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.
The 2017 Global Senior Scholars are Olufunke Eunice Ola-Davies, DVM, PhD, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria; and Ansam F. Sawalha, PhD, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine.
|Scholar: Olufunke Eunice Ola-Davies|
|Dr. Olufunke Eunice Ola-Davies is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Veterinary Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. Dr. Ola-Davies will pursue further investigations of the genotoxicity inhibitory activity of Spondias mombin. It may be that components of the plant may provide drugs for either prophylactic or chemotherapeutic use. Arsenic is a metal increasingly present in the environment in Nigeria due to industrialization and cancer is also on the rise. Developing a healthy research collaboration will increase quality research output, manuscript publishing, and improved visibility for her department and institution. In addition, Dr. Ola-Davies plans to further develop skills for mentoring trainers amongst the faculty members and postgraduate students as well as increase student awareness about toxicology at her institution and also at other schools in the region.|
|Scholar: Ansam F. Sawalha|
|Dr. Ansam F. Sawalha is Professor of Toxicology in the Physiology, Pharmacology, and Toxicology Department, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine. The first toxicologist in the country, she is the founding director of the only poison control center in Palestine. Her research is related to analysis of cases of poisoning reported to the center, including exposure to toxic materials in the environment, incidence of poisoning, blood lead levels in children, and risk assessment after exposure to aflatoxin. She has introduced a poison prevention course as an elective for all university students.
Although there is high need, there is no toxicology graduate program in the country and a goal of the exchange is to develop plans to establish such a program.
The SOT Education Committee will use the following criteria to evaluate applications.
The successful applicants will be:
The institution of the Scholar applicant will:
Scholar Application Deadline: June 15, 2016
Submit completed applications to Betty Eidemiller; successful candidates will be announced in July.
The SOT Education Committee will use the following criteria to select the Host for each Scholar.
The successful Host applicants will have:
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:
Host Application Deadline: September 9, 2016
Submit completed applications to Betty Eidemiller; successful candidates will be announced in October.
Oladipo Ademuyiwa, PhD, Department of Biochemistry Chair and a Professor of Biochemical Toxicology at the Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, Nigeria
Area of Interest: Mechanistic bases of the effects of xenobiotics on cellular metabolism in both humans and animals
Wafa Hassen, PhD, Lecturer in the Department of Cellular Physiology and Toxicology at the High Institute of Biotechnology of Monastir, Tunisia
Area of Interest: Mechanisms of myeloma drug resistance and human disease related to mycotoxins in food
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
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
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
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
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