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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Executive Committee 2022–2023
Saif A. Alharthy, MSc., PhD
Dr. Alharthy is an assistant professor at King Abdulaziz University. He earned his doctoral degree from the Toxicology program at St. John’s University, Queens, New York. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in a medical laboratory at King Abdulaziz University, Dr. Alharthy pursued and completed his Master of Science degree in Toxicology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 2014. He investigates the toxicity of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on cells and animal models. Dr. Alharthy is a member of the Society of Toxicology since 2016. He was invited to be a poster session chair of Perfluorinated Alkyl Substances in Society of Toxicology (2019). He is a member in Saudi Toxicology Society and Saudi Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Dr. Alharthy has skilled in Mammalian cell culture, animal models, light and electronic microscopy. In 2013, Dr. Alharthy worked as an intern in Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office for 3 months in San Antonio. He also did another internship in the drug testing laboratory at US Air Force, Lackland, TX. Dr. Alharthy is an ATA Councilor since 2019.
Maha Almazroua, PhD
Dr. Maha Almazroua has a BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences, MSc in Toxicology & Forensic Sciences, PhD in Quality Management, and two professional Diplomas in Hospital Administration, and Quality management & International Hospital Accreditation. Also, she is certified as a health care innovation professional, and currently, she is working as Director of the regional poison control center, MOH. Dr. Almazroua was the founder of Maha Smart Kit and the brain behind the national platform OTARR (Online Toxicology Analysis Request & Results) and the 1st National Toxicology Database in Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health. Besides publishing more than 24 papers, she also has been featured at several prestigious conferences. She was a Member of the Executive Office of the Arab Gulf States' Council of Ministers of Health until 2016. She is presently an Expert member at the Preparatory Committee for the National AntiNarcotics Committee, MOI, and a member of the LED management guidelines group at WHO. In addition to the above, she currently holds the position of President of Eastern Province of Pharmacist Club (EPPC) at Saudi Pharmaceutical Society (SPS) at King Saud University, General Secretary and Board Member of Saudi Toxicology Society (STS), member of the Scientific Board of the Arab Society for Forensic Sciences and Forensic Medicine (ASFSFM), and Chairwoman of the annual international KSAPT Conference (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities in Pharmacy and Toxicology).
Amira Kamil Mohammed, VMD, MSc.
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. Amira served as councilor in ATA executive board for year cycles of 2019/2020 and 2020/2021. Dr. Mohammed’s applied for upgrading her membership from student to full membership level and her application will be reviewed soon by SOT.
Hanan N. Ghantous, PhD, DABT
Past President & Councilor
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 BSc in Pharmacy from the University of Baghdad, Iraq, an MSc 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.
Iyden Mohammed, PhD
Dr. Mohammed is an Iraqi scientist earned her veterinary medicine degree from University of Baghdad 1993, then she practiced her professionality through her private vet clinic through 2003. She also served as a director of animal health care at the animal house of University of Al-Mustansiriyah from 1996–2002. In 2003 Dr. Mohammed obtained Master of Science degree in Biology then in 2015 she obtained her PhD in Zoology from the University of Al-Mustansiriyah. Since 2004, Dr. Mohammed served as faculty member in the College of Al-Khawarizmi Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering where she teaches several subjects such as general biology, physiology, neurobiology and anatomy to the undergraduates and postgraduates. Iyden attended several training courses sponsored by local institutions as well as by WHO. She published many peer-reviewed articles discussing the potential biomarkers in saliva collected from patients with breast cancer and thalassemia. Dr. Mohammed joined SOT in 2020 and since then she is an ATA member too.
Hadil Al Muhisen, MSc
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. She is focusing on factors affecting male fertility and spermatogenesis. Al Muhisen has been a member of the Society of Toxicology since 2018 and has presented in SOT two times. She is the principal founder of the Arab Toxicologists Association (ATA), founded as a special interest group within the SOT in 2019. She is also a member of the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR), Saudi Toxicology Society (STS), American College of Toxicology (ACT), and American Society of Andrology (ASA). She mentored and trained three undergraduate students in laboratory skills such as recording experiment notes, tissue preparation and sectioning, and histology assessment during her graduate studies.
Osama Abdulla, DVM, MS, PhD
Dr. Osama Abdulla has obtained his veterinary medical degree in 2005 from College of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, University of Mosul, Iraq, then he achieved his Master of Science in Internal and Preventive Veterinary Medicine 2008, from the same institution, and then he got his PhD in Biomedical Science in 2021 at the School of Medicine in the University of South Carolina, USA. He is an Assistant Lecturer in Department of Internal and Preventive Veterinary Medicine, University of Mosul since 2009. Dr. Abdulla is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at University of South Carolina School of Medicine, USA. His PhD study focused on toxicological effects of immune system and how to manipulate these effects by using environmental pollutants such as TCDD (dioxin). he is a member of Society of Toxicology and American Association of Immunology since 2016. He published several papers related to TCDD and its effect on the immune system.
Saeed Alqahtani, MS, PhD Candidate
Graduate Student Representative
Saeed Alqahtani is a PhD candidate in the School of Health Sciences (Nanotoxicology) at Purdue University. He received his Master's in Toxicology from Colorado State University in 2018 and in the Fall of 2018, started his PhD. Saeed is interested in investigating toxicity associated with environmental and occupational exposures in susceptible subpopulations. Saeed’s research focuses on understanding how individuals with underlying diseases such as metabolic syndrome (MetS) respond to inhalation exposure of engineered nanomaterials.
Committee Representatives 2022–2023
Nabila Saber Ahmed Mohamed, PhD
Award Committee Representative
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 a 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, NC, US (1980), 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, 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. In addition, she is currently working as consultant of Egyptchem International of Agrochemicals Company. She is experienced in pesticides registrations in Middle East and African markets. 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 initiated the ATA group during the 58th SOT Annual Meeting held in Baltimore, MD, 2019.
Abeer Abdelwahab Ibrahim Hassanin, PhD
Scientific Program Committee Representative
Prof. Dr. Abeer Abdelwahab Ibrahim Hassanin, is from Ismailia, Egypt, . graduating June 2000 from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Suez Canal University. She is currently a Professor of Genetics and Genetic Engineering and the Head of Animal Wealth Development at the same Faculty. She is aware of the problem of water pollution and what it poses to human health. She started working in this area from the genetical point of view during her MSc, PhD and thereafter she worked on the genes (cytochrome P450), the products of which are involved in the metabolism of most lethal environmental contaminants like benzo (a) pyrene as well as some endogenous compounds that lead to carcinogenesis. She succeeded to clone four new genes from tilapia and is achieving some important results in the expression of those genes. Also, at 2018, she started a project entitled "Genetic Injury caused by LINE-1 transposition" which aimed to understand the roles of transposable LINE-1 elements beyond 'junk DNA' to define their involvement in cell regulation, ectopic recombination and transposition and the possible use of those elements as a biomarker for genetic injury caused by chemical exposure. Dr. Hassanin has been awarded for the Woman Encouragement Award in 2020 offered by the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology. She is the manager of the community service unit, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Suez Canal University. She has been selected as the Egypt Ambassador 2020 at World Literacy Foundation. She published as a first author and co-author of around 30 research papers in a prestigious international scientific journal. She supervises a number of Master and PhD Theses in Genetics and Genetic Engineering. She is one of the editorial board members and reviewers at a number of prestigious international scientific journals. Dr. Hassanin also participated in and organized a number of local and international conferences and workshop around the world. She is a full member in Women in Science Without Borders (WISWB) initiative, the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), Society of Toxicology, USA and the Egyptian Society for Environmental Sciences (ESES).
Sahar Issa, PhD
Scientific Program Committee Representative
Dr. Sahar Issa is a Professor of Clinical Toxicology & Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University-Egypt, and a Consultant Toxicologist and Medical Director in the Regional Poison Control Centre. She got her MSc (2001) and doctorate degrees (2009) in Clinical Toxicology and Forensic Medicine from Alexandria University-Egypt. Her research work exceeds 35 publications in both National & International Journals. She is interested in many areas of research focused on Drug Poisoning, Substances of Abuse, Designer Drugs, Forensic Toxicology, Electronic Health in Fields of Toxicology & Forensic Medicine, besides studying Systemic effects of acute toxicity related to drugs, herbs, Pesticides, and food. Dr. Issa presented oral talks and Poster presentations in many National and International Toxicology and Forensic sciences conferences and meetings. She is highly interested in investigating heavy metal poisonings, with interests in Lead Toxicity. She has been an editorial board member and reviewer in many reputable medical National & International Journals in clinical, analytical, experimental toxicology, and forensic medicine. She has a long expertise in Toxicology and forensic medicine fields exceeding 25 years in educational and governmental bodies inside & outside Egypt. She has been an SOT member since 2018. Prof. Dr. Sahar had been a member of many scientific bodies as Natural Toxins, TIAFT, CSFS, AUFT, and many more.
Esraah Sattar Alharris, MD, PhD
Newsletter Committee Representative
Dr. Alharris is a medical doctor and lecturer at the college of medicine in the University of Alqadiseyah where she works as a researcher and lecturer. She received her doctorate in biomedical Sciences from the University of South Carolina in 2018. Dr. Alharris got her bachelors in Medicine and general surgery in 1998 and her master degree in human pathology at 2008 from university of Alkufa. She is an author of three publications and a co-author of two publications including peer-reviewed articles (two). She has been a member of the SOT since 2017 and has presented in SOT for three consecutive years.
To reach the Special Interest Group Officers, please email SOTHQ@toxicology.org
SOT Council approved the ATA Special Interest Group bylaws in June 2019.
Sites of Interest for ATA Members
- Academy of Toxicological Sciences (ATS)
- American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT)
- American Board of Toxicology (ABT)
- American College of Toxicology (ACT)
- British Toxicology Society (BTS)
- International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX)
- US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA)
- US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)