Dr. Soskolne's ground-breaking and award-winning doctoral dissertation, in an article published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, in 1984, identified the association between occupational exposure to sulfuric acid and the development of laryngeal cancer.
For his initial work in this field, Dr. Soskolne was awarded the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) annual student prize for the best doctoral dissertation in 1983. Subsequently, after further research, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), in 1992, designated "occupational exposure to strong-inorganic-acid mists containing sulfuric acid" as a human carcinogen (Group 1). This came at a time when only some 15 chemical agents/mixtures were so designated and the decision was remarkably based on human studies in the absence of animal data.
Dr. Soskolne's collaborating team has recently demonstrated the specificity of the effect to the larynx at the following link: