HOUSTON—The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers will honor Gary Marsh, a research leader in biostatistics, occupational and environmental epidemiology and health services research, with the association's Technical Award this spring.
Marsh, a professor of with the University of Pittsburgh, will accept the award at a ceremony May 12 during the IISRP's Annual General Meeting in Thailand.
"It is a great honor for IISRP and for me to present this award to a distinguished researcher who has collaborated extensively with the synthetic rubber industry," IISRP Managing Director Juan Ramon Salinas said in a statement.
Salinas added that Marsh's epidemiological studies have contributed greatly to the "continuation, improvement and development" of the synthetic rubber industry through Marsh's research of synthetic rubber production materials.
Marsh, founder of the Center for Occupational Biostatics and Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, studies the long-term health effects of exposure to asbestos, man-made mineral fibers, cosmetic talc, formaldehyde and chloroprene, among other synthetic rubber by-products. He also conducts epidemiological studies of communities exposed to industrial pollutants or hazardous waste materials.
He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1973 from the University of Pittsburgh. He also received his master's and doctorate degrees from the university's Graduate School of Public Health. He is a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology.
Marsh has more than 300 publications in biostatistics, occupational/environmental epidemiology, quantitative risk assessment, statistical computing and health services evaluations.
The IISRP will not present its General Award at the 2020 annual meeting, according to a spokeswoman for the institute.
The Houston-based association comprises 50 corporate members in 23 countries that produce 70 percent of the world's synthetic rubber.