The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington has launched the Roux Prize, a new US$100,000 award to recognize individuals or groups that have used Global Burden of Disease (GBD) data to take action that makes people healthier.
The prize is named for David and Barbara Roux. David Roux is a founding board member of IHME. Over the past decade, he has encouraged the Institute not to let GBD data sit on a shelf and go unused but to look for ways to make it accessible and useful.
Nominees may come from anywhere in the world and could include, but are not limited to, staff in government agencies, researchers at academic institutions, volunteers in charitable organizations, or health providers working in the community. Nominations are due March 31, 2014, and the winner will be announced at an event in September 2014.
The Roux Prize is intended for anyone who has applied Global Burden of Disease research in innovative ways to improve population health since the first GBD publication in 1993. The winner will receive US$100,000, making the Roux Prize the largest award focused on individuals contributing to population health.
"Dave Roux's commitment to IHME has long inspired us to look for ways to bring GBD to the wider public beyond our core audiences of policymakers, researchers, and others working in population health," said IHME director Dr Christopher Murray. "The Roux Prize can transform the way that data are used to drive action that will have lasting health impact."