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NCTR Research Highlights

Periodic report on research activities and special events at NCTR

NCTR on the World Stage

Global Summit on Regulatory Science

Because of the importance for international regulators, policy makers, and scientists to exchange views on how to develop and implement innovative methodologies into regulatory assessments, NCTR established an annual internationally renowned Global Summit on Regulatory Science (GSRS). Now in its ninth year, the GSRS’s goal is to engage the global community and harmonize research strategies via collaborations that aim to build knowledge of and promote regulatory science, define research needs, and strengthen product safety worldwide by training regulatory scientists. The GSRS is led by the Global Coalition for Regulatory Science and is comprised of regulatory science leaders from around the world. NCTR’s Director, Dr. William Slikker, Jr. and European Food Safety Authority’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Marta Hugas, serve as co-chairs of the Coalition’s executive committee and work with the Coalition to promote global interaction.

The GSRS19 will be held in Lake Maggiore, Italy on September 24-26, 2019, at the Joint Research Centre – European Commission. The focus of this year’s summit will be on nanotechnology, as it relates to advances in standards, medical products, drugs, medical devices, food, cosmetic (personal care) products, and the emerging pollutant nanoplastics. Last year’s GSRS was held September 26-27, 2018, in Beijing, China at the National institute for Food and Drug Control. The topics that were discussed and presented covered the risks and benefits of dietary supplements and herbal medicine in the era of data science. A paper about GSRS18 is being reviewed internally to submit for publication. The GSRS18 presenters represented 10 countries, including four countries from Asia (China, Korea, Japan, and India), two European Union countries (Belgium and Italy), two from North America (USA and Canada), and Australia. The summit drew over 200 attendees from 13 countries.

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Indo-US Professorship Offered to NCTR Microbiologist

Sangeeta Khare, Ph.D., in NCTR’s Division of Microbiology was awarded a 2019 Indo-US Professorship by the American Society for Microbiology and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF). The IUSSTF Professorship Program seeks to broaden scientific collaboration between India and the United States though travel grants that support research and teaching partnerships. The two-week training course is in partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India and is titled “Nanotechnology applications in healthcare: toxicological risk assessment using in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo host-microbiome interaction models.”

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NCTR Scientist to Serve as Advisor at International Agency for Research on Cancer Meetings

Frederick Beland, Ph.D., Director of NCTR’s Division of Biochemical Toxicology was selected in 2019 to serve as advisor for the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) meetings. According to its web site, IARC is the specialized cancer research agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) and is a multidisciplinary research institute with expertise in epidemiology, laboratory sciences, biostatistics, and bioinformatics. IARC leads and coordinates research projects around the world, with a strong focus on low- and middle-income countries, and is headquartered in Lyon, France. Scientists must meet rigorous requirements to be eligible for selection and generally have published significant research related to carcinogenicity of environmental, behavioral, or occupational factors that can increase the risk of human cancer. They may also have expertise in carcinogen testing and/or in carcinogen-hazard evaluation.

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Encouraging Neuroscience in Nigeria

A former post-doctoral fellow who trained at NCTR in 2016-2017, Chinna Orish, Ph.D., keeps in touch with NCTR management to share her latest endeavours in the field of neuroscience in her home country of Nigeria. Dr. Orish’s efforts seek to inspire the younger generation of students to focus on the topic she is so passionate about – neuroscience.

Dr. Orish established the Espirisa Chinna Orish (ECO) Foundation to recognize and reward excellence in the field of neuroscience. This year she established an annual ECO Awards Day offering cash awards and presented plaques to the “Best Graduating Neuroscience Student” and the “Best Female Neuroscience Student” at the University of Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. Additionally, the ECO Foundation sponsored the Youth Neuroscience Association president’s attendance at the 2019 Society for Neuroscience in Africa (SONA) Conference held in Lagos, Nigeria on March 24-28, 2019.

Additionally, Dr. Orish coordinated and organized the second annual event to promote Brain Awareness Week in March 2019, at the University of Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. Brain Awareness Week is a worldwide celebration of the brain that brings together scientists, families, schools, and communities. New at this year’s event was the introduction of a Brain Bee that involved younger participants. There was so much excitement around the Brain Bee that Dr. Orish plans to continue and even expand the program next year.

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