JACKSONVILLE, Fla. and WILMINGTON, Del., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- For his lifetime commitment in the field of radiation biology and the risks of radiation and other environmental exposures on the developing fetus and for his leadership in pediatric clinical care, research and education, Robert L. Brent, MD, PhD, will be honored as the recipient of the prestigious 2008 Alfred 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 8:00 p.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 his career he has personally counseled over 20,000 individuals who are concerned about the risks of radiation exposure, cancer, birth defects, miscarriage and other reproductive and developmental problems. In addition to all these scholarly activities he received continuous NIH and DOE funding for his research activities, directed a research institute at the Stein Research Center of Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia) and was chairman of the Pediatric Department for 30 years, one of the longest chairmanships in American pediatric history.
Dr. Brent is the Distinguished Louis and Bess Stein Professor of Pediatrics, Radiology, and Pathology and head of the Environmental and Clinical Teratology Laboratory at duPont Hospital for Children. He is also emeritus chairman of Pediatrics and Professor of Radiology, Pathology and Anatomy at The Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.
He has received many honors including being elected to the Institute of
Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In April 1996, to honor his
outstanding educational and research contributions to science and medicine,
Thomas Jefferson University created the Rob
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