My job

A passion for research

When and why did you develop an interest in research? It was a passion of mine during my PhD studies at the University of Florida in the United States and continued to be a major priority as a junior faculty member at the University of California in San Francisco. I was one of the first researchers into pain in children.

Now working in Lebanon, Huda Abu-Saad Huijer has been influential in the field of pain assessment in children

My programme of research on pain management and palliative care had an effect on healthcare delivery and policy in Europe, and now in Lebanon. I co-authored the mandate on pain relief and palliative care in Lebanon, and this has led to palliative care being recognised as a regular field of healthcare in the country.

Who has been most influential in your career as a nurse and as a researcher?

My mother has been my role model. She has shown me that it is possible to hold a challenging position while being an excellent and passionate mother. I was also fortunate to have worked with excellent researchers in the US and Europe who have been sources of inspiration to me.

Of your published research, which