Division of Chemical Toxicology

The mission of the Division is to improve human health and public welfare by promoting the understanding of chemical mechanisms that govern disease processes and the toxicity of drugs, environmental agents, and endogenous chemicals. This will be accomplished by (1) providing a forum for communicating research in the field of chemical toxicology; (2) encouraging further research into chemical mechanisms of toxicity; (3) providing a rigorous scientific basis for risk assessment; (4) providing continuing education, leadership training, and career development opportunities for our fellow chemists; and (5) sponsoring with other societies and divisions, symposia and other programs of mutual interest.

Division of Chemical Toxicology News

This award honorsthe contributions of an early-career individual who has had a major impact on research in chemical toxicology or a related field. The winner will be invited to lead a half-day conference session as part of the ACS Division of Chemical Toxicology program at the ACS Fall National Meeting in San Francisco, California. The session will include a lecture by the award winner and scientific presentations by the award winner’s choice of speakers.

The Winner will Receive: 

An award plaque

An honorarium of US$3,000

Up to US$1,500 in travel and accommodations funding to attend and present at the 2020 ACS Fall National Meeting

Visit the CRT website for more information.

Previous winners were:

2012:  Yinsheng Wang

2013:  Dean Naisbitt

2014:  Shana Sturla

2015:  Penny Beuning

2016:  Yimon Aye

2017:  Huiwang Ai

2018:  Simon Chan

2019: Silvia Balbo

Trevor Penning has won the 2019 Founders’ Award.picture of trevor penning

Trevor Penning is currently Thelma Brown and Henry Charles Molinoff Professor of Pharmacology Molinoff Professor in the Department of Systems Pharmacology & Translational Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.  He is also Director of the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET).

He belongs to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars and is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.

Trevor has performed outstanding research in the areas of chemical toxicology and environmental science with over 500 publication.  His research interest is in the role of aldo-keto reductases (AKRs) in intracrine hormone biosynthesis as it relates to prostate and breast cancer; and the development of inhibitors for said enzymes as chemical probes and therapeutics.  He curates www.med.upenn.edu/akr which provides scientists information about the AKR superfamily of proteins.  To learn more about Trevor’s research, visit his lab website

Trevor has provided outstanding and sustained service to the Division of Chemical Toxicology. He was Program Committee Chair (2 years); Chair of Division (2 years); Chair of the Awards Committee (2 years); and he has been a member of the Executive Committee (8 years); a Symposium Organizer and regular Symposium Speaker. He was also a chartered member of the Cancer Etiology Study Section at NIH for 5 years and provided grant review service to the Division of Toxicology members in this role. He is now Senior Editor for Cancer Research for Population and Prevention Science. He has been a member of two working groups at IARC, which re-assessed the carcinogenicity of PAH, and diesel exhaust.

Trevor Penning will be honored at the American Chemical Society Meeting in San Diego this August with a Symposium in his honor.

Speaking at the symposium will be :

Larry J. Marnett, Vanderbilt University.

Ian A. Blair, University of Pennsylvania

Vasilis Vasilou, Yale University

John D. Hayes, Ninewells Hospital, University of Dundee

Trevor M. Penning, University of Pennsylvania


ACS Fellows 2020 Class.

Now is the time to nominate members of the Division to become ACS Fellows. These nominations can be made by individuals or by the TOXI Division. Divisional nominations made by the Chair of the Division are limited to no more than 4.

The American Chemical Society Fellow  designation is awarded to a member who has made

  1. exceptional contributions to the science or profession and
  2. has provided excellent volunteer service to the ACS community.

Successful nominations need to document scientific accomplishments and service to ACS. Nominations without documentation of a considerable service component will be declined.  To learn more about the nomination process and for a list of current ACS fellows please visit: ACS Fellows Website

Contact Kent Gates, Chair, Awards Committee Division of Toxicology if you would like the Division to consider a nomination at gatesk@missouri.edu

Travel Awards to the 258th ACS Meeting in San Diego.

Travel awards for students and post-docs will be available for the TOXI Program at the ACS Meeting  in San Diego.  The students and post-docs will receive up to $750 to help pay for their travel expenses to the ACS Meeting.

The student must

  • be presenting a poster or talk at the TOXI program
  • be a TOXI member.  (You can join now.  Download application and follow instructions)


The application should consist of a single pdf file containing:

1.       A nomination letter from the faculty advisor or laboratory director. The letter should explain why Travel Assistance Award funds are needed.

2.       A curriculum vitae for the applicant.

3.       The abstract for the work to be presented by the nominee at the meeting.

Applications can be submitted to Dr. Thomas Spratt at tes13@psu.edu  by May 1.

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