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Ochsner Award Winners Announced

The Selection Committee for the 2010 Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Disease is pleased to announce that the 25th Annual Award winners are Kenneth E. Warner, PhD, Dean and Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor of Health, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Jerome S. Brody, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director of the Pulmonary Center and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston.

Dr. Kenneth Warner Dr. Warner received his MPhil and PhD in Economics from Yale University. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and recipient of the Surgeon General’s Medal. He has been honored with the National Merit Award for Outstanding Achievements in Public Health, a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship, and numerous other major prizes. He is internationally acknowledged for his expertise in the economics of public health and, most notably, in tobacco use and smoking cessation. It is this work that we honor him, for its economic analysis on the costs of tobacco consumption and advertising and for modeling the effects of tobacco taxation, permitting development of the necessary public policy that led to a remarkable reduction in the national smoking rate.
Dr. Jerome Brody Dr. Brody received his MD from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and his training in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases at the Michael Reese Hospital, the United States Army Pulmonary Laboratory in Denver, and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Since 1973, he has been a member of the faculty of the Boston University School of Medicine, where he led its clinical and research Pulmonary Diseases programs. He is honored for his seminal work in the genetics of lung cancer, which allowed him to define and apply genomic array technology to develop the concept that smoking creates a field of airway cellular injury that can be measured by global expression of genes (rather than only a few selected genes). This work permitted him to identify premalignant and malignant lesions by diagnostic testing of patients with smoking-related lung cancer.


Prior recipients of the Ochsner Award have been honored for work demonstrating critical relationships between tobacco smoking and nicotine addiction with lung cancer and other malignancies; lung function and emphysema; and other diseases, including atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. The Award is named for the late Dr. Alton Ochsner, the first person to recognize that cigarette smoking is a major factor underlying lung cancer. 


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