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Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program

The Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program funds two mid-career to senior Scholar toxicologists from Developing Countries in Africa, Asia, and Central/South America to attend the SOT Annual Meeting and spend about four weeks with one or more SOT Member Hosts from established toxicology programs in academic, government, or industry organization(s) worldwide. The Host will in turn visit the Scholar’s institution. The primary goal is to increase toxicology capacity in developing countries by providing professional opportunities for scientists through relationships supported by SOT. The Scholars who are selected are expected to build on this opportunity by strengthening toxicology within their universities and countries. After selection of Scholars, applications will be received from potential Hosts with interests matching those of the selected Scholars. The program provides up to $15,000 for each pair, with up to $10,000 travel support for the Senior Scholar and $5,000 for the Host. Support is not provided for equipment, laboratory supplies, or renovations to current facilities.

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2016 Global Senior Scholar Program Awardees

The 2016 Global Senior Scholars and their hosts are Oladipo Ademuyiwa from the Federal University for Agriculture, Nigeria, who will be hosted by Weimin Gao of Texas Tech University, and Wafa Hassen from the High Institute of Biotechnology of Monastir, Tunisia, who will be hosted by Mohamed Abou-Donia of Duke University Medical Center.

Scholar: Oladipo Ademuyiwa
Oladipo Ademuyiwa Oladipo Ademuyiwa, PhD, is Department of Biochemistry Chair and a Professor of Biochemical Toxicology at the Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, Nigeria. Toxicology is an active research area in the Department of Biochemistry although there is not an existing curriculum in toxicology. The research being conducted focuses on the mechanistic bases of the effects of xenobiotics on cellular metabolism in both humans and animals, particularly metals with potential occupational and environmental exposure such as lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury. Outcomes of the Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program for the Department of Biochemistry might include strengthened research efforts on the impacts of exposure to metals and building a toxicology curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Host: Weimin Gao
Oladipo Ademuyiwa Weimin Gao is Associate Chair, Department of Environmental Toxicology in the Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. The department/institute has a well-established research program in the areas of molecular toxicology, analytical toxicology, ecotoxicology, aquatic toxicology, and human health and a graduate research program taught by faculty with expertise in molecular toxicology, analytical toxicology, human health, and other areas. Dr. Gao and other faculty are involved in global outreach and collaborative research in environmental contaminants and human health. The research in Dr. Ademuyiwa’s department relate to studies at Texas Tech on the environmental fate and toxic effects of some metals and thus provide a possible area of collaboration. The Federal University of Agriculture does not currently have a curriculum in toxicology so learning about the program at Texas Tech will be valuable.

Scholar: Wafa Hassen
Wafa Hassen, PhD, is a Lecturer in the Department of Cellular Physiology and Toxicology at the High Institute of Biotechnology of Monastir, Tunisia. Dr. Hassen’s research focuses on mechanisms of myeloma drug resistance and human disease related to mycotoxins in food. Other faculty interests include toxicology and antitumor activity of polypeptides in scorpion and snake venom, medicinal herb extracts, organ toxicity due to metals, pesticides, and marine toxicology related to Tunisian coastal contamination. In addition to bolstering research efforts, the Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program might support the High Institute of Biotechnology programs by assisting in the development of a more formal toxicology curriculum and a master’s degree in toxicology and by providing additional training in toxicology for the faculty teaching those courses. Another area is promoting more interaction between the Tunisian Society of Toxicology and SOT.
Host: Mohamed Abou-Donia
Mohamed Abou-Donia is the Director of the Neurotoxicology Laboratory at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina. Work in his laboratory is directed toward understanding the basic mechanism by which chemicals, e.g., pesticides, solvents, industrial chemicals, heavy metals, drugs, and nerve agents, adversely affect the nervous system. Recently, he has been engaged in research to define nervous system injury resulting from occupational exposure to chemicals. He has much international experience, including a 2004 Fulbright Award to study the impact of pesticides on the environment in Egypt. His research has impacted public policy initiatives to regulate environmental and occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals. He also teaches a variety of toxicology-related courses to medical and graduate students. The possibility of pesticide contamination and adverse effects on health is an important problem in Tunisia and of interest to faculty in Dr. Hassen’s department.  This and other shared teaching and research interests will be the basis of a fruitful exchange. 
Scholar Criteria and Application

The SOT Education Committee will use the following criteria to evaluate applications.

The successful applicants will be:

  • Employed in a faculty position in a qualified university and affiliated with an existing toxicology program
  • Recognized as a thought leader in toxicology-related activities
  • Positioned professionally to influence toxicology training and research projects that support a graduate program in toxicology

The institution of the Scholar applicant will:

  • Be in a Developing Country
  • Have faculty members with training and research projects that support a graduate program in toxicology
  • Enable the Scholar to pursue this opportunity and the exchange visit of the Host

Scholar Application Deadline: June 15, 2016

Submit completed applications to Betty Eidemiller; successful candidates will be announced in July.

Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program Description

Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program—Scholar Application

Host Criteria and Application

The SOT Education Committee will use the following criteria to select the Host for each Scholar.

The successful Host applicants will have:

  • Research interests of potential mutual benefit to the specific Scholar
  • Ability to host a scientist for about four weeks (SOT will cover the associated costs)
  • Plans to support the relationship with the Scholar and the enhancement of toxicology at the Scholar institution
  • Ability to visit the Scholar institution
  • Note that more than one Host at the same or different institutions can submit a coordinated application to host a particular Scholar

The institution(s) of the Host(s) will:

  • Have a successful toxicology program with a strong track record of research, training, publication, and outreach
  • Be located in a country with strong science infrastructure
  • Have staff or faculty members with interest and prior experience in collaborating with institutions in other countries
  • Encourage the selected Host toxicologist to visit the Scholar’s institution (SOT will cover the associated costs up to the budgeted maximum)

Host Application Deadline: September 9, 2016

Submit completed applications to Betty Eidemiller; successful candidates will be announced in October.

Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program Host Application

Past Global Senior Scholar Awardees

2015 Global Senior Scholars

Sunisa Chaiklieng, Dr. Biol. Hum, Khon Kaen University at Muang, Department of Environmental Health Science and Occupational Health, Thailand
Area of Interest: Air pollution with an emphasis on benzene

Host: Norbert E. Kaminski, PhD, Michigan State University, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Center for Integrative Toxicology, East Lansing, Michigan, United States

Deepak Dhakal, MS, Institute of Science and Technology at Tribhuvan University, Department of Chemistry, Patan Multiple Campus, Nepal
Area of Interest: Emerging environmental contaminants such as those in drinking water, pesticide residues, and stored obsolete toxic chemicals like PCB and pesticides

Host: Aaron Barchowsky, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

2014 Global Senior Scholars

Gonzalo J. Diaz, PhD, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia
Area of Interest: Plant toxins and mycotoxins

Host: Wilson K. Rumbeiha, BVM, PhD, DABT, DABVT, Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine

Ebenezer O. Farombi, PhD, FRSC, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Area of Interest: Environmental toxins, medicinal plant compounds, pesticides

Host: James E. Klaunig, PhD, ATS, IATP, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

2013 Global Senior Scholars

Sri Noegrohati, DrPharm, Gadjah Mada University and Sanata Dharma University in Jogyakarta, Indonesia
Area of Interest: Risk Assessment

Hosts: Michael Dourson, PhD, DABT, ATS, and Bernard K. Gadagbui, MSc, PhD, ERT, DABT, Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment, Cincinnati, OH

Mohamed Mosaad Salama, MD, PhD, Mansoura University in Mansoura, Egypt
Area of Interest: Neurotoxicology

Host: Mohamed B. Abou-Donia, PhD, ATS, DABT , Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

2012 Global Senior Scholars

Orish Ebere Orisakwe, PhD, ERT, ATS, MRSC, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

Host: Judith T. Zelikoff, PhD, New York University School of Medicine Department of Environmental Medicine, Tuxedo, NY

Jesus Olivero-Verbel, PhD, University of Cartagena, Cartagena, Colombia

Hosts: Miroslav Styblo, PhD, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC and Michael P. Waalkes, PhD, NIEHS, DNTP, Research Triangle Park, NC