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									January, 2006



        UQ announces first fellowship in honour of father of epidemiology


The University of Queensland is offering Australia’s first fellowship honouring the
scientist who confirmed the link between smoking and lung cancer, Sir Richard Doll.

Sir Richard, revered as the father of modern epidemiology, died in July last year at the
age of 92.

The eminent scientist had links to UQ’s Faculty of Health Sciences and was a mentor
to several of the Faculty’s professors including the Head of the School of Population
Health, Professor Alan Lopez

“He had a major influence on the development of epidemiology and public health,”
said Professor Lopez.

“The School of Population Health has a strong tradition of epidemiology research,
particularly in the cancer field. The aim of the fellowship is to further this tradition
and to honour Sir Richard, who did more to influence this field of research than any
other person, “ he said.

The Sir Richard Doll Fellowship is funded via a partnership between The University
of Queensland, UQ’s Faculty of Health Sciences, the School of Population Health and
the Queensland Cancer Fund.

Professor Lopez had a close personal association with Sir Richard and his protege Sir
Richard Peto, working with them since the late 1980s on tobacco’s relationship to
various diseases, including cancer.

“The Doll-Peto partnership created the mould for influential global health research,
inspiring other researchers to establish similar collaborations - with excellent results,”
Professor Lopez said.

Sir Richard influenced other key researchers at UQ – Professor Konrad Jamrozik,
Professor Annette Dobson, and Faculty of Health Sciences Executive Dean, Professor
Peter Brooks. All worked with, or were associated with, Sir Richard and his
colleagues.

Although best known for his work on tobacco, Sir Richard is responsible for a range
of other work.

He was the first to examine cancer registries and argued that variations in cancer
prevalence between populations were not chiefly genetic.

He was pivotal to analysing and interpreting age-specific time trends in cancer rates,
again showing that much cancer is avoidable.
Sir Richard also helped quantify many things other than smoking: therapeutic X-
irradiation and leukaemia; occupational asbestosis (??); and the various relatively
minor hazards of the contraceptive pill.

Even in the latter part of this career, Sir Richard received and accepted a steady flow
of invitations to present lectures all over the world.

He continued to write major scientific papers long after most people would have
retired.

He was preparing a paper on the 50-year study on smoking and mortality for the
current Cancer Research UK Scientific Yearbook when, after a short illness, he died.

Professor Lopez remembers Sir Richard as a “remarkable man”.

“He was a true character. He wrote beautifully and was a gentleman of impeccable
grooming, always in a three-piece suit. Right up until his death, he was still going to
his office at the Radcliffe Infirmary at Oxford University - in his suit - and making a
significant contribution, “ Professor Lopez said.

For more information on the fellowship, visit www.sph.uq.edu.au or
www.qldcancer.com.au or email Prof Lopez – a.lopez@sph.uq.edu.au .

								
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