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Prof. dr Joep van den Berckenprijs

Note: Directly translated from the Dutch page on this topic.

As a tribute to the Utrecht neuro-toxicologist Prof. Joep van den Bercken, UTOX (a partnership of the University of Utrecht, RIVM and TNO in the area of ​​toxicology) established a prize to stimulate research on young toxicologists. Since then, UTOX assimilated into IRAS and since 2003, this award is issued by the NVT. The prize, worth € 1,000, is awarded annually at the annual meeting of the NVT.

The selection of candidates and the award ceremony takes place under the responsibility of a committee chaired by the president of the association. This commitee is determined on an ad hoc basis, with a proviso that the committee members have no involvement with the registered candidates. A committee of prominent toxicologists evaluates the dissertations and selects the winner. During the annual meeting of the NVT, the winner explains his research during a short presentation (about 15 minutes). Participation is open to researchers who have defended their dissertation in the year prior to the annual meeting.

Candidates, or members of the association that wants to suggest a candidate to the commission, are requested to send five copies of their thesis (and a Curriculum Vitae of the nominee) before March 1 of the following year afer the promotion to:

Prof. dr. Henk van Loveren
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As a tribute to the Utrecht neuro-toxicologist prof. Joep van den Bercken, the NVT established a prize to stimulate the research of young toxicologists. The award consists of a cash prize of € 1,000.

All theses that describe research in the field of toxicology.

All theses describing toxicological research can compete for the JvB Prize. In Annex I are professors / research institutes whose dissertations no longer compete. Theses describe toxicological tests, but not covered in Annex I as professors / research institutes can be submitted to the NVT administration by the candidate or the (co-) promoter. The NVT board decides whether these theses may be eligible for the JvB Prize and will be included in the assessment.

Theses competing were published in the year prior to the Annual Meeting. The thesis must be submitted before March 1 of the year of the AGM to qualify for the JvB Prize the same year. The promotion does not necessarily have taken place.

The NVT Board selects up to five theses from the entries. The jury consists of one representative from each NVT section, a representative of the government and is chaired by the Chairman of the NVT. In the composition of the committee will take into account a representative of academia, institutes and businesses spread across the various fields of toxicology. The members of the evaluation committee have, in principle, no personal involvement in the dissertations being assessed. However, should there be any involvement of a member with one of the submitted theses, then this member will abstain on this thesis comments and voting.
The evaluation committee has the JvB-prize. It applies that at least two thirds of the people who sit in the evaluation committee are behind the decision. The assessment committee will submit a short written note to the NVT board explain the reasoning used for granting the JvB Prize.
The winner of the JvB Prize will be announced to members at the Annual Meeting of the NVT, after which the winner will give a presentation on his / her doctoral research.

Evaluation criteria
The main evaluation criteria are:

1. Originality / innovative character
The research presented is innovative, but may be based on previous research within the group. The research is top-ranked in the discipline or demonstrably innovative in its own discipline.

2. Scientific quality
There must be a clear theoretical framework within which the research was conducted. The relation to earlier research, also conducted internationally, is succinctly put.
The research results are clearly described and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
a. The thesis includes a minimum of four articles published in peer-reviewed journals, whose first author is the PhD candidate
b. The journals that published the research have demonstrable impact (journal impact factor, but also relevance to the subject play a role)

3. Toxicological impact
The described research contributes to the development of toxicology in the Netherlands.

A. Bast, Maastricht

Mr. van den Berg, Utrecht

BJ Blaauboer, Utrecht

P.J. Leaves, Wageningen

P.J.A. Borm, Zuyd

P.J. van den Brink, Alterra and Wageningen

T.C.M. Brock, and Alterra Wageningen

A. Brouwer, BDS & VU Amsterdam

F. Cassee, RIVM and Utrecht

G.M.M. Groothuis, Groningen

J.P. Great Wageningen

A.J. Hendriks, Radboud

S. Kezić, Coronel AMC

John J. Klein, Maastricht

M.H.S. Cracker (for Admiral W.)

C.J. van Leeuwen, Utrecht

F.X.R. Lions (?)

J. Legler, University of Amsterdam

J. Meulenbelt, Utrecht

A.J. Murk, Wageningen

AH Piersma, RIVM and Utrecht

I.M.C.M. Rietjens, Wageningen

F.G.M. Russel, Radboud

F. J. van Schooten, Maastricht

P.M. Rays of VU University Amsterdam

N.P.E. Vermeulen, University of Amsterdam

P. de Voogd, KWR and University of Amsterdam

B. van de Water, Leiden

R. Woutersen, TNO and Wageningen