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George Lamm, MD

Born: 1921

Gy├Ârgy “George” Lamm is the pioneer CVD epidemiologist of Hungary and trusted leader of the European Community in prevention and health promotion. After getting an engineering degree, he graduated in Medicine from Semmelweis University Medical School in 1951, and later qualified in Pathology, Internal Medicine, and Cardiology. He started his career as a Research Assistant in the National Institute of Nutrition in Budapest in 1949, and became Chief of Physiology in 1953. He served in the National Institute of Cardiology and then as its Chief of the Department of Epidemiology and Health Organization until he joined WHO in 1974.

As Regional Officer for Chronic Diseases at the European Office of WHO in Copenhagen he led its prevention researches until he retired in 1981, then became consultant to the University Medical Clinic, Heidelberg until 1992. Now retired in Budapest, he consults with the National Institute for Health Promotion.

Lamm participated in the Seven Countries Study surveys for many years and directed a survey and cohort study in Hungarian communities. During the decade he led European studies of WHO he was centrally involved in ERIKA and in the Multifactorial Prevention Trial, among other collaborative studies.

Thus, George Lamm has led primary and secondary CVD prevention efforts in Europe for decades as he fought for a population strategy of prevention and health promotion in both the medical and public health communities. His editorial views are always noted for their effective use of satire and humor. (HB)

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