Timothy D. Phillips is the recipient of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) 2014 Translational Impact Award. Dr. Philips is a Distinguished Professor and holds the Reed Endowed Chair in Toxicology at Texas A&M University. Since joining the faculty in 1979, he has published more than 185 papers.
Dr. Phillips’ pioneering research in the US and Africa has established that dioctahedral smectite clays, used as Ancient Medicine more than 2,000 years ago, can bind and render harmless food-born contaminants such as aflatoxin B1. These toxins have been strongly associated with disease and death in people, particularly infants and children in developing countries. The findings from his research are directly relevant to high risk populations (animals and humans) who suffer the consequences as a result of frequent dietary aflatoxin exposure. This work is expected to improve food and feed safety, quality, and security for greater than 4.5 billion people and their animals living in climates conducive to the growth of fungi.
His ongoing translational work in the US and Africa has confirmed the safety, palatability, and efficacy of field-practical, clay-based strategies. The delivery of a therapeutic dose of clay has been established using common foods and nutritional supplements. Further developments of his research have resulted in wide-ranging implications for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced diarrhea and the treatment of chronic gastrointestinal illness.
Additionally, Dr. Phillips teaches future toxicologists on the subjects of Food Toxicology, Scientific Ethics and Chemical Hazard Assessment. He is an internationally recognized leader in Food Safety and Toxicology, and has served on panels for numerous International Organizations and Academic Institutions worldwide.
Dr. Phillips has been a member of SOT for over 30 years. During this time, he served on the SOT Nominating Committees (1982–1983) and also was the President of the Lone Star Regional Chapter (formerly known as the Gulf Coast Chapter).
The Society is pleased to present Dr. Phillips with the 2014 SOT Translational Impact Award.