Mother and Daughter on Front cover

Ruth Roberts and Emma Walker were featured on the front cover of Toxicology Research this month.  The mother and daughter’s review article, Collaboration and competition: ethics in toxicology hit the headlines in Volume 7.

The front cover was painted by Emma, an accomplished artist as well as scientist.  Emma is currently studying for her Master’s degree in Health and Public Policy at King’s College London and will be starting a PhD in Bio-Social research at University College London in September 2018.

Emma’s paintings are often used by the ApconiX team to illustrate company news. The study of mitochondria takes pride of place in the ApconiX office at Alderley Park alongside Pandora’s Box (an allegory for toxicology) and Winter Berries, painted for the ApconiX Winter Newsletter.

Ruth added “The invitation to contribute to this themed issue of Toxicology Research was a great opportunity to bring together Emma’s developing expertise in ethics and health policy with my experience in toxicology.  We are just working on a follow-on research project sponsored by the BTS where we plan to survey the membership to establish attitudes to collaboration and competition in toxicology.  Watch this space for the emerging data!’


By |2018-07-22T18:28:03+00:00July 22nd, 2018|Toxicology, Publications|Comments Off on Mother and Daughter on Front cover

About the Author:

Professor Ruth A Roberts, PhD, ATS, FBTS, ERT, FRSB, FRCPath Director and Cofounder, ApconiX, UK and Chair and Director of Drug Discovery, University of Birmingham, UK Ruth is chair of drug discovery at Birmingham University, UK and Cofounder of ApconiX, an integrated toxicology and ion channel company that brings together a team of world-renowned nonclinical safety experts with over 400 years of drug discovery and development experience. Previously, Ruth was Global Head of Regulatory Safety at AstraZeneca and Director of Toxicology for Aventis. Ruth is an established science professional bringing rigorous expert thinking to toxicology, drug discovery and drug development. With >140 publications in peer reviewed journals, she is focused on reducing attrition attributable to safety and toxicity. A former president of the British Toxicology Society, former president of EUROTOX, former secretary to SOT and president elect of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences, Ruth was the recipient of the SOT Achievement award in 2002, the EUROTOX Bo Holmstedt Award in 2009 and the SOT Founders award in 2018 for outstanding leadership in toxicology.