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Professor Ian Kimber - personal details

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Professor Ian Kimber

Role: Professor of Toxicology

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 1587

Location: Faculty of Life Sciences,




Ian Kimber is currently Professor and Chair of Toxicology and Associate Dean for Business Development in the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester. Previous to that he was Head of Research and Principal Fellow at the Syngenta Central Toxicology Laboratory.

He has broad research interests based around immunotoxicology, including: (a) the characteristics of allergic responses induced by chemicals, drugs and proteins, (b) cutaneous immune responses in health and disease, (c) functional subpopulations of T lymphocytes and dendritic cells, and (d) the development of novel approaches to safety assessment.

Professor Kimber holds, and has held, a wide variety of positions on national and international expert and scientific advisory committees. Currently these include the following: UK Medical Research Council (MRC) Training and Career Group (Chair), UK Medicine and Health Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Committee for Safety of Devices, Programme Advisor Food Standards Agency Food Allergy and Intolerance Research Programme, member OECD Expert Committee on Sensitisation, Executive Committee MRC Centre for Drug Safety Sciences. Professor Kimber is currently Chairman of the Board of the UK National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs). He was elected President of the British Toxicology Society in 2012.

He has published over 450 peer reviewed research papers and review articles,  over 100 book chapters, and 6 books. Professor Kimber serves currently on the editorial boards of toxicology, immunology, dermatology and pathology journals.

Professor Kimber has received a number of awards and prizes. These include: the SmithKline Beecham Laboratory Animal Welfare Prize (2000), the 9th Robert A Scala Award in Toxicology, the Doerenkamp-Zbinden Foundation Prize for Realistic Animal Protection in Biomedical Research (2001), Society of Toxicology Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award (2003), and Society of Toxicology Immunotoxicology Career Achievement Award (2005). In 2010 Professor Kimber received the Bo Holmstedt Memorial Fellowship Award and Lecture at the International Congress of Toxicology.

In 2011 Professor Kimber was awarded an OBE for services to science in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.