Prof. Batia Sarov

Prof. Batia Sarov Profile

Associate Professor Retired
PhD., 1987

Department : Public Health
Public Health
Room : 29
ביה"ס הסיעודי ע"ש רקאנטי - M3
Phone : 972-8-6479525
972-8-6477459
Email : sbatia@bgu.ac.il
Office Hours :  
epidemiology, environmental health

Education

  • M.P.H.: 1982, The Hebrew University; Ph.D.:
  • 1987, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; :
  • 2000, Founder & Chair, Master in Public Health Program (MPH), Epidemiology Department, Faculty of Health Sciences, BGU; :
  • 2001, Chair, Isaac and Elizabeth Carlin Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology;

Research Interests

  • Sero-epidemiology clinical aspects. chronic sequelae and modes of transmission of infectious agents in the general population and in high risk groups in the Negev and implementation of intervention programs.
  • Models studied: blood-borne diseases - hepatitis B and C. food and water-borne diseases - hepatitis A and E. sexually transmitted diseases - prevalence of CMV, EBV, HSV, HHV8 and Chlamydia trachomatis in selected groups representing the general population and in high risk groups for STD and HIV infections.
  • Health problems of minorities and populations in transition.

Research Projects

  • Epidemiology and clinical aspects of HBV and HCV and their chronic sequelae in Israel.
  • Regional Israeli-Egypt-Palestinian collaboration program, MERID, funding: US AID-IOM.
  • Vitamin A deficiency and morbidity in early childhood, funding: The Chief Scientist, Ministry of Health, Israel.
  • Development of specific assays for diagnosis of Chlamydia trachomatis and TWAR infections, funding: AID-CDR (Israel-Peru collaboration).
  • Cost-effective strategies for pooled screening of blood, funding: US-AID-MERC program (Israel-Palestinian collaboration).
  • Evaluation of possible effects of Ramat Hovav pollutants on the health of residents in the vicinity, funding: Ministry of Health, Israel.
  • Assessment of new strategies for screening of blood for HCV, funding: US-AID-MERC program (Israel-Palestinian collaboration).

Research Topics

  • Sero -epidemiology clinical aspects. Chronic sequelae and modes of transmission of infectious agents. Models studied: blood-borne diseases, food and water-borne diseases , sexually transmitted diseases .
  • Health problems of minorities and populations in transition.
  • Environmental Health - Evaluation of possible effects of Ramat- Hovav pollutants on the health of the residents in the vicinity

Publications and funding summary / representative publications and grants

  • Sarov B, Novack L, Galai N, Yaari A, Orgel M, Safi J, Yahalom V, Shinar E. Estimation of delay in detecting HCV antibodies in pools compared to individual testing on seroconversion panels. Clinical Microbiology and Infection, 13(7): 737–739, 2007.
  • Sarov B, Novack L, Beer N, Safi J, Soliman H, Pliskin JS, Litvak E, Yaari A, Shinar E. Feasibility and cost-benefit of implementing pooled screening for HCVAg in small blood bank settings. Transfusion Medicine, 17: 479-487, 2007.
  • Sarov B, Bentov Y, Kordysh E, Karakis I, Bolotin A, Hershkovitz R, Belmaker
  • Perinatal mortality and residential proximity to an industrial park. Arch Environ Occup Health. 2008, Vol. 63(1):17-25. Current Grant - Evaluation of possible effects of Ramat Hovav pollutants on the health of residents in the vicinity, funding: Ministry of Health, Israel.

Existing collaborations

  • Lena Novack - MCM in Negev Bedouin newborns associated to exposure to industrial emissions Isabella Karakis – detecting bio-markers in infants with MCM , exposed to chemical industry emissions

Suggested multi-disciplinary research project / research focus topics

  • Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
  • Environmental Health
  • High Education