The PERSIAN Cohort has been designed and carried out under the guidance of national and international experts in various fields and specialties, each one bringing with them an essential piece of the puzzle. Through the eagerness and enthusiasm of current and former Central Committee members as well as local Principal Investigators, the PERSIAN Cohort has made it thus far.

Central Committee

Reza Malekzadeh

PERSIAN Cohort Director

Hossein Poustchi MD PhD

PERSIAN Cohort Executive Director, Adult and Employee Cohort Supervisor

Roya Kelishadi MD

Principal Investigator, PERSIAN Birth Cohort Supervisor

Afarin Rahimi Movaghar MD PhD

Principal Investigator, PERSIAN Youth Cohort Supervisor

Nayyereh Aminisani PhD

Principal Investigator, PERSIAN Elderly Cohort Supervisor,

Fatemeh Alipour MD

Principal Investigator, PERSIAN Eye Cohort Supervisor

Nader Saki MD

Principal Investigator, PERSIAN Hearing Cohort Supervisor

Homayoun Sadeghi-Bazargani

Principal Investigator, PERSIAN Traffic Safety and Health Cohort Supervisor

Farid Najafi PhD

Central Scientific Steering Committee Member

Ali Ahmadi PhD

Central Scientific Steering Committee Member

Alireza Ansari Moghaddam PhD

Central Scientific Steering Committee Member

Azita Hekmatdoost MD PhD

Principal Investigator, Nutrition Supervisor

National and International Consultants (Alphabetical Order)

Arash Etemadi MD PhD (USA)

Abbas Ali Keshtkar MD PhD (Iran)

Ardeshir Khosravi PhD (Iran)

Administrative Staff

Sareh Eghtesad PhD RD

PERSIAN Cohort Coordinator

Zahra Mohammadi PhD

Quality Control Manager

Amaneh Shayanrad MS

Biobank Manager

Maryam Sharafkhah PhD

Follow Up Manager

Sudabeh Alatab MD PhD

PERSIAN Employee Cohort Coordinator

Akbar Feizsani BA

Data Manager

Somayeh Abedi BS


Nazgol Motamed-Gorji MD


Sahar Masoudi MS


Sanam Hariri MD


Marjan Moallemian Isfahani BS


Fariba Zare Sakhvidi MS


Saba Alvand MD


Sahar Dalvand PhD