UCSD cancer researcher honored

John Pierce, Ph.D., a cancer research specialist and UCSD School of Medicine professor on Thursday received the inaugural Harold Dorn Award for Translation of Epidemiologic Evidence into Public Health Policy and Practice.

Pierce was nominated for the Dorn Award by his colleague in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at UCSD Moores Cancer Center, Ruth Patterson, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. “The Dorn award is well-deserved recognition for Dr. Pierce's profound and fearless work over the past 30 years,” said Patterson. During that time, Pierce’s research has been critical to the development and evaluation of tobacco control programs which have led to a major decline in lung cancer in California.

Pierce is the Sam M. Walton Professor for Cancer Research in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Also serves as

associate director for Population Sciences at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center and is responsible for developing Cancer Prevention Research into an area of strength at the Cancer Center.

This award honors Harold Dorn, a demographer-epidemiologist, who was a critical leader of epidemiology at the National Cancer Institute and, later, at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute throughout the 1950s.



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