In a major personal and institutional achievement, for the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), the Faculty of Medicine (FM), and the American University of Beirut society, FHS alumna Lina Hamad received the 2020 National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA) Best Published Manuscript Award. NAAMA is the largest international organization of Arab American physicians and medical students, based in the United States (www.naama.com).
As the first author, Lina who graduated from the Medical Laboratory Science Program from FHS, and is now enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine at AUB, won the award for her paper entitled: "Mapping the Diverse Genetic Disorders and Rare Diseases among the Syrian Population: Implications on Refugee Health and Health Services in Host Countries. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health", corresponded by Dr. Soha Yazbeck, assistant professor at FHS, and co-authored by Instructor at the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program and FHS Alumni Chapter member Mirna Bou Hamdan, and Faculty of Medicine Academic and Special Projects Coordinator Khalil Kreidieh.
Following her graduation, Lina was passionate about conducting research while pursuing her medical studies. Her work with her mentor Dr. Yazbek was focused on genetic research projects with public health relevance and an impact on health policy. Lina had actively particpated in the publication of two papers related to mapping the diverse genetic disorders and rare diseases among Syrians, and, recently, the recommended measures for the efficient care of patients with genetic disorders during COVID-19 pandemic.