The Richard Doll Prize in Epidemiology 


Sir Richard Doll, CH OBE FRS (1912-2005) was a British physician who became an epidemiologist in the mid-20th century and made important contributions to the discipline. He was a pioneer in research linking smoking to health problems, and along with others, was credited with first proving that smoking caused lung cancer. He also carried out pioneering work on the relationship between radiation and leukemia, as well as that between asbestos and lung cancer, and alcohol and breast cancer.

IEA awards The Richard Doll Prize in Epidemiology triennially at the IEA World Congress of Epidemiology to commemorate Richard Doll's legacy and his achievements in epidemiology. The prize is given to an epidemiologist of the highest scientific standard, who has advanced our understanding of the determinants of a disease of importance for health in populations through a body of research that may involve a series of studies, rather than a single publication. The next prize will be awarded during the 2020 World Congress of Epidemiology scheduled in Melbourne, Australia, 13-16, 2020.

Previous recipients of the Prize include Dr. Nubia Munoz, Prof. David Barker and Prof. George Davey Smith. Prize winners are given an opportunity to address participants of the Congress in a 30-minute plenary session on a topic of his/her own choice.  A cash prize is also presented along with a plaque.