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Lecture Series Recognizes Suk and Landrigan

By Eddy Ball
December 2008

Photo of Acting Deputy Director Bill Suk
Acting Deputy Director Bill Suk (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Photo of NIEHS grantee Phil Landrigan
NIEHS grantee Phil Landrigan (Photo courtesy of Phil Landrigan and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine)

NIEHS Acting Deputy Director Bill Suk, Ph.D., and NIEHS grantee Phil Landrigan, M.D., were honored November 5 as the keynote presenters at the inaugural John P. Wyatt Lecture in Environmental Health and Disease. Their talks took place in the William T. Young Library Auditorium on the campus of the University of Kentucky (UK) in Lexington.

The event launched a series of annual lectures sponsored by the Dr. John P. Wyatt Endowment at UK, as well as by the UK Office of the Vice President for Research, the UK College of Agriculture and the NIEHS-funded UK Superfund Basic Research Program.

Suk ( spoke on the topic “Environmental Exposure and Disease Links in Global Health: Addressing Health Needs and Disease Outcomes,” one of several environmental health issues he addresses as acting deputy director. Prior to his acting appointment, Suk was the director of the NIEHS Superfund Basic Research Program.

Suk has published extensively on issues linking exposures with disease and on research and prevention strategies to reduce risks of environmentally induced diseases and disorders. Among his numerous honors, he was selected as a fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini ( NIEHS and has been a National Science Foundation fellow.

Landrigan ( NIEHS, who directs the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Children’s Environmental Health Center, spoke about “Children’s Health and the Environment: The Problem and the Solution.” He is a pediatrician, epidemiologist and internationally recognized leader in public health and preventive medicine.

Landrigan is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, he was a medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Suk and Landrigan were joined at the Wyatt Lecture by UK doctoral student Zuzana Majkova, UK postdoctoral scholar Jignesh Pandya, Ph.D., and Michigan State University doctoral student Haitian Lu. The students each gave 15-minute presentations on their current research.

John P. Wyatt, M.D., was director of the University of Kentucky Tobacco and Health Research Institute from 1974 until January 1980. He was a pulmonary diseases researcher who published over 100 articles covering viruses and diverse lung injuries.

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