Dr. David Alberts Receives AACR Prevention Pioneer Award
WiRED International congratulates David S. Alberts, M.D., on winning the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Prevention Pioneer Award. Dr. Alberts is a member of WiRED’s Honorary Board and an international leader in cancer research. He peer reviews and coordinates peer reviews of cancer modules for WiRED’s Community Health Outreach Program.
Dr. Alberts, University of Arizona Cancer Center director emeritus, received the award during the AACR’s 13th annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research in New Orleans Sept. 28 to Oct. 1.
Dr. Alberts’ talk on September 30 was entitled “A funny thing happened to me while trying to cure ovarian cancer: I became a cancer prevention research specialist.”
Throughout his career, Dr. Alberts has focused on translational cancer prevention and treatment research. He has received numerous awards, including AACR’s Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention Research Worldwide, the Joseph H. Burchenal Clinical Research Award, and the Pioneer Award for lifetime achievement that has shaped the state of Arizona and the biomedical research industry.
See earlier WiRED salute to Dr. Alberts.
WiRED Urges Importance of Preventing Ebola
WiRED is delivering health education and prevention materials about Ebola throughout all of Africa—especially in places at risk of Ebola but not currently affected by it.
WiRED is appealing to everyone who follows our work to help us spread the word globally—even to Americans who must learn about Ebola now that the illness has reached the U.S.
WiRED’s Ebola module—available in English and French—strictly adheres to guidelines of the World Health Organization and of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The module can be accessed on the Internet or downloaded for use on laptops. In addition, the module provides an excellent tool for group training sessions.
What you can do to spread the word:
- Contact NGOS, medical schools, grammar/high schools—any facility interested in helping people understand Ebola and specifically in teaching people how to prevent it.
- Share the links below with them, so they can learn and train others about Ebola prevention.
- Send the training link (http://www.wiredhealthresources.net/mod-ebola.html) to friends and family and everyone you know, so they can take 30 minutes to learn about Ebola. It may save their lives.
All of our training modules, including Ebola, are free to use. WiRED never charges for any of our health education materials.
You can see the Ebola module here:
Download the Ebola module here:
Need health education? WiRED’s entire health care e-library is free to use and share:
WiRED Launches Prevention Education Program on Ebola in East Africa
Preparing people—helping them understand prevention—can be key in combating any epidemic. WiRED International and our partners pledge to stay ahead of the curve by training people in unaffected areas of Africa in advance of any Ebola intrusion.
Familiarizing people in all communities—from small villages to urban districts—will help prevent the spread of Ebola. The key to stopping rapid spread of the illness is to teach populations how to ready themselves and their families to avoid contracting the illness. West Africa was wholly unprepared for Ebola, and efforts to contain and treat the virus have superseded prevention. Now is the time to educate communities in the rest of Africa BEFORE Ebola can strike. Read more »
Report from the Field: Liberia amidst Ebola Epidemic
WiRED partners with Caritas Internationalis in the distribution of health training programs globally. Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, Head of the Caritas Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva
and Special Advisor on HIV/AIDS and Health, recently visited Monrovia, Liberia, and blogged about his early impressions of the impact of Ebola.
On my present visit to Liberia, I found a “different Africa.” From the moment that our plane touched down at the Monrovia airport, we were confronted with buckets of bleach water with which to wash our hands and with people armed with “gun thermometers” to take our temperatures before we could even step into the terminal building.
Perhaps the most striking difference from my other visits to Africa was found in the “no touch” policy. Africans usually are warm and physical in expressing welcome—they usually offer hearty handshakes. Now, in the Ebola-affected countries, everyone seems uncomfortable as a result of the need to avoid physical contact in order to prevent further spread of this virus.
Read Msgr. Vitillo's full account.
||Recipient of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health 2009
Organizational Public Health Hero Award. Read more >
Click here to watch the award ceremony video.