Visiting Scholars Hall of Fame

Congratulations to the Newly Awarded Visiting Scholars!


Dr. Jinan Banna is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is a registered dietitian, and completed her dietetic internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Her research interest is in childhood obesity prevention and developing tools to assess food behaviors and dietary intake, particularly in Spanish-speaking populations. She also worked as a research scientist at the Instituto de Investigación Nutricional in Lima, Peru, where she conducted a research study focused on assessing the dietary habits of adolescents in a peruvian community. In addition to her research activities, Dr. Banna also teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels such as Community Nutrition, Concepts in Nutrition Education, and Advanced Child and Adolescent Nutrition. Dr. Banna will be funded through the CTR-IN Visiting Scholar mechanism to visit her mentor at the University of Alaska – Fairbanks.


Guogen Shan, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of the Community Health Sciences.  Dr. Shan’s research focuses on developing adaptive clinical trials, efficient parametric and non-parametric statistical inferences, and exact testing procedures. He is the designated CTR biostatistician for UNLV of the recently National Institutes of Health funded 5-year grant. His is also the Principal Investigator of a grant from the UNLV Faculty Opportunity Awards program. He published extensively in journals indexed in the Science Citation Index. Dr. Shan will be traveling to the University of Hawaii at Manoa for Visiting Scholar activities.

LukkahataiNada2 art Dr. Nada Lukkahatai is an assistant professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, School of Nursing since 2014. She earned her PhD in nursing from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was trained as a post doctoral fellow at Symptoms biology Unit, National Institute of Nursing Research, Bethesda, Maryland. Her research interest lyes in cancer-related symptoms such as pain, fatigue and depression, and translation research from bench to bedside. As a postdoctoral fellow at National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH, she carried out the genomic and the proteomic studies to investigate the underlying biological mechanism of symptoms in patients with cancer and fibromyalgia. Dr. Lukkahatai published a number of publications in the genomic and proteomic in symptom biology area. As a Visiting Scholar Awardee she will be traveling to the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Dr. Jacques Philip graduated from the “Necker Enfants Malades” medical school in Paris. His early clinical experience at the “Centre Vivre” in France, as an MD, was focused on the vocational rehabilitation of people experiencing health disparities, including the youth with mental illnesses. These children were often of an ethnic background.
He changed from the pursuit of a medical career to one in athletics and made Alaska his home. During that time, his knowledge and skills about data and research were gained through a combination of self-development and formal courses. They formed the foundation for, and have served him well, when he came back to the biomedical field in his current position at the Center for Alaska Native Health Research (CANHR) where he is now a Research Scientist. During the past 6 years, he worked for CANHR where his participation in several projects has given him knowledge about specific aspects of Alaska Native health research, such as, Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR), ethics and confidentiality issues, tribal sovereignty, tribal data ownership and tribal review of publications. Thanks to the Mountain West CTR-IN visiting scholar award, he has found Dr. Deborah Goebert from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, a mentor who will help him extend his research skills and prepare grant proposals aimed at reducing the socio-behavioral health disparities experienced by Alaska Native populations.

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