Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Disease 2024


Ochsner Clinic Foundation


This prestigious award recognizes exemplary scientific research achievements that provide major insights into the biological mechanisms relating tobacco smoking and human disease. It has been given annually since 1986 by Ochsner Health.

The award is named in honor of Dr. Alton Ochsner, co-founder of the Ochsner Clinic (now known as Ochsner Health), based in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1939, Dr. Ochsner published the first evidence indicating that tobacco smoking was the major cause of lung cancer. These seminal research findings led to a succession of scientific studies in the United States and worldwide resulting in the identification of the underlying causes associated with diseases related to smoking.


An annual award of $15,000 will be presented to one to three investigators without regard to age, race, gender or nationality for outstanding and exemplary original scientific investigations that relate tobacco consumption with disease. This scientific work may be clinical, fundamental, epidemiological or preventive in scope. The prime criterion for award selection is scientific content and impact of this major health threat. All nominations, whatever the category of scientific inquiry, must be supported by letters and copies of peer-reviewed scientific publications.


Three recipients receive a $15,000 honorarium, an award medallion and a plaque describing their key research findings.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Please submit the nomination via email to by the external deadline. Please also submit a copy of the full nomination and OR-5 to

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via email to by the external deadline. Please also submit an OR-5 and a completed application to by the external deadline.

For More Information

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