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From Tobacco Info No. 9 - April 2012
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Prabhat Jha wins Luther Terry award for outstanding research


By Geoffrey Lansdell


Canadian researcher and professor Prabhat Jha, M.D., will be honoured at the 2012 World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) with a Luther Terry Award for Outstanding Research Contribution.


A key figure in epidemiology and the economics of global health for the past twenty years, Professor Jha is the current Canada research chair of health and development at the University of Toronto. He is also the founding director of the Centre for Global Health Research at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto; associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto; and research scholar at the McLaughlin Centre for Molecular Medicine.


In the field of tobacco research, Professor Jha has published several influential books, including Curbing the Epidemic: Governments and the Economics of Tobacco Control (1999) and Tobacco Control in Developing Countries (2000). But Jha’s most significant research project may prove to be the “Million Death Study” currently underway in India (1998-2014). The study is monitoring 2.4 million households to see what role tobacco (along with other factors) plays in the deaths of Indian citizens. It is the first large-scale study on the hazards of smoking in Southeast Asia, where two-thirds of the world’s 1.1 billion smokers reside.


Along with Stan Shatenstein, who will also receive a Terry medal at the 2012 WCTOH, Jha joins Garfield Mahood as the only Canadians to receive the prestigious Terry Award. Mahood, the executive director of the Non-Smokers’ Rights Association, won the award in 2000 for Outstanding Organization.