Dr. Kent Anger receives ICOH Honorary Member Award

Dr. Kent Anger was elected an Honorary Member of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) on February 6, an organization he joined in 1986. ICOH is the world’s leading international scientific society in the field of occupational health, founded in 1906, with a membership of 2,000 professionals from 105 countries. ICOH has 27 honorary members; five are from the U.S.

Kent joined ICOH when he worked at National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) where he participated in the development of the WHO-recommended Neurobehavioral Core Test Battery (NCTB), the first human behavioral testing battery developed to identify neurotoxicity in working populations. He then led the “cross-cultural assessment” of the WHO NCTB in 10 countries (testing 2300 people across three continents). Kent has said that the findings from that project (published in 1993) influenced his career direction to this day, particularly the focus on immigrant populations with limited education which he thought were the world’s forgotten/ignored workers.

A significant ICOH focus is on developing countries, and Kent supported scientists from developing countries by helping them write publications describing their work and planning their research. The NCTB and computer-delivered test systems based on the NCTB Kent and colleagues developed have led to funded projects and collaborations with scientists in many countries, from Asia, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Most studies were aimed at assessing workers exposed to pesticides.

ICOH holds triennial world congresses to present and discuss workplace research, typically attended by around 3000 scientists, The organization develops information and resources for multiple areas of occupational health, led by 37 scientific committees.  Kent was an early member of ICOH’s Scientific Committee on Neurotoxicology and Psychophysiology, for which he served as Chair for two terms (2012-2015 and 2015-2018). ICOH is recognized by the United Nations as a non-governmental organization (NGO) and has a close working relationship with the International Labour Organization and the World Health Organization (WHO).

We congratulate Dr. Anger on receiving this honor!

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