What are the Institute’s key areas of research?

The Institute has a broad mission to improve and promote the health and Nutrition of all Palestinians through the unique application of multidisciplinary research. Hence many projects involve scientists from a number of our divisions. Our key research themes include:

How was the Institute founded?

In 1997, the Operational research laboratory (ORL) was established and served as a scholarly, operational, and administrative base for survey-related research for local institutions. The ORL has since grown and expanded its research projects, services and facilities and was then transformed into an Institute in 2002. Professor Ziad Abdeen’s experience and reputation as a scientist and his vision as Director have driven the growth of the Institute to become a world-class research facility inspired by many reputable institutions in the world.

What are the Institute’s major achievements?

The goal of the Institute has been to advance the understanding of biology at the molecular level. Close collaborations have been established among in-house scientists, with the formation of several affinity groups. Major research results have been published in internationally renowned journals.

Of particular note is the work by Ziad abdeen and Radwan Qasrawi in initiating the Palestinian’s first public health fortification campaign and has since lobbied for the mandatory fortification of food with major micronutrients, which has now been implemented in both the West Bank and Gaza.

The Institute’s advocacy also saw Palestine become the first country to legislate for testing newborns for hearing loss. The Institute’s Health Behavior in School-aged Children (HBSC) researchers have influenced the development of programs and policies to promote the health of young people at schools.

The Institute has pioneered the development of powerful data-bases of de-identified information that tracks school children and their health behaviors. It also has a Leishmania database. These sources of information allow epidemiologists to track patterns and trends.

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How is the Institute funded?

The Institute is part of the Al-Quds University which is  a non-government, not-for-profit organization. The majority of its research programs are funded through the awarding of competitive research grants such as the German Research Foundation (DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), European Union, MERC-USAID which provide valuable infrastructure funding. Much needed additional support is provided by our valued corporate partners. We also fundraise to fill the gap between grant funding and research costs.

Why is it called the Al-Quds Nutrition and Health research Institute?

We are called the Al-Quds Nutrition and Health research Institute in acknowledgement of the diet-disease relationships and to explore this association through the assessment of dietary intakes and health outcomes of populations.

Does the Institute only do work in Palestine?

While based in Jerusalem, the Institute is global in its scope with collaborative projects in the Middle East, Europe, Canada, and the United States. The Institute has recently been named a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Tropical Medicine Research.

How can I support the Institute’s work?

Most importantly the Institute relies on the generous support of donors to help with funding priorities such as upgrading equipment, employing support staff and helping our researchers to share their knowledge at international forums and meetings.

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The Al-Quds Nutrition and Health Research Institute (ANAHRI) serves to foster communication, coordination, and collaboration among a multi-disciplinary team of researchers around human nutrition, health and well-being. This is a truly multidisciplinary enterprise, spanning research groups in anthropology, biological and biomedical sciences, education, geography, medicine, psychology, social and community work and sociology. The Institute works in partnership with the University’s academic departments and research centers, many of whose members are among the Institute’s Fellows.

The Institute draws on diverse, multidisciplinary teams to find solutions, along a continuum of cell to population. It includes well-established strengths in research on the global obesity epidemic, modulate risks of cancer and diabetes through dietary means, assess and prevent micronutrient deficiencies and their health consequences across the life stages, and develop and advocate food and nutrition policies to improve population, primary care, public health, child development, medical anthropology, health geography, social work and medical humanities, mental health, the well-being of children and young people. We are committed to develop a nationwide environmental health tracking network, advancing the understanding of the relationship between health and the environment.

We invite you to browse our site, become familiar with the Institute and its activities, and invite your comments.

 Ziad abdeen, Ph.D., M.P.H.


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