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IGN mourns the loss of founding father, Dr Basil Hetzel

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.

About Basil Hetzel

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.
Basil Hetzel’s letters and manuscripts collection is available online (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
IDD Newsletter 1/2016
Honorary doctorate goes to iodine crusader (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster) (external websiteAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Lumen, 2015
Basil Hetzel reflects on his pioneering IDD studies in Papua New Guinea (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
IDD Newsletter 2/2015
The Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research (BHI) (external websiteAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
BHI, 2015
Basil Hetzel: vanquishing iodine deficiency disorders (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
IDD Newsletter 3/2013
History of iodine research: Basil Hetzel's groundbreaking iodine study in Papua New Guinea in the 1960s now a 'classic' (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
IDD Newsletter 2/2012
Pollin Prize awarded to Basil Hetzel for his pioneering work on IDD (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
IDD Newsletter 2/2009
Hetzel awarded prestigious Pollin Prize for "pioneering research in iodine deficiency" (news archiveAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)

Videos

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.
A short video compiled from footage collected a few years ago by Basil's nephew Sam.
A slide show made up of personal and professional photos from Basil Hetzel's life.

 

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