This award lecture is presented at the Annual Congress and celebrates a distinguished leader in toxicology. It was established in memory of Dr John Barnes, a pioneer in the science of toxicology. The successful awardee will be an invited guest at the BTS Annual Congress, where they will receive their award and deliver the Barnes Prize lecture.
Awarded to a distinguished leader in the profession of toxicology, safety science and associated disciplines; having made significant scientific contributions in research, teaching, safety assessment and/or regulation.
Biennially in odd numbered years
- Invitation to deliver the Barnes Lecture at the Annual Congress
- Commemorative plaque
- Registration, accommodation, and travel for the Annual Congress in line with BTS Travel Policy
Normally awarded to a longstanding BTS member who is a distinguished leader in toxicology, independent of age or place of employment.
The nominator should send the following information to the BTS Secretariat:
- Full CV of the candidate
- Description (of no more than 1000 words) of the candidate’s career and contributions to national and international toxicology.
- Brief summary of the reason for the nomination (no more than 250 words), including how the individual fulfils the eligibility for the award
- Nominations for the award can be made by any member of the BTS,
- Applications should be submitted to the BTS Secretariat in response to a call to the Membership in the year preceding the relevant Annual Congress.
- Applications will be reviewed by the Nominations Sub-Committee (NSC), which makes recommendations for ratification by the Executive Committee.
- The successful awardee will be notified by the President by the end of February preceding the Annual Congress.
About Dr John Barnes (1913-1975)
Medical Research Council Toxicology Unit, Carshalton, Surrey
John M. Barnes (1913-1975) was a pioneer in the field of toxicology. He was the first director of the Medical Research Council Toxicology Unit, having been educated as a physician prior to specialising in toxicological research. He was instrumental in developing and maintaining an excellent research climate; fully supported the development of young scientists; cared deeply for the quality of science that was conducted under his leadership; ensured fundamental research was applied to health wherever possible; and was a very much sought-after consultant for competent committees on the world-side use of pesticides. The BTS first awarded the Barnes Prize in 1979 to Professor W N Aldridge.
Read more about his life and contribution to toxicology in Witschi (2002) Tox. Sci., 68(2), 267–269
1979 Prof W N Aldridge
1981 Prof P N Magee
1983 Prof L Golberg
1985 Dr J Cairns
1987 Prof G Zbinden
1989 Prof B N Ames
1991 Prof S Orrenius
1993 Prof J A Swenberg, Dr F De Matteis
1995 Prof R Lawerys
1997 Dr M K Johnson
1999 Prof A Wyllie
2001 Sir Alec Jeffreys
2003 Dr J Peto
2005 Prof J Goodman
2007 Prof D S Davies
2009 Prof R Schulte-Hermann
2011 Prof R Wolf, OBE
2013 Prof A Boobis OBE
2015 Prof I Kimber OBE
2017 Prof Kevin Park
2019 Prof Andy Smith
2021 Dr Bette Meek