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Engineering physics alum receives Linus Pauling Award

Randy L. Jirtle, who earned his bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering in 1970, a master’s in radiation biology in 1973 and a PhD in radiation biology and statistics in 1976, all from UW-Madison, has received the 2014 Linus Pauling Award in Functional Medicine from the Institute for Functional Medicine. 

Jirtle previously headed the epigenetics and imprinting laboratory at Duke University, and is now a professor of epigenetics in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Bedfordshire, Bedford, UK, and a senior scientist at McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at UW-Madison. He formally received the award on May 29, 2014, at the Institute for Functional Medicine’s annual conference in San Francisco. Since 1996, the Linus Pauling award has been presented to clinicians and researchers whose work has pioneered important principles in the functional medicine model.

Jeffrey Bland, PhD, IFM chairman emeritus, had this to say about Jirtle’s selection as the award recipient: "He is an extraordinary discoverer who crossed the boundaries of disciplinary myopia to become the father of environmental epigenomics. I also call him the father of nutritional epigenetics because of the important observation he has made as to the role that nutrients play in developmental biology and modulating the epigenome's expression into the phenotype. In his work at Duke, with his post-doctoral student Dr. Robert Waterland, they made what I would consider one of those frame-shifting, epic, seismic discoveries that the nutritional environment of the pregnant animal will influence the phenotypic outcome of the offspring."

For more information, see the full news release here.

Adam Malecek