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Robert S. Gordon, Jr. Lecture in Epidemiology

The Robert S. Gordon, Jr. Lecture was established in 1995 in tribute to Dr. Gordon for his outstanding contributions to the field of epidemiology and for his distinguished service to the National Institutes of Health. The award is made annually to a scientist who has contributed significantly to the field of epidemiology or clinical trials research. The Lectureship is awarded by the NIH on the recommendation of the NIH Epidemiology and Clinical Trials Interest Group and is organized by the ODP.

The Gordon Lecture is part of NIH's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS), which was organized in 1994 by the Office of Intramural Research to invite distinguished scientists to present topics of broad scientific interest to a cross-section of NIH researchers.

2018 Award Winner

Advancing Population Health: Five Propositions and a Research Agenda

Ana V. Diez Roux, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. External Website Policy Ana V. Diez Roux, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology, Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University

May 23, 2018
NIH Campus
Masur Auditorium (Building 10)
Bethesda, Maryland

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About the Lecture

Population health has emerged as a framework for research and action to improve health and reduce health inequities. In her lecture Dr. Diez Roux discussed what a population health approach means, posited five facts about population health and their implications for scientific understanding and policy, and highlighted key components of a population health research agenda.

About Dr. Diez Roux

Ana V. Diez Roux, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., is Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology at the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health. Originally trained as a pediatrician in Buenos Aires, she completed public health training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Before Drexel, she served on the faculties of Columbia University and the University of Michigan, where she was Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health.

Dr. Diez Roux is internationally known for her research on the social determinants of health and the study of how neighborhoods affect health. Her work on neighborhood health effects has been highly influential in the policy debate on population health and its determinants. Her research areas also include environmental and psychosocial health effects, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, and the use of multilevel methods and complex systems approaches in population health. She has led large NIH- and foundation-funded research and training programs in the United States and in collaboration with partners in Latin America. She currently directs the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative and is Principal Investigator of the Wellcome Trust–funded SALURBAL (Salud Urbana en America Latina/Urban Health in Latin America) project.

Dr. Diez Roux has served on numerous editorial boards, review panels, and committees including most recently the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee of the Environmental Protection Agency (as Chair). She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2009. She has been an active mentor for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty.

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Senior Investigator, Clinical Genetics Branch, National Cancer Institute (NCI), Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics (DCEG)
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Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and Professor of Neurology and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Co-Director, Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology
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Inefficiency and Waste in Biomedical Research: How Prevalent Is It, What Are Its Causes, and How Is It Prevented?


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Professor Emerita of Epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Research Directions for Solving the Obesity Epidemic in High-Risk Populations


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Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore
Epidemiology: Back to Translation (PDF - 370 KB)


Mitchell Gail, M.D., Ph.D.
Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, National Cancer Institute
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Lewis H. Kuller, M.D., Dr.P.H.
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
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Jonathan Samet, M.D.
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore
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Julie E. Buring, Sc.D.
Harvard Medical School, Boston
What Do We Do When Studies Disagree?

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