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Cheryl Watson PhD Expert for EPA Panel Discussion

June 23, 2014

Cheryl Watson PhD Dr. Cheryl Watson, as editor-in-chief of the Landes journal Endocrine Disruptors, and developer of relevant high-throughput assays for environmental estrogens, attended a joint Endocrine Society-EPA panel discussion on June 23, 2014 in Chicago. The group of 14 scientists representing these organizations was led by Dr. David Dix, EPA's Director of the Office of Science Coordination and Policy, and of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and Dr. Loretta Doan, Director of the Endocrine Society Science Policy Office. The special focus was on how to more accurately and systematically capture human exposure data, and incorporating academic basic science into the computational and risk assessment programs of the EPA, to help inform the regulatory process.

Dr. Boldogh is a Recipient of an International Award, Doctor Honoris Causa

June 6th, 2013

Istvan Boldogh, DM&B, PhD, represented the United States as one of international scholars to receive the Doctor Honoris Causa Istvan Boldogh, DM&B, PhD, represented the United States as one of international scholars to receive the Doctor Honoris Causa (DHC) in ceremonies at Semmelweis University (one of the oldest European universities), Budapest, Hungary. The award originated at the University of Oxford, England, in the 15th century and is given for extraordinary achievements in natural and technological sciences, as well as political, law, philosophical studies. The other participants who received the DHC were Hartmut P.H. Neumann, MD (Chair, Surgery, Freiburg, Germany) and Constantin Copotoiu, MD (Dean, Radiotherapist, Marovasarhely, Romania). Jorg Weidenhammer, MD (President, Asklepios Hospital Clinics, Hamburg, Germany) received a Honorary Senator title.

Dr. Boldogh is a Professor in UTMB's Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He was one of 63 candidates from the United States, Europe and Asia, and selected by the Scientific Review Panel of the Faculty Senate at Semmelweis University. Nomination required research collaborations between the awardee's home institution and Semmelweis University. Importantly, this award recognizes the excellence of the School of Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UTMB Health. The Review Panel also considered the excellence of the departments and centers in which Dr. Boldogh works: the Department of Microbiology and Immunology (recently ranked fifth in research funding among microbiology and immunology departments in the United States), the Sealy Center of Molecular Medicine, and the Center of Environmental Toxicology.

NIEHS T32 Grant in Environmental Toxicology Renewed

August, 2012

Bill T. Ameredes, PhDBill T. Ameredes, M.S., Ph.D., Professor, Medicine, and Pharmacology & Toxicology, and Director of the UTMB Environmental Toxicology Training Program, has successfully renewed the Environmental Toxicology (ETox) T32 Training Grant with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health, beginning July of 2012. The Training Grant entitled, "Molecular Mechanisms of Environmental Injury" has been consistently funded at UTMB for over 20 years. "This grant enables us to continue our outstanding tradition of NIH support for our pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainees, as well as the training faculty within the program, here at UTMB," said Dr. Ameredes.


NIEHS F-31 Fellow and ETox T32 Trainee Associate Rene Vinas article featured in Science Daily

Rene Vinas, B.S., M.S., performed experimental work resulting in a recent publication: "Mixtures of xenoestrogens disrupt estradiol-induced non-genomic signaling and downstream functions in pituitary cells," which appeared in the journal Environmental Health.

NIEHS ETox Pre-doctoral Fellows Given Travel Awards from SOT

Anita Reno, and Catherine Rondelli, both NIEHS pre-doctoral fellows in the laboratories of respective ETox faculty trainers Bill T. Ameredes and Sherif Abdel-Rahman, have been awarded Graduate Student Travel Awards by the Society of Toxicology, to support their attendance and presentation of their research work at the national SOT meeting in San Antonio, Texas, March 10-13, 2013.

NIEHS Post-Doctoral Trainee Nicole Bjorklund Receives Alzheimer's Grant

Nicole Bjorklund, PhD, an NIEHS post-doctoral trainee in the laboratory of Giulio Taglialatela, received a grant from the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.

NIEHS ETox Trainee Jazmin Ruiz Assists with Research Mentorship of Undergraduate Student

Jazmin Ruiz, an Fellow supported by the UTMB NIEHS T32 in Environmental Toxicology, assisted with research mentorship of UTMB Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) student KarryAnne Belanger, from Wheaton College, in the laboratory of Dr. Bill T. Ameredes, the Director of the UTMB ETox Training Program, and founding member of the UTMB Academy of Research Mentors.

NIEHS F-31 Fellow and ETox T32 Associate Rene Vinas wins Alternative Methods Award

Rene Vinas, B.S., M.S., was awarded a Student Research Training in Alternative Methods Award at the recent national Society of Toxicology (SOT) in San Francisco, in March 2012.

NEIHS ETox T32 Trainee Jazmin Ruiz awarded Minority Trainee Travel Award

Jazmin Ruiz, B.S., will receive a Minority Trainee Travel Award (MTTA) from the American Thoracic Society (ATS), for international research meeting in San Francisco, in May 2012.

NIEHS F-31 Fellow and ETox T32 Associate Rene Vinas awarded 2012 Outstanding Abstract Award

Rene Vinas, B.S., M.S., will receive an Outstanding Abstract Award from The Endocrine Society for his abstract: "Chemical Mixtures of Bisphenol-A and Bisphenol-S Disrupt E2-Induced Non-Genomic Signaling in mER[alpha]-Enriched (GH3/B6/F10) Rat Pituitary Cell Line," for presentation at the ENDO 2012 meeting in Houston in June, 2012. Mr. Vinas is a pre-doctoral graduate student of the Pharmacology/Toxicology graduate program of the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), working in the laboratory of UTMB ETox Faculty Trainer and ETox Training Program Associate Director, Cheryl S. Watson, Ph.D.


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