A Barrington dermatologist has received a prestigious cancer research award.
Dr. Martin A. Weinstock, who practices at Rhode Island Hospital, has been honored with the 2013 American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) Lila and Murray Gruber Cancer Research Award.
It is presented annually to "a scientist whose contribution in the field of cancer research has been outstanding in practice and distinction," according to a press release from the hospital.
Weinstock is the first epidemiologist to receive the award, which has been conferred annually by the AAD since 1972; five previous recipients have also been awarded the Nobel prize.
The cash award of $10,000 is made in recognition of Weinstock’s lifetime achievements in the field of cancer research.
“Being the first epidemiologist to win the American Academy of Dermatology’s Lila and Murray Gruber award is truly an honor. It’s encouraging to see our research being used to help implement public health policies that have real and measurable outcomes,” said Weinstock.
The award is made possible by a gift from the late Murray Gruber in memory of his wife, Lila, to encourage participation in cancer research and to provide a forum for the enrichment of knowledge of dermatologists in the scientific field.
Weinstock received the award at the annual meeting of the AAD, where he also delivered a plenary lecture, “Public Health Science Will Cut Melanoma Deaths in Half.”