Leicester scientist wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry award

May 9, 2017

Professor Andy Smith’s contributions to chemical science rewarded with Toxicology Award

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 9 May 2017
Professor Andy Smith, who works at the MRC Toxicology Unit, University of Leicester, is the Royal Society of Chemistry Toxicology Award winner for 2017.
Professor Smith works to understand how some environmental chemicals are toxic and the risks that they pose to individual people.
On receiving the award, he said: “I am delighted to be selected to receive the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Toxicology Award. I believe this award reflects the importance of mechanistic chemistry in understanding the many aspects of toxicology in rapidly changing fields of hazard identification and risk assessment and in the safety of medicines and food.”
The Toxicology Award is awarded for the contributions of chemical science to occupational and environmental toxicology. Professor Smith receives £2000, a medal and a certificate.
Dr Robert Parker, chief executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry said: “It is an honour to celebrate the innovation and expertise of our community through our prizes and awards. “We know that chemistry can be a powerful force for good, and quality research and communication of that research are more important than ever before.  “Our charitable mission is to advance excellence in the chemical sciences, and we are proud to celebrate our inspiring and influential winners, who share that mission.”
An illustrious list of 50 previous winners of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s awards have gone on to win Nobel Prizes for their pioneering work, including all of the 2016 chemistry winners, Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Fraser Stoddart and Ben Feringa.

About Professor Smith

Professor Andy Smith is a senior scientist at the MRC Toxicology Unit, University of Leicester. He is also Director of the MRC Integrative Toxicology Training Partnership responsible for award and training of multidisciplinary PhD studentships in Toxicology across the UK. After a BSc in Biochemistry In Liverpool University and a PhD thesis on Marine sterol isolation and metabolism, Andy Smith spent post-doctoral periods in Glasgow chemistry department on Analytical and biochemical studies associated with human atheroma.  He then joined the MRC Toxicology Unit in London and later Leicester where he has been a programme leader and a section head.
He has wide experience and collaboration in fundamental research and mechanistic toxicology with major interests that include the role and genetics of haem and iron in models of human diseases, pollutants such as dioxins and PCBs and the toxicity of chlorinated insecticides.  He was awarded a DSc from Glasgow in 2000. He has been chairman of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Toxicology Group and President of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division, a member of the UK Committee of Toxicity and is a member of the Expert Committee on Pesticides, as well as European Food Safety Authority Working Groups and Panel. He is an Editorial Board member of Toxicology Research.

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