About ATA

From Gulf to Ocean, Toxicology Builds Bridges

The time period between the 9th and the 13th centuries was known as “the Golden period of the Arab sciences,” and the Arabs during this Golden Age were involved in toxicology and medicine contributing to sentinel works on toxic substances, such as those by physician and scientist Hunayn bin Ishaq in the 9th century all the way to Ibn al-Suri in the 13th century.

The Arab Toxicologists Association (ATA) is founded by professionals of Arab origin, with expertise in various areas of toxicology and working in Arab countries and all over the world. ATA was established in 2019 as an SOT Special Interest Group. ATA brings together experts from industry, academia, and government to discuss existing and emerging issues and methods for characterizing chemical exposure to help provide insights into toxicological needs in the Arab world and create organizations of toxicology in Arabic countries. ATA also will provide webinars and lectures to increase the awareness and related toxicology research in Arabic communities inside and outside of the United States.

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Mission

To establish a Special Interest Group of Toxicologists from the Arab World with a major goal to effectively communicate toxicological ideas and support its members to succeed and achieve excellence in toxicology in the United States and worldwide.

To address current toxicological issues that affect Arab nations and increase awareness of the involvement of toxic substances in causing diseases.

To promote the development of marginalized branches of toxicology in Arabic nations.

To serve as an educational guide for Arabic studies in toxicological science.

To promote the establishment of regional toxicology societies and of a Pan Arab toxicologist association to be an umbrella for all toxicology associations in all Arab countries.

Executive Committee

ATA Executive

Mohamed B Abou-Donia, PhD

Past President

Mohamed B Abou-Donia, Ph.D. is an established a scientist in the areas of neurotoxicology, neuropharmacology and neurology. He had a bachelor degree in Pesticide Chemistry from Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt, and a Ph.D. degree in Agricultural chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley, California. He is board certified by the American Board of Toxicology and the Academy of Toxicological Sciences. Currently, He is a Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke University Medical Center. He holds a secondary appointment as a Professor of Neurobiology. He was the Deputy Director of the Toxicology Program at Duke University from 1981 to 1995. The focus of his current studies is the development of serum biomarker for neural injury in humans with neurodegeneration. He has spent many years investigating nervous system injury resulting from chemical exposure and/or trauma, similar to the Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses (GWVI). He has developed animal models for the GWVI to assess injury risk consequences, including long-term effects of various potentially injury conditions. This includes diagnostic studies of long-term consequences of nervous system injury from various causes. Recently, He developed a serum marker for nervous system injury. He has been investigating the mechanisms involved in the Persian Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses and developing serum biomarkers for such injuries. (e.g. J. Toxicol. Environ Health 76:363-380.). He has more than 300 peer reviewed publications, most of which are in the area of neurotoxicology. He edited two books: “Neurotoxicology” and “Mammalian Toxicology”.

 

ATA Executive

Hasan Falah Kashef Alghetaa, VMD, MSc, PhD

President

Dr. Kashef Alghetaa has obtained his veterinary medical degree 2001 from College of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, University of Baghdad, Iraq, then he achieved his Master of Science in Theriogenology 2004 and PhD in Reproductive Physiology 2008 from the same institution. He is an Assistant Professor in Department of Veterinary Obstetrics and Surgery, University of Baghdad since 2014. Through his clinical experiences, Dr. K.Alghetaa authored and edited a book entitled “Hormonal causes leading to libido loss in Iraqi local male goats” published by Noor Publishing. In 2014, as a visiting scientist in biomedical sciences, he joined School of Medicine University of South Carolina, USA, where he became involved in toxicology fields particularly immunotoxicology and since then he presented his work many times in SOT’s annual meetings (2016–2020) as well as in annual meetings of American Association of Immunologists (2017–2019), International Congress of Toxicology (Hawaii–2019), International Congress of Immunology (Melbourne–2016) and others. In 2018, his research work was awarded by Office of Vice President for Research a second place among the University of South Carolina presented researches during the Discover USC Day and in 2020 his research was awarded first place on the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology School of Medicine, University of South Carolina during local meeting of Center of Alternative Medicine. Also, he published many peer-reviewed papers related to different diseases generated by toxicity effect of self-immune system for different publisher such as Wiley, Nature, Frontiers, Elsevier, and American Association of Immunologist. He focused mainly to study how the modulated epigenetic profile of immune cells and dysbiosis of microbiome are leading to toxic effects of T cells and myeloid cells in different diseases like endometriosis. In 2019, Dr. K.Alghetaa was one of nine members who supported and founded ATA during the 58th SOT annual meeting held in Baltimore, MD–USA and he served as Vice President-Elect of ATA in 2019–2020.

 

ATA Executive

Hanan N Ghantous, PhD, DABT

Vice President

Dr. Ghantous is the acting Division Director for the Division of Pharmacology/Toxicology for Infectious Disease. she joined the US Food and Drug Administration as a pharmacology/toxicology reviewer in 2001, and has been the Pharmacology/Toxicology supervisor at the Division of Antiviral Products, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research from 2007–2020. Dr. Ghantous has presented at national and international scientific and regulatory meetings, has served on several US FDA committees, has been involved in writing Guidance documents and has represented the Agency at various public forums. She has been mentoring local and International Pharmacy Interns since she joint FDA. Before coming to FDA, Dr. Ghantous worked for approximately 10 years at the DuPont Company.

She has been a member of the American College of Toxicology (ACT) since 2000. She served on many committees over the years including council (2011–2013) and as VP- elect, VP, President and past president for the American College of Toxicology (2014–2017). She also has been a member of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) since 1989. She served on the Continuing Education Committee of the Society of Toxicology (2010–2013). Dr. Ghantous is one of the founders of the Biotechnology Specialty Section and served as a VP- elect, VP, President and past president of the specialty section (2010–2013). She also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Toxicology (ABT) (2010–2014) and was the president of the board for 2013-2014. She was recognized by ACT as the first recipient of the prestigious ACT Mildred Christian Women’s Leadership in Toxicology Award in 2018.

Dr. Ghantous received a B.Sc. in Pharmacy from the University of Baghdad, Iraq, an M.Sc. in Pharmacology from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland and a PhD in Toxicology from the University of Uppsala, Sweden. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Arizona, and received her board certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT) in 1995. Dr. Ghantous has over 30 years of combined experience in general and regulatory Toxicology.

 

ATA Executive

Salah Ahmed Soliman, PhD

Vice President-Elect

Salah.Soliman@Alexu.edu.eg

Salah Soliman is a full Professor of Pesticide Chemistry and Toxicology with Alexandria University since 1985. He joined and collaborated with the USEPA for Many years in North Carolina and in Alexandria. He published more than 70 scientific papers and chapters and supervised tens of MSc and PhD students.

Based on his studies with lead, action has been taken by the Egypt Government to prevent using leaded gasoline in early 1990’s. He also joined the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, in 1987 and 1994/1995. He served the WHO, UNEP and ILO through the International Program on Chemical Safety, IPCS as temporary advisor for many years. He served as the Vice Chairman of the Task Group of Risk Assessment of this program for 3 years term in 1999 and as a member of the WHO/FAO Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues, JMPR for years. Recently he founded the Regional Training Program on Risk assessment, RTPRA, in collaboration with the USEPA, Cincinnati University and the USDA since 2016.

Dr. Soliman led a group of African pesticide scientists to harmonize pesticide regulation in Africa. He has participated in hundreds of international conferences, workshops and organized tens of them. In 2006, Dr. Soliman led the Egyptian Pesticide Committee for 5 years. Since 2001, Dr. Soliman created and developed several off-class learning-based programs with a mission to build knowledge and leadership capacities of tens of thousands of youth. He is 38-year member of the SOT and one of the founders of Egyptian Society of Toxicology, ESOT, in 1983.

The Egyptian President, offer his honorary recognition by giving Dr. Soliman the First the Class Science and arts Necklace in 1981.In 2016, Dr. Soliman was elected as member of the Institut D’Egypt, the oldest Academy of Science in the Old World which was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1798.

 

ATA Executive

Nabila Saber Ahmed Mohamed, PhD

Secretary/Treasurer

nabilasaber@yahoo.com
n.ahmed@egyptchemagro.com

She has completed her doctorate degree of Pesticides Chemistry and toxicology from agriculture faculty, Alexandria University, Egypt. In which, she started her academic career as faculty member. Currently, she is a Professor of pesticides chemistry & toxicology; and served as Head of Department 2010–2011. She was postdoctoral fellow, in Duke Univ. Medical Center; Durham, N.C., US 1980–81; and in Univ. of Texas, Medical Branch; Galveston; US 1988. She was a founder in Girls Collage Education in Saudi Arabia as Dean for new Faculty and vice Dean in 2001–2007 and 1998–1995. Awarded in Egypt by Encouragement State Prize for Environmental Research 1988; and Alexandria University Award for Scientific Encouragement 1987. She served in Egyptian Agriculture Pesticide committee derived from Ministry of Agriculture 2009–2015.

Beside she is currently working as consultant of Egyptchem International of Agrochemicals Company. She experienced in pesticides registrations in Middle East and African market. And she involved in reviewing many reports for acute, and eco toxicity studies; specifications, efficacy of pesticides from GLP labs to support pesticides dossier registrations.

She supervised a number of MSc & PhD thesis with research interest in eco toxicity; monitoring environmental pollution as pesticides, heavy metals as lead; study the biochemical effects of pesticides; delayed neurotoxicity of certain organophosphate; antioxidants effects on oxidative stress induced by pesticides. She is PI of the project for study the efficacy of some nematicides to be register in Egypt 2010–until present. She published many researches 65 in reputable specialized national & international Journals. She is a member of many specialized societies and bodies of pesticides chemistry & toxicology. Dr. Nabila was one of nine members who founded and initiative ATA group during the 58th SOT annual meeting held in Baltimore, MD 2019.

 

ATA Executive

Amira Kamil Mohammed, VMD, MSc., PhD

Councilor

Immunotoxicology is the major focus in research of Dr. Mohammed. She has obtained her veterinary medical degree 2001 from College of Veterinary Medicine - University of Baghdad, Iraq, then she achieved her Master of Science in Cell Physiology 2006. She is faculty in Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, University of Baghdad from 2017 to present. Dr. Mohammed finished her PhD in biomedical science in the School of Medicine, Columbia, South Carolina, USA in 2020. Her PhD study focused on toxicological effects of immune system and how to manipulate these effects by using botanical derivatives. She is a member of Society of Toxicology and American Association of Immunology since 2016. She published many papers related to different diseases caused by bacterial toxins and treated with different natural plant extractions. Dr. Mohammed was one of nine members who supported and founded ATA during the 58th SOT annual meeting held in Baltimore, MD 2019.

 

ATA Executive

Saif A. Alharthy, MSc., Ph.D. candidate

Councilor

Mr. Alharthy is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Toxicology program at St. John’s University, Queens, New York. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in medical laboratory at King Abdulaziz University, he pursued and earned his Master of Science degree in Toxicology at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2014. Mr. Alharthy is investigating the neurotoxicity of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on cells and animal models. He is a member of the Society of Toxicology since 2016. Mr. Alharthy was invited to be a poster session chair of Perfluorinated Alkyl Substances in Society of Toxicology (2019). Mr. Alharthy has skilled in Mammalian cell culture, animal models, light and electronic microscopy. He worked as an intern in Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office for 3 months in San Antonio. Mr. Alharthy also did another internship in drug testing laboratory at US Air Forde, Lackland, TX.

 

ATA Executive

Hadil Al Muhisen, MSc

Councilor

Hadil Al Muhisen is from Alahsa, Saudi Arabia. In 2013, she received her Bachelors in Chemistry from the College of Science at King Faisal University. She worked for a year at Wyeth Nutrition (now Nestle Global). She studied English as a second language at the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 and had toxicology training at the Regional Poison Control Center, Dammam, Saudi Arabia in 2016. She earned her MS degree at Texas A&M University in Toxicology in Dr. Rajesh Miranda’s laboratory where her thesis was “Sex Differences in Fetal Neural Stem Cells’ Response to Ethanol” in 2018. She is now working toward her doctorate with Dr. Tracy Clement in the area of reproductive toxicology. Al Muhisen is a member of the Society of Toxicology since 2018. She is the principal founder of the Arab Toxicologists Association (ATA) as a special interest group within the SOT in 2019.

 

ATA Executive

Laila Al-Eryani, PharmD, MSc, PhD

Post-doctoral Representative

Dr. Al-Eryani is a postdoctoral fellow at National Cancer Institute (NCI)/National Institute of Health (NIH), where she is working on repurposing commercially available drugs to induce DNA Repair in Pigmentosum Complementation Group C (XPC) patients. Dr. Al-Eryani obtained her degree in pharmacy from Sana’a University, Yemen, in 2010. She then received her master’s and doctorate degrees in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, in 2017. Dr. Al-Eryani has served on the Dermal Toxicology Specialty section (DTSS) as a student and postdoctoral representative for 4 years at the Society of Toxicology (SOT). She is an author and a co-author of 9 publications and received 15 honors and awards. She has been a member of SOT since 2014.

 

ATA Executive

Noor Aly, MS

Graduate student Representative

Noor Aly, B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Environmental Science, Texas A&M University.

Noor Aly is a PhD student in the Toxicology program. She is from Richland, Washington and she received her Bachelors in Biology (2015) and Masters in Environmental Science (2017); both from Washington State University. Her master’s research was done at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where she used Ion Mobility Spectrometry to develop a public database of over 500 metabolites and xenobiotics. Her current research in Dr. Rusyn’s lab will continue to use Ion Mobility Spectrometry to focus on developing methods for rapid exposure assessment of complex environmental samples in disaster research using traditional and novel methods. She has been a member of SOT since 2018 and looks forward to take on more responsibility within the community.

 

Contact

To contact the ATA leadership, please send an email to SOTHQ@toxicology.org.

Bylaws

SOT Council approved the ATA Special Interest Group bylaws PDF file in June 2019.