Prof. Iris Shai

Prof. Iris Shai Profile

Professor
M.D. Ph.D., 2003

Department : Public Health
School of Pharmacy
S. Daniel Abraham International Center for Health and Nutrition
Room : 504
בנין משרדי רפואה ע"ש אליה - M7
Phone : 972-8-6477449
Email : irish@bgu.ac.il
Office Hours :  
diet, diabetes, cardiology, obesity, epidemiology, nutrition

Education

  • B.Sc.Nut. Hebrew University, Israel
  • M.Med.Sc. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel , Thesis: “Long term projection of weight measurement, quality of life and nutrition after vertical banded gastroplasty”. Mentors: Professors Shimon Weitzman and Yitzhak Levy
  • Ph.D . Ben-Gurion University of the Negev , Israel . Thesis: "Development and validation of tools for the assessment of dietary intake and its components in an Israeli population; Development of a Computerized Food Data Base, Performance of a Dietary Survey, Design and validation of a Food Frequency Questionnaire." Metor: Professor Drora Fraser
  • Post-doctoral research fellowship Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA. Fields: Nutritional Epidemiology, traditional and novel predictors of CHD. Research in the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) and the Health Professional Follow-up Study (HPFS). Mentors: Professors Meir Stampfer, Eric Rimm, Frank Hu

Research Interests

  • Nutrition and Epidemiology of chronic diseases; Clinical intervention trials

Research Topics

  • Effect of diet and life style intervention on diabetes, CVD and obesity

Major expertise and techniques in the lab

  • Randomized controlled intervention trials
  • Dietary assessment Nutritional Epidemiology

Publications and funding summary / representative publications and grants

  • Tirosh A *, Shai I*, Manova DT, Israeli E, Pereg D, Shochat T, Kochba I, Rudich A. Normal fasting plasma glucose levels and type 2 diabetes in young adult men. N Engl J Med. 2005 * equal contribution.
  • Shai I, Schwarzfuchs D, Henkin Y, Shahar D, Witkow S, Greenberg I, Golan R, Fraser D, Bolotin A, Vardi H, Tangi O, Zuk R, Sarusi B, Brickner D, Schwartz Z, Sheiner E, Marko R, Katorza E, Thiery J, Fiedler M, Bl?her M, Stumvoll M, Stampfer J. Weight Loss with Low-Carbohydrate, Mediterranean, or Low-Fat Diets. N Engl J Med 2008
  • Shai I, Spence DJ, Schwarzfuchs D, Henkin Y, Parraga G, Rudich A, Fenster A, Mallett C, Cohen NL, Tirosh A, Bolotin A, Thiery J, Fiedler GM, Bl?her M, Stumvoll M, Stampfer MJ. Dietary intervention to reverse carotid atherosclerosis. Circulation 2010
  • Tirosh A*, Shai I*, Afek A, Dubnov?Raz G, Ayalon N, Gordon B, Derazne E, Tzur D, Shamis A, Vinker S, Rudich A. Adolescent Body Mass Index Trajectory – Diabetes versus Coronary Disease Risk. N Engl J Med 2011 * equal contribution
  • Representative grants: European Association for the Study of Diabetes , Israel Science foundation

Existing collaborations

  • Assaf Rudich – adipose tissue contribution to obesity-related diseases
  • Ilan Shelef- fat tissues imaging
  • Yaakov Henkin- arthrosclerosis imaging, preventive cardiology
  • Dan Schwarzfuchs – internal medicine
  • Ilana Harman-Boehm - diabetes Suggested multi-disciplinary research project / research focus topics: Cardiometabolic health Looking for expertise / project: Resting energy expenditure
  • Rudich – adipose tissue contribution to obesity-related diseases Ilan Shelef- fat tissues imaging Yaakov Henkin- arthrosclerosis imaging, preventive cardiology
  • Dan Schwarzfuchs – internal medicine
  • Ilana Harman-Boehm - diabetes

Suggested multi-disciplinary research project / research focus topics

  • Cardiometabolic health

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