The Society of Toxicology has presented its 2008 Merit Award to Professor Emeritus Hanspeter Witschi of the School of Veterinary Medicine.
The award recognizes a member of the society for "distinguished contributions to toxicology throughout an entire career in areas such as research, teaching, regulatory activities, consulting and service to the society."
Before retirement, Witschi held an appointment with the Department of Molecular Biosciences, and he worked at the Institute of Toxicology and Environmental Health, now called the Center for Health and the Environment. Witschi's research interests include acute and chronic lung injury; carcinogenesis and lung disease; and air pollutant toxicology. He is well-versed in the disciplines of pathology--including forensic pathology--medicine, pharmacology and risk assessment.
His work with mice led to the publication of seminal articles in pulmonary toxicology, adaptation to toxicant exposure, second-hand smoke, and lung carcinogenesis. Witschi's projects received the support of the National Institutes of Health and funding from California's Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, which is funded by a tax on cigarettes. He has authored more than 250 scientific papers and book chapters and edited two books on inhalation toxicology.
"Dr. Witschi has contributed immensely to the field of toxicology, both through his research and his teaching," states Isaac Pessah, department chair.
Witchi received the Society of Toxicology Education Award in 1991 and served as the editor of the organization's journal, Toxicology, for more than 20 years.