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IHME professor named first health measurement winner of prestigious innovation award
Date:8/21/2012

SEATTLE For the first time, a prestigious technical innovation honor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will go to an expert in health measurement: Abraham Flaxman, an Assistant Professor of Global Health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington (UW).

Since 1999, MIT's Technology Review has honored the world's top innovators under the age of 35 (TR35), in fields such as biotechnology, software, and energy. Until this year, the TR35 judges have not named an innovator in health measurement. Dr. Flaxman was selected from more than 250 nominations by a panel of expert judges and the editorial staff of Technology Review. Past winners include Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.

"Abie's technical innovations in the field of global health have been game changing in our ability to measure health and health interventions," IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray said. "He has and continues to be at the forefront of pioneering methods that improve our ability to measure health outcomes and the effectiveness of interventions that address the world's greatest health challenges."

Nowhere is this more important than in the upcoming Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2010 Study. Dr. Flaxman is the youngest member of the core team for the ambitious study that aims to provide the most comprehensive assessment to date of the burden from death and disability for more than 300 diseases, risk factors and injuries. Dr. Flaxman advanced a new way of disease modeling that allows researchers to combine all of the world's data on prevalence, incidence, remission, and mortality and produce consistent estimates of the way diseases progress through the population, as a function of age, time, sex, and geography. When the GBD study is published, it will give governments and health program funders the best picture yet of how the world has advanced or falle
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Contact: William Heisel
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206-897-2886
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
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