Robert L. Brent, MD, PhD, Honored with 2008 Alfred I. duPont Award for Excellence in Children's Health Care

Friday, September 26, 2008 General News
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. and WILMINGTON, Del., Sept. 26 For hislifetime commitment in the field of radiation biology and the risks ofradiation and other environmental exposures on the developing fetus and forhis leadership in pediatric clinical care, research and education, Robert L.Brent, MD, PhD, will be honored as the recipient of the prestigious 2008Alfred I. duPont Award for Excellence in Children's Health Care by Nemours,one of the nation's largest children's health systems.

The duPont Award ceremony will honor Dr. Brent on September 23, at 8:00p.m., at the Wilmington (Delaware) Country Club.

Dr. Brent has a worldwide reputation as a leader in radiation biology,developmental biology, teratology, genetics and cancer risks. During hiscareer he has personally counseled over 20,000 individuals who are concernedabout the risks of radiation exposure, cancer, birth defects, miscarriage andother reproductive and developmental problems. In addition to all thesescholarly activities he received continuous NIH and DOE funding for hisresearch activities, directed a research institute at the Stein ResearchCenter of Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University(Philadelphia) and was chairman of the Pediatric Department for 30 years, oneof the longest chairmanships in American pediatric history.

Dr. Brent is the Distinguished Louis and Bess Stein Professor ofPediatrics, Radiology, and Pathology and head of the Environmental andClinical Teratology Laboratory at duPont Hospital for Children. He is alsoemeritus chairman of Pediatrics and Professor of Radiology, Pathology andAnatomy at The Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.

He has received many honors including being elected to the Institute ofMedicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In April 1996, to honor hisoutstanding educational and research contributions to science and medicine,Thomas Jefferson University created the Robert L. Brent Professorship for thechairman of the Department of Pediatrics and held a special convocation todedicate the Lillian and Robert Brent Auditorium at the University.

He was a one of 40 founding members of the Teratology Society in 1961 andhe was elected president in 1966. In addition to his prestigious researchcareer, Dr. Brent has authored 430 publications and 300 abstracts, includingsix books and four movies.

About the Alfred I. duPont Award

In 2001, Nemours established the Alfred I. duPont Award for Excellence inChildren's Health Care to honor Mr. duPont and his legacy. The award consistsof a $50,000 cash prize and an original crystal sculpture by Steuben Glass. Inhis life and work, Alfred I. duPont, benefactor of the Nemours, was creativebut exacting -- seeking to inspire both himself and others to achieveexcellence.

"In 2001, we established this annual award to honor an individual who hasmade outstanding contributions to health care for children," said John S.Lord, Chairman of the Nemours Board of Directors. "Dr. Brent's research intothe causes and possible prevention of birth defects related to radiation andother environmental exposures has distinguished him among his peers andprovided comfort to expectant mothers everywhere."

About Nemours

Nemours, one of the nation's largest pediatric health systems, isdedicated to achieving higher standards in children's health. Please Laureates include: -- 2007: Jerold F. Lucey, MD -- 2006: Samuel L. Katz, MD -- 2005: Mary Ellen Avery, MD -- 2004: Robert J. Haggerty, MD -- 2003: Lucian L. Leape, MD -- 2002: Paul B. Batalden, MD -- 2001: Donald M. Berwick, MD

SOURCE Nemours

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