Physician Who Revolutionized Health Research To Receive Winslow Award

Sir Iain Chalmers, recognized as one of the leading health researchers of his generation, is the 2010 recipient of the C-E.A. Winslow Award.

The honor is bestowed by the Yale School of Public Health every several years to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of public health. Chalmers is only the third recipient since the award’s creation in 2000.

He will be formally presented with the medal and deliver a live lecture from England via video link on Monday, April 26, at 10 a.m. in Harkness Auditorium, 333 Cedar St. The event is free and open to the Yale community.

The award commemorates the contributions of Charles-Edward Amory Winslow to public health — he established one of the country’s first public health programs at Yale in 1915 — and is given to those who exemplify Winslow’s ideals, particularly his concern for social factors affecting health.

“The work of Iain Chalmers has revolutionized research synthesis in all areas of public health and beyond. He has been the single most influential person in developing and promoting the use of evidence-based strategies in public health and medicine,” says Michael B. Bracken, the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health and chair of the committee that nominated Chalmers for the award.

Chalmers founded the U.K. Cochrane Centre, which inaugurated the Cochrane Collaboration, a non-profit, international organization that prepares, maintains and publishes systematic reviews of the effects of health care interventions. The collection is regarded as a major achievement in evidence-based medicine, and its reviews have been adopted by the World Health Organization, among other groups.

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