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- Clinical Reader in Applied Health Research
- Applied Health Research
- Institute of Epidemiology & Health
- Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
I have clinical background with specialty training both in family medicine (American University of Beirut, Lebanon) and in public health medicine (East of England Public Health Specialty Training Programme, UK). I have studied for Masters degrees in Epidemiology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and in Public Health (University of Cambridge). Through Cancer Research UK Training Fellowship in Cancer Public Health and Epidemiology, I have completed my PhD studies at Clare College, University of Cambridge, studying the natural history of prostate cancer in the preclinical phase, genetic predisposition to prostate cancer, and implications for population-based screening. I have been awarded a Cancer Research UK Clinician Scientist Fellowship to continue my studies on translating polygenic predisposition to cancer into designing population-based screening programmes.
I have received the RCGP Young Investigator’s Bill Styles Memorial award and the AACR Pezcoller Foundation Scholar -in-Training award.
I have worked for the University of Cambridge as Clinical Research Associate, and for the East of England Public Health Specialty Training Programme and Population Health and Genomics Foundation in Cambridge as consultant in public health.
I am British Psychological Society Level A and Level B assessor.
My research interest is in cancer, particularly in cancer screening and in integrating genomics in public health research.
I am looking into polygenic risk-based screening strategies for prostate cancer that can do more good than harm at an affordable cost for the NHS.
In addition, I am a co-investigator in:
- 4-year research project funded by Genome Canada to study personalised risk stratification for prevention and early detection of breast cancer.
- 4-year Horizon 2020 funded project, FORECEE, to study the use of multi-omics for risk prediction and risk-stratification for four women cancers.
- 5-year NIH funded CISNET-prostate project using modelling to improve prostae cancer outcomes across diverse populations.
- Policy Research Unit project exploring primary care characteristics that may explain delay in cancer diagnosis.
Other projects include evaluation of the national assessment centre as part of the national recruitment and selection into specialty training in public health.
I am the Graduate Tutor for the Department of Applied Health Research (DAHR), and the Educational Supervisor for public health registrars on academic placement at DAHR.
I lead the national assessment centre as part of the national recruitment into public health specialty training.
Currently, I am the secondary supervisor to three PhD students; and the personal tutor to eight clinical year medical students.
At UCL, I teach 3rd year clinical students (screening).
While at the University of Cambridge, I have taught undergraduate medical students and postgraduate students in public health and epidemiology for over five years. I have been the module leader for the Health Promotion module for the MPhil Public Health and for the Cancer module for the MPhil Public Health and Epidemiology courses. I have been MPhil Public Health student supervisor and examiner and academic supervisor for registrars in the East of England Public Health Specialty Training Programme.
I have experience in management of postgraduate training programme in public health, leading the first two out of three phases (i.e. the first three years) of the East of England Public Health Specialty Training Programme.
|01-OCT-2016||Clinical Reader in Applied Health Research||Research Department of Applied Health Research||UCL, United Kingdom|
|05-SEP-2011 – 30-SEP-2016||Senior Clinical Lecturer in Applied Health Research||Research Department of Applied Health Research||UCL, United Kingdom|
|05-SEP-2011||Honorary Consultant in Applied Health||UCLH, United Kingdom|
|01-SEP-2011||Honorary Visiting Fellow||Public Health and Epidemiology||University of Cambridge, United Kingdom|
|01-SEP-2011 – 31-AUG-2015||Cancer Research UK Clinician Scientist Fellow||Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health||UCL, United Kingdom|
|2011||PhD||Doctor of Philosophy – Public Health||University of Cambridge|
|2008||CCST||Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training – Public Health||General Medical Council|
|2005||M.St.||Master of Studies – Public Health||University of Cambridge|
|2004||MSc||Master of Science – Epidemiology||London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine|
|2001||CCST||Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training – General Practice||American University of Beirut|
|1997||MD||Doctor of Medicine – Medicine||American University of Beirut|
|1993||BSc||Bachelor of Science – Biology||American University of Beirut|