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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 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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2018 Global Senior Scholars and Hosts

The Society of Toxicology announces the selection of the 2018 Scholars and their Hosts.

Scholar: Aina Adeogun
Aina Adeogun 

Dr. Aina Olubukola Adeogun is Reader in the Department of Zoology at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. Her research focus has been the evaluation of environmental impact and risk assessment as a tool for the development and validation of sensitive biomarkers of endocrine, neuro-, and reproductive toxicology, especially in aquatic organisms. Another area of interest is isolating and characterizing plastic products in Nigerian municipal water lakes as vectors of contaminants in drinking water to produce a scientific basis for risk assessment of plastic products in Nigeria and a better understanding of possible effects on mammalian health. The scholarly collaboration will aid in developing mechanisms to increase quality research, publication output, and training despite lack of equipment and reliable electricity as well as enable her department to restructure toxicology courses into a more societal needs based program.

Host: Augustine Arukwe, BS, DSc
Augustine Arukwe

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Scholar: Hilmi Orhan
Hilmi Orhan Dr. Hilmi Orhan is Professor of Toxicology in the Department of Pharmaceutical Toxicology at Ege University in Turkey, President of the Turkish Society of Toxicology, and serves on the executive committee of EUROTOX. His current research involves the characterization of reactive intermediates upon biotransformation of drugs and drug candidates by target organs and subcellular compartments such as mitochondria and investigation of their contribution to adverse effects. He is also interested in the application of biomarkers in both clinical and environmental toxicological studies in human tissues. This includes exploration of the possible associations between persistent organic pollutants concentrations and cancers in patients. The exchange will develop collaborations which will strength his research paradigm, train students in new experimental techniques, and open new research avenues.
Host: Hartmut Jaeschke, PhD, ATS
 Hartmut Jaeschke

University of Kansas Medical Center, Overland Park, KS

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

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 15

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

2017 Global Senior Scholars

Olufunke Eunice Ola-Davies, DVM, PhD, Department of Veterinary Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Areas of Interest: Genotoxicity inhibitory activity of Spondias mombin and health effects of arsenic

Host: Augustine Arukwe, BS, DSc, Norwegian University of Science and Technology,Trondheim, Norway

Ansam F. Sawalha, PhD, Physiology, Pharmacology, and Toxicology Department, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
Area of Interest: Poisoning and exposure to toxic environmental materials and public health

Hosts: Stephen G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT, David L. Eaton, PhD, ATS, Elaine Faustman, PhD, DABT, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. 

2016 Global Senior Scholars

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

Host: Weimin Gao, MD, MPH, PhD, Department of Environmental Toxicology, Institute of Environmental and Human Health, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, United States

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

Host: Mohamed B. Abou-Donia, PhD, DABT, ATS, Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States

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