The 2020 Albert W. Johnson University Research Lecture will be delivered by health promotion and behavioral science professor Hala Madanat. The lecture, “Discovery to Delivery: An Obesity Prevention Example,” will take place at 3 p.m., Friday, March 27, in Storm Hall West, Room 11. This event is open to the public and university community, with a reception to follow.
Dr. Madanat is an accomplished researcher, respected mentor and valued University leader. She serves as director of the School of Public Health, a core-investigator of Institute for Behavioral and Community Health, and a principal investigator of the SDSU/UCSD Cancer Partnership.
Her research on health disparities and obesity prevention has had an invaluable impact on the field of public health and has been cited by congress to enact health policy changes. She leads the evaluation of several large NIH-funded center grants at the university, and has published nearly 90 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and books. Her research focuses on the impact of westernization on diet and nutrition and she has developed nutrition education programs that emphasize health and biological hunger. As she will discuss in her lecture, her interest has always been research that impacts individuals and communities.