Ethel Gilbert recognized by Swedish Academy of Sciences

May 16, 2016

Dr. Ethel Gilbert, former UW faculty member in departments of Biostatistics and Biomathematics and staff scientist at the Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, National Cancer Institute was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal for Radiation Protection conferred by the Swedish Academy of Sciences.

“Dr Gilbert is an expert on exposure to inhaled alpha emitters (plutonium and radon), as well as on the statistical effects of uncertainty of doses, errors in radiation dose estimates, and their impact on the relationship of cancer risk to radiation dose. She is highly regarded for her work on leukaemia risk in nuclear workers, thyroid cancer risk from 1-131, and lung cancer related to plutonium exposure.”

This is the first time this award has been given to a biostatistician, and represents the long history of significant work done by UW Biostatistics researchers in the area of cancer risk to radiation.

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