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Robert L. Brent, MD, PhD, Honored with 2008 Alfred I. duPont Award for Excellence in Children's Health Care

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. and WILMINGTON, Del., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- For his lifetime commitment in the field of radiation biology and the risks of radiation and other environmental exposures on the developing fetus and for his leadership in pediatric clinical care, research and education, Robert L. Brent, MD, PhD, will be honored as the recipient of the prestigious 2008 Alfred I. duPont Award for Excellence in Children's Health Care by Nemours, one of the nation's largest children's health systems.

The duPont Award ceremony will honor Dr. Brent on September 23, at 8:00 p.m., at the Wilmington (Delaware) Country Club.

Dr. Brent has a worldwide reputation as a leader in radiation biology, developmental biology, teratology, genetics and cancer risks. During his career he has personally counseled over 20,000 individuals who are concerned about the risks of radiation exposure, cancer, birth defects, miscarriage and other reproductive and developmental problems. In addition to all these scholarly activities he received continuous NIH and DOE funding for his research activities, directed a research institute at the Stein Research Center of Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia) and was chairman of the Pediatric Department for 30 years, one of the longest chairmanships in American pediatric history.

Dr. Brent is the Distinguished Louis and Bess Stein Professor of Pediatrics, Radiology, and Pathology and head of the Environmental and Clinical Teratology Laboratory at duPont Hospital for Children. He is also emeritus chairman of Pediatrics and Professor of Radiology, Pathology and Anatomy at The Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.

He has received many honors including being elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In April 1996, to honor his outstanding educational and research contributions to science and medicine, Thomas Jefferson University created the Robert L. Brent Professorship for the chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and held a special convocation to dedicate the Lillian and Robert Brent Auditorium at the University.

He was a one of 40 founding members of the Teratology Society in 1961 and he was elected president in 1966. In addition to his prestigious research career, Dr. Brent has authored 430 publications and 300 abstracts, including six books and four movies.

About the Alfred I. duPont Award

In 2001, Nemours established the Alfred I. duPont Award for Excellence in Children's Health Care to honor Mr. duPont and his legacy. The award consists of a $50,000 cash prize and an original crystal sculpture by Steuben Glass. In his life and work, Alfred I. duPont, benefactor of the Nemours, was creative but exacting -- seeking to inspire both himself and others to achieve excellence.

"In 2001, we established this annual award to honor an individual who has made outstanding contributions to health care for children," said John S. Lord, Chairman of the Nemours Board of Directors. "Dr. Brent's research into the causes and possible prevention of birth defects related to radiation and other environmental exposures has distinguished him among his peers and provided comfort to expectant mothers everywhere."

Previous Laureates include:

-- 2007: Jerold F. Lucey, MD

-- 2006: Samuel L. Katz, MD

-- 2005: Mary Ellen Avery, MD

-- 2004: Robert J. Haggerty, MD

-- 2003: Lucian L. Leape, MD

-- 2002: Paul B. Batalden, MD

-- 2001: Donald M. Berwick, MD

About Nemours

Nemours, one of the nation's largest pediatric health systems, is dedicated to achieving higher standards in children's health. Please visit:

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