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  • Prof.  Elliot Berry
Prof Elliot Berry
Research Fields
The Sociotype & Coping with Chronic Disease​
​Public Health Nutrition from Anorexia to Obesity
​The Mediterranean Diet
​Nutrition & Cognitive fubction
​Endocannabinoids & Disease
​Leptin as a survival hormone
Research Activity
Community Health & Capacity Building in Public Health
Disorders of weight control from anorexia to obesity
Health Behaviour & Physical Activity 
The Mediterranean Diet
Nutrition and Cognitive function
Endocannabinoids & Disease 
Al Quds
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Medical Students
Public Health
Lab Members 
Dr Yose​fa Avraham, PhD, Research Director &Lecturer in Nutrition and Metabolism​
Dr. Lia Vorobiev,​ ​Researcher
Michal Premishlino, ​MSc student
Sharon Feld, ​MSc student
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Selected Publications 
Elliot M. Berry MD, FRCP     
   Berry EM, De Geest S. Tell me what you eat and I will tell you your sociotype: coping with diabesity. RMMJ 2012 ; 3(2):e0010.doi:10.5041/RMMJ.10077
   Berry EM. The Role of the Sociotype in Managing Chronic Disease:  integrating Bio-psycho-sociology with Systems biology. Medical Hypotheses, 77:610-3, 2011
Public Health Nutrition from Anorexia to Obesity
  Dubnov-Raz, Berry EM, Shemer O, Constantini. NW. Who will take care of the caretaker? Lifestyle recommendations for  physicians (Hebrew). Harefuah I 150: 583-7, 2011
  Tulchinsky TH, Richter ER, Albert SM, Berry EM. Health in the occupation Palestinian territories. (letter) Lancet 373: 1843-4 2009
  Lopez, C Berry EM, Neumark Y. Limited English proficiency is a barrier to receipt of advice about physical activity and diet among Hispanics with chronic diseases in the US. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 109: 1769-1774, 2009
  Rosenbloom JI, Nitzan-Kaluski D, and Berry EM. A Global Nutrition Index. Food and Nutrition Bulletin 29; 266-277, 2008
  Pines A and Berry EM. Exercise in the menopause – an update. Climacteric 10, Suppl 2: 42-46, 2007
  Tulchinsky TH, Nitzan Kaluski D, Berry EM. Food fortification and risk group supplementation are vital parts of a comprehensive nutrition policy for prevention of chronic diseases. Eur J Publ Health 14; 226-9, 2004
  Leventhal A, Melville L, Berry EM. Public Health education in a conflict area: a report from Israel. Lancet 361: 1222, 2003
Clinical Nutrition, Eating / Weight Disorders
  Eisenberg M, Atallah R, Grandi SM, Windle SB and Berry EM. Legislative approaches to tackling the obesity epidemic in Canada. CMAJ accepted for publication, 2011
  Dubnov-Raz G & Berry EM. Dietary Approaches to Obesity. Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine.  77: 488-498, 2010
  Bachar E, Gur E, Cannetti L, Berry E, Stein D. Selflessness and perfectionism as predictors of pathological eating attitudes and disorders: a longitudinal study. Eur Eat Disord Rev 18: 496-506, 2010
  Shofan Y, Kedar O, Branski D, Berry EM, Wilchanski M. A School-based Program of Physical Activity may Prevent Obesity. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 65: 68-70, 2011
  Schweiger C, Weiss R, Berry EM, Keidar A. Nutritional Deficiencies in Bariatric Surgery Candidates. Obesity Surgery 20: 193-7, 2010
  Canetti L, Berry EM, Elizur Y. Psychosocial predictors of weight loss and psychological adjustment following bariatric surgery and a weight-loss program: the mediating role of emotional eating. Int J of Eating Disorders 42: 109-117, 2009
  Nitzan Kaluski D, Mazengia GD, Goldsmith R, Shimony T, and Berry EM. Prevalence and determinants of physical activity and lifestyle in relation to obesity among school children in Israel. Public Health Nutrition 12: 774-782, 2009.
  Dubnov-Raz G, Berry EM. Dietary treatment of Obesity. Endocrine Clinics of North America. 37: 873-86, 2008
  Nitzan Kaluski D, Natamba BN, Goldsmith R, Shimony T and Berry EM. Determinants of disordered eating behaviours among Israeli adolescent girls. Eating Disorders. The Journal for Treatment and Prevention. 16: 146-59, 2008
  Nitzan Kaluski D, Keinan-Boker L,  Stern F, Green M S,, Leventhal A, , Goldsmith R, Chinich A, Berry E M. BMI may overestimate the prevalence of obesity among women of lower socioeconomic status. Obesity 15; 1808-1815, 2007.
  Mechoulam R, Berry EM, Avraham Y, Di Marzo V, Fride E. Endocannabinoids, feeding and suckling – from our perspective. Int J Obes 30: S24-S28, 2006
  Bachar E, Cannetti L, Berry EM. Lack of long lasting consequences of starvation on eating pathology in Jewish holocaust survivors of Nazi Concentration camps. J Abnormal Psychol  114: 165-9, 2005
  Kluger Z, Kanyas K, Latzer Y, Karni O, Bloch M, Lerer B, Berry EM. Association study of cannabinoid receptor (CNR 1) alleles and anorexia nervosa: Differences between restricting and bingeing/ purging subtypes. American Journal of Medical Genetics (Neuropsychiatric Genetics) 125B: 126-130, 2004
  Griffin J, Berry EM. A modern day Holy Anorexia? Religious language in advertising and anorexia in the west. Eur J Clin Nutr 57; 43-51, 2003
Mediterranean Diet, Fatty acids and Non Cummunicable Diseases
  Berry EM, Arnoni Y, Aviram M. The Middle Eastern & Biblical origins of the Mediterranean diet. Public Health Nutrition. 14 (12A): 2288-2295, 2011 
  Bach-Faig A, Berry EM, Lairon D, Reguant J, Trichopoulou A, Dernini S,  Medina FX, Battino M, Miranda G, Serra-Majem L. Mediterranean Diet Pyramid Today. Science and Cultural Updates. Public Health Nutrition. 14 (12A): 2274-2284,  2011
  Dubnov G, Berry EM. Omega-6 fatty acids and coronary artery disease : the pros and cons. Current Atherosclerosis Reports  6: 441-6, 2004
  Dubnov G, Berry EM. Polyunsaturated fatty acids, insulin resistance and atherosclerosis: is inflammation the connecting link? Metabol Synd Related Disord 2: 124-128, 2004.
  Dubnov G and Berry EM. n-3: n-6 ratio: the Israeli paradox. World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics. 92: 81-91, 2003
Nutrition & Cognitive Function
   Avraham Y, Davidi N, Porat M, Chernoguz D, Magen I, Vorobiev L, Berry EM and Lecker RR. Leptin Induces Neuroprotection Neurogenesis and Angiogenesis after Stroke" Current Neurovascular Research. 2011 in press
  Borges B, Rorato R, Avraham Y, da Silva L, Castro M, Vorobiav L, t Berry EM, Antunes-Rodrigues J, and Elias L. Leptin resistance and desensitization of hypophagia during prolonged inflammatory challenge. Am J Physiol 300: E858-69, 2011
  Avraham Y, Saidan M, Mevorach R, Magen I, Vorobiev L, Kunkes E, Borges B, Burston JJ, Lichtman AH and Berry EM. Fish oil promotes survival and protects against cognitive decline in severely undernourished mice by normalizing satiety signals. J Nutritional Biochem 22: 766-76, 2011
  Avraham Y, Davidi N, Porat M, Chernoguz D, Magen I, Vorobiev L, Berry EM and Lecker RR. Leptin reduces infarct size in association with enhanced expression of CB2, TRPV1, SIRT-1 and leptin receptors. Cur. Neurosci Res 7: 136-43, 2010
  Dagon Y, Avraham Y, Berry EM. Diet restriction and the fruits of the tree of life. Cellscience Reviews vol 4(2), ISSN 1742-8130, 2007
  Dagon Y, Avraham Y, Berry EM. AMPK activation regulates apoptosis, adipogenesis and lipolysis by eIF2 alpha in adipocytes. Biochem Biophys Res Comm 340: 43-7, 2006
  Dagon Y, Avraham Y, Magen Y, Gertler A, Ben-Hur T and Berry EM. Nutritional status, cognitive function and survival – a new role for leptin and AMPK. J Biol Chem 280: 42142-48, 2005.
  Seigfreid Z, Berry EM, Hao Shu, Avraham Y. Animal models in the investigation of anorexia. Physiology & Behavior 79; 39-45,  2003
Endocannabinoids & Disease
  Avraham Y, Mechoulam R, Ilan Y, Berry EM. Cannabidiol improves brain and liver function in a Fulminant Hepatic Failure-induced model of hepatic encephalopathy in mice. British Journal of Pharmacology 162: 1650-8, 2011
  Magen I, Avraham Y, Ackerman Z, Vorobiev L, Mechoulam R and Berry EM. Cannabidiol ameliorates cognitive and motor impairments in bile-duct ligated mice via serotonin-1a receptor activation. J Hepatol 51: 528-34, 2009
  Avraham Y, Grigoriadis NC, Vorobiav L, Pautahidis T, Magen I, Zolotarev O, Ilan Y, Mechoulam R, and Berry EM. Capsaicin affects brain function in a model of hepatic encephalopathy associated with fulminant hepatic failure in mice. Brit J Pharmacol 158: 896-906, 2009
  Avraham Y, Zolotarev O, Grigoriadis, NC, Pautahidis T, Magen I, Vorobiev L, Zimmer A, Yaron I, Mechoulam R, and Berry EM. Cannabinoids and Capsaicin improve liver function following Thioacetamide-induced acute injury in mice. Amer J Gastroenterol 103: 3047-56, 2008
  Dagon Y, Avraham Y, Link G, Zolotarev O, Ilan Y, Mechoulam R, Berry EM.  Cannabinoids ameliorate cerebral dysfunction in experimental hepatic encephalopathy via AMP-activated protein kinase. FASEB J 21; 2431-41, 2007
  Avraham Y, Gabbay E, Israeli E,  Okun A; Zolotarev O, Zilberman I, Ganz V Dagon Y; Magen I, Vorobia I,  Pappo O, Mechoulam R, Ilan Y, Berry EM, Endocannabinoids affect neurological and cognitive function in thioacetamide-induced hepatic encephalopathy in mice. Neurobiology of Disease 21: 237-45, 2006
  Gabbay E, Avraham Y, Ilan Y, Israeli E and Berry EM. Endocannabinoids and liver disease. Liver International, 25: 921-6, 2005.
  Avraham Y, Ben Shushan D, Hao S. Mechoulam R, Berry EM.  Low dose tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) improves food consumption and cognitive function and alters neurotransmitter levels following weight loss in mice. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behaviour. 77: 675-684, 2004

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