Hessol receives Breslow Award

Nancy Hessol, MSPH, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member, received one of three 2010 Lester Breslow Lifetime Achievement Awards from the UCLA School of Public Health and was inducted into the school's Alumni Hall of Fame on March 18, 2010, during a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Recipients of the Breslow Award embody innovation, entrepreneurship, and community service. The Hall of Fame honors alumni with outstanding career accomplishments in public health, as well as those who have volunteered time and talent in their communities in support of public health activities.

Hessol earned an MSPH in epidemiology from UCLA's School of Public Health in 1982 before working at the Hanford Nuclear Facility in Washington state where she studied the health effects of ionizing radiation on the workers and the community. She then joined the San Francisco Department of Public Health AIDS Office where her primary research interest was the epidemiology of HIV infection. She began her UCSF career in 1993 and is currently an associate adjunct professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy. She is also the project director for the San Francisco Bay Area site of the United States Women's Interagency HIV Study.

Hessol's research agenda includes HIV disease progression and mortality, HIV-related malignancies, human papillomavirus infection, recruitment and retention of women and minorities in research studies, and disparities in health care.

In presenting Hessol with the Breslow Award, Linda Rosenstock, MD, MPH, dean of the UCLA School of Public Health quoted a nominator: "Nancy has earned a reputation as a world renowned epidemiologist in the field of HIV/AIDS…using her natural abilities and love for her work to help unravel the mysteries of HIV infection."

About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy is a premier graduate-level academic organization dedicated to improving health through precise therapeutics. It succeeds through innovative research, by educating PharmD health professional and PhD science students, and by caring for the therapeutics needs of patients while exploring innovative new models of patient care. The School was founded in 1872 as the first pharmacy school in the American West. It is an integral part of UC San Francisco, a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide.