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Leila Itani


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Nutrition & Dietetics


l.itani@bau.edu.lb


01 300110 Ex: 2746


Beirut


Leila Itani

Assistant Professor


 

Graduated from the American University of Beirut in 1989 with an MSc. degree in Nutrition and completed a Ph.D. focusing on Nutrition education in December 2018. 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 Health 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.

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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.

Courses

Undergraduate Courses 

  • Community Ntrition (3 Crs.)
  • Nutrition education (2 Crs.)
  • Nutrition in Life Span (3 Crs.)
  • Dietary Analysis Simulation (3Crs.)
  • Malnutrition and Nutrition Interventions (3 Crs.)
  • Research Project (3 Crs.)

Graduate Courses

  • Human Nutrition and Metabolism (3 Crs.)
  • Maternal Child Nutrition ( 3 Crs.)
  • Community Nutrition and Interventions ( 3Crs.)
  • Nutrition Epidemiology (3Crs.)

Research Interest

 

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

 

Publications

  1. Khazem S, Itani L, Kreidieh D, El Masri D, Tannir H, Citarella R, El Ghoch M. Reduced Lean Body Mass and Cardiometabolic Diseases in Adult Males with Overweight and Obesity: A Pilot Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Dec 5;15(12). pii: E2754. doi: 10.3390/ijerph15122754. PubMed PMID: 30563167.
  2. Dana El Masri, Dima Kreidieh , Hana Tannir , Leila Itani and Marwan El Ghoch. Long-Term WeightLoss Lifestyle Modification Programme in a Patient with Severe Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Degeneration and Obesity: A Case Report. Reports 2018, 1, 21; doi:10.3390/reports1030021
  3. Kreidieh D, Itani L, El Masri D, Tannir H, Citarella R, El Ghoch M. Association between Sarcopenic Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and Hypertension in Overweight and Obese Treatment-Seeking Adult Women. J Cardiovasc Dev Dis. 2018 Oct 20;5(4). pii: E51. doi: 10.3390/jcdd5040051. PubMed PMID: 30347794
  4. Naja F, Jomaa L, Itani L, Zidek J, El Labban S, Sibai AM, Hwalla N. Environmental footprints of food consumption and dietary patterns among Lebanese adults: a cross-sectional study. Nutr J. 2018 Sep 12;17(1):85. doi: 10.1186/s12937-018-0393-3. PubMed PMID: 30208898; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6136176.
  5. Itani L, Calugi S, Dalle Grave R, Kreidieh D, El Kassas G, El Masri D, Tannir H, Harfoush A, El Ghoch M. The Association between Body Mass Index and Health-Related Quality of Life in TreatmentSeeking Arab Adults with Obesity. Med Sci (Basel). 2018 Mar 13;6(1). pii: E25. doi: 10.3390/medsci6010025. PubMed PMID: 29534025; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5872182.
  6. Itani L, Calugi S, Kreidieh D, El Kassas G, El Masri D, Tannir H, Dalle Grave R, Harfoush A, El Ghoch M. Validation of an Arabic Version of the Obesity-Related Wellbeing (ORWELL 97) Questionnaire in Adults with Obesity. Curr Diabetes Rev. 2018 Jan 10. doi: 10.2174/1573399814666180111111934. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29332589.
  7. Kreidieh D, Itani L, El Kassas G, El Masri D, Calugi S, Grave RD, El Ghoch M. Long-term Lifestylemodification Programs for Overweight and Obesity Management in the Arab States: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Curr Diabetes Rev. 2018;14(6):550-558. doi: 10.2174/1573399813666170619085756. PubMed PMID: 28625131.
  8. Nasreddine L, Tamim H, Itani L, Nasrallah MP, Isma'eel H, Nakhoul NF, Abou-Rizk J, Naja F. A minimally processed dietary pattern is associated with lower odds of metabolic syndrome among Lebanese adults. Public Health Nutr. 2018 Jan;21(1):160-171. doi: 10.1017/S1368980017002130. Epub 2017 Oct 2. PubMed PMID: 28965534; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5729841
  9. Saleh F, Itani L, Calugi S, Grave RD, El Ghoch M. Adipose-derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells in the Treatment of Obesity: A Systematic Review of Longitudinal Studies on Preclinical Evidence. Curr Stem Cell Res Ther. 2018;13(6):466-475. doi: 10.2174/1574888X13666180515160008. Review. PubMed PMID: 29766824.
  10. Naja F, Shivappa N, Nasreddine L, Kharroubi S, Itani L, Hwalla N, Mehio Sibai A, Hebert JR. Role of inflammation in the association between the western dietary pattern and metabolic syndrome among Lebanese adults. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2017 Dec;68(8):997-1004. doi: 10.1080/09637486.2017.1312297. Epub 2017 Apr 19. PubMed PMID: 28420273.
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  13. Nasreddine L, Shatila H, Itani L, Hwalla N, Jomaa L, Naja F. A traditional dietary pattern is associated with lower odds of overweight and obesity among preschool children in Lebanon: a cross-sectional study. Eur J Nutr. 2017 Nov 10. doi: 10.1007/s00394-017-1574-0. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29127474.
  14. Lamis Jomaa, Nahla Hwalla, Leila Itani, Marie Claire Chamieh, Abla Mehio-Sibai And Farah Naja.  A Lebanese dietary pattern promotes better diet quality among older adults: findings from a national cross-sectional study.  BMC geriatrics (2016) 16:85 doi 10.1186/s12877-016-0258-6.
  15. Itani L, Chatila H, Dimassi H, El Sahn F. Development and validation of an Arabic questionnaire to assess psychosocial determinants of eating behavior among adolescents: a cross-sectional study. J Health Popul Nutr. 2017 Apr 7;36(1):10. doi: 10.1186/s41043-017-0086-0. PubMed PMID: 28388931; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5383942.
  16. Matta J, Nasreddine L, Jomaa L, Hwalla N, Mehio Sibai A, Czernichow S, Itani L, Naja F. Metabolically Healthy Overweight and Obesity Is Associated with Higher Adherence to a Traditional Dietary Pattern: A Cross-Sectional Study among Adults in Lebanon. Nutrients. 2016 Jul 20;8(7). pii: E432. doi: 10.3390/nu8070432. PubMed PMID: 27447668; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4963908.
  17. Easter Joury, Farah Naja, Amira Nour, Leila Itani, Bayan Rafii, Ahmad Manadili. Dietary patterns and the risk of oral, pharyngeal and laryngeal cancer in syria: a factor analysis study. BMC nutrition (2016) 2:8 doi 10.1186/s40795-016-0048-8
  18. Jomaa L, Hwalla N, Itani L, Chamieh MC, Mehio-Sibai A, Naja F. A Lebanese dietary pattern promotes better diet quality among older adults: findings from a national cross-sectional study. BMC Geriatr. 2016 Apr 19;16:85. doi: 10.1186/s12877-016-0258-6. PubMed PMID: 27093883; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4837523.
  19. Naja F, Hwalla N, Itani L, Karam S, Sibai AM, Nasreddine L. A Western dietary pattern is associated with overweight and obesity in a national sample of Lebanese adolescents (13-19 years): a crosssectional study. Br J Nutr. 2015 Dec 14;114(11):1909-19. doi: 10.1017/S0007114515003657. Epub 2015 Oct 2. PubMed PMID: 26431469; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4635384.
  20. Naja F, Hwalla N, Itani L, Baalbaki S, Sibai A, Nasreddine L. A novel Mediterranean diet index from Lebanon: comparison with Europe. Eur J Nutr. 2015 Dec;54(8):1229-43. doi: 10.1007/s00394-0140801-1. Epub 2014 Nov 20. PubMed PMID: 25410749; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4655003.
  21. Naja F, Mousa D, Alameddine M, Shoaib H, Itani L, Mourad Y. Prevalence and correlates of complementary and alternative medicine use among diabetic patients in Beirut, Lebanon: a crosssectional study. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Jun 6;14:185. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-14-185. PubMed PMID: 24906634; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4074134.
  22. Hwalla, l. Nasreddine, a. Sibai, l. Itani, f. Naja. Pp212-sun: mediterranean diets between europe and the middle east: the case of lebanon. N. Clinical nutrition. Volume 33, supplement 1, page s99. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/s0261-5614(14)50254-3
  23. Farah Naja, Lara Nasreddine, Leila Itani, Hani Dimassi, Abla Sibai P, Nahla Hwalla Phd.  Dietary patterns in cardiovascular diseases prevention and management:  review of the evidence and recommendations for primary care physicians in lebanonn J Med Liban 2014 ;62 (2) : 92-99.
  24. Naja F, Nasreddine L, Itani L, Dimassi H, Sibai AM, Hwalla N. Dietary patterns in cardiovascular diseases prevention and management: review of the evidence and recommendations for primary care physicians in Lebanon. J Med Liban. 2014 Apr-Jun;62(2):92-9. Review. PubMed PMID: 25011370.
  25. Naja F, Hwalla N, Itani L, Salem M, Azar ST, Zeidan MN, Nasreddine L. Dietary patterns and odds of Type 2 diabetes in Beirut, Lebanon: a case-control study. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2012 Dec 27;9(1):111.
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  28. doi: 10.1186/1743-7075-9-111. PubMed PMID: 23270372; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3565896.
  29. F. Naja, l. Nasreddine, l. Itani, n. Adra, am. Sibai, n. Hwalla.Association between dietary patterns and the risk of metabolic syndrome among Lebanese adults.. Ejn ,2011 published online doi: 10.1007/s00394-011-0291-3
  30. Naja F, Nasreddine L, Itani L, Chamieh MC, Adra N, Sibai AM, Hwalla N. Dietary patterns and their association with obesity and sociodemographic factors in a national sample of Lebanese adults. Public Health Nutr. 2011 Sep;14(9):1570-8. doi: 10.1017/S136898001100070X. Epub 2011 May 4. PubMed PMID: 21557871.
  31. Nasereddin L., Nashelian O., Naja F. , Itani L., Parrent Massin D., Nabahani-Zeidan M., Hwalla N Dietary exposure to essential and toxic trace elements from a total diet study in adult lebanse urban population.  Food chem. Toxicol. 2010 may;48(5):1262-9.
  32.     حمية أوميغا the arabic translation of “the omega diet “by artemis simopoulos . Arab scientific publishers, 2004 , 352 pages .
  33. Baba N., Yang M., Miski A.M., Habbal Z., Itani L. Effects of severe vs moderate   energy restriction on   body composition and adipose tissue lipoproteinlipase activity   in rats. American university of beirut: twentieth research report, 1991-1993, p: 58-59.
  34. Baba N., Habbal Z., Sankari A., Hamadeh S., And   Itani L.Relative effects of feeding camel, cow, and sheep butters and hydrogenated coconut oil on plasma lipids in rats.  American University of Beirut: twentieth research report, 1991-1993, p: 58-59
  35. Leila Itani. Changes in lipoprotein lipase and serum cholesterol and triglycerides levels in rats fed diets containing either casein or soy protein. MSc. Thesis 1989.
  36. Submissions: Farah Naja; Laila Itani; Nahla Hwalla; Abla Mehio Sibai; Samer Kharroubi. Identification of dietary patterns associated with elevated blood pressure among Lebanese men: A comparison of principal component analysis with reduced rank regression and partial least square methods. BMC Medical Research Methodology. BMRM-D-19-00008
     

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.