Michael Russell Orations

MRO 2024
Cliff Douglas

Cliff Douglas, president and CEO of Global Action to End Smoking, has dedicated his 36 year career to eradicating death and disease related to tobacco use by promoting science-based policies and education. Prior to Global Action, Douglas taught a tobacco policy course at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and directed the university's Tobacco Research Network. Last year, he produced an online tobacco course that is available globally. Douglas served as the American Cancer Society's Vice President for Tobacco Control and as Tobacco Control Policy Advisor to the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health and the U.S. Surgeon General.

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MRO 2023
Roberto Sussman

Dr Roberto Sussman is a full time senior researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Nuclear Sciences of the National University of Mexico. His main research areas are General Relativity and Cosmology. He is the founder and Director of Pro-Vapeo Mexico, an association representing consumers of THR products. He directs an effort to spread scientific information on these products, as well as advises consumers on how to counter the governmental misinformation about them.

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MRO 2022
Konstantinos Farsalinos

Konstantinos Farsalinos, MD, MPH is a cardiologist and research fellow at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens-Greece, at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Patras-Greece and at the National School of Public Health-Greece. He has published more than 70 studies and articles in international peer-reviewed scientific journals about smoking, tobacco harm reduction, and e-cigarettes.

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MRO 2020
Louise Ross

Louise Ross managed the Leicester City (UK) Stop Smoking Service from 2004 to 2018. She realised there was a huge potential benefit in embracing vaping, and with her committed team rebranded themselves as the first ‘Ecig-Friendly’ Stop Smoking Service. Since then she has celebrated the success of this initiative and challenges those who work against THR.

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MRO 2019
Ronald Dworkin

Dr Ronald Dworkin is an anaesthesiologist, writer, and teacher. Most of his essays, like his books, fall under one of two subject categories: American culture and politics, and medicine and society.

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MRO 2018
Joe Kosterich

Dr Joe Kosterich is a doctor, speaker, author, media presenter and health industry consultant. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Western Australia.

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MRO 2017
Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs.

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MRO 2016
Marewa Glover

Professor Marewa Glover, Massey University, School of Public Health, New Zealand.

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MRO 2015
Derek Yach

Professor Derek Yach, former head of development for the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the Global Strategy on Diet and Physical Activity, and currently lead for the Vitality Group, South Africa.

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MRO 2014
Peter Hajek

Professor Peter Hajek, Director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary College, University of London.

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