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LSE academic awarded prestigious Andrija Stampar Medal

Elias MossialosProfessor Elias Mossialos of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has been awarded the 2010 Andrija Stampar Medal for distinguished services to public health.

Awarded by the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER), the Andrija Stampar Medal is the most prestigious public health award in Europe. It awarded annually to an individual considered by the Executive Board of the Association to have contributed through distinguished service to public health over the course of his/her life. This year, for the very first time, the nominations were collected not only from ASPHER members but also from those of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA).

Elias Mossialos, Brian Abel-Smith Professor of Health Policy, director of LSE Health, and head of the Health Teaching Cluster at the Department of Social Policy at LSE, said: 'I am both surprised and humbled by the decision of the ASPHER and EUPHA Committees. The award is not only recognition of my own accomplishments but it also reflects the achievements and impact of my colleagues at LSE Health and the European Observatory on health systems and policies in turning out rigorous academic and policy relevant research.'

Anotine Flahault, president of ASPHER, said: 'ASPHER is delighted to award this year's Andrija Stampar Medal to Elias Mossialos in recognition of his distinguished service in the field of public health. This is the most prestigious public health award in Europe and the candidate we have chosen is not only an outstanding academic but someone who, uniquely, also has a long and fruitful record of engagement in public policy where the impact of ideas and expertise is felt.'

Tim Newburn, head of the department of Social Policy at LSE, said: 'The Andrija Stampar Medal is an indication of not only the esteem with which Professor Mossialos is held by colleagues in Europe, but also the fact that his scholarship is both rigorous and of practical utility and relevance. On top of the Queen's Anniversary Prize awarded in 2009 it cements the reputation of LSE Health as being at the cutting edge of international and interdisciplinary policy-related research in the field.'

The award will be presented to Professor Mossialos on Saturday 13 November.


Contact: Jess Winterstein, LSE Press Office, 020 7107 5025, j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk


Elias Mossialos is Brian Abel-Smith Professor of Health Policy, director of LSE Health and head of the Health Teaching Cluster at the Department of Social Policy at LSE.

In 1996 he founded LSE Health, which is currently LSE's largest research centre with 60 staff. The Centre was honoured with the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2009, which is awarded biennially in recognition of outstanding achievement and excellence in UK universities and colleges. In 1998, Professor Mossialos co-founded the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. The Observatory, of which he is the co-director, is widely acknowledged as a unique success story in knowledge development and transfer and a potential model for national decision-making in low- and middle-income countries.

In April 2010 Professor Mossialos was appointed by the Greek prime minister as the chairman of the Management Board of The Institute of Advanced Studies A. Papandreou. The Institute is a think tank for political research and public policy analysis.  He has been an active participant in international policy debates, advising the World Health Organization, the European Parliament, the European Commission, the World Bank, the UK Office of Fair Trading, Ministries of Health and Social Affairs in Belgium, Brazil, China, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain and Sweden and health insurance funds in Austria, Croatia, France, Hungary and South Korea.

He has been a member of the management board of the European Medicines Agency (2000-03) and has contributed to the work of the International Forum on 'Common access to health care services' co-ordinated by the health ministers of Sweden, the UK and New Zealand. For more, see http://www2.lse.ac.uk/researchAndExpertise/Experts/profile.aspx?KeyValue=e.a.mossialos@lse.ac.uk

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a specialist university with an international intake and a global reach. Its research and teaching span the full breadth of the social sciences, from economics, politics and law to sociology, anthropology, accounting and inance. Founded in 1895 by Beatrice and Sidney Webb, the School has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence. LSE has 16 Nobel prize winners. 

In 2008 LSE's outstanding success in the Research Assessment Exercise confirmed it as a world leading research university. The School had the highest percentage of world leading research of any university in the UK, topping or coming close to the top of a number of rankings of research excellence. See: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/home.aspx

ASPHER is the key independent European organisation dedicated to strengthening the role of public health by improving education and training of public health professionals for both practice and research. Founded in 1966, ASPHER has over 80 institutional members located throughout the Member States of the European Union, Council of Europe and European Region of the World Health Organisation (WHO). ASPHER is represented in 39 European countries, with more than 5000 academics employed in its member institutions.

ASPHER's overall mission is to promote education, research and service in public health, in order to foster a creative and dynamic academic and practical educational infrastructure for public health workforce development. See http://aspher.org

The European Public Health Association (EUPHA) is an umbrella organisation for public health associations and institutes in Europe. EUPHA was founded in 1992 by 15 members (12 countries). EUPHA now has 69 members from 40 countries. EUPHA is an international, multidisciplinary, scientific organisation, bringing together around 12 000 public health experts for professional exchange and collaboration throughout Europe, encouraging a multidisciplinary approach to public health.