In recognition of her achievements and contributions in the field of occupational and environmental health, Dr. Rima Habib of the Faculty of Health Sciences at AUB, was recently inducted as a fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini. On October 26, 2019, during the Ramazzini Days at the Town Hall of Carpi, she was awarded the Ramazzini medal by the mayor of Capri, Alberto Bellilli, and the president of the collegium Ramazzini Philip Landrigan.
Collegium Ramazzini is an independent, international academy founded in 1982 by Irving J. Selikoff, Cesare Maltoni and other eminent scientists and it is comprised of 180 internationally renowned experts in the fields of occupational and environmental health from more than 30 countries. The mission of the Collegium Ramazzini is to advance the study of occupational and environmental health issues and to be a bridge between the world of scientific discovery and the social and political centers which must act on the discoveries of science to protect public health. On the 27th of October, she also presented her latest work on Child Labor among Syrian Refugees: A story of deprivation and neglect, which has been well received by the present fellows.
Dr. Habib is a Professor of environmental and occupational health in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. She holds a Master of Public Health, a Master of Occupational Health and Safety, and a Ph.D in Public Health and Community Medicine from the University of New South Wales. She currently serves as the chair of the Department of Environmental Health at the American University of Beirut.
Dr. Habib's research activities and contributions have focused on the following research themes: (1) Work-related exposures and human health; (2) Ecosystem approaches to human health in poor rural communities; and (3) Health of displaced, refugee and migrant populations. Her research - doubly focused on marginalized workers and unrecognized labor - aims to highlight the intersections of work, gender, environment, and health in Lebanon and the Arab region, often pushing beyond the boundaries of orthodoxy within her field.