Professor Ken Takahashi Receives the Jorma Ranatanen Award

On behalf of Global Ban Asbestos Network (GBAN), I would like to congratulate Ken Takahashi, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology at the University of Occupational and Environmental Health, on his recent Jorma Ranatanen Award, presented by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. Professor Takahashi is an invaluable member of the GBAN community, and receiving this award is a tremendous honor, placing him in prestigious company as listed below:

List of Jorma Ranatanen Awardees:
2003     Philip J. Landrigan
2004     Lorenzo Tomatis
2005     Tom B. Leamon
2006     Sir Michael Marmot
2007     Dominique Lison
2008     Barbara Silverstein
2009     Hans Rosling
2010     Dame Carol Black
2011     Ken Takahashi

Each year, FIOH presents the Jorma Ranatanen Award to distinguished occupational health and safety (OHS) research scientists or professionals. Nominees for the award must have an outstanding career in the field of OHS, and an international reputation for their achievements. The award is in honour of Professor Jorma Rantanen, who retired in 2003 after an outstanding career of 30 years as Director General of FIOH.

On December 1, 2011, the FIOH Research Day was held under the theme of “Asbestos epidemic-still going strong?” and focused on topics such as asbestos-related diseases, cancer screening, early diagnosis and follow-up. Takahashi, after receiving the JR Award, delivered the Jorma Rantanen lecture entitled “Towards Global Elimination of Asbestos-Related Diseases.”

Once again, I would like to send my congratulations to Professor Takahashi for all that he has accomplished. He is truly deserving of this award.

In Unity,

Linda Reinstein’s

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