Congratulations to Benjamin Woolf on being awarded the Cambridge Public Health Early Career Researcher (ECR) prize.
Benjamin (Benji), a Research Assistant working on genetic epidemiology at the BSU, was awarded the prize for his research on causal effects of tobacco smoke exposure. His submission, “Assessing the Causal Effects of Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure: A meta-analytic Mendelian randomisation study,” impressed the judging panel and was selected out of over 50 applicants, earning him the opportunity to present his research alongside distinguished speakers such as Sir David Spiegelhalter at the Cambridge Public Health Showcase 2023 on the 7th November 2023.
Benji’s work used mutigenerational Mendelian Randomisation to assess the effects of second-hand smoking. The thought being, that if a child has not inherited a variant that associates with smoking from their parents, the only way that it can associate with their lung cancer is via their parent’s smoking.
Unlike most existing aproaches, this unique design can isolate specific effects of second-hand smoking. It therefore provides a new type of evidence to support ‘smoking in public bans’.
Benji was delighted to receive the prize and to have the opportunity to present his work at the very successful showcase event, organised by Cambridge Public Health.
It was a real honour and surprise to win the prize and be able to present my research.Benjamin Woolf