John A. Thomas, PhD, DATS, FACT, is awarded the Society of Toxicology (SOT) 2014 Founders Award. Dr. Thomas received his PhD from the University of Iowa in 1961. Currently, he is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center–San Antonio, as well as an Adjunct Professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis.
Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Thomas’s contributions to toxicological sciences have been in many different areas ranging from the safety of nutrients and food ingredients to pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, health promoting agents, and environmental chemicals. These achievements have been highly recognized by his peers and the scientific community. He continues to be an educator and a scientist, and the discipline of toxicology will continue to benefit from his vision and leadership. During his years in academia, he mentored undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and numerous colleagues.
In addition to his several decades as an educator in the United States and internationally, Dr. Thomas has volunteered his expertise as a member of various governmental science boards and advisory committees, on various editorial boards, and has provided his expertise as a consultant to the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA), National Academy of Sciences, and the Department of Defense. Dr. Thomas is a Past President of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences and the American College of Toxicology (ACT). He is a Fellow in the American College of Toxicology and the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences
As a member of SOT since 1971, Dr. Thomas has served as an SOT Continuing Education Lecturer (1983, 1985, and 1988); SOT Councilor (1985–1987); President of two Regional Chapter Executive Committees: Midwest Chapter (1988) and Gulf Coast Chapter (now Lone Star Chapter—1998); and as the SOT Education Committee Chair (2000). He is the recipient of multiple prestigious awards including the SOT Merit Award (1998) and both the Commissioner’s and Distinguished Service Awards from the US FDA.
The Society is pleased to further recognize Dr. Thomas with the 2014 Founders Award.