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October 26, 1999

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One of the world's leading authorities on the link between smoking and cancer is coming to San Diego from Oxford, England, to talk about advances in cancer prevention over the last 50 years.

Sir Richard Doll, the 1999 Maurice and Charmaine Kaplan Distinguished Lecturer in Cancer Prevention, will give a free community lecture at 6 p.m. Tues., Nov. 16, at the Hyatt Regency at Aventine, 3777 La Jolla Village Drive. A reception will precede the lecture, at 5 p.m.

Sir Richard is widely regarded as one of the most distinguished doctors in the world today. In addition to his M.D. degree, he has a Doctor of Science degree and is a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of London, founded in 1643.

In 1950, he published one of two landmark papers that were the first clear evidence that smoking causes lung cancer. Over time, his work uncovered more health consequences of smoking heart attack, vascular disease, and emphysema. His 1994 report on 40 years of follow-up of a group of British doctors is considered the definitive paper on the health consequences of smoking.

The impact of his work has been felt far beyond British shores. For example, in 1981 he reviewed the causes of cancer for the National Cancer Institute and identified the linkage between dietary intake of foods containing beta-carotene and lower cancer rates. This work is credited with starting the field of cancer prevention in the United States.

In 1971, the Queen of England knighted him in recognition of his outstanding contributions to society. Two years earlier, Sir Richard had received another highly prized honor in being appointed by the Queen as the Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University. This post, founded by King Henry VIII in the 1540s, is regarded as the senior medical position in the University.

In 1996, the Queen bestowed on him the Companion of Honour, one of England's highest awards. The Order of the Companions of Honour is a British honorary institution that recognizes men and women who have rendered outstanding national service.

Sir Richard was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1957 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in 1966. He has received numerous national and international awards for his research contributions, and has received honorary degrees from 13 universities.

The Maurice and Charmaine Kaplan Distinguished Lectureship in Cancer Prevention was established at the UCSD Cancer Center by the Kaplans in 1997 to bring to the San Diego community world-class lectures by leaders in the field of cancer prevention.

For further information about this year's exciting event and to reserve a seat, please contact Susan Noblin, (858) 822-2380, or email snoblin@ucsd.edu.