Conferences & Awards

Robert A. Scala Award 2001

Ian Kimber, Bsc, Msc, PhD, Syngenta Central Toxicology Laboratory, received the Ninth Annual Scala Award on May 9, 2001. Following the award ceremony, Dr. Kimber presented, "Skin Sensitization: The Local Lymph Node Assay and Beyond"


Dr. Ian Kimber joined the then ICI (now Syngenta) Central Toxicology Laboratory in 1983. He is currently the Head of Research Syngenta Health Assessment and Environmental Safety. Before joining Syngenta Dr. Kimber was a Staff Scientist at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research in Manchester, England where his interests focused on clinical and experimental tumor immunology. His current primary research interests comprise immunotoxicology, all aspects of allergy including chemical respiratory hypersensitivity, contact sensitization and food allergy, cutaneous toxicity, dendritic cell biology, cytokines, the development of novel approaches to hazard characterization and risk assessment and the application of genomics to toxicological science. Dr. Kimber serves on many national and international expert and advisory committees, including currently, The Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT), as well as the COT Food Intolerance and Phytoestrogens Working Groups, Ministry of Defence Independent Panel on Vaccine Interactions, British Nutrition Foundation Adverse Reactions to Food Task Force, Food Standards Agency: Food Allergy and Intolerance Program Adviser and the Medical Research Council Physiological Medicine and Infections Board. Dr Kimber also sits on the Editorial Boards of 9 journals. He has published approximately 350 research papers, review articles and book chapters.


The Scala Award and Lectureship is named for Robert A. Scala, Ph.D., former director of the Research and Environmental Health Division at Exxon Corp. Dr. Scala, who is well known for his work on the toxicity of gasoline components and chemical mixtures, is a past president of the Society of Toxicology and chair or member of a wide range of committees for the National Academy of Sciences, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the National Toxicology Program. Dr. Scala has actively supported academic toxicology as a faculty member of the Institute of Environmental Medicine at New York University, the Medical College of Virginia, and the Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology at Rutgers and UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. For all who have been fortunate to work with him, Dr. Scala has served as a role model. Particularly notable has been his fierce integrity in upholding the finest traditions of the discipline. The goal of this annual award and lectureship is to honor the work of exceptional toxicologists in industry and to promote continued outstanding scientific contributions by industrial organizations. The award is presented annually by EOHSI and the awardee and the date of the ceremony are announced at the annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology.