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Wael Al-Delaimy

Title(s)Professor, Division Chief of Global Health, Family Medicine and Public Health
SchoolHealth Sciences
Address9500 Gilman Drive #0628
La Jolla CA 92093
Phone858-822-6515
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    Dr. Al-Delaimy is a multidisciplinary epidemiologist with a medical background and interest in the epidemiology of chronic diseases, tobacco, diet, and the environment. He practiced medicine in his native Iraq and then Jordan between 1991-1995 before finishing his PhD from Otago University in New Zealand in 2000. He was a Research Fellow and Research associate at Harvard School of Public Health between 2000-2004, a scientist with the International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2003, and a faculty member at UCSD since 2004 as an Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor. His global research activities are in non-communicable diseases, including mental health, climate change, tobacco, ethics and human rights, and refugee health. He is also involved in academic and research development in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

    He has been PI and Director of the California Tobacco Surveys since 2005. The surveys are a multi-million dollar project involving surveying of residents of the state California about their behavior, attitude, and beliefs in relation to tobacco smoke to generate data that is used by policy makers, public health professionals, and the community organizations to further tobacco control. He is internationally recognized for pioneering tobacco exposure biomarkers of toenail nicotine as well hair nicotine and utilized them for policy, behavioral change and prediction of disease outcomes. Hookah use and trends is another tobacco related area of research he has developed and published.

    Global environmental health is another focus of Al-Delaimy where he worked in the US/Mexico border area on pesticide biomarkers, and soil and water contamination as Co-director of Community Engagement Core for the UCSD Superfund Project. He is also pursuing projects with collaborators at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography about the influence of indoor air pollution from cookstoves on health of women in India. Climate change, and especially heat waves, in relation to non-communicable diseases is an emerging area of collaboration with Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

    He is Director of the NIH Fogarty International Center Training Program in International Research Ethics based in Jordan which is focused on building research methods capacity in Jordan the Middle East Region, with a focus on research ethics, non-communicable diseases and epidemiology. The 5-year program is expected to train more than 100 researchers who will become Fellows in Research Ethics.

    Research on chronic diseases and health of refugees in San Diego and Jordan has been developed by Al-Delaimy and local and international collaborators. In San Diego an ongoing collaboration on the assessment of mental health among Iraqi refugees and Hispanic immigrants aims at understanding the prevalence and risk factors of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression among mothers and their children. This work is now being extended to the Middle East through the Middle East Consortium on Mental Health.

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    The Research Ethics Education Program in Jordan
    NIH/FIC R25TW010026May 1, 2015 - Apr 30, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Hair and toenail nicotine as biomarkers of actual population exposure to tobacco
    NIH/NCI R03CA139536Jul 16, 2009 - Jun 30, 2012
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Planetary Health and Population Health: the Anthropocene Requires Different Thinking and Approaches in Serving Public Health. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2018 12; 5(4):397-400. Al-Delaimy WK. PMID: 30374902.
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    2. Community Gardens as Environmental Health Interventions: Benefits Versus Potential Risks. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2017 06; 4(2):252-265. Al-Delaimy WK, Webb M. PMID: 28432638.
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    3. Recall of anti-tobacco advertisements and effects on quitting behavior: results from the California smokers cohort. Am J Public Health. 2015 Feb; 105(2):e90-7. Leas EC, Myers MG, Strong DR, Hofstetter CR, Al-Delaimy WK. PMID: 25521871.
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    4. Differences in health symptoms among residents living near illegal dump sites in Los Laureles Canyon, Tijuana, Mexico: a cross sectional survey. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2014 Sep 15; 11(9):9532-52. Al-Delaimy WK, Larsen CW, Pezzoli K. PMID: 25226411.
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    5. Smokers who report smoking but do not consider themselves smokers: a phenomenon in need of further attention. Tob Control. 2015 Jul; 24(4):400-3. Leas EC, Zablocki RW, Edland SD, Al-Delaimy WK. PMID: 24500273.
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    6. Is gray water the key to unlocking water for resource-poor areas of the Middle East, North Africa, and other arid regions of the world? Ambio. 2014 Oct; 43(6):707-17. Leas EC, Dare A, Al-Delaimy WK. PMID: 24165868.
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    7. Should food intake and circadian rhythm be considered when measuring serum calcitonin level? Endocr Pract. 2013 Jul-Aug; 19(4):620-6. Zayed AA, Alzubaidi M, Atallah S, Momani MS, Al-Delaimy WK. PMID: 23425650.
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    8. Behaviours and attitudes related to smoking among a Bedouin population in rural Jordan. East Mediterr Health J. 2013 Jun; 19(6):513-9. Eggert J, Al-Delaimy WK. PMID: 24975179.
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    9. The JPC-SE position statement on asbestos: a long-overdue appeal by epidemiologists to ban asbestos worldwide and end related global environmental injustice. Environ Health Perspect. 2013 May; 121(5):a144-5. Al-Delaimy WK. PMID: 23635993.
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    10. Assessing secondhand smoke using biological markers. Tob Control. 2013 May; 22(3):164-71. Avila-Tang E, Al-Delaimy WK, Ashley DL, Benowitz N, Bernert JT, Kim S, Samet JM, Hecht SS. PMID: 22940677.
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    11. Ethical concepts and future challenges of neuroimaging: an Islamic perspective. Sci Eng Ethics. 2012 Sep; 18(3):509-18. Al-Delaimy WK. PMID: 22865482.
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    12. Revised ethics guidelines for environmental epidemiologists. Environ Health Perspect. 2012 Aug; 120(8):a299-301. Kramer S, Soskolne CL, Mustapha BA, Al-Delaimy WK. PMID: 22853932.
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    13. Arab world needs its science diaspora. Nature. 2011 Apr 28; 472(7344):418. Lashuel HA, Al-Delaimy WK. PMID: 21525914.
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    14. Determinants of hookah use among high school students. Nicotine Tob Res. 2011 Jul; 13(7):565-72. Smith JR, Novotny TE, Edland SD, Hofstetter CR, Lindsay SP, Al-Delaimy WK. PMID: 21454909.
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    15. Greater severity of new onset asthma in allergic subjects who smoke: a 10-year longitudinal study. Respir Res. 2011 Jan 24; 12:16. Polosa R, Russo C, Caponnetto P, Bertino G, Sarvà M, Antic T, Mancuso S, Al-Delaimy WK. PMID: 21261960.
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    16. Milk and dairy consumption and incidence of cardiovascular diseases and all-cause mortality: dose-response meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Jan; 93(1):158-71. Soedamah-Muthu SS, Ding EL, Al-Delaimy WK, Hu FB, Engberink MF, Willett WC, Geleijnse JM. PMID: 21068345.
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    17. Desert dust exposure is associated with increased risk of asthma hospitalization in children. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2010 Dec 15; 182(12):1475-81. Kanatani KT, Ito I, Al-Delaimy WK, Adachi Y, Mathews WC, Ramsdell JW. PMID: 20656941.
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    18. Perceptions of hookah smoking harmfulness: predictors and characteristics among current hookah users. Tob Induc Dis. 2009 Dec 18; 5(1):16. Aljarrah K, Ababneh ZQ, Al-Delaimy WK. PMID: 20021672.
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    19. Insulinlike growth factor-1, insulinlike growth factor binding protein-1, and cognitive function in older men and women. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2009 Aug; 57(8):1441-6. Al-Delaimy WK, von Muhlen D, Barrett-Connor E. PMID: 19515112.
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    20. Cigarette smoking is associated with a greater risk of incident asthma in allergic rhinitis. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008 Jun; 121(6):1428-34. Polosa R, Knoke JD, Russo C, Piccillo G, Caponnetto P, Sarvà M, Proietti L, Al-Delaimy WK. PMID: 18436295.
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    21. Hair in Maori culture: an example of transcultural research. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2006 Oct; 30(5):486-7. Al-Delaimy WK, Waldon JA. PMID: 17073237.
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    22. Reliability of biomarkers of iron status, blood lipids, oxidative stress, vitamin D, C-reactive protein and fructosamine in two Dutch cohorts. Biomarkers. 2006 Jul-Aug; 11(4):370-82. Al-Delaimy WK, Jansen EH, Peeters PH, van der Laan JD, van Noord PA, Boshuizen HC, van der Schouw YT, Jenab M, Ferrari P, Bueno-de-Mesquita HB. PMID: 16908443.
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    23. Adolescents' perceptions about quitting and nicotine replacement therapy: findings from the California Tobacco Survey. J Adolesc Health. 2006 Apr; 38(4):465-8. Al-Delaimy WK, White MM, Pierce JP. PMID: 16549315.
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    24. Correlating atmospheric and biological markers in studies of secondhand tobacco smoke exposure and dose in children and adults. J Occup Environ Med. 2006 Feb; 48(2):181-94. Repace J, Al-Delaimy WK, Bernert JT. PMID: 16474267.
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    25. Curcumin content of turmeric and curry powders. Nutr Cancer. 2006; 55(2):126-31. Tayyem RF, Heath DD, Al-Delaimy WK, Rock CL. PMID: 17044766.
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    26. Greater risk of incident asthma cases in adults with allergic rhinitis and effect of allergen immunotherapy: a retrospective cohort study. Respir Res. 2005 Dec 28; 6:153. Polosa R, Al-Delaimy WK, Russo C, Piccillo G, Sarvà M. PMID: 16381607.
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    27. Plasma carotenoids as biomarkers of intake of fruits and vegetables: ecological-level correlations in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). Eur J Clin Nutr. 2005 Dec; 59(12):1397-408. Al-Delaimy WK, Slimani N, Ferrari P, Key T, Spencer E, Johansson I, Johansson G, Mattisson I, Wirfalt E, Sieri S, Agudo A, Celentano E, Palli D, Sacerdote C, Tumino R, Dorronsoro M, Ocké MC, Bueno-De-Mesquita HB, Overvad K, Chirlaque MD, Trichopoulou A, Naska A, Tjonneland A, Olsen A, Lund E, Skeie G, Ardanaz E, Kesse E, Boutron-Ruault MC, Clavel-Chapelon F, Bingham S, Welch AA, Martinez-Garcia C, Nagel G, Linseisen J, Quirós JR, Peeters PH, van Gils CH, Boeing H, van Kappel AL, Steghens JP, Riboli E. PMID: 16160701.
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    28. Plasma carotenoids as biomarkers of intake of fruits and vegetables: individual-level correlations in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). Eur J Clin Nutr. 2005 Dec; 59(12):1387-96. Al-Delaimy WK, Ferrari P, Slimani N, Pala V, Johansson I, Nilsson S, Mattisson I, Wirfalt E, Galasso R, Palli D, Vineis P, Tumino R, Dorronsoro M, Pera G, Ocké MC, Bueno-de-Mesquita HB, Overvad K, Chirlaque M, Trichopoulou A, Naska A, Tjønneland A, Olsen A, Lund E, Alsaker EH, Barricarte A, Kesse E, Boutron-Ruault MC, Clavel-Chapelon F, Key TJ, Spencer E, Bingham S, Welch AA, Sanchez-Perez MJ, Nagel G, Linseisen J, Quirós JR, Peeters PH, van Gils CH, Boeing H, van Kappel AL, Steghens JP, Riboli E. PMID: 16160702.
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    29. When California smokers use nicotine replacement therapy, most are trying to quit smoking. Tob Control. 2005 Oct; 14(5):359-60. Al-Delaimy WK, Gilpin EA, Pierce JP. PMID: 16183988.
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    30. An approach to estimate between- and within-group correlation coefficients in multicenter studies: plasma carotenoids as biomarkers of intake of fruits and vegetables. Am J Epidemiol. 2005 Sep 15; 162(6):591-8. Ferrari P, Al-Delaimy WK, Slimani N, Boshuizen HC, Roddam A, Orfanos P, Skeie G, Rodríguez-Barranco M, Thiebaut A, Johansson G, Palli D, Boeing H, Overvad K, Riboli E. PMID: 16093290.
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    31. Long-term cryoconservation and stability of vitamin C in serum samples of the European prospective investigation into cancer and nutrition. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2005 Jul; 14(7):1837-40. Jenab M, Bingham S, Ferrari P, Friesen MD, Al-Delaimy WK, Luben R, Wareham N, Khaw KT, Riboli E. PMID: 16030126.
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    32. Plasma levels of six carotenoids in nine European countries: report from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). Public Health Nutr. 2004 Sep; 7(6):713-22. Al-Delaimy WK, van Kappel AL, Ferrari P, Slimani N, Steghens JP, Bingham S, Johansson I, Wallström P, Overvad K, Tjønneland A, Key TJ, Welch AA, Bueno-de-Mesquita HB, Peeters PH, Boeing H, Linseisen J, Clavel-Chapelon F, Guibout C, Navarro C, Quirós JR, Palli D, Celentano E, Trichopoulou A, Benetou V, Kaaks R, Riboli E. PMID: 15369608.
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    33. Folate intake and risk of stroke among women. Stroke. 2004 Jun; 35(6):1259-63. Al-Delaimy WK, Rexrode KM, Hu FB, Albert CM, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC, Manson JE. PMID: 15105514.
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    34. A prospective study of smoking and risk of breast cancer in young adult women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2004 Mar; 13(3):398-404. Al-Delaimy WK, Cho E, Chen WY, Colditz G, Willet WC. PMID: 15006915.
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    35. Effect of type 2 diabetes and its duration on the risk of peripheral arterial disease among men. Am J Med. 2004 Feb 15; 116(4):236-40. Al-Delaimy WK, Merchant AT, Rimm EB, Willett WC, Stampfer MJ, Hu FB. PMID: 14969651.
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    36. Magnesium intake and risk of coronary heart disease among men. J Am Coll Nutr. 2004 Feb; 23(1):63-70. Al-Delaimy WK, Rimm EB, Willett WC, Stampfer MJ, Hu FB. PMID: 14963055.
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    37. A prospective study of calcium intake from diet and supplements and risk of ischemic heart disease among men. Am J Clin Nutr. 2003 Apr; 77(4):814-8. Al-Delaimy WK, Rimm E, Willett WC, Stampfer MJ, Hu FB. PMID: 12663277.
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    38. A prospective study of self-reported sleep duration and incident diabetes in women. Diabetes Care. 2003 Feb; 26(2):380-4. Ayas NT, White DP, Al-Delaimy WK, Manson JE, Stampfer MJ, Speizer FE, Patel S, Hu FB. PMID: 12547866.
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    39. Hair as a biomarker for exposure to tobacco smoke. Tob Control. 2002 Sep; 11(3):176-82. Al-Delaimy WK. PMID: 12198265.
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    40. Snoring as a risk factor for type II diabetes mellitus: a prospective study. Am J Epidemiol. 2002 Mar 01; 155(5):387-93. Al-Delaimy WK, Manson JE, Willett WC, Stampfer MJ, Hu FB. PMID: 11867347.
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    41. Smoking and risk of coronary heart disease among women with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Arch Intern Med. 2002 Feb 11; 162(3):273-9. Al-Delaimy WK, Manson JE, Solomon CG, Kawachi I, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC, Hu FB. PMID: 11822919.
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    42. Passive smoking, as measured by hair nicotine, and severity of acute lower respiratory illnesses among children. Tob Induc Dis. 2002 Jan 15; 1(1):27-33. Al-Delaimy W, Crane J, Woodward A. PMID: 19570246.
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    43. Is the hair nicotine level a more accurate biomarker of environmental tobacco smoke exposure than urine cotinine? J Epidemiol Community Health. 2002 Jan; 56(1):66-71. Al-Delaimy WK, Crane J, Woodward A. PMID: 11801622.
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    44. Smoking and mortality among women with type 2 diabetes: The Nurses' Health Study cohort. Diabetes Care. 2001 Dec; 24(12):2043-8. Al-Delaimy WK, Willett WC, Manson JE, Speizer FE, Hu FB. PMID: 11723080.
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    45. Passive smoking in children: effect of avoidance strategies, at home as measured by hair nicotine levels. Arch Environ Health. 2001 Mar-Apr; 56(2):117-22. Al-Delaimy WK, Crane J, Woodward A. PMID: 11339674.
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    46. The effects of carbon dioxide on exercise-induced asthma: an unlikely explanation for the effects of Buteyko breathing training. Med J Aust. 2001 Jan 15; 174(2):72-4. Al-Delaimy WK, Hay SM, Gain KR, Jones DT, Crane J. PMID: 11245506.
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    47. Questionnaire and hair measurement of exposure to tobacco smoke. J Expo Anal Environ Epidemiol. 2000 Jul-Aug; 10(4):378-84. Al-Delaimy WK, Crane J, Woodward A. PMID: 10981731.
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