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May 2006

Allen Wilcox
Allen Wilcox

John Seubert
John Seubert

Grantee Lora Fleming
Grantee Lora Fleming

Allen Wilcox: UNC School of Public Health Distinguished Alumnus

The University of North Carolina School of Public Health distinguished alumni awards were presented March 29. One of those awards went to NIEHS's Allen Wilcox, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Wilcox, a senior investigator in the Epidemiology Branch, was the 2006 recipient of the Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Alumnus Award, the single highest alumni honor given by the UNC School of Public Health.

The award recognizes leadership, experimentation, collaboration and innovation within the profession; impact within the practice arena; and outstanding service beyond the requirements of the recipient's employment.

Wilcox's leadership as president of the three major epidemiologic societies -- Society for Pediatric Epidemiologic Research, Society for Epidemiologic Research and the American Epidemiological Society -- influenced not only generations of researchers, but also the research direction and national policy of reproductive health care in the United States and the in the world, according to the award citation. He is a universally recognized distinguished leader within the broader epidemiology community.

Wilcox serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Epidemiology. His research interests span the range of reproductive and perinatal epidemiology, with studies on fertility, pregnancy loss, fetal growth and birth defects. He is currently carrying out an investigation of genetic and environmental causes of facial clefts, based on a large case-control study conducted in Norway.

Gary Boorman: University of Minnesota Distinguished Alumni

The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine honored the research accomplishments of its graduate students, faculty, alumni, and research partners at its annual Points of Pride Research Days on March 14-15.

The Distinguished Research Alumni Award went to Gary Boorman, a member of the college's class of 1967. Boorman, a pathologist in the Environmental Toxicology Program, presented the Points of Pride Distinguished Research Alumnus Seminar, "The Role of Veterinarians on Research in the Genomic Era."

Sylvia Ramos: UNC Women's Health Day, Hulka Innovators Award

Research fellow Sylvia Ramos received the Hulka Innovators Award at the Seventh Annual Women's Health Research Day at the University of North Carolina for her work, ".N-ZFP36L2 mouse: a new model of female infertility and early embryonic development."

The event was held April 5, with a poster preview on April 4. The Hulka Innovators Award is named in honor of Jaroslav Hulka, a renowned professor emeritus of obstetrics, gynecology and maternal and child health at UNC. He made outstanding contributions to laparoscopy, endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery through development of new instrumentation and techniques. The award in his honor is made in recognition of innovation in methods, population, study design, or study content area, with focus on novel contributions to advancing science.

"I am very proud that Perry Blackshear, the clinical director, allowed me to pursue such a quest by providing the necessary research conditions and excellent scientific mentorship. In Perry's lab I had the right environment to transform myself from an immunologist into a female reproductive biologist," Ramos said.

John Seubert: Former NIEHS Postdoc Receives Canadian Junior Faculty Grant

John Seubert, a former postdoc in Darryl Zeldin's Laboratory of Respiratory Biology who is now a faculty member at the Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences division of the University of Alberta, has received a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The grant is similar to an NIH R01 grant.

Seubert said the grant is a natural continuation of his post-doctoral research and will compliment his work at NIEHS. The CIHR-funded project will look at the protective role of fatty acids - particularly arachidonic acid - in the heart.

"I was very fortunate to have worked under Darryl and at NIEHS. It was an excellent experience which has provided me with many opportunities and greatly enhanced my career. I feel I would not have excelled to my present position without the support and training I received while at the institute," Seubert said via e-mail.

Grantee Lora Fleming: Florida Outstanding Woman in Public Health

University of Miami epidemiologist Lora Fleming was named the Florida Outstanding Woman in Public Health for 2006 by the University of South Florida College of Public Health.

The College bestows the award each year on a woman whose career accomplishments and leadership have contributed significantly to the field of public health in Florida. Fleming was honored at an awards ceremony at the USF College of Public Health in Tampa, Fla. She is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She holds a joint appointment in the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

Fleming studies the environmental toxicity of algal blooms on human health. She has been instrumental in promoting occupational and environmental health at the local, state and national levels.

Grantee Philip Landrigan: 2006 Children's Environmental Health Champion Award

The 2006 Children's Environmental Health Champion award was presented to NIEHS grantee Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., M.Sc. The Children's Environmental Health Champion is an honorary award to recognize outstanding efforts and commitment to advancing environmental health issues.

Landrigan is a pediatrician and the Ethel H. Wise Professor and chair of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He holds a professorship in pediatrics at Mount Sinai and directs the Mount Sinai Center for Children's Health and the Environment and the Mount Sinai Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit.

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