Posted on April 27, 2018
In April 2018, Martha Linet, M.D., M.P.H., senior investigator in the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB), received the Career Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This award, among the highest granted by the Department, recognizes Dr. Linet’s decades of international leadership in epidemiology. During her thirty years at the NCI, she has conducted groundbreaking research on the epidemiology of leukemia, lymphoma, and brain tumors, and the effects of radiation and benzene on cancer incidence and mortality.
Dr. Linet’s studies of workers exposed to benzene contributed evidence to set standards for workplace safety. She established and has led the U.S. Radiologic Technologists Study, which has provided invaluable information on the risks to medical professionals of low-dose ionizing radiation from traditional and emergent technology procedures. In addition, Dr. Linet has been a driving force in several international research consortia, including InterLymph and the International Childhood Cancer Consortium, which have led to new insights into cancer etiology.
In conjunction with her personal research program, Dr. Linet served the epidemiology research community as Chief of REB for 12 years, and as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board for six years, among many other distinguished professional contributions.