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.