The Scientific Committee on Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH) has bestowed the Inaugural EPICOH award for outstanding contributions to occupational epidemiology to Dr. Aaron Blair in recognition of his substantive and innovative work on the methods and practice of occupational epidemiology. Dr. Blair is a scientist emeritus in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, where he previously served as chief and senior investigator. His research on occupational exposures including pesticides, dry cleaning solvents, and formaldehyde, has resulted in over 450 scientific publications. Findings from his work have been instrumental in IARC’s decision to classify several of these chemicals as carcinogenic to humans.
Dr. Blair will receive the award and deliver a keynote address at the 25th annual EPICOH meeting in September, 2016, in Barcelona, Spain. EPICOH is part of the International Commission of Occupational Health, which consists of occupational health scientists from 35 countries around the world.