2010: Robert Wallace, MS, MD

The 4th Saxon Graham Lecturer was Robert Wallace, MS, MD, professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health, the Irene Ensminger Stecher Professor of Cancer Research at the University of Iowa and director of the University of Iowa Center on Aging.

Topic: What Can Evolution Teach Us About Prevention?

Wallace has been a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), and the National Advisory Council on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, past chair of IOM’s Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and current chair of IOM’s Board on Select Populations.

He is the author or co-author of over 300 publications and 22 book chapters, and has been the editor of four books, including the current edition of Maxcy-Rosenau-Last’s Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

Wallace’s research interests are in clinical and population epidemiology, and focus on the causes and prevention of disabling conditions among older persons. He has had substantial experience in the conduct of both observational cohort studies of older persons and clinical trials, including preventive interventions related to fracture, cancer, coronary disease and women’s health. He is the site principal investigator for the Women’s Health Initiative, a national intervention trial exploring the prevention of breast and colon cancer and coronary disease, and a co-principal investigator of the Health and Retirement Study, a national cohort study of the health and economic status of older Americans. He has been a co-investigator and collaborator in several national and international studies of the causes and prevention of chronic illness in older persons.