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Professor Ian Kimber - personal details

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Professor Ian Kimber

Role: Professor of Toxicology

Tel: +44161 275 1587

Location: Faculty of Life Sciences,D4414 Michael Smith Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PT




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  Syngenta.

He has broad research interests are at the interface between toxicology and immunology with a particular focus on allergy (to chemicals and proteins). Specific interests include: (a) the factors that confer on protein and chemicals allergenic potential, (b) the function, mobilisation and migration of epidermal Langerhans cells, (c) skin biology and skin pathology including allergic contact dermatitis and psoriasis, (d) the pathogenesis of food allergy, and (e) the development of new approaches to the identification and characterization of human health risks.  

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:  Medicine and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Committee for Safety of Devices, Programme Advisor Food Standards Agency Food Allergy and Intolerance Research Programme, and member Medical Research Council Translational Research Group.  Professor Kimber is a former Chairman of the Board of the UK National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) (2008-2013), and he is a past President of the British Toxicology Society in (2012-2014).

He has published over 500  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.