Lebanese children aged 5-10 years (AUB) 18. Maya Salem (2011). Association between dietary patterns and the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus: a case control study (AUB) 19. Chrystel AKl.(2011). Prevalence and determinants of overweight and obesity in a nationally representative sample of Lebanese children 5 -12 years old (AUB) 20. Dana Moussa (2011). Determinants of Complementary and Alternative Medicine use among T2DM in Lebanon (AUB) 21. Zeina Younes. (2010). The Association Between Dysfunctional Eating Behaviors and Body Image Perception in Underweight and Normal Weight Lebanese Young Adult Females. (AUB) 22. Dima Haddadin. (2010). The Association Between Dysfunctional Eating Behaviors and Body Image Perception in overweight and obese Lebanese Young Adult Females. (AUB) 23. Sabine Karam (2010). Prevalence and determinants of overweight and obesity in Lebanese adolescents. (AUB) Also served as a committee member on the supervisory committees of 23 M.Sc. thesis students. Main Supervisor of MD Research Project, Huriyeh El Moussa, Faculty of Medicine PhD Supervisor of Mrs. Sara Daher, Lebanese University. ‘Early Feeding Practices Among Refugees’.
• Constantin A. and Constantin C. Rebeiz Best Paper Award for the year 2013 • Constantin A. and Constantin C. Rebeiz Best Paper Award for the year 2011 • Best Poster Award, 1st Annual Biomedical Research Day, Feb 2012. • Second place for the L'Oreal-UNESCO Pan Arab award- 2012 • International Recruitment Award, University of Toronto 2002-2006 • Ontario Student Opportunity trust Fund 2001-2002
• Member of the National Nutrition Colloquium examining committee (2008 - present) Public Service: Planned, conducted, and participated in the National Workshop on Enhancing the Mediterranean Diet in Lebanon (2019) Planned and organized Breast cancer and nutrition awareness day (2012-2013) Board Member of the National Nutrition Colloquium Examining Committee (2010-2013) Several media interviews: • Interview with TRIANGLE on the effects of COVID-19 on food and nutrition security (2020) • TV interview discussing the health and environmental impacts of the Mediterranean diet (2019) • TV interview discussing optimal eating habits during Ramadan (2012-2013) • Newspaper interview “Al Amn (2012-2013) • Newspaper interview regarding body image and social pressure in Lebanon (Daily Star) (2011-2012) • TV interview discussing infant and maternal nutrition (2010-2011) • Interview with Now Lebanon On the regulation of CAM market (2009-2010) • TV Interview with Al Aqsa broadcasting Broadcasting channel on the importance of breakfast consumption (2009-2010) Planned and organized Dr. James Herbert visit to AUB (2019) Organized and conducted workshop at the AUB campus entitled “You think what you eat” (2009-2010) Organized and conducted “Fit-a-Thon” activity on campus (2009-2010) Service to the Profession: 1. Member of the National Nutrition Colloquium Examining Committee (2011-to present) 2. Member of the Vascular Medical Program (2012-2013) 3. Member of the International Breast Cancer and Nutrition Team (2012-2013) 4. Reviewed papers for the following national and international journals.
The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind (Gibran Khalil Gibran)
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