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Jeremiah Stamler to Be Honored

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October 19, 2004
Jeremiah Stamler

Jeremiah Stamler

Jeremiah Stamler — the foremost authority on the role of salt and fatty foods in hypertension and cardiovascular disease and professor emeritus at the Feinberg School of Medicine — will be honored by Northwestern University for his 55 years of contributions to the field of preventive medicine.

The Feinberg School will honor Stamler Oct. 30-31 at a Festschrift — a German word signifying celebration — and establish a fund in his name to continue important work in this field.

The event, which also celebrates Stamler’s 85th birthday, will feature leading scholars, colleagues, friends and former students. The celebration, which will be held at the Wyndam Hotel in Chicago, features a gala dinner on Oct. 30 and scientific presentations on Oct. 31

The dinner speaker will be Sir Michael Marmot, M.D., director of the International Centre for Health and Society at the University College, London. Reports of new research will be given by Philip Greenland M.D., Harry W. Dingman Professor of Cardiology and chair of preventive medicine at Feinberg, and Martha Daviglus, M.D., Kiang Liu and Linda Van Horn, faculty members in preventive medicine and other leading researchers from other institutions.

Stamler’s groundbreaking work in population-based research and preventive clinical trials has substantially advanced cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment on an international scale. His body of work encompasses more than 1,000 published papers and monographs in studies that include research trials on estrogen, multiple risk factor intervention, primary prevention of hypertension, aspirin and dipyridamole, systolic hypertension in the elderly, effects of dietary patterns on blood pressure and coronary prevention with lovastatin, as well as the Chicago Coronary Prevention Evaluation Program, Coronary Drug Project, National Diet-Heart Study, and Hypertension Detection and Follow-up Program.

Stamler has been a part of Northwestern University’s medical school community since 1958, when he joined the department of medicine as an assistant professor and was also named director of the Chicago Board of Health’s new Heart Disease Control Program.

He became the first chair of the newly created department of community health and preventive medicine at Northwestern in 1972, a position he held for 16 years. Stamler, who developed the school's Master in Public Health program, was the distinguished Dingman Professor of Cardiology at the medical school from 1973 to 1990. He also served as chair of the department of community health and preventive medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital before becoming professor emeritus.

Stamler has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad on the causes of the CHD-CVD epidemic and approaches to its prevention and control. 

He has continued his leadership role in preventive clinical trials, population-based research and public policy and is now actively involved in several large-scale, long-term studies in the United States and internationally.

Stamler has served as chair of the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention of the International Society and Federation of Cardiology. As a leader in the American Heart Association, he served as chair of its Council on Arteriosclerosis and Council on Epidemiology and Prevention. Stamler has received numerous awards and honors, including these AHA awards: Award for Outstanding Efforts in Heart Research; Award of Merit; Service Award; Research Achievement Award; Distinguished Achievement Award; and the prestigious Gold Heart Award.  The AHA also honored Stamler when it established the Jeremiah Stamler, M.D., New Investigator Award. 

Other significant honors include the Donald Reid Medal from the Joint Committee of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Royal College of Physicians; the National Cholesterol Award at the First National Cholesterol Conference; the James D. Bruce Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions in Preventive Medicine from the American College of Physicians; and election to the Center for Science in the Public Interest's Nutrition Hall of Fame.