Leila Itani

Leila Itani
Faculty: Health SciencesDepartment: Nutrition & DieteticsPosition: LecturerOffice Number: 621Phone: 00961-1-300110Ext: 2746E-mail: l.itani@bau.edu.lb

Biography

Graduated from the American University of Beirut in 1989 with a MSc. degree in Nutrition and pursuing a PhD focusing on Nutrition education since 2013. Before joining BAU I taught at the Lebanese University and the Lebanese international university and worked at AUB as a research associate. I also served as the nutrition program coordinator at LIU. In addition served as a co-consultant for the herbal and dietary supplement committee at the Ministry of health for several years. I joined the faculty of Heath Sciences at BAU in 2010. Currently serving as a lecturer at the department of Nutrition and dietetics in the Faculty of Health Sciences and actively involved in nutrition related research. Supervise the development of outreach nutrition education interventions involving BAU nutrition and dietetics students in community service.

Mrs. Leila Itani_ Curriculm Vitae.pdf

Teaching

Previously taught several courses including Basic Nutrition, Human Nutrition, Community Nutrition, Life Cycle Nutrition, Nutrition and non-communicable diseases, Malnutrition and Nutrition Interventions, Research Project and Nutrition Education.

Research Interest

Dietary patterns studies, assessment of nutritional status and services, school based nutrition education 

Publications

1.    Dietary exposure to essential and toxic trace elements from a total diet study in adult lebanse urban population.  Nasereddin L., Nashelian O., Naja F. , Itani L., Parrent Massin D., Nabahani-Zeidan M., Hwalla N. Food chem. Toxicol. 2010 May;48(5):1262-9.
2.    Dietary patterns and their association with obesity and sociodemographic factors in a national sample of Lebanese adults. Naja,F. Nasreddine, L. Itani, L. Chamieh, MC. Adra,N. Sibai, A. Hwalla, N.  Public Health Nutr. 2011 Sep;14(9):1570-8. Doi: 10.1017/S136898001100070X. Epub 2011 May 4.
3.    Association between dietary patterns and the risk of metabolic syndrome among Lebanese adults. F. Naja, L. Nasreddine, L. Itani, N. Adra, AM. Sibai, N. Hwalla. EJN ,2011 published online DOI: 10.1007/s00394-011-0291-3
4.    Dietary patterns in cardiovascular diseases prevention and management:  review of the evidence and recommendations for primary care physicians in Lebanon.  Farah Naja, Lara Nasreddine, Leila Itani, Hani Dimassi, Abla Sibai P, Nahla Hwalla phd. J Med Liban 2014 ;62 (2) : 92-99
5.    Dietary patterns and odds of type 2 diabetes in Lebanon: a case control study. Farah Naja, Nahla Hwalla, Leila Itani, Maya Salem, Sami Azar, Maya Nabahani Zeidan and Lara Nasreddine. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2012; 9: 111. Published online 2012 December 27.  Doi:  10.1186/1743-7075-9-111
6.    Prevalence and correlates of complementary and alternative medicine use among diabetic patients in Beirut, Lebanon: a cross-sectional study. Farah Naja, Dana Mousa, Mohamad Alameddine, Hikma Shoaib, Leila Itani and Yara Mourad. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014, 14:185 doi:10.1186/1472-6882-14-185.
7.    A novel Mediterranean diet index from Lebanon: comparison with europe. Farah Naja, Nahla Hwalla, Leila Itani, Shirine Baalbaki, Abla Sibai, Lara Nasreddine. European Journal of Nutrition.  November 2014 DOI 10.1007/s00394-014-0801-1.[Epub ahead of print]
8.    PP212-SUN: Mediterranean diets between Europe and the Middle East: the case of Lebanon. N. Hwalla, L. Nasreddine, A. Sibai, L. Itani, F. Naja. Clinical Nutrition. Volume 33, Supplement 1, Page S99. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0261-5614(14)50254-3
9.    The use of complementary and alternative medicine among Lebanese adults: results from a national survey.f. Naja, M. Alameddine, L. Itani, H. Shoaib, D. Hariri, and S. Talhouk. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 682397, 9 pages. Http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/682397
10.    Dietary patterns and the risk of oral, pharyngeal and laryngeal cancer in Syria: a factor analysis study. Easter Joury *, Farah Naja, Amira Nour, Leila Itani, Bayan Rafii, Ahmad Manadili. BMC Nutrition (2016) 2:8 DOI 10.1186/s40795-016-0048-8
11.    Western dietary pattern is associated with overweight and obesity in a national sample of Lebanese adolescents (13–19 years): a cross-sectional study. Farah Naja, Nahla Hwalla, Leila Itani, Sabine Karam, Abla Mehio Sibai and Lara Nasreddine. British Journal of Nutrition, doi: 10.1017/S0007114515003657 Published online by Cambridge University Press: 02 October 2015

Activities

- Member of The Lebanese Academy of nutrition and dietetics
- Co-supervised the work of the thesis: Dietary patterns and their association with obesity indices among Lebanese Children 2-5 years old. by Hiba Chatila, 2015, American University of Beirut
- Conferences:
1.    Preliminary assessment of nitrate and nitrite dietary exposure in Lebanon. Baydoun, S. A, Itani, L., Darwich, T and Atallah, T.  Abstract in the 16th International Scientific Conference, Lenbanon, 2009.
2.    Dietary patterns and their association with anthropometric and sociodemographic factors in a sample of Lebanese adults. Nasreddine, L, Naja, F, Itani, L, Nabhani-Zeidan, M, Hwalla, N. Presented at the Lebanese Association for the Advancement of Science 16th Conference, LAAS 16 Conference, November 13-15 2009, Beirut, Lebanon
3.    Dietary patterns and their determinants in a sample of Lebanese adults. Naja, F, Nasreddine, L, Itani, L, Nabhani-Zeidan, M, Hwalla, N. Abstract presented at the CSCN-CSNS Annual Scientific Meeting, May 29-June 3 2009, Québec city, Canada.
4.    Dietary patterns and their association with obesity and sociodemographic factors in a national sample of Lebanese adults. Naja,F. Nasreddine, L. Itani, L. Chamieh, MC. Adra,N. Sibai, A. Hwalla, N. Abstract Presented at 11th international congress on obesity:  ICO2010 - Stockholm July 11-15, 2010
5.    Nutritional intake and anthropometric characteristics of adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus in Beirut, Lebanon. A case-control study. Naja F, Nasreddine L, Salem M, Itani L, Zeidan M, Azar S, Hwalla N.. Abstract presented at the  8th IEA/EMR's Scientific Meeting on “Globalization and Public Health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region” . November 25-27 2010 in Beirut, Lebanon.
6.    Association between dietary patterns and the risk of metabolic syndrome among Lebanese adults. F. Naja, L. Nasreddine, L. Itani, N. Adra, AM. Sibai, N. Hwalla.  Abstract presented at the World Diabetes Congress2011, IDF, Dubai WTC. December 4-8 2011. Oral presentation in the session entitled: You are what you eat: Nutrition in diabetes and obesity.
7.    The perception of primary science pre-service teachers of life skills based health education and its interrelationship with citizenship. Dr. Hanadi Chatila, Leila Itani. دور كليات التربية في التربية على المواطنة والهوية. Padova Hotel, Sin Elfil, April, 30 2014.
8.    A culturally appropriate Lebanese nutrition knowledge, attitude and practices questionnaire. Hanadi Chatila, Leila Itani, Hani Dimassi, Fikrat El Sahn EducA2015 :“Pratique et Fromations Dans Les Education A” conference held at Hammamat Tunisia, May 14-16 2014.