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Public Health and Medicine Projects

Musculoskeletal Disorders: UC Davis Professor in Biological and Agricultural Engineering Fadi Fathallah,spent one quarter sabbaticals at the American University in Beirut (AUB) working on musculoskeletal disorders among full-time homemakers and migrant agricultural workers. He worked in collaboration with AUB professors Rima Habib and Iman Nuwayhid of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) and gave a lecture on Health and Safety Research in California Agriculture. He continued to give yearly guest lectures from 2005-2011 for AUB’s FHS and conducted outreach at the Iraq Agricultural Higher Education and Development (AHEAD) meeting at AUB from 2009-2011. He also served as UC Education Abroad Program Study Center Director at the American University in Cairo (AUC). He and Richard Tutwiler of AUC received a small grant from AUC’s Office of Research to examine musculoskeletal disorders among AUC agricultural and ground maintenance workers. In July 2011, He visited the Universite Saint-Esprit de Kaslik (USEK) in Lebanon on behalf of the UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences to explore potential collaborations between UCD and other BCBCB university programs. 

Hepatitis C Virus: AUC PhD student Reem Al Olaby conducted part of her doctoral research on the hepatitis C virus at the UC Davis Medical Center from August 2011 to March 2012. 

Salt and Vascular Health: In July 2011, Kamal Badr – the founding Dean of the LAU School of Medicine, Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Medical Education, Associate Chair for Medical Education in the Department of Internal Medicine, and Director of the Vascular Medicine Program at AUB – met with Suad Joseph to discuss collaborations with the UC Davis School of Medicine on salt and vascular health. Suad Joseph contacted Claire Pomeroy, Dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine connects Associate Dean Kamal Badr with Carl Keen (UC Davis Nutrition), Francene Steinberg (UC Davis Chair, Nutrition), David McCarron (UC Davis, Nutrition).

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