Ansam Sawalha

Dr Ansam Sawalha is the founding director of the poison control and drug information center in Palestine. She sereved as chairman for the department of pharmacology, the coordinator of basic medical departments, and as a Dean of the faculty of Nursing at An-Najah national University. She has more than 40 research articles published in peer reviewed journal and she is currently involved in many research projects, both national and international. She is a member of many organizations among which is the society of toxiclogy,and the american academy of clinical toxicology.
In an invitation from the U.S. Department of State to visit the United States of America, Dr. Ansam Sawalha, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Director of the Poison Control and Drug Information Center at An-Najah National University, was honored at the White House during a special celebration that was held there in appreciation of her scientific achievements. Dr. Sawalha mentioned that an honorary meeting was held at the White House with four women in President Barak Obama’s Administration where she delivered a speech in which she spoke about her personal scientific achievements. In her speech also, Dr. Sawalha introduced An-Najah National University to the audience by talking about its stages of development, achievements and work. After the honoring, the participants discussed the role of women in the third world countries and the possible ways to develop this role; Dr. Sawalha’s speech was broadcasted live through the media network at the White House.

During her visit, Dr. Sawalha also participated in a training program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) which focused on writing and evaluating scientific projects through coordinating training with the bodies and institutions that work on supporting scientific research in the third world countries. Other issues were also discussed including the readiness of the NIH to receive higher studies students from the third world countries who seek to pursue their study in the field of health in the US.

Moreover, Dr. Sawalha held a number of workshops at the U.S. Department of State in which a number of US officials participated. Another meeting was held between Dr. Sawalha and a number of key American leading women in which they discussed the possible ways to develop the role of women in the developing countries. Also, Dr. Sawalha presented a gift from An-Najah University to the Representative of the U.S. Department of State.

In addition to this, a meeting with representatives of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and the Committee on Science and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) in which the participants discussed the ways to develop the image of women in the media in the third world communities through developing women in the scientific and leadership fields so as to be a good example in western media.

Dr. Sawalha also mentioned that the National Science Foundation (NSF) is currently preparing a documentary about the biography of Arab women who excelled in the scientific field. Dr. Sawalha was chosen along with another lady from Saudi Arabia to feature in the scientific documentary which will be broadcasted in October by the United States National Science Foundation.

Furthermore, a number of meetings were organized between Dr. Sawalha and several officials at various American universities including the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan, New York University and Columbia University. Dr. Sawalha also visited the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan which was established 1975 where she was introduced to the Institute’s program, study plan, and the higher studies theses on women-related issues which can be used to benefit women studies programs at An-Najah University. Dr. Sawalha held a number of meetings and lectures with leading figures and scientists with whom she discussed the establishment of scientific links and connections with scientists in the third world countries.

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Sawalha, AF. Self-Medication with Antibiotics: A study in Palestine. [Accepted]. The International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine (2009).

Sweileh WM, Sawalha AF, Al-Aqad M  Sana , Zyoud SH, Al-Jabi SW. Predictors of in-Hospital Mortality after Acute Stroke: Impact of Gender. [Accepted]. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (2009).

Sweileh WM, Sawalha AF, Al-Aqad SM, Zyoud SH, Al-Jabi SW. The Epidemiology of Stroke in Northern Palestine: A One-Year, Hospital-Based Study. [Accepted]. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease. June 2008.

Sawalha, AF. Characterization of Hospitalized Ischemic Stroke Patients: A study in Palestine. [Accepted]. Lybian Journal of Medicine.

Sweileh WM, Sawalha AF, , Zyoud SH, Al-Jabi SW, Abaas MA. Discharge Medications among Stroke Survivors: A Study in Palestine.  [Accepted]. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases (2008).

Sawalha, AF. The Poison Control and Drug Information Center: The Palestinian Experience. IMAJ/ Toxicology 2008;10:757-760.

Sweileh WM, Sawalha AF, , Zyoud SH, Al-Jabi SW, Shraim. Prevalence of reduced renal function among diabetic hypertensive patients. International Journal of Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology. 1;2009:23-29.

Sweileh WM, Sawalha AF, Zyoud SF, Al-Jabi SW, Tameem EJ. Patterns of Antihypertensive Therapy in Diabetic Patients with and without Reduced Renal Function. Saudi Journal of Kidney Disease and Transplantation. 17(6);2008:406-411

Sawalha AF, Sweileh WM, Zyoud SH,  Al-Jabi SW. Self-Therapy Practices among University Students in Palestine: Focus on Herbal Remedies. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 2008, in press.

Sawalha A.F. A descriptive study of self-medication practices among Palestinian medical and non-medical university students. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2008 Jun;4(2):164-172.

Sweileh W.M., Sawalha A.F., Al_janem S. , Zyoud S.H., Abu-Taha A.S., Al-jabi S.W., Jaradat N.A., Zaid A.N.  Medication dosing errors in hospitalized patients with renal impairment: a study in Palestine. Pharmaco-epidemiology and drug safety. 16(8);2007:908-912.

Sawalha A.F. Storage and utilization patterns of cleaning products in the home: Toxicity implications. Accident Analysis and Prevention. 2007. Vol 39:1186-1191.

Sawalha A.F. Consumption of Prescription and non-Prescription Medications by

Pregnant Women: A Cross Sectional Study in Palestine. Islamic University Journal. 2007,

Vol 15 (2) 41-57.

Sweileh W.M., Sawalha A.F., AL-HajAbed R.M.,  Rabba A.K. Utilization of anti-infective agents measured in “Defined Daily Dose” (DDD): A study in Palestine. Islamic University Journal. 2007, Vol 15(2):59-66.

Sawalha, A: Complementary and alternative medicine in Palestine: Use and safety implications. Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicne, Vol 13(2), 2007:263-269

Sawalha A.F., Sweileh W.M., Zyoud S.H., Al-Jabi S.W. Antidote stocking at hospitals in north Palestine. Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences. Vol 4(4), 2006.

Sweileh W.M., Sawalha A.F., Salfeete S., Zyoud S.H., Abu-Taha A.S., Al-jabi S.W., Jaradat N.A., and Zaid A.N. Admission blood glucose levels a potential  indicator  for short term mortality and morbidity after myocardial infarction. International Journal of Diabetes in Developing Countries. Vol 26(3),2006:116-121.

Sweileh W.M, Jaradat N.A., Elawee M.M., Al-Shakhsheer A.M., Sawalha A.F, Al-Ramahi R.J, and Zaid A.N. Drug interactions and risk of bleeding among Patients with Atrial Fibrillation (AF) discharged with warfarin, An-najah Univ journal for Research (N. Sci). Vol 20, 2006:127-134.

Sawalha, A.,  Al-Bishtawi, G.,  Al-Khayyat, L.,. Sweileh, W., Al-Ramahi, R., &

Jaradat, N.: Pattern of Parenteral Antimicrobial prescription among Pediatric

patients in Al-Watani Government Hospital in Palestine. An-Najah University Journal for Research (N. Sci), vol 20, 2006:193-208.

Sweileh, W. M., Sawalha, A.F., and Jaradat, N.A., Extent of potential drug interactions among   patients receiving anti-hypertensive medications. Saudi medical journal. 2005, 26,(4), 548-552.

Sweileh, W., Shkokani, F.,  Sawalha, A.,  Al-Ramahi, R.,  Jaradat, N.,  Zaid, A., and Barakat, A. : Prescribing pattern of angiotensin- converting enzyme inhibitors and beta blockers after acute myocardial infarction. Saudi Medical Journal 2005; Vol. 26 (11): 1837-1839.

Sawalha, A.F., Everitt, J.I., Meussen, E., Monks, T.J., and Lau, S.S.: Tissue arylation and oxidation correlates with the region of injury and repair in quinol-thioether treated rats. The Toxicologist(1998).

Lau, S.S., Sawalha, A.F., Halpert, J.R., Koop, D.R., and Monks, T.J.: Cytochrome P450 catalyzed oxidation of hydroquinone in rodents and human microsomes. The Toxicologist. 36, 23 (1997).

Sawalha, A.F., Monks, T.J., and Lau, S.S.:  Isoform-specific cytochrome P450-mediated oxidation of hydroquinone, The Toxicologist. 30, 320 (1996).



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