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

Metabolically healthy and unhealthy weight statuses, health issues and related costs: Findings from the 2013-2015 European Health Examination Survey in Luxembourg.
April 01, 2019
2019 Apr. Diabetes Metab.45(2):140-151. Epub 2017 Dec 1.
By: Samouda H  Ruiz-Castell M  Karimi M  Bocquet V  Kuemmerle A  Chioti A  Dadoun F  Stranges S.

Relationship between weight status and anti-malarial drug efficacy and safety in children in Mali.
February 18, 2019
2019 Feb. Malaria J.18(1):40.
By: Djimde M  Samouda H  Jacobs J  Niangaly H  Tekete M  Sombie SB  Mgina EJ  Fofana B  Sagara I  Doumbo OK  Vaillant M  Djimde AA.


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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