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Nada Hanna

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About me

Nada Hanna is an environmental health and global One Health expert grounded in pharmacology, with over 10 years of international experience in the relevant fields.

She is a researcher in Health System and Policy at the Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet. Her main research area is to assess the potential environmental and human health risks of exposure to antibiotic residues and antibiotic resistance in various environmental compartments of the Western Pacific Region (WPR) and the South-East Asia Region (SEAR) of the WHO, particularly China and India, and to develop methods for the prioritisation of antibiotics to deal with aspects of their resistance and toxicity risks on human health and various aquatic environmental compartments.

She has professional experience in the area of Environmental Medicine and Global Public Health, at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and has participated in national and international research projects such as a WHO assignment on “Antibiotic Residues in the Aquatic Environment of the South-East Asia Region of the WHO: A Risk Factor for Antibiotic Resistance as well as on IMPACT, a One Health Sino-Swedish integrated multi-sectoral partnership project for antibiotic resistance containment. She also has experience in different health sectors of Syria, such as in teaching as a Lecturer at the University of Pharmacy and in pharmaceutical production as Head, antibiotic production in pharmaceutical manufacture.  

 

Research description

As part of her research on environmental antimicrobial resistance, initially, She took part in investigations on antibiotic residues in the environments of China and India to have first-hand knowledge of the situation in the region, and she developed an evidence-based environment-human health policy-matrix. During the conduct of this research, simultaneously, She conducted a ‘systematic review of literature’ on “Antibiotics in the environment of the Western Pacific and South-East Asia Regions of the WHO, with a focus on China and India” (two biggest and heavy antibiotic consuming nations), and assessed antibiotic exposure concentrations that are likely to select for resistance in various environmental compartments of the region. She developed an integrated environment–human risk approach, for the quantitative environmental and human health risk assessment of antibiotic residues in the environmental compartments and a system of prioritization for action, thereof. Further to it, based on the scores of environmental and human health risks of antibiotics, She developed a list of priority antibiotics for health policy decisions for China, and also exposed the data gaps for various environmental compartments of China, that may hamper making of appropriate policy decisions. Her PhD thesis on "Integrated assessment of environmental and human health risks of antibiotic residues and resistance for environmental and health policy" is available for download Integrated assessment of environmental and human health risks of antibiotic residues and resistance for environmental and health policy (ki.se)

Teaching portfolio

She teaches in doctoral and master programmes on antibiotic residues and resistance in the environment, One Health antibiotic resistance, and rational use of antibiotics.

 

 

Education

PhD in environmental antibiotic resistance at the Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Master’s degree in Environmental and Public Health at Cyprus International Institute for the Environment and Public Health in association with the Harvard School of Public Health

Master’s degree in Biomedicine at University of Skövde, Sweden 

Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at University of Pharmacy, Aleppo, Syria

Academic honours, awards and prizes

The Swedish Pharmaceutical Society – Student Conference Grant (May 2019)

European Educational programme in Epidemiology (Jun 2016)

Harvard School of Public Health-Student Master Grant (September 2012)