Hanen Samouda is a clinical anthropologist. She obtained her PhD thesis in Biological Anthropology, on the “Anthropology of health status: obesity, biometry and perceptions”, from the University of Aix-Marseille, Department of Anthropology, in collaboration with the Department of Endocrinology, Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases, Hôpital Nord, Marseille, France.

Since joining the Luxembourg Institute of Health in 2005, Hanen has been working on improving the understanding of the mechanisms behind the development of health-related nutrition and body composition issues, with a particular focus on obesity and cardiometabolic comorbidities. She has been more recently focusing on microbiota and ageing process.

Research activities

• Investigation of ectopic fat accumulation and muscle mass decrease as determinants of health and disease.

• Development of easy-to-use tools to assess obesity.

• Obesity paradox and metabolically unhealthy normal weight risk factors. 

• Development and evaluation of weight management programs.

• Assessment of the norms and classification systems in obesity (BMI, percentile curves).

• Intervention approaches to tackle cardiometabolic, microbiota and ageing related-diseases.

Latest  publications

1. A disease with many facets: Obesity. Interview with researcher Dr. Hanen Samouda.
March 4, 2021
Tageblatt. 2021;(53):3-4. 
By: Greis Y, Samouda H. 

2. Obesity considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak.
January 27, 2021
2021 Jan. Int J Vitam Nutr Res.1-13. Online ahead of print.
By: Dohet F  Loap S  Menzel A  Iddir M  Dadoun F  Bohn T  Samouda H.

3. Serum IRAP, a Novel Direct Biomarker of Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?
February 16, 2021
2021 Feb. Front Mol Biosci.7:596141.
By: Trocme C  Gonnet N  Di Tommaso M  Samouda H  Cracowski JL  Cracowski C  Lambert-Porcheron S  Laville M  Nobecourt E  Gaddhab C  Le Lay A  Bohn T  Poitou C  Clement K  Al-Mulla F  Bitar MS  Bottari SP.

4. Relationship of oxidative stress to visceral adiposity in youth and role played by vitamin D
August 01, 2020
2020 Aug. Pediatr Diabetes.21(5):758-765. Epub 2020 Jun 8.
By: Samouda H  De Beaufort C  Gilson G  Schritz A  Vaillant M  Ghaddhab C  Ruiz-Castell M  Huiart L  Dohet F  Weber B  Bohn T.

5. Rapport national du cancer au Grand-Duché de Luxembourg 2020. (Book)
February 01, 2021
2021 Feb. Luxembourg: Ministère de la Santé – Direction de la Santé, 2021. 213 p. ISBN NA.
By: Institut National du Cancer  Luxembourg Institute of Health - Department of Population Health (11 collaborators from LIH)  Backes C  Barré J  Bejko D  Bendiane MK  Couffignal S  Gantenbein M  Goetzinger C  Huiart L  Jacobs J  Lavallé S  Samouda H.



Hanen Samouda Scientist of NutriHealth group, population health, preventive medicine, obesity

“Visceral adipose tissue increase is a major risk factor of developing metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, cancer, as well as Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases. 
We have developed innovative, easy to use, inexpensive and non-invasive anthropometric tools to predict visceral adiposity. These tools have been validated by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey as being the best predictor tools of metabolic and cardiovascular conditions, as well as all-cause and cause-specific mortality (metabolic, cardiovascular and cancer) amongst European Descent living in the United States, when biomedical imaging data are not available. These tools are available to be included at the clinical and research level”, states Hanen Samouda, PhD, NutriHealth Group.

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