The IUTOX Merit Award is presented to an individual at the triennial International Congress of Toxicology (ICT) in recognition of a long and distinguished career in the international toxicology community. Candidates with significant achievements in academia, public service or industry may be nominated for their contributions that have strengthened the field of toxicology. The award consists of a plaque, waived meeting registration, two tickets to the gala dinner and a $1,000 cash stipend.
Congratulations to Elaine M. Faustman, winner of the 2019 IUTOX Merit Award.
Dr. Faustman holds three prestigious positions at the University of Washington. She serves as a Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, an adjunct professor in the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, and the Director of the Institute for Risk Analysis and Risk Communication. Dr. Faustman has also been an adjunct professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie-Mellon University. She received her PhD at Michigan State University in the School of Pharmacology and Toxicology.
Dr. Faustman’s research interests lie in developmental toxicology, risk assessment methodologies and molecular mechanisms of metals and pesticides. The long-range objective of her research is two-fold: To identify biochemical mechanisms of developmental toxicity and to develop new methods for the evaluation of health risks posed by environmental agents. Dr. Faustman has over 285 peer-reviewed publications including 217 research publications, 68 book chapters and reviews, technical and book reports, comments and short articles and 426 abstracts.
Through her exceptional commitment to train junior and senior scientists around the world, Dr. Faustman has led the IUTOX risk assessment training efforts in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. She created a relationship with the International Science Council (ISC) to procure funding for a series of water security courses and partnered with IUTOX member societies to develop and deliver training courses responsive to local and regional needs. Dr. Faustman also has been devoted to training the next generation of risk assessors by mentoring over 60 MS and PhD students, 8 postdoctoral fellows, and 16 visiting scientists from 13 countries in her lab and institute.
The global toxicology community has been well served by Dr. Faustman. She has been instrumental in assisting scientists in South Africa and Nigeria form their own toxicology societies and encouraging further efforts in other parts of Africa. Dr. Faustman has generously shared her time and talents with IUTOX by serving as Secretary-General (2010–2016), Director (2007–2010) and Chair of the Education Committee (2007–2016). She also has been invited to serve on and often lead numerous committees associated with the International Science Council, the World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agricultural Organization, US Environmental Protection Agency, the National Toxicology Program, The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Teratology Society, and the Health Professionals Advisory Board among others. Of special note, Dr. Faustman served on 10 SOT committees and served on SOT Council (2004–2006).
Dr. Faustman’s body of work and exemplary dedication to the global toxicology community embodies the IUTOX mission to improve human health through the science and practice of toxicology world-wide. IUTOX is proud to honor Elaine Faustman, global citizen-scientist, with the 2019 Merit Award in recognition of excellence in her field and her tireless efforts to bring toxicology research and education to scientists throughout the world.
Congratulations to Curtis D. Klaassen, winner of the 2016 IUTOX Merit Award.
IUTOX is proud to add the 2016 Merit Award to the long list of awards Dr. Klaassen has been honored with by numerous national and international organizations.
Dr. Klaassen joined the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas in 1968 where he spent over 45 years holding numerous positions including University Distinguished Professor as well as Chair of the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutics He received his PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Iowa in 1968.
Dr. Klaassen’s research interests have centered on how we adapt to chemicals in the environment. Studies have included the regulation of xenobiotic transporters by nuclear receptors, age, and the intestinal microbiome; the mechanism of tolerance to cadmium toxicity by metallothionein; the importance of the transcription factor Nrf2 in protecting against the hepatotoxicity of chemicals; and mechanisms of chemical-induced thyroid tumors. He has published approximately 525 peer-reviewed articles and more than 80 review articles and chapters for books. Google Scholar indicates that he has an H factor of 101, which indicates that 101 of his publications have been cited more than 101 times.
As a leader in toxicology education, Dr. Klaassen has trained over 120 PhD and Postdoctoral students, and so far three have been elected President of SOT and four received the Achievement Award from SOT. He is editor of Casarett and Doull’s Toxicology: The Basic Science of Poisons since 1980, and was author of the toxicology section of Goodman and Gilman’s Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics from 1980 to 2005. He is Founder (1980) and Course Director of the Mid-America Toxicology Course, an annual postgraduate course to help prepare toxicologists for board examination, and has presented over 450 lectures around the world.
Dr. Klaassen has served the toxicology community by being the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of Toxicological Sciences, the new journal of SOT. He was associate editor of the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics for 24 years and Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology for 10 years. He also served on numerous national and international committees. Dr. Klaassen was elected by his peers to many national and international offices in toxicology, including President of the Society of Toxicology (USA) in 1990–1991, as well as President of the International Union of Toxicology (1992–1995). He was also President of the Seventh International Congress in Toxicology in 1995 held in Seattle, Washington.
Congratulations to Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol, winner of the 2013 IUTOX Merit Award.
IUTOX was proud to present Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol to receive its highest honor, the Merit Award, during the Opening Ceremony of ICTXIII in Seoul on Sunday, June 30, 2013. With this award, the IUTOX Executive Committee is proud to recognize numerous contributions to the development of toxicology and risk assessment training programs in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in South East Asia. IUTOX also recognizes Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol’s seminal role in the establishment and development of the Chulabhorn Research Institute in Bangkok and significant work in the field of environmental toxicology, which led to the establishment of a UNEP Centre of Excellence for Environmental and Industrial Toxicology at CRI. IUTOX also applauds and honors the tireless efforts to provide advanced educational opportunities in the region by creating the Chulabhorn Graduate Institute, and developing long distance learning tools to make risk assessment coursework available to students and scientists in developing countries.
Congratulations to Dr. Torbjörn Malmfors, winner of the 2010 IUTOX Merit Award.
Torbjörn Malmfors is the recipient of the 2010 IUTOX Merit Award in recognition of his significant international contributions to the field of toxicology. An expert in risk assessment, he has shared his knowledge and provided tremendous leadership through his teaching, writing and research in many parts of the world. Of special note is his years long leadership of RASS where he expertly led the effort to train and mentor several hundred toxicologists in the practice of risk assessment. Dr. Malmfors served as an Executive Councilor of IUTOX for six years and as Treasurer for three years. He led the Swedish Society of Toxicology as President and served as Secretary General of the Federation of European Societies of Toxicology. In his own words taken from the History of IUTOX he authored in 2007, Torbjörn talked about IUTOX as something with which he’d been involved for a very long time and which is close to his heart. IUTOX returns that affection to Torbjörn with gratitude for his years of dedication and service to toxicologists around the world. It is with great pleasure that IUTOX presents its 2010 Merit Award to Torbjörn Malmfors.
Congratulations to Dr. Tetsuo Satoh, winner of the 2007 IUTOX Merit Award.
Professor Tetsuo Satoh is the recipient of the 2007 IUTOX Merit Award in recognition of his significant international contributions to the field of toxicology. Professor Satoh has had a long and prestigious career as one of the leaders of the science of toxicology in Japan and the whole Asia, as well as internationally. He has had a long and meritorious academic carrier in a number of leading academic institutions in Japan. In addition, Professor Satoh has served IUTOX in numerous positions including Vice President and Acting Vice President, Membership Chair, and a member of several committees and task forces. Professor Satoh was the first Chair of the International Assembly for the Recognition of Toxicologists. In addition, Professor Satoh has organized a number of important international scientific congresses including several sponsored by IUTOX, ASIATOX, as well as the Japanese Society of Toxicology. It is with great pleasure that IUTOX presents its 2007 Merit Award to Tetsuo Satoh.
Congratulations to Dr. Iain Purchase, winner of the 2004 IUTOX Merit Award.
Professor Iain F.H. Purchase, Wilmslow, United Kingdom, was given the prestigious IUTOX Merit Award during the opening ceremony of the International Congress of Toxicology in Tampere, Finland last July. This award was presented to him for his international contributions to the development of toxicology.
Iain Purchase was trained as a veterinarian in South Africa and received his PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK in 1964. His main affiliation during his long and outstanding professional career was with the ICI/Zeneca Central Toxicology Laboratory in Macclesfield, where he was Director 1981–98. Since 1998 he has been a visiting professor at the University of Manchester.
Professor Purchase has published over 170 papers in fields relating to toxicology and ethics. His investigations have been principally related to the identification of chemical carcinogens and the assessment of risk of exposures to them. He has especially been engaged in deploying in vitro methods based on the concern about ethical matters related to the use of animals.
Iain Purchase has been a member of several national and international scientific advisory committees relating to research, carcinogens in foods and animal procedures. He has received numerous scientific and honorary awards, including the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 1998. Iain Purchase is also recognized for being chairman of the British Toxicology Society and a very successful President of IUTOX during 1995–98.
Congratulations to José Castro, winner of the 2001 IUTOX Merit Award.
Congratulations to Seymour Friess, winner of the 1998 IUTOX Merit Award.
The Malaysian Society of Toxicology (MySOT) and the International Union of Toxioclogy (IUTOX) announce the availability of fellowship awards to attend the 11th Congress of Toxicology in Developing Countries. The meeting will be held virtually from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from June 13 to 16th 2021.
IUTOX will provide travel awards to junior and senior scientists attending ICTXV in Honolulu, Hawaii from July 15–18, 2019. All travel fellowships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. Senior toxicologists need to show more than ten years of experience either working on an active research program or actively practicing as a toxicologist and junior scientists will need to show less than ten years of experience either working on an active research program or actively practicing as a toxicologist. The ICTXV organizers will waive the meeting registration fee for up to 40 fellowship recipients. Electronic submission is accepted. Fellowship winners from 2014 and later are not eligible to apply.
The Toxicology Education Foundation is now accepting applications for the Robert L. Dixon International Travel Award to support a graduate student interested in attending the 15th International Congress of Toxicology (ICTXV). The IUTOX Congress is being hosted by the Society of Toxicology from July 15–18, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Robert L. Dixon Award application process is open to graduate students from all over the world studying reproductive/developmental toxicology. One student will be awarded a stipend of $2,000 to support travel costs to attend the triennial ICT meeting. An application form and more information may be found at the TEF website.
The Robert L. Dixon Award was established in memory of Robert L. Dixon (SOT President 1982–1983) as a tribute to his dedication to the field of toxicology and student training.
Administered by IUTOX, travel awards are offered to individuals from countries where toxicology is underrepresented to allow them to attend the SOT Annual Meetings. Applications for the 2020 IUTOX/SOT/SOT Endowment Fund Travel Award must be received no later than October 9, 2019. If you are either a previous IUTOX/SOT/SOT Endowment Fund Travel Award winner or an ICT, CTDC or risk assessment course travel award winner for the years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, or 2019 you are NOT eligible to apply. Awardees will be notified in November 2019 and awards will be issued at the 2020 SOT Annual Meeting.
Applications available each August.
Toxicologists who are in Developing Countries may apply for the Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program. SOT sponsors specific collaborations between selected mid-career to senior Scholars from academic institutions in developing countries and SOT Member Hosts from established academic, government, and industry toxicology programs worldwide. The Scholar will attend the 2018 Annual Meeting to present work and establish scientific networks and then spend up to four weeks at the Host’s institution. The goal is to improve toxicology education and training at the Scholar’s university. Hosts are recruited after selection of the Scholars to match toxicology interests. Scholar applications are due June 15. The host application deadline will be September 15.
Applications are due each year on May 1 and October 9, for International ToxScholar Grants. Funding of up to $1,250 is available from SOT for toxicologists to visit institutions in Developing Countries to expand awareness of toxicology and promote toxicology careers through interaction of toxicologists with undergraduate and graduate students. A letter from the contact at the institution to be visited is required. Examples of previously funded visits are found on the International ToxScholar Grants web page.
North American Graduate Fellowships—Opens April 1. Deadline to Apply: June 1
International Travel Grants—Opens April 1. Deadline to Apply: June 1
North American Travel Grants (Formerly Student Travel Award)—Opens April 1. Deadline to Apply: June 1
More information about the American College of Toxicology
In collaboration with UNESCO and a number of centres of excellence in the South, TWAS has instituted a Joint Associateship Scheme to enable competent researchers from the South to visit these centres regularly. An associate is appointed for three years during which he/she can visit a Centre twice for research collaboration. Over 100 centres have been selected to participate in the Scheme. TWAS provides travel support for the associates and a contribution towards subsistence costs up to US $300.00 per month while living expenses are covered by the host centres.
Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent degree. The selection of associates is highly competitive; appointments are made on the basis of merit. Special consideration is given to scientists from isolated institutions in developing countries.
Appointments have a fixed duration of three years. During this time, the associate is entitled to visit the host centre twice, for a period of 2 to 3 months each time. Subject to the availability of funds, the appointment may be renewed for a further 3-year term.
The Associateship covers the associate’s travel expenses and a monthly contribution of US $300 towards incidental local expenses. The host centre covers accommodation and food, and provides the research facilities.
Applications for TWAS Associateships should include:
The application and more information may be found online. Applications must reach the TWAS Secretariat by 1 December of each year at the following address:
Strada Costiera 11
Trieste 34014 Italy
Tel: +39 040 2240330
Fax: +39 040 224559