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The Richard Doll Prize in Epidemiology

In 2007, the International Epidemiological Association established the Richard Doll Prize in Epidemiology. The prize is awardedon a triennial basis. The first prize was conferred on Dr. Nubia Muñoz in 2008, and the second on Prof. David Barker in 2011.

The prize is given to an epidemiologist of the highest scientific standard. The recipient will be honoured for scientific achievements that have 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 prize is presented at the triennial IEA World Congress (WCE), together with $30,000 and a plaque produced by the IEA. The winner is given the opportunity to address the participants of the Congress in a 30 minute plenary session on a topic of his or her own choosing. Travel and accommodation are paid by the IEA. The winner is introduced by the IEA President.

A full description and the prize and its history are available for download in pdf format.

Nominations and selection

Nominating persons , agencies or organizations should fill in the Richard Doll Prize nomination form and forward it to the IEA President. The nomination should be kept confidential.

The prize winner will be selected by a committee chaired by the IEA President (see below).

Detailed selection procedures

1. The nomination forms with the CV’s of the candidates and supporting statements by the presenters will be sent to the office of the President, who will organize the vote. One or two weeks before the vote a telephone conference among the jury members will take place, chaired by the President, to discuss whether any of the candidates should be excluded from the vote because of completely inadequate documentation, evident non-pertinence of the qualifications, or because these are patently insufficient . These exclusion decisions require the unanimity of the five jury members. No discussion on the candidates admitted to the vote takes place, being incumbent to each member of the jury to examine the documentation and form his/her own judgment. All proceedings are carried under a strict rule of confidentiality.

2. Conflict of interest. The jury is composed by the President, Past-President , President-Elect and two members appointed by the Council. It would be correct that none of these nominates candidates to the prize or if he/she does he/she is replaced as a member of the jury.

3. Rules of voting. : (i) only expressed votes are counted (not abstainers) ; (ii) after the first round of voting, any candidates with no votes will be excluded; (ii) in each subsequent round, the candidate with the lowest number of votes will be excluded; (iii) in the first four rounds, a total of at least three votes is required for a candidate to be the winner ; (iv) if a total of at least three votes is not reached in the first four rounds a simple majority of the votes expressed is required in the fifth round of vote and , if it becomes necessary, in a sixth round. (iv) if no decision is reached after six rounds, then the prize is not assigned, and a new call for nominations will be made.

4. The names of candidates are kept confidential all throughout the process and at the end only the name of the winner is made public.

5. The lecture of the winner at the WCE is scheduled in the first or second day of the congress

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