Award recognises and rewards journalism that extends public awareness and understanding of COPD

Boehringer IngelheimThe independent judging panel of the Eloquium Award has today named three journalists as winners of the 2007 competition for excellence in reporting on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) the fastest growing cause of death in the world's most advanced economies. Currently, 600 million people live with COPD which is projected to become the world’s third-leading cause of death by 2020.[1,2]

The Boehringer Ingelheim Communication Award - Eloquium - attracted submissions from 13 countries, including Brazil, Chile, China, Ecuador, England, Japan, Lebanon, Sweden and Venezuela. Entries were judged by an independent panel of global COPD experts and leading journalists.*

The three winning entries of the Eloquium Award are:

  • 1st: Annu Likkanen, Veteranen, Two cigarettes were Ulla-Britt's Undoing (Sweden)
  • 2nd: Gilson Monteiro, Rádio Eldorado, Unknown enemy (Brazil)
  • 3rd: María de los Ángeles González Izurieta, Vea, Tobacco is consuming you (Chile)

"It is important that patients seek early diagnosis and treatment for COPD and key to this is improving education and awareness about the disease," commented Professor Klaus Rabe, Chair of the Judging panel and Chairman of Pulmonology, Department of Pulmonology at Academisch Ziekenhuis Leiden, The Netherlands. "While COPD is beginning to build a warranted presence in the media, a continued and sustained presence is still needed."

Commenting on the winning entry, Patricia Reaney of ReutersHealth said, "By focusing on one woman's battle with COPD the author of the winning article showed how smoking causes the illness, its impact on a person's life and the importance of early detection and treatment to limit further lung damage."

About chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
COPD is a progressive respiratory disease that causes significant deterioration of lung function resulting in breathlessness, activity limitation and disability associated with the disease.[3] Early diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve quality of life for COPD patients, yet many are unaware they even have the disease.[4] It has been estimated that up to 50% of Americans and 75% of Europeans with COPD are undiagnosed.[4,5]

About Eloquium
Eloquium is a communication award that is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim. It has been awarded to three winners each year, since its launch in 2003.

About Boehringer Ingelheim
The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world's 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 137 affiliates in 47 countries and 38,400 employees. Since it was founded in 1885, the family-owned company has been committed to researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing novel products of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine.

In 2006, Boehringer Ingelheim posted net sales of 10.6 billion euro while spending one fifth of net sales in its largest business segment Prescription Medicines on research and development. For more infomration, visit www.boehringer-ingelheim.com.

References:
[1] Murray CJL, Lopez AD. eds. The Global Burden of Disease: a comprehensive assessment of mortality and disability from diseases, injuries, and risk factors in 1990 and projected to 2020. Cambridge; Harvard University Press; 1996.
[2] World Health Organization. World Health Report 2004. Statistical Annex. Annex table 2 and 3: 120-131.
[3] Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease. Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease NHLBI/WHO Workshop Report. National Institute of Health; 2005. Available at http://www.goldcopd.com.
[4] Rudolf M. The reality of drug use in COPD: The European Perspective. Chest 2000; 117:29S-32S 5 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Surveillance Summaries, August 2, 2002. MMWR 2002:51 (No SS-6);1.

Most Popular Now

Most popular vitamin and mineral supplements provi…

The most commonly consumed vitamin and mineral supplements provide no consistent health benefit or harm, suggests a new study led by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital...

AstraZeneca heads to 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting with…

AstraZeneca and MedImmune, its global biologics research and development arm, head to the 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, US...

Tiny particles could help fight brain cancer

Glioblastoma multiforme, a type of brain tumor, is one of the most difficult-to-treat cancers. Only a handful of drugs are approved to treat glioblastoma, and the median ...

New approach to immunotherapy leads to complete re…

A novel approach to immunotherapy developed by researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has led to the complete regression of breast cancer in a patient who was...

Amgen Foundation and Harvard team up to offer free…

The Amgen Foundation and Harvard University today announced plans to launch a free online science education platform uniquely designed to level the playing field for aspi...

The Pfizer Foundation announces $5 million in gran…

The Pfizer Foundation announced a new $5 million grant commitment to initiatives in low- and middle-income countries that provide family planning access and education for...

Study finds antioxidant-enriched vitamin reduces r…

Researchers at Children's Hospital Colorado (Children's Colorado) and the University of Colorado School of Medicine have found that taking a specially formulated antioxid...

New drugs could also be deployed against lung and …

A new anti-cancer drug may be effective against a wider range of cancers than previously thought. Using a mouse model and samples taken from cancer patients, a team from ...

What would help or hinder patient participation in…

As clinical trials gear up with the aim of attaining the first FDA-approved treatments for mitochondrial disease, a new study reports for the first time what patients and...

Pfizer to expand venture investing with $600 milli…

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) today announced it plans to invest $600 million in biotechnology and other emerging growth companies through Pfizer Ventures, the company’s venture...

Update on Phase III clinical trials of lanabecesta…

AstraZeneca and Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) are discontinuing the global Phase III clinical trials of lanabecestat, an oral beta secretase cleaving enzyme (BACE) inhibi...

Soy lecithin NSAID combo drug protects against can…

When scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) applied a chemical found in soybeans to a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSA...