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Anwar Wagida A.

E-mail: wanwar2@hotmail.com

PROF. WAGIDA A. ANWAR
M.B.B.Ch, M. Sc., M.D.
Professor of Community, Environmental and Occupational Medicine; Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University.
Director of Ain Shams University Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ACGEB), Cairo, Egypt (2002-2008).
Director of the Technical Support Office, Ministry of Health and Population (1996-2002).
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Texas, Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, Texas, USA since 1989.
Marie Curie Fellow, FP7, EC, 2008.
Collegium Ramazzini Fellow, since 2006.

Member of several national and international professional forums.

Dr. Anwar is graduated from Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University in December 1977. She obtained her training from several institutions in different countries. In 1986 she spent Post Doctoral Fellowship in France; and in 1987-1988, she left for the United States as Fogarty International Post Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, UTMB, Galveston, Texas.
During the period from 1989 to 1991, she visited the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, UTMB, Galveston, Texas USA. as a visiting scientist several times, to participate in projects on Environmental Mutagenesis. In 1993, she traveled to the USA for training on Molecular genetics in the Environmental Protection Agency, Genetic Toxicology Division, North Carolina, and in 1994 she joined the NIEHS, NIH, North Carolina, to study different molecular genetic techniques in detection of susceptibility to cancer.
In 1993, she attended the Second International Course on Molecular Biology in Toxicology, Methods and Applications, and visited the Institute of Occupational Health in Finland; in 1995, she also received training on Molecular techniques at the Karolinska Institute, Center for Nutrition and Toxicology, Sweden; and in Heidelberg Cancer Center, Germany in 1996.
She has collaborations with several international institutes such as the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon, France. She also visited universities, agencies, centers, faculties, and organizations to give seminars and lectures, or to discuss the possibilities for promoting cooperation and organizing training programs.
In Egypt, she established the Laboratory of Cytogenetics, in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, for early detection of fetal congenital anomalies; and the Molecular Epidemiology Unit, in the Department of Community, Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University for Environmental Health Research.
She helped organize many international conferences and meetings in particular those related to the Pan African Environmental Mutagen Society (PAEMS) from 1993 2005 and also African Genome Initiative conferences.
During her work at the Ministry of Health and Population, she participated in several national and international activities such as the humanitarian missions, to different parts of the world. She actively participated in national and international conferences and meetings, such as the World Health Assembly Meetings, the WHO Executive Board Meetings, WHO Regional Meetings, and WHO meetings on Women and Reproductive Health, Health and Environment and on Services for the Prevention and Management of Genetic Disorders and Birth Defects in Developing Countries.
She had an active role in the planning and implementation of the Health Sector Reform Program in Egypt and launching of Healthy Egyptians 2010 Initiative, an Egyptian disease prevention agenda, in collaboration with the US Department of Health and Human Services. As the Executive Director for the Integrated National Women Health Project (training), she supervised and implemented the project, to enhance medical human resources, provide care for women in all stages of their lives with special emphasis on reproductive health, and encourage the participation of NGOs.
She actively participated in the implementation of several projects and research activities such as the Hepatitis C Project (HCP); the Case-Control Study of Genetic Risks for Liver Cancer Among Persons Exposed to Environmental Toxicants in Egypt; and the Feasibility Study of Biomarkers for Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Egypt. She gave special attention to cancer prevention and control, coordinated the activities of the National Committee for Cancer Prevention, and supervised the establishment of the seven Cancer Centers in Egypt.
Professor Anwar received a number of international prizes and awards including the Dr. A. T. Shousha Foundation Prize for 2001, WHO; the Egyptian Medical Syndicate Day Award for 1997 and 1998; the 1992 Egyptian National Award of the Academy of Sciences, for excellence in research in medical science; the 1990 Egyptian Medical Syndicate Day Award; the 1989 Ain Shams University Award for excellence in research; the 1987 Southwest Environmental Mutagen Society Annual Meeting Award for efficient study and excellence in presentation, USA; the 1987 Fogarty International Fellowship Award, to spend one year as a fellow in the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA; and the 1986 CEES Award, to spend one year in the Center of Atomic Energy, France. In recognition of her achievements in public health she was nominated as a member of Collegium Ramazzini Fellow since 2006. In 2008, she was awarded the Marie Curie Fellowship as part of the FP7, EC funding program to spend one year in University of Kuopio, Finland as visiting Professor. She was nominated as a member of the jury for the newly established UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the life sciences (2009 for 6 years).

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