The Herbert E. Stokinger Award is given each year to an individual who has made a significant contribution in the broad field of industrial and environmental toxicology. This year’s Stokinger Award recipient is John Cocker, PhD.
Dr. Cocker is a Fellow at the UK Health & Safety Laboratory. He has 43 years of experience in biological monitoring and over 100 peer-reviewed publications. In 1973, he began working for the UK Employment Medical Advisory Service analyzing blood samples for lead. In 1974, the laboratory became the Occupational Medicine and Hygiene Laboratory, part of the newly formed UK Health & Safety Executive.
Dr. Cocker was awarded an MSc in General Biochemistry from the University of London in 1976. After a period in the drug metabolism department of a pharmaceutical company, Dr. Cocker returned to the Occupational Medicine and Hygiene Laboratory to research the metabolism and elimination of industrial aromatic amines and was awarded a PhD from the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, University of London in1988. From then until his partial retirement in 2013 he led a biological monitoring team of 7–9 graduates and postgraduates developing and applying new biological monitoring methods, conducting volunteer and workplace studies.
Dr. Cocker became a member of ACGIH® in 2000 and joined the Biological Exposure Indices (BEI®) Committee. In 2015 Dr. Cocker was appointed to the European Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits and is also a member of the British Occupational Hygiene Society and an occasional advisor to the World Health Organization. Dr. Cocker is an assistant editor for the Annals of Work Exposures and Health (formerly the Annals of Occupational Hygiene) and a passionate advocate of biological monitoring.
Dr. Cocker’s contributions have earned him the Herbert E. Stokinger Award. The Stokinger Award will be announced at the AIHce Opening Session and presented to Dr. Cocker at the Stokinger Lecture on Monday, June 5, 2017. The lecture will be entitled “Biological Monitoring Without Limits” and will be held in Room 303 of the Washington State Convention Center from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.