American University of Beirut

Bisphenol A and Its Effect on Health


Bisphenol A (BPA), which is a well-known endocrine disruptor, is a synthetic chemical used in the worldwide production of plastics and epoxy resins mainly used in food packaging. It has been reported in several in vitro and in vivo studies that BPA exposure might be associated with adverse health effects. This group has been formed to develop the baseline knowledge about BPA in Lebanon and take it to the level of policy making including health awareness raising activities.​


The aim of the research arm is to measure BPA levels in a representative sample from the Lebanese population, as well as to assess its association with different disease, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, thyroid disease, etc. 

Approach Followed​

We will be conducting a population-based cross-sectional study among adult Lebanese subjects. Data on BPA levels, health status, lifestyles habits, as well as basic blood work will be collected. The innovative aspect of the study is that it will be the first to determine the level of BPA the Middle East and to assess associations with diseases not previously studied.
Upon concluding the study, result dissemination activities will be conducted as part of an overall Public Health Plan that will be announced in due time.

​Investigators ​​

  • Dr. Hani Tamim, FM​​
  • Dr. Hussain Isma'eel, FM
  • Dr. Lara Nasreddine, FAFS ​
  • Dr. Nathalie Khoueiry-Zgheib, FM
  • Dr. Youssef Mouneimne, FAS​
  • Dr. Mona P. Nasrallah, FM
  • Dr. Nancy Nakhoul, FM
  • Dr. Mohamad Ghassan Abiad , FAFS​

FAFS: Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences
FAS: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
FM: Faculty of Medicine

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