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Dr. John Froines, professor emeritus of environmental health sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health, has been awarded the prestigious 2013 Ramazzini Award for his outstanding efforts in occupational and environmental health research. The award is given annually by the Collegium Ramazzini, an independent, international academy based in Italy.
Each year the Collegium selects one scientist whose efforts serve to safeguard human health. This award pays tribute to Froines’ work in developing a federal standard for lead and cotton dust exposure, and for his major contribution in California that helped identify diesel exhaust as a significant air contaminant.
Upon bestowing the Ramazzini Award, Dr. Phil Landrigan, president of the Collegium, issued a proclamation, which said:
“John Froines has translated his research to inform policy in both occupational and environmental health ... His extraordinary accomplishments continue to this day ... It is the great privilege of the Collegium Ramazzini to bestow this well-deserved award upon our friend, colleague and public health hero.”
"I am honored to receive the award and will cherish it always,” said Froines. “It proves the value of integrity in science and demonstrates that one is able to combine solid science with policy.”
Dr. Froines' tireless commitment to translating research to policy is evident in his past service as Deputy Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and as Director of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health for 25 years.