Linus Pauling Award


Toby Cosgrove, MD, named recipient of the Linus Pauling Award at IFM's 2016 Annual International Conference
The Linus Pauling Award in Functional Medicine was established in 1996 at the 3rd Annual International Symposium on Functional Medicine in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Jeffrey Bland, co-founder of the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), worked with Dr. Pauling early in his career, and admired both the man and his contributions to science and medicine. He felt that an award named after this visionary scientist and thinker would be the greatest way to honor his life and achievements.

Since that time, the Linus Pauling award (LPA) has been presented at IFM’s Annual International Conference on Functional Medicine. The LPA is given to a clinician or researcher who has made a significant contribution to the development of Functional Medicine, either through research or activities within IFM that enlarge the Functional Medicine model or extend the influence of the Functional Medicine systems approach. This award has become a recognized achievement in the field of integrative and systems medicine and is juried through a formalized process of selection.


Toby Cosgrove, MD
Toby Cosgrove, MD, was named recipient of the Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Award at IFM's 2016 Annual International Conference, held May 12-14, 2016, in San Diego, California. Dr. Cosgrove received the award for his vision and leadership in opening the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine—the first medical center in the nation to take such an innovative step. The Center has a broad mission, addressing 21st-century health care across the continuum of clinical care, community outreach, research, and education.

In the words of IFM CEO Laurie Hofmann, MPH: “We are thrilled to recognize Dr. Cosgrove’s tremendous contribution to the global Functional Medicine Movement. His visionary leadership and commitment helped establish and support the Center for Functional Medicine’s research, clinical operations, education, and community outreach initiatives. This pioneering endeavor offers transformational opportunities and inspiration for clinicians, patients, health systems, policymakers, and communities worldwide.”

Watch Dr. Cosgrove's Video Acceptance of the 2016 Linus Pauling Award:




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:

Toby Cosgrove, MD
2016
For his vision and leadership in opening the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine
Robert Rountree, MD
2015
Pioneering work in the development of Functional Medicine and service as a highly inspirational and informational member of IFM’s faculty
Randy Jirtle, PhD   
2014 
Groundbreaking work on the role that nutrients play in the epigenetic modulation of phenotype and the interactions between the epigenome, the genome, and the environment

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 impact of vitamin D on 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

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