S Leonard SymeSchool of Public Health, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA F1000 Section Head (since 16 November 2005)
BIOGRAPHYS. Leonard Syme
- Emeritus professor of epidemiology
- Principal Investigator, Youth Empowerment Strategies (YES!)
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His major research interest has been psychosocial risk factors such as job stress, social support and poverty. In doing this research, he has studied San Francisco bus drivers; Japanese living in Japan, Hawaii and California; British civil servants; and people living in Alameda County, California.
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Dr. Syme, a leading figure in social epidemiology, has received a Fogarty International Fellowship and the James D. Bruce Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions in Preventive Medicine from the American College of Physicians. In 1989, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.
Dr. Syme has been a Visiting Professor at the University of London, Teikyo University in Japan, York University in England, and St. Thomas Hospital School of Medicine in London. He has been an advisor to the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association and many organizations in California.
Dr. Syme is the author of two books, and has published over 100 scientific papers, including the seminal paper he co-authored with the late Roslyn Lindheim, "Environments, People and Health."
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