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Research

Research and Community Engagement 
The Nutritional Sciences Program participates in various health promotion campaigns and activities including Health Fairs organized on campus and at other educational institutions and community settings. This is accomplished through its partnership with active organizations, such as Howard Karagheuzian Commemorative Corporation (HKCC), International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), and Save the Children. The Program and its Nutri-club, which is student-led, are continuously involved in planning and organizing health promotion activities targeting UOB faculty members and students through conducting anthropometric assessments, distributing educational materials, and offering healthy snacks and email alerts and tips on how to improve eating and daily living. 

The Nutritional Sciences Program together with the Nursing Program worked on promoting breastfeeding in Lebanon during the 2011-2012 academic year. The FHS faculty members and students, in collaboration with two international organizations (the IOCC and Save the Children) worked on the breast feeding initiative under the patronage of the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH)​. The Program also is conducting research with industrial partners such as Rafaat Hallab industry. 

Strategic Relationship with SGHUMC and other hospitals
Through the affiliation agreement between the University of Balamand (UOB) and Saint George Hospital University Medical Center (SGHUMC), the Nutritional Sciences Program enrolls its graduates holding a BS Degree in Nutritional Sciences in a 9-months hospital-based internship, at the end of which they would be eligible to apply for licensure to practice the profession of Dietetics in Lebanon. The current agreement aims at institutionalizing the partnership between the Dietetics Program at SGHUMC and the Nutritional Sciences Program at UOB through a ‘Joint Internship Program’ that is in the best interest of the Hospital, students, and the University. In adherence to the mission statements of the SGHUMC and UOB and the Purpose of the Agreement, the two parties agree on mutual obligations. 

The Nutritional Sciences Program is an active participant in the Experiential Learning Program of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), which fosters strategic partnerships with hospitals in North Lebanon for clinical training and community service. For further information, click here​

A selected list of publications by faculty members in the Nutritional Sciences Program
  • Serhan, M., Arab-Tehrany, E., Linder, M., Hosri, Ch. & Fanni, J. (2015). Transfer across goatskin barrier of 2-butanone, 2,3-butanedione and 2-butanol during maturation of traditional Lebanese cheese, Darfiyeh: Comparison between experimental aqueous model solution and goatskin system. Small Ruminant Research, 133, 36-42.
  • Saber, T., Irani, J., Afif, C., Bassil, N., Estephan, E., Serhan, M., & Bassil, M. (2015).  Probiotic effect of Lebanese Darfiyeh cheese: a randomized case control prospective study in the elderly. Food and Nutrition Sciences, 12(6), 1086-1094.
  • Abu Salbi, R., Serhan, M., & Bassil, M. (2014). Molecular verification of two potent bacteria isolated from Darfiyeh cheese: lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis and lactobacillus plantarum. Advances in Microbiology (Issue August 2014), 4(10), 609-615.
  • Serhan, M., & Matar, J. (2013). Characterisation of four Lebanese artisanal goat milk cheeses: Darfiyeh, Aricheh, Shankleesh and Serdale by physic-chemical, microbiological and sensory analysis. Journal of Food Agriculture and Environment, 11(3-& 4), 97-101.
  • Rizkallah, A., Shatenstein, B., & Bouchard, M. (2014). Nutrition-Action: un modèle réussi d’interdisciplinarité qui s’adresse aux aînés habitant le territoire du sud-ouest-Verdun. Revue Vie et Vieillissement, 11(4), 50-56.
  • Rizkallah, A., Shatenstein, B., & Bouchard, M. (2012). Nutrition-Action : Un programme interdisciplinaire de promotion de la santé ciblant les personnes âgées. Revue Nutrition Science en Evolution, 10(2).
  • Rizkallah, A. (2011). La supplémentation en oméga-3 pour réduire l’hypertriglycéridémie modérée. Revue Nutrition Science en Evolution, 9(2), 25-27.​
For further information on research activities, click here​. ​​​​​


Research Seminars in Nutrition and Dietetics

Date

Time

Topic

Speaker

Location

January 22, 2016

1:30 pm

Food safety Systems and Regulations in Lebanon

Ms. Raha Hteit

Food safety manager Boecker

Ashrafieh Campus

January 15, 2016

3 pm

Eating for exercise, how to optimize your workout

Ms. Stephanie Bechwati

Sports dietitian, USJ, Lebanon

Main Campus

January 15, 2016

3 pm

Feeding and swallowing disorders in infant, children and adults. Role of an SLT Specialist. How to better cope with dietitians

Mrs. Edith Kouba Hreich,

SLT, lecturer at USJ, Lebanon

 

Main Campus

January 15, 2016

3 pm

Post-op diet in bariatric surgeries

Ms. Wafaa Ali AL Hassan

Head Dietitian at Al Koura Hospital, Lebanon

Main Campus

  December 11, 2015

3 pm

Olive Oil Extraction

Mr. Roland Andary

Olive Oil Organopletic assessment specialist

Main Campus

 December 4, 2015

3 pm

Nutrition and Physical Activity in Diabetes

Ms. Christelle Awkar

Awareness program coordinator at DIALEB, Lebanon

Main Campus

November 27, 2015

3 pm

 National Breastfeeding Campaign to support breastfeeding

Mrs. Priscilla Derjani

Infant and Young Child coordinator at IOCC, Lebanon

Main Campus

November 27, 2015

3 pm

Salmonella risk in Poultry

Mr. William Boutros

Processing Manager Wilco Poultry and Meat Industry / Secretary of Lebanese Poultry Syndicate, Lebanon

Main Campus

November 13, 2015

1:30 pm

 

Medical Management of Type 2 Diabetes: 2015 Guidelines

Dr. Carla Sawan

Assistant Professor at the University of Balamand – Division Of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism - St Georges Hospital University Medical Center

Ashrafieh Campus

November 6, 2015

3 pm

Metabolomics Role in predicting PCOS syndrome in women during fetal development

Dr. Bachir Abi Salloum

University of Balamand, Lebanon

Main Campus

November 6, 2015

1:30 pm

FODMAP

Dr. Georges Cortas

Gastroenterologist - St Georges Hospital University Medical Center

Ashrafieh Campus


October 30, 2015

 

1:30 pm

Metabolic Disorders

Dr. Hicham Mansour

Endocrinologist – St Georges Hospital University Medical Center

Ashrafieh Campus

October 23, 2015

 

1:30 pm

Role of Antioxidant in Male Infertility

Dr. Abbas Khadra

Head of Urology and Andrology Department- CMC

Ashrafieh Campus

October 16, 2015

3 pm

Introduction to ethics in dealing with patient files / privacy / roleplaying in the medical team – patient involvement

Dr. Jihad Irani

University of Balamand

Ashrafieh Campus

October 2, 2015

1:30 pm

Food Service Management

Mr. Raymond Mondalak

Zaatar w Zeit- Regional Manager

Ashrafieh Campus

October 9, 2015

1:30 pm

Sport Nutrition

Ms. Francoise Naamani

Numed

Ashrafieh Campus

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