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Sir Michael Marmot wins top award for study into health and wealth

24 June 2008

Links: William B Graham Prize Research into work stress and coronary heart disease Centres for Disease Control and Prevention award The 2008 Tore Andersson Prize for Epidemiological Research has been awarded to Professor Sir Michael Marmot of UCL Epidemiology & Public Health, for his work on the impact of social factors in health.

Sir Michael Marmot

Professor Marmot has spent his career analysing the causes of the widespread low life expectancy rates amongst the less affluent in society. He said: "It is significant that the Karolinska has given this award in the field of social epidemiology, a field that is often in the margins of awareness.

"This is a validation of the work we do at UCL and a recognition of the importance of this area of global health research."

Professor Marmot's research helps form public health policy not just in the UK, but internationally, too: he is currently chair of the World Health Organisation's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health.

The Tore Andersson Prize is awarded annually by Sweden's Karolinska Institute, one of Europe's largest medical universities, which specializes in public health.

To find out more about Professor Marmot, use the links at the top of the article.