Conferences & Awards

Robert A. Scala Award 2002

Dr. John Ashby, PhD, Syngenta Central Toxicology Laboratory,
received the Tenth Annual Scala Award on October 1, 2002. Following the award ceremony, Dr. Ashby presented, "Endocrine Disruption -- A Real or Imagined Problem?"

Dr. John Ashby joined Syngenta Central Toxicology Laboratory (formerly the Central Toxicology Laboratory) in 1971. He is currently the Senior Research Associate of the Research Toxicology Section. Before joining Syngenta Dr. Ashby was a research fellow at both Indiana and Stanford Universities. Dr. Ashby completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of London and was appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1980. His research in the field of genetic toxicology was responsible for establishing the relationships between mutagenic or genotoxic properties of chemicals and their consequent toxicological and carcinogenic potential. Dr. Ashby serves on many national and international expert and advisory committees, is on the editorial board of numerous scientific journals, and has published approximately 300 peer-reviewed journal articles.


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. 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