Emeritus Professor, Department of Pharmacology
Dr. Borzelleca is the 2011 recipient of the Society of Toxicology’s
(SOT) Founders Award. He will be recognized at the Society’s 50th
Annual Meeting and ToxExpo™ on Sunday, March 6 at 5:15 p.m. during an
awards ceremony in Room 207 of the Walter E. Washington Convention
Center in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Borzelleca is being recognized for his outstanding leadership
in fostering recognition of the role of toxicological sciences in
safety decision-making through the development and application of
state-of-the-art approaches that elucidate, with a high degree of
confidence, the distinctions for humans between safe and unsafe levels
of exposures to chemical and physical agents.
One of the early leaders in the Society and an enthusiastic
participant in all of its affairs, Dr. Borzelleca has served as a
Councilor, Secretary and President (1973-1974) of the Society. As an
effective and persuasive spokesman, he has represented SOT in various
governmental agencies — including the Food and Drug Administration,
Environmental Protection Agency, National Cancer Institute,
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and National Institute
for Mental Health — and has been a vigorous proponent for good science
and toxicology while holding several prominent positions in the
National Academy of Sciences, the World Health Organization and a
variety of other national and international organizations.
He has served as the editor of Food and Chemical Toxicology since
1992 and is currently on the editorial board of nine other journals.
His contributions to food safety through well-designed and conducted
studies are especially noteworthy. He regularly took the next step and
vigorously championed the use of the science in safety evaluations and
has personally contributed to evaluations of more than 100 compounds
used as food ingredients and/or having the potential to contaminate
A passionate and dedicated teacher of graduate and medical students
and an advocate for toxicology in all of his many scientific
activities, Dr. Borzelleca is recognized both nationally and
internationally as a distinguished expert in food toxicology. He is a
mentor to his fellow toxicologists, an example to follow for his
students, and a joy for all who know and work with him.
For his extraordinary achievements and contributions to ensuring the
safety of food, the Society recognizes Joseph F. Borzelleca as the
2011 Founders Award recipient. His career epitomizes the use of
toxicological science to create a healthier world.
The Society of Toxicology (SOT) is a professional and scholarly
organization of scientists from academic institutions, government, and
industry representing the great variety of scientists who practice
toxicology in the U.S. and abroad. SOT is committed to creating a
safer and healthier world by advancing the science of toxicology. The
Society promotes the acquisition and utilization of knowledge in
toxicology, aids in the protection of public health, and facilitates
disciplines. The Society has a strong commitment to education in
toxicology and to the recruitment of students and new members into the