For approximately 20 years, from the mid-1960s into the 1980s, the University of Iowa had an outstanding toxicology program within the Department of Pharmacology. The program was rated first in the nation, and the faculty members were a distinguished group of renowned scientists.
The UI program would produce no fewer than seven Presidents of the Society of Toxicology (SOT): R.L. "Bob" Dixon, Jim Gibson, Jerry Hook, Curt Klaassen, Ken Wallace, Mike McClain, and faculty member Gabriel L (Gabbie) Plaa. Other former students and postdocs from the UI have played influential roles in the toxicology field, as editors of journals or leaders of training programs, as well as in a variety of key positions in industry, government.
Now Larry Robertson and Gabriele Ludewig, along with various UI colleagues, have reestablished the toxicology program at the UI as an Interdisciplinary Master's and Ph.D. program in Human Toxicology. They have also created a Superfund basic research program that is studying the consequences of atmospheric sources and exposures to semi-volatile Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs). Both of these innovative programs demonstrate the strong commitment of the University of Iowa to environmental research and training.