May 2, 2016
Regents' Medal for Excellence in Research
Lo├»c Le Marchand, MD, PhD, a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Hawai'i Cancer Center received The 2016 Board of Regents' (BOR) Medal for Excellence in Research. The medal is awarded by the BOR in recognition of scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community. Each year only three researchers receive the award. "I am very grateful to the BOR and UH administration for the award. It is an accolade to the entire cancer epidemiology research group which, over the past 30 years, has included many, extremely dedicated research personnel with one goal, that to prevent cancer," said Dr. Le Marchand.
Dr. Le Marchand has contributed significantly to the field of cancer epidemiology, and was one of the first epidemiologists to study the role of genes and the environment on cancer incidence. His work has been nationally and internationally recognized. He was a member of the 2015 IARC (International Agency for Research in Cancer) committee that reviewed evidence for processed meat as a carcinogen, and was recognized on the 2015 Thomson Reuters' "World's Most Influential Scientific Minds and Highly Cited Researchers" list. Extremely successful at obtaining grant support, he brings in several millions of dollars to the University annually. He always strives to build a research environment that fosters the training of new scientists.