Posted April 16, 2018
Featuring Jack Harkema

At the Society of Toxicology’s (SOT) 57th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo in San Antonio, Texas, Jack Harkema, University Distinguished Professor and Albert C. and Lois E. Dehn Endowed Chair in Veterinary Medicine for the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, was presented with the Career Achievement Award by the Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section in March 2018. This award recognizes Harkema’s demonstrated leadership in respiratory and inhalation toxicology research.

Now, Harkema is set to receive another award; next month, he will be presented with the Val Vallyathan Award from the American Thoracic Society’s (ATS) Assembly on Environmental, Occupational, and Population Health (EOPH). This award, which will be presented in May at the 2018 ATS International Conference in San Diego, California, recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to basic and translational science in environmental or occupational respiratory diseases.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized by colleagues in my field of study,” says Harkema, who recently served as the Chair of the ATS EOPH Assembly. “As a research veterinarian, I have advocated for linking human, animal, and environmental health. These societies have provided my laboratory the opportunity to share our discoveries with outstanding inhalation toxicologists, pulmonary physicians, environmental epidemiologists, and other respiratory researchers who embody the One Health concept.” 

Harkema also was recently named as one of only three veterinarians to be an American Thoracic Society Fellow. Learn more about Harkema’s contributions to the field by visiting the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s website.