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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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2017 Global Senior Scholar Program Awardees

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

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.

Dr. Ola-Davies will be hosted by Augustine Arukwe, BS, DSc, Norwegian University of Science and Technology,Trondheim, Norway.


Scholar: Ansam F. Sawalha

Ansam F. Sawalh 

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.

Dr. Sawalha will be hosted by Stephen G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT, David L. Eaton, PhD, ATS, Elaine Faustman, PhD, DABT, all from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. 

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

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