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Hamimatunnisa Johar is an epidemiologist and postdoctoral research fellow at the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences (JCSMHS), Monash University Malaysia. Her research focuses on the psychological stress-related impact on aging and metabolic disorders. She completed her Master of Science (Epidemiology) and PhD (Human Biology) at the Medical Faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), Munich, Germany. She was also a research scientist (2016-2021) and the deputy head of the Mental Health Unit (2017-2021) at the Institute of Epidemiology, Helmholtz Center Munich, Germany. During her doctoral and postdoctoral research years, Hamima has investigated the neuroendocrine-immune alterations that may lead to adverse outcomes of cognitive impairments, frailty, and metabolic health dysfunctions by utilizing large population-based cohort data. She was also previously affiliated with the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University of Giessen, Germany (2019-2021), to work in a consortium that examines gender-specific mental health issues in Germany that contribute to public health preventive strategies (GESA). She contributed to various projects in psychodiabetology within the German Diabetes Center platform in exploring the link between mental health and Type 2 diabetes. Hamima is also actively involved in reviewing manuscripts for reputable journals in ageing, psychoneuroendocrinology, psychology, metabolism and epidemiology and has presented at various international conferences. Her current research focuses on the interplay between mental health and cardio-metabolic health in cognitive ageing.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Epidemiology, MSc, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat (University of Munich)

Human Biology, PhD, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat (University of Munich)

Biological Sciences, BSc, University of Auckland

Research area keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Mental Health
  • Statistical analysis
  • Cardiometabolic heatlh
  • Ageing
  • Psychoneuroendocrinology

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