Waterloo researcher recognized for policy contributions
Dr. David Hammond receives national Trailblazer Award by Canadian Science Policy Centre
School of Public Health Sciences professor Dr. David Hammond has received the 2023 Trailblazer Award in Science for Policy by the Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC) for his application of research to make informed, evidence-based decisions in scientific policy and regulations, namely in tobacco control.
“Perhaps no other public policy has saved as many lives, yet we still have 4 million Canadians who smoke,” said Hammond in his acceptance speech. “It remains one of the leading causes of death, and science and evidence has been absolutely critical in demonstrating the need for these policies.”
Hammond's research focuses on three of the largest risk factors for chronic disease: tobacco and vaping, nutrition and cannabis. He has led three large international studies in each area that examine consumer trends and evaluate the impact of interventions at the national level.
His work has had a direct impact on national regulations and international standards for health policies, such as in marketing and advertising, warnings and product labeling, product standards and public education campaigns.
“I’m delighted to receive the Trailblazer Award in Science for Policy,” Hammond said. “An award that recognizes impact on health policy is the highest compliment for my work.”
CSPC is a non-profit organization with a diverse science and innovation policy community who contribute to the well-being of Canadians through inclusive and effective science policy. The Trailblazer Award recognizes individuals who spearhead positive and significant change in Canadian science, technology and innovation.
Watch Hammond’s acceptance speech to learn about the highlights of his career and the importance of health warnings, product labels, public health law and more:
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