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The Researcher | Samar Al-Hajj

​​Dr. Samar Al-Hajj research is featured in the Researcher, an OSB-AUB initiative that aims to highlight impactful research of AUB community. Dr. Al-Hajj is one of only 14 AUB researchers whose work is featured in this initiative.

In the interview, Dr. Al-Hajj talks about her research on Injury prevention in Lebanon. She highlights the alarming status of child deaths and injuries in Lebanon. Dr. Al-Hajj discusses the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on child injuries in Lebanon. She also shares preliminary results of her study on physical and psychological injuries caused by the Beirut Port Blast. The study examines the blast physical injuries, focusing on blast Traumatic Brain Injury (bTBI) patients to assess their neurobehavioral changes over time.

Dr. Al-Hajj led multiple studied on the burden of Injury in Lebanon. She spearheaded the first national child road injury study in the country. Dr. Al-Hajj also conducted several studies addressing injuries among Syrian refugees settling in camps across Lebanon, focusing on understanding the burden of trauma and injury in humanitarian settings. She has collaborated on injury studies with regional scholars to assess child and elderly intentional and unintentional injuries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) and explore their associated risk factors.

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