The Denis Prager Page

"Medicine and Public Health"

Prager was on the Project Staff of Roz Diane Lasker's 1997 health policy manifesto, "Medicine and Public Health: The Power of Collaboration." Other co-authors included Lester Breslow and Gail L. Warden, President of the Henry Ford Health System and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Trustee since 1996. "Collaborative undertakings are complicated, and this project was fortunate in having outstanding administrative, managerial, and analytic support. Special thanks to Denis Prager for facilitating good working relationships among the numerous and diverse individuals and organizations involved in the project."

"Medicine and Public Health: The Power of Collaboration" (pdf, 192pp)
Medicine and Public Health Panel / New York Academy of Medicine

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Prager is a Core Member of the Tobacco Etiology Research Network, which has been funded by RWJF for 8 years at a total cost of about $8 million. Other RWJF-funded projects Prager was involved with include the 1997 Conference on the Science of Preventing Tobacco Use, $52,743 and $197,843; and the 1998 Working Group on Transdisciplinary Tobacco Prevention, $135,725.

Core Group / TERN
1997 Conference / RWJF
1998 Working Group / RWJF


June 14, 2000 "Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Centers Update," with staffs from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Cancer Institute, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and assorted consultants, who met to discuss how they can use anti-smoking to milk as much money as possible for the benefit of various specialties, so that they will have a vested interest in continuing the persecution.



The European Molecular Biology Laboratory Scientific Programme 2001-2005: "We are thankful for valuable strategic advice (and some writing) provided by Dr. Denis Prager" for EMBL's five year plan to be submitted to its Governing Council -- although Prager appears to have no official position at this organization.

Prager mention / EMBL Scientific Program 2001-2005 Preface (pdf, 6pp)

The idea for EMBL was devised in 1962 when nuclear physicist Leo Szilard fled New York during the Cuban missile crisis to stay in Geneva with his friend from the Manhattan Project, Vicktor Weisskopf. Szilard wished that European molecular biologists had facilities as good as Weisskopf's institute, CERN. James Watson of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and John Kendrew from Cambridge joined them in December. The next year, they formed EMBO (the European Molecular Biology Association) with funding from the Volkswagen Foundation (and later from Interpharma and the Israeli government) to promote the idea. As usual, the focus is on government backing for expensive technology to scrutinize the minutiae of molecular mechanisms, with negligible attention to epidemiology.

EMBL 1962-1974 / EMBL

The Carter Administration

Frank Press Exit Interview by Dr. Thomas Soapes, Dec. 5, 1980. Press explained the Office of Science and Technology Policy: "So the office as I told you was organized around three associate directors. I mentioned the national security-international affairs and I've mentioned the natural resources and commercial services dealing with areas of industrial productivity, energy, and the environment. And then something that has grown very rapidly in this administration as compared to previous OSTP's, is the area of biomedical health matters, questions of risk assessment, in carcinogenicity, nutrition, regulation as it affects innovation in the pharmaceutical area, and so on. And Denis Prager, who was from NIH has joined me as associate director in covering all those areas. The biomedical health program is a major portion of the federal support of research, so we have to pay a great deal of attention to that. The whole debate of the safety of recombinate [sic] DNA research, for example, is focused in that area." Frank Press is a principal of the Lasker Foundation-associated Washington Advisory Group.

Frank Press Exit Interview / Carter Library

Research, innovation, and university-industry linkages. Prager DJ, Omenn GS. Science 1980 Jan 25;207(4429):379-384. (Abstract) "Carter Administration actions to enhance basic research and stimulate industrial innovation have focused attention on the importance of formal university-industry cooperative relationships in science and engineering. We have examined the status of, and potential for, university-industry research consortia and research partnerships and the current and prospective roles of the federal government in stimulating such relationships."

Prager & Omenn - Science 1980 abstract / PubMed

Denis Prager of the Office of Science and Technology Policy is acknowledged in the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment report, "An Assessment of the United States Food and Agricultural Research System," Dec. 1981, requested by the USDA and Agency for International Development. Denis J. Prager of Rutgers Medical School is acknowledged in a report initiated by OTA in 1978, "World Population and Fertility Planning Technologies: The Next 20 Years," Feb. 1982.

OTA 1981 / Princeton University (pdf)
OTA 1982 / Princeton University (pdf)

"A member of President Reagan's White House staff reportedly has said that nominees for the six vacancies on the National Cancer Advisory Board are being carefully scrutinized for party affiliation and political activity... The remarks were attributed to Denis Prager, associate director for human resources in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy... Prager, who has been in the Office of Science and Technology Policy since the last part of the Carter Administration, insists that the politics of NCAB nominees has always been a factor," including the Carter Administration. So, big fat hairy deal! Two pages were wasted on this tempest in a teapot, while no one has ever been concerned about the fraudulent methodology these Boards have embraced, in order to blame lifestyle and chemicals while ignoring infection. (White House Staff Member Reportedly Says Political Screening Being Carried Out On NCAB Nominations. The Cancer Letter 1982 May 28;8(22):1-3.)

The Cancer Letter, 1982 / UCSF-Legacy

"DENIS PRAGER, an assistant director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy who has been OSTP's representative on the National Cancer Advisory Board, will be leaving his job soon. No replacement has been announced." (In Brief. The Cancer Letter 1983 Feb. 13;9(7):1.)

The Cancer Letter, 1983 / UCSF-Legacy

Miller Center Commission

"Report of the Commission on the Presidency and Science Advising 1989," Miller Center Commission No. 5. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (of which Prager was a member) "generously supplied the essential funding for the Commission" (of which Prager was also a member) for this collection of banalities.

Miller Center Commission No. 5 / University of Virginia (pdf)

The Lemelson Foundation

Prager was a director of the Lemelson Foundation circa 1995. "Among ideas that were never even patented: a 1960s design for a patch for administering medicine through the skin." (Design News March 6, 1995.)

Design News / Lemelson Foundation

The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation

General funding grant to Grantmakers in Health, Interim President Denis Prager, $5,000 in 1996 and again in 1997.

Health funding / Samuels Foundation

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation

In 1998, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation joined with the Forbes Fund and Grantmakers in Health to commision a paper by Denis Prager, Raising the Value of Philanthropy, a pile of banalities of which Prager is the sole author. And in 1999, JHF got a $470,000 matching grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Funding Partners Initiative.

Prager / Grantmakers in Health (pdf, 35pp)
1999 Annual Report / Jewish Healthcare Foundation

The MacArthur Foundation

(Alternative Medicine Ideas Widen Horizons in Biomedical Research. By Franklin Hoke. The Scientist March 21, 1994.) "For more than a decade, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago has sought to address some of these questions and currently invests $3 million annually in such research. 'Our goal here is to bring hard-bitten science to bear on issues at the interface of mental and physical health, and of emotional state and physiological state,' says Denis Prager, director of the health program at the MacArthur Foundation and a former deputy science advisor to Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. 'The alternative-medicine, mind-body, faith-and-healing area - whatever all this is called [how about "crapola"? -cast] is littered with anecdotal evidence and intuitions and personal experiences, but has not been characterized by much good science.'"

Then he claims, "We have a health-care system that was built on the model of fixing people when they get acutely ill and that responds as though the basic underlying causes of these illnesses are biological pathogens... What we're not dealing with is the whole set of mental, emotional, and environmental influences on health." This is a lie. The system has been a mere parody of treating biological pathogens, in which the possible role of biological pathogens has until recently been studiously ignored. The psychiatric drugs are in fact intended to control and manipulate emotions instead of treating pathogens. And so-called natural way is merely good old-fashioned BS, whose ineffectuality is the reason people are steered to psychotropic drugs.

Hoke / The Scientist 1994 (registration required)

The UW Health Emotions Research Institute

"The UW is unique in that it has the largest concentration of academic researchers in the world with an interest in the study of emotion." What a dubious blessing. Prager is on the Advisory Board. "Board members represent extensive private and public sector experience in diverse fields including corporate development, finance and marketing, consumer goods, health care, government, non-profit agency development, philanthropy, and law." In other words, Clueless Pillars of Society. Lead Scientist Richard Davidson is a Core Member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mind-Body Interactions.

Advisory Board / Health Emotions Research Institute

Prager has also served as a consultant to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (Infinitypoint The Online Future Magazine Aug 15, 2000).

Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation / Infinitypoint

Wisconsin Public Radio

Denis Prager, whose consulting firm is based in Portage, Wisconsin, is a major donor to Wisconsin Public Radio, which neither lists the amount of his donation nor puts its annual report on the web. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is constantly named as the sponsor of its programs. Wisconsin Public Television does put its annual report on the web, but the print is so small it's virtually illegible. And I can personally attest to Prager's virulent, psychopathic anti-smokerism, having seen it at the Madison Common Council.

Unfortunately, Prager is still a director in 2002.

Resonance Summer 2002 / Wisconsin Public Radio (pdf)
Lasker Syndicate Operations in Wisconsin (Wisconsin Public Radio)

Susan Westerberg Prager

Susan Westerberg Prager was one of three finalist candidates for chancellor of the University of Wisconsin. "Prager, whose field of study is family law, would come from an elite private school, but she had a 16-year stint as the law school dean at the University of California Los Angeles. She lobbied the legislature and lured private donations to build more than $30 million in additions to her school in that period." (Provost among Madison finalists. By Sharif Durhams. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Oct. 27, 2000.)

Durhams / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 2000
Prager biography / Dartmouth University

Prager was on the Board of Overseers of the Dartmouth Medical School Board of Overseers, 1998; and the Board of Directors of Pacific Life Insurance Co. The Pacific Mutual's first policy was issued to Leland Stanford, the founder of Stanford University, who was the company's first president from 1868-1876.

1998 Annual Report / Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (pdf, 8pp)
Board of Directors, 2005 / Pacific Life Insurance Company
Pacific Life History, 1868 / Pacific Life Insurance Company

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