Linus Pauling Award

In 1996, at IFM's 3rd Annual International Symposium, the Linus Pauling Award in Functional Medicine was established. Dr. Jeffrey Bland had worked with Dr. Pauling earlier in his career, and profoundly admired both the man and his contributions to science and medicine. He felt that no greater honor could be imagined than to name an award after this visionary scientist and thinker. The Linus Pauling Award has been presented since that time to clinicians and researchers whose work has pioneered important principles in Functional Medicine.

In the presentation below, recorded at IFM's 2014 Annual International Conference, Dr. Jeffrey Bland presents Dr. Randy Jirtle with the 2014 Linus Pauling Award in Functional Medicine. Dr. Jirtle is known to have "crossed the boundaries of disciplinary myopia to become the father of environmental epigenetics, observing the role that nutrients play in developmental biology and modulating the epigenome’s expression into the phenotype."

IFM Founder and Chairman Emeritus Jeffrey Bland, PhD, presents
Randy L. Jirtle, PhD, with the 2014 Linus Pauling Award.


Dr. Jirtle's full lecture on his work with B vitamins and how he was able to turn off the genetic expression of the development of diabetes in agouti mice is available to view online for free.

Linus Pauling Award Recipients

Past recipients of the Linus Pauling Award in Functional Medicine, and the accomplishments for which they were honored, are shown below:

Alessio Fasano, MD

2013


Pioneering work delineating the underlying mechanisms involved in intestinal permeability and its connection to autoimmune disease

Mimi Guarneri, MD

2012


Significant contributions to the transformation of health care systems that have furthered the evolution of Functional Medicine’s clinical and patient-centered intellectual and spiritual approaches for prevention and treatment of chronic, complex disease

Bruce Ames, PhD

2011


Revolutionary work on the role of micronutrient deficiency, genetic polymorphisms and associations with chronic disease

Dean Ornish, MD

2010


Pioneering clinical research demonstrating the impact of lifestyle interventions on chronic disease

Mark Hyman, MD

2009


Dedication, leadership and advocacy in creating, practicing, and teaching Functional Medicine

Bethany Hays, MD

2008


Dedication and leadership in the field of Functional Medicine and women’s health issues

Michael Holick, PhD, MD

2007


Foundational research on the role of vitamin D to human health

Eleanor Rogan, PhD

2006


Pioneering work in estrogen metabolism and its role in the initiation of cancer

Catherine Willner, MD

2005


Innovative clinical advances in Functional Medicine approaches to neurology

Joseph E. Pizzorno, ND

2004


Dedication to advancing the Functional Medicine paradigm through research, advocacy and writings

Walter Willett, MD, DPH

2003


Landmark research on the role of diet in chronic disease

Abram Hoffer, MD

2002


Clinical advances in personalized orthomolecular psychiatry

David Perlmutter, MD

2002


Pioneering research and clinical work on the role of diet and nutrition in brain-related disorders

Gerald Reaven, MD

2001


Groundbreaking research on insulin Resistance, hyperinsulinemia and risk of chronic disease

Leo Galland, MD

2000


Advances in the Functional Medicine model of antecedents-triggers-mediators model and patient-centered care

Kilmer McCully, MD

1999


Foundational research on homocysteine as a marker for inflammation  and early development of heart disease

Sidney Baker, MD

1998


Advances in clarifying and unifying the Functional Medicine paradigm

David S. Jones, MD

1997


Leadership and advocacy in the clinical practice of Functional Medicine

Glenn Doman

1996


Clinical advances in working with brain-injured children


2011 Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award

Jeffrey Bland, PhD                       
                       
2011    
Exceptional creativity, dedication, leadership, and brilliance in developing and advancing the principles and practice of Functional Medicine