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Uncovering burden of dementia in Lebanon: What next?

CPHHS research seminar

Friday, October 13, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

"Uncovering burden of dementia in Lebanon: What next?" Monique Chaaya, DrPH, is a Professor of Epidemiology in the Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Dr. Chaaya’s research interests focus on mental health and tobacco control. She has conducted cross-sectional and longitudinal studies on the mental health of vulnerable populations including pregnant women, prisoners of war, and displaced and older adults in underprivileged communities. She has also validated in Arabic five mental health scales such as the Arabic Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS), the Arabic Perceived Stress Scale, and A-RUDAS (Rowland Universal Dementia Assessment Scale).

Her interest in mental health of older adults began in 2000 when she joined a multidisciplinary Urban Health Research Group and served as a co-investigator on a comprehensive survey examining the health of disadvantaged older persons. In 2011 she received an NIH R21 grant to study the prevalence of dementia in Lebanon, in collaboration with international researchers from Denmark and the UK. Building on the NIH grant, she developed a cohort study on dementia (COLDS) funded by the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research.

The focus of this study is to determine the incidence of dementia and other health outcome including mortality, hospitalization and institutionalization

She received her DrPH from the Department of Mental Health at John Hopkins School of Public Health. She served for 6 years as the chair of the Epidemiology and Population Health Department and played a major role in developing the proposal for a PhD in Epidemiology program, and revising the MPH and MS programs in Epidemiology and Population Health.  For the last 6 years, she has been involved in coordinating a training program at King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC) and other academic units at the King Saud Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS) to build research capacity of junior medical’/clinical researchers at KAIMRC.

The college-wide research seminar is Co-Sponsored by the College Research Office; the Hallie Ford Center; the Center for Healthy Aging; the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health; and the Center for Global Health. The seminar series provides a forum for faculty in the College of Public Health & Human Sciences and other researchers to present and discuss current research topics in an environment conducive to stimulating research collaboration and fostering student learning. Faculty and students from the Division of Health Sciences and other colleges, research centers and institutions are encouraged to participate.

We also encourage you to attend this Friday’s Music A La Carte: “OSU Music Faculty Showcase” to enjoy a Friday with both Art & Science! This free, lunch-hour concert series has been a tradition at Oregon State University since 1969 and features a variety of OSU music ensembles, faculty and student musicians, as well as regional, national and international guest artists. The concerts take place in the beautiful Memorial Union Lounge, beginning at 12 pm and lasting for approximately 45 minutes.


Hallie Ford Center (campus map)
115
Corvallis
OR
Marie Harvey
1 541 737 3824
Marie.Harvey at oregonstate.edu
College of Public Health and Human Sciences
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