Professor Delia Grace Randolph, Professor of Food Safety Systems at NRI, has been awarded the Peter Ellis award for ‘exceptional contributions to veterinary epidemiology’. Delia was presented with this prestigious award in Halifax, Canada during the ISVEE – the International Symposium of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics – which meets every three years.
The Peter Ellis ISVEE Award for the Application of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics in Development is awarded to a person for ‘activities in veterinary epidemiology and economics carried out in developing countries, which contribute to improvements in animal health’.
At the awards ceremony which was held on 9th August 2022, Delia’s many achievements which include more than 230 papers authored or co-authored, editing two texts of ‘great relevance’ to developing countries, and being a major contributor to World Bank and UN food safety initiatives, were noted in a detailed citation written by Professor Ian Dohoo who is on the organising committee of the ISVEE.
Professor Dohoo said: “I have had the pleasure of working with Delia at ILRI on a part-time basis since 2013 and I now fully understand why the Animals for Nutrition and Health Program which she led at the ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute) has consistently been one of their most productive programs. Delia is a superb leader. She thinks broadly and critically. She can identify key issues and limitations in current knowledge."
"Most importantly though, she can recognize people's strengths and build on those. She can also identify gaps in the program and work to fill those. For me, it has been a real pleasure watching Delia's effective leadership of this group. For all those reasons, Delia is a very deserving recipient of this year's Peter Ellis ISVEE Award for the Application of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics in Development”
The ISVEE is a global forum for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, junior and senior investigators, as well as health policymakers to exchange information that can advance the fields of veterinary epidemiology and economics, and related disciplines in the health and social sciences. Peter Ellis was the founder of the Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics Research Unit (VEERU) at the University of Reading where he established an interdisciplinary team that was in 1975 designated as VEERU.
Delia said: “I was delighted and honoured to receive the Peter Ellis Award. This is a tribute to ILRI and now NRI’s work in epidemiology, and especially food safety and I hope it will continue to draw attention to this important and neglected area. Following as it did from the Arrell Global Food Innovation Award that I received earlier this yea,r it has been a really great year for food safety in informal markets and of course for me personally. I am very grateful for the support of all my colleagues and supervisors and communications team.”
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