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Release: Nov. 13, 2002

UI College of Public Health names tobacco researcher Warner 2002 Hansen Award winner

The University of Iowa College of Public Health has selected Kenneth E. Warner, Ph.D., (left) the Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor of Public Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, to receive the 2002 Richard and Barbara Hansen Leadership Award and Distinguished Lectureship. Warner is a leading researcher on the economic and policy aspects of disease prevention and health promotion, with a special emphasis on tobacco and health.

The Hansen Award is given annually by the UI College of Public Health to honor individuals who have made sustained contributions in the health field. The award recognizes exemplary leadership, integrity and ethical standards and an enduring commitment to improving health care on a national and international level.

On Nov. 15, Warner will deliver the lecture, "Technology, Policy and the Future of Nicotine Addiction," at 1:30 p.m. in the Dean Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Iowa City. Warner will address economic factors that impact tobacco use, including higher tobacco excise taxes. The presentation is free and open to the public.

"Richard and Barbara Hansen's generous gift to the College of Public Health allows us to honor national and international leaders in public health and to benefit from their presentations and visits to the college," said James Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the College of Public Health. "There is still no more important issue in public health than tobacco control, and there is no one more qualified to address this issue than Dr. Ken Warner."

Warner's lecture is presented in conjunction with the UI Global Health Studies conference, "The Global Tobacco Epidemic: Tobacco Control in an International Context." During his visit to the UI campus, Warner will meet with students and faculty to discuss his research on tobacco and participate in seminars and roundtable discussions.

Warner is a member of the board of directors of the American Legacy Foundation -- the independent public health foundation established by the 1998 tobacco settlement -- and director of the University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network. His research interests include tobacco harm reduction policy, economic implications of smoking cessation in the managed care setting and dynamic effects of tobacco control policies.

In 1989 Warner served as the senior scientific editor of the 25th anniversary Surgeon General's report on smoking and health; that same year he received the Surgeon General's Medallion. In 1996 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Warner is a consultant to numerous governmental bodies, voluntary organizations and businesses, serves on the editorial boards of four professional journals, and chairs the board of the international journal Tobacco Control. He currently serves as the World Bank's representative to the negotiations on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the World Health Organization's attempt to develop an international tobacco control treaty.

The Hansen Leadership Award and Distinguished Lectureship is made possible by a gift to the College of Public Health from Richard and Barbara Hansen of Iowa City. The Hansen's gift, made in 2000, was the first contribution in the College of Public Health's Founding Partner initiative. For more information about the Hansen Award, visit