The Iodine Global Network mourns the loss of Dr Basil Hetzel, world-renowned epidemiologist, and founding father of the International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD, now the Iodine Global Network), whose pioneering work on iodine deficiency has helped to save millions of lives.
In the 1960s he confirmed a link between iodine deficiency and brain damage in unborn children, as well its role in cretinism, an extreme form of mental impairment. His tireless work to combat IDD won him global recognition and inspired generations of public health researchers to follow in his footsteps.
He died peacefully after a truly remarkable life in which he touched the lives of so many people as he sought to make the world a better, healthier place.
Basil Hetzel's academic body of work spans several decades. He has been quoted and interviewed extensively by researchers and in the media. Below is just a small selection of some of the most recent mentions of his remarkable life's work.
Dr Basil Hetzel presented a Sansom Institute for Health Research Seminar on Wednesday 11 July 2012.
Tribute to Dr. Basil Hetzel, scientist, researcher, entrepreneur, pioneer and colleague in Health and Nutrition. Developed a global movement to counter Iodine Deficiency and mental retardation.