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.
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