Advancing Translational Toxicological Research: Recognizing Excellence through SOT Awards

By Marie Fortin posted 08-31-2023 13:54



SOT recognizes exceptional scientists whose translational research or practice has enhanced human health through the SOT Translational Impact Award and the SOT Translational/Bridging Travel Award. These awards convey the profound impact that innovative research can have on the understanding of toxicity and its implications for human well-being.


2022 Translational Impact Award recipient
Tomás R. Guilarte, PhD (right) with Vice
President-Elect Cynthia V. Rider PhD, DABT (left)

Translational Impact Award

The Translational Impact Award is a testament to the power of recent and outstanding clinical, environmental health, and translational research that has had a transformative impact on human and public health in an area of toxicological concern. Bestowed to scientists who have made significant contributions in the last 10 years to these areas, this award celebrates the recipient’s ability to bridge the gap between toxicological research and real-world health improvements. This award includes a distinguished plaque presented during the SOT Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony, a cash stipend, and an exclusive invitation to deliver the Translational Impact Award Lecture at the Annual Meeting.

Translational/Bridging Travel Award

The Translational/Bridging Travel Award is a unique opportunity for mid- to senior-level scientists and clinicians who have at least 10 years of postdoctoral research or clinical practice. This award supports their participation in the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo by assisting with travel costs. Recipients of the award are granted a prestigious plaque, a cash stipend, and a complimentary registration for the SOT Annual Meeting at which the award is given.

Making a Nomination

The nomination deadline for the SOT Awards is October 9. Nomination packages for these awards should include letters of recommendation that provide a comprehensive overview of the nominee's contributions, CVs highlighting the nominee's accomplishments, and a clear demonstration of their impact on the field. The CV should be limited to 10 pages in length; it should highlight the candidate’s most significant professional accomplishments as they relate to the criteria for the award. Awards Committee members are required to review only 10 pages of each CV, so submitting a longer CV does not strengthen an award nomination.

For more information on making a nomination, please review the “Awards Review Process and FAQs” web page of the SOT website. Please direct any inquiries to SOT Headquarters.

Please note that to ensure a diversity of nominees, there is a two-year grace period for SOT Awards. Preference will be given to nominees who have not received one of the following SOT awards in the past two years: Achievement, Arnold J. Lehman, Distinguished Toxicology Scholar, Education, Enhancement of Animal Welfare, Founders, Leading Edge in Basic Science, Merit, Public Communications, Toxicologist Mentoring, Translational Impact, Translational/Bridging Travel, and Undergraduate Educator Awards.