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Publications

The following represents a selection of recent publications and work in progress which showcases the diversity of faculty research interests.

Articles Published in Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Abbas, N. H., van der Molen, I., Nader, M. R., & Lovett, J. C. (2015). “Citizens’ perceptions of trust relationships in the environmental management process in North Lebanon”. Journal of environmental planning and management, 58(9), 1511-1529.

  • Abbas, N. H., van der Molen, I., Nader, M. R., and Lovett, J. C. (2014). “Trust and Cooperation relations in Environmental Management of Lebanon”. European Scientific Journal, 10(10).

  • Abdallah B. , Badr L., & Hawari M. (2013). The efficacy of massage on short and long term outcomes in preterm infants.Infant Behavior and Development36(4), 662-669.

  • Azar, M., Bradbury-Jones, C., & Kroll, T. (2013). Patterns of help seeking in women where problems arise in their sexual life: a discussion paper. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22, 3587-3596.

  • Azar, M ., Kurdahi Badr, L., Samaha, H., and Dee, Vivien. (2015). Does administrative support negate the consequences of nurse abuse? Journal of Nursing Management.1-12.

  • Pirot, N., Delpech, H., Courtade-Saïdi, M., Basset-Léobon, C., Deleuze, V., Chalhoub E., Mathieu, D., & Pinet, V. (2014), Disruption of lung endothelial barrier in Lyl1-deficient mice. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol, 306(8), L775-85. Epub (2014)Feb 14.

  • Finianos M, Issa R, Curran MD, Afif C, Rajab M, Irani J, Hakimeh N, Naous A, Hajj MJ, Hajj P, El Jisr T, El Chaar M. Etiology, seasonality and clinical characterization of viral respiratory infections among hospitalized children in Beirut, Lebanon.J Med Virol. (2016) Apr 7 [Epub ahead of print]

  • Ghaddar, N.  , Alfouzan, W., Anastasiadis, E., Al Jiser, T., Itani, S.E., Dernaika, R., Eid, T., Ghadar, A., Charafeeddine, A., Dhar, R., & El Hajj, H. (2014). Evaluation of Chromogenic Medium and Direct Latex Agglutination Test for Detection of Group B Streptococcus in Vaginal Specimens from Pregnant Women.  J Med Microbiol .  pii: jmm.0.066738-0. doi: 10.1099/jmm.0.066738-0. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Nakkash, R., Al Mulla, A., Torossian, L., Karhily, R., Shuayb, L., Mahfoud, Z., Janahi, I., Al Ansari, A., & Afifi, R. (2014). Challenges to Obtaining Parental Permission for Child Participation in a School-based Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking Prevention Intervention in Qatar. BMC Medical Ethics,15(70).

  • Myriam Mrad Nakhlé , Wehbeh Farah, Nelly Ziade, Maher Abboud, Dominique Salameh, Isabella Annesi-Maesano. (2015) Short-term relationships between emergency hospital admissions for respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and fine particulate air pollution in Beirut, Lebanon. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment EMAS, Volume 187, Issue 4 (2015), 187:196 DOI 10.1007/s10661-015-4409-6

  • Mrad Nakhlé M , Farah W, Ziade N, Abboud M, Coussa Koniski M L, Annesi-Maesano I. (2015) Beirut Air Pollution and Health Effects - BAPHE study protocol and objectives. Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine, DOI 10.1186/s40248-015-0016-1

  • Farah W, Mrad Nakhlé M, Abboud M, Annesi-MaesanoI, Germanos G, Zaarour R, Saliba N, GérardJ. (2014) Time series analysis of daily air pollution in Eastern Mediterranean city Beirut, Lebanon. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment EMAS, Volume 186, Issue 12 p8203-8213. DOI: 10.1007/s10661-014-3998-9.

  • Mrad Nakhlé M et al. (2013) Analyse de la qualité des données issues des hôpitaux de Beyrouth Municipe pour mesurer les effets à court terme de la pollution atmosphérique. Rev Epidemiol Sante Publique Doi : 10.1016/j.respe.2013.09.001

  • Dhaini, H.R. & Nassif, R.N. (2014). Exposure Assessment of Endocrine Disruptors in Bottled Drinking Water of Lebanon. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. [Epub ahead of print] DOI 10.1007/s10661-014-3810-x.

  • 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 Vieillissement11(4), 50-56.

  • Serhan, M ., Younes, H., & Chami, J. (2016). Physicochemical changes in Baladi olive oil as a function of production area and extraction system in North Lebanon. Journal of Food Technology and Nutrition Sciences, Volume 1 (1), 1-9.

  • Serhan, M ., Mattar, J., & Debs, L. (2016). Concentrated yogurt (Labneh) made of a mixture of goats’ and cows’ milk: physicochemical, microbiological and sensory analysis. Small Ruminant Research, Volume 138, 46-52.

  • Serhan, M., Arab-Tehrany, E., Linder, M., Hosri, Ch. and 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, Volume 133, 36-42

  • Toufic Saber, Jihad Irani, Claude Afif, Nazem Bassil, Elie Estephan, Mireille Serhan and Marcel Bassil. (2015) Probiotic effect of Lebanese Darfiyeh cheese: a randomized case control prospective study in the elderly. Food and Nutrition Sciences 12 (6), 1086-1094.

  • Serhan, M., Mattar, J. and Debs, L. (2016). Concentrated yogurt (Labneh) made of a mixture of goats’ and cows’ milk: physicochemical, microbiological and sensory analysis. Small Ruminant Research, Volume 138-46-52.

  • Abu Salbi, R., Serhan, M., and 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), vol 4(10), 609-615.  

 

Oral Conference Presentations

  • Abbas, N. H., Abou Dagher , M. N., Nader, M. R., van der Molen, I., and Lovett, J. C. (2016). “Analyzing linkages between trust and solid waste management using the fuzzy cognitive mapping approach: Case study of Al-Fayhaa Union, Lebanon” in the Solutions for a Better Life: World Future Leaders Conference, 21-25 February 2016, University of Sharjah, UAE.

  • Abbas, N. H., van der Molen, I., Nader, M. R., and Lovett, J. C. “Trust and Cooperation relations in environmental management of Lebanon” in the 1st Mediterranean Interdisciplinary Forum on Social Sciences and Humanities (MIFS) 2014, 23-26 April 2014, Beirut, Lebanon.

  • Issa, S.T, Abbas, N. H., Nader, M. R., van der Molen, I., and Lovett, J. C. “ Armed Conflict and Human Behavior: A case study of the Environmental Management Process in North Lebanon” , in the Identity and Conflict Conference, 20-22 March, 2014, Balamand University, Lebanon.

  • Azar, M . “Child Health Record” in the International Pediatric Congress, 2015.

  • Finianos M, Issa R, Curran MD, Afif C, Rajab M, Irani J, Hakimeh N, Naous A, Hajj MJ, Hajj P, El Jisr T, El Chaar M. Etiology, seasonality and clinical characterization of viral respiratory infections among hospitalized children in Beirut. XIIth Makassed Medical Congress. Beirut, November, 2016
  • Mira El Chaar, Nour El Banna, Tamima El Jisr and Hanadi Samaha. Low prevalence of Occult Hepatitis B infection among blood donors in Beirut, Lebanon: Reconsider the deferral strategy of anti-HBc positive blood donors. VIIème congrès du Syndicat des Biologistes du Liban. Beirut, March 2017 Karam, J., & Serhan, M., (2017, April). Non-Dairy milks: Testing the consumption and eating patterns of students-A survey at the University of Balamand. Presented at the 23rd International Science Conference of LAAS, Lebanon. (In collaboration with the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research).

  • Serhan M. and Karam, J., Production technology and characterization of yoghurts from plants milk: Comparison between physicochemical, microbiological and sensory attributes of almond milk versus soy milk-based yoghurts. 4th International Conference on Food Oral Processing, Lausanne, Switzerland. (In collaboration with Nestlé Research Center), July 4, 2016.

  • Mireille Serhan and Rami Hallab. Food safety and young consumers: Testing the impact of the Lebanese food safety campaign on students-An exploratory study at the University of Balamand. Nutrition and Food Research Conference, Lebanese American University, School of Arts and Sciences, Beirut Campus, Lebanon, April 12, 2016.

  • SaberT., Irani, J., Afif, C., Bassil, N., Estephan, E., Serhan, M., & Bassil, M. (2014). “A mixture of Lactobacillus plantarum and Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis boosts gastric immunity in the elderly by renewing microflora and playing an anti-inflammatory role: a randomized pilot study” at the International Science Conference organized by the Lebanese Association for the Advancement of Sciences (LAAS). Lebanon, March 27, 2014.

  • Serhan, M  . & Hallab, R. (2014). “Sensory Profiling And Hedonic Judgment Of Halawat El Jibn (A Lebanese Cheese Based Pastry) Filled With Different Ice Cream Flavors-Innovation In Traditional Oriental Sweets” at the EuroSense 2014: A Sense of Life-6th European Conference on sensory and consumer research, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 7-11.
     

Conference Poster Presentations

  • Mira El Chaar , Nour El Banna, Tamima El Jisr and Hanadi Samaha. Low prevalence of Occult Hepatitis B infection among blood donors in Beirut, Lebanon: Reconsider the deferral strategy of anti-HBc positive blood donors. 27h European congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Vienna, April 2017

  • Antoun S, Zouroub N, Sadek Z, Irani J, Abou Jaoude M, Chalhoub E. Effect of CYP3A4*22, CYP3A5*3 and ABCB1 C3435T on Tacrolimus Metabolism in Lebanese Renal Transplant Patients: a Retrospective Study. Poster presentation at the 53 rd for ERA-EDTA congress. Vienna

  • Karam, Joanne, Bibiloni, Maria del Mar, Serhan, Mireille, & Tur, Josep A (2017, May). Intake estimation and dietary sources for polyphenols in adults living in a Mediterranean region. Presented at the 18th ISANH World Congress on Antixoxidants, Beirut, Lebanon. (In collaboration with the International Society of Antioxidants in Nutrition & Health). Mireille Serhan, 2016. Goat dairy products: Testing the consumption and eating patterns of students- A survey study at the University of Balamand. 22nd International Science Conference of LAAS, 14-15 April, USEK, Lebanon. (In collaboration with the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research).

  • Mira El Chaar , Mayda Finianos, Randi Issa, Martin D Curran, Claude Afif, Maryam Rajab, Jihad Irani, Noha Hakimeh, Amal Naous, Marie-Joelle Hajj, Pierre Hajj, Tamima El Jisr. Etiology, seasonality and clinical characterization of viral respiratory infections among hospitalized children in Beirut, Lebanon. Poster presentation at the 26th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (2015)

  • Serhan, M ., Younes, H., & Chami, J. (2015). “Influence of extraction system and production area on the physicochemical and sensory attributes of virgin olive oils-case of North Lebanese districts”. Poster presentation at the13th Euro Fed lipid Congress, Florence, Italy, September 27-30, 2015.

  • Serhan, M . (2015). “Authentication and quality assessment of Lebanese extra virgin olive oils from “Baladi” local variety”. Poster presentation at the 13 th Euro Fed lipid Congress, Florence, Italy, September 27-30, 2015 .

  • Serhan, M . & Matar, J. (2015). “Physicochemical, microbiological and sensory properties of concentrated yogurt (Labneh) made of goats' milk, cows' milk and their mixture”. Poster presentation at the 21 th International Science Conference, Food security, Environment, Agriculture session , Université Saint Joseph, Beirut, Lebanon, April 16, 2015.


Books/Booklets/BookChapters

  • Abbas, N. (2015). Resilience at the Municipal and Communal Level- The Significance of Trust and Cooperation in Environmental Management: A Case Study of Al Fayhaa Union. In van del Molen, I and Stel, N (Eds.). Conflict and Environment in North Lebanon: Vulnerability and resilience from multi-disciplinary perspective. Netherlands: University of Twente.

  • Serhan, M. (Ed.). (2017). Almond vs. almond milk: compositional parameters and health effects. Saarbrücken, Germany: Omniscriptum Publishing.Group. ISBN 978-3-330-03871-4.

  • Serhan, M ., & Matar, J. (2017). The goat dairy sector in Lebanon. In S. Kukovics (Ed.), Goat Science, ISBN 978-953-51-5495-2. Crotia: Intech Press.


Work in Progress/in Press

  • Abdallah, B.  , Irani, J., Sailian, S., Gebran, V. & Rizk, U. (2014). Nursing faculty teaching clinical skills to medical students: Lebanese context. Accepted in Advances in Medical Education and Practice.

  • Azar, M ., Kroll, T. & Bradbury-Jones. Lebanese women and Sexuality: Qualitative Inquiry. Accepted for publication in the Journal of Sexual and reproductive Health.

  • Nour El Banna, Tamima El Jisr, Hanadi Samaha, Mira El Chaar. Low prevalence of Occult Hepatitis B infection among blood donors in Beirut, Lebanon: Reconsider the deferral strategy of anti-HBc positive blood donors. Accepted June 2017. Hepatitis monthly.

  • Mrad Nakhlé M et al. "Assessing the feasibility of waste management solutions based on sorting at source and recycling in post-war developing countries: the case of Lebanon" (Submission code: IJEWM-146899) for the International Journal of Environment and Waste Management (IJEWM). Accepted 2017
  • Farah W, Mrad Nakhlé M, Abboud M, Annesi-MaesanoI, Germanos G, Zaarour R, Saliba N, Shehadeh Alen, Saliba Aoun N, Gérard J . Analysis of the continuous measurements of PM10 and PM2.5 concentrations in order to quantify the short-term health effects of air pollution in Beirut, Lebanon. (in press- Environmental Engineering and Management Journal).

  • Farah W, Mrad Nakhlé M, Abihabib,L et al. (2017) Identify sources affecting concentrations of PM10 and PM2.5 particulate matter in Beirut, Lebanon. Submitted.

  • 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. Accepted in Food and Nutrition Sciences Journal (ahead of print).

  • Serhan, M., Sabouneh, F., & Hallab, R. Evaluation of the modified flow diagram of production of heat coagulated milk: Characterization of zero-cholesterol Qishta. Accepted at the 19th International Conference on Food Processing and Technology, October 23-25, Paris, France, 2017.

  • Serhan, M ., & Frangieh, J. Development of functional whey beverage made from apple concentrate: physico-chemical, microbiological and sensorial attributes. Accepted at the 18th Global Summit on Food & Beverages, Theme: Sustainable intensification of food production, October 2-4, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Updated August 2017
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