Dr. R. Palmer Beasley Honored as Distinguished Scientist 2010
R. Palmer Beasley, MD, Ashbel Smith Professor and Dean Emeritus, University of Texas School of Public Health, was the HBF’s recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award at our annual Crystal Ball. Dr. Beasley’s groundbreaking research discoveries in Taiwan include identifying mother-to-infant hepatitis B transmission, and the fatal link between hepatitis B and hepatocellular carcinoma (primary liver cancer). Additionally, Dr. Beasley’s initiation of a national hepatitis B immunization program has protected a generation of people in Taiwan against hepatitis B and liver cancer.
"There are at least a million people alive today who would otherwise not be here if not for Dr. Beasley's pioneering research in hepatitis B," said Nobel Laureate Dr. Baruch Blumberg who helped present the Foundation's award.
Most recently, Dr. Beasley served as chair of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee that published the landmark IOM report on Hepatitis and Liver
Cancer, which calls for an improved federal response to the silent epidemic of chronic hepatitis and rising incidence of liver cancer in the nation.
“The story of hepatitis B is continuing to unfold and has many contributors, including my wife and research collaborator Dr. Lu Yu Wang,” said Dr. Beasley in his gracious acceptance speech. “Hepatitis B is a huge problem and, tragically, was pushed off the stage in the 1980’s despite an effective vaccine – in fact, the first anti-cancer vaccine – due to the mergence of HIV/AIDS. But now it’s catchup time! We are fortunate to have the Hepatitis B Foundation continuing the important work since eradication of hepatitis B is truly possible and achievable.”
The HBF hosted its annual Crystal Ball on Saturday, April 10 at PineCrest Country Club with over 200 guests enjoying the “Arabian Nights” themed event. More than $80,000 was raised to support HBF’s research and outreach programs. KYW Newsradio 1060’s award-winning suburban chief Brad Segall served as the celebrity host.
“We are honored to have the two big B’s in hepatitis B with us tonight – Drs. Palmer Beasley and Baruch Blumberg – who together represent the two pillars upon which all current hepatitis B science and medicine is based,” said HBF president Dr. Timothy Block at the conclusion of the gala evening.
Photo: HBF president Dr. Timothy Block (left) presents the Distinguished Scientist Award to Dr. R. Palmer Beasley (2nd from left), with his wife and research partner Dr. Lu Yu Wang, and Nobel Lameate Dr. Baruch Blumberg (far right).
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