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.

Membership Directory

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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

President

Dr. Abou-Donia, PhD, is an established a scientist in the areas of neurotoxicology, neuropharmacology, and neurology. He has a bachelor’s degree in pesticide chemistry from The Alexandria University, Egypt, and a PhD degree in agricultural chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. 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 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

Ziad Naufal, MPH, PhD, DABT

Vice President

Dr. Naufal is a board-certified toxicologist at Chevron Corporation based in Houston, Texas. In his current role, he leads a team of scientists providing support to the enterprise in the areas of epidemiology and health risk assessment. Dr. Naufal’s current focus is on addressing environmental and community health concerns associated with onshore oil and natural gas development. He chairs an interdisciplinary committee at the American Petroleum Institute responsible for addressing health concerns associated with industry operations. He holds a PhD from Texas A&M University and has authored several peer-reviewed publications in the fields of human health risk assessment and toxicology.

ATA Executive

Hasan Falah K. Alghetaa, VMD, MSc, PhD

Vice President-Elect

Dr. Alghetaa obtained his veterinary medical degree in 2001 from the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Baghdad, Iraq, followed by a master of science in theriogenology in 2004 and a PhD in reproductive physiology in 2008 from same institution. He served as Assistant Professor in Department of Veterinary Obstetrics and Surgery, University of Baghdad. Through his clinical experiences, Dr. Alghetaa authorized 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 the School of Medicine at the University of South Carolina, where he became involved in toxicology fields, particularly immunotoxicology. Since then, he has presented his work many times at SOT annual meetings as well as meetings of the American Association of Immunology, the International Congress of Toxicology, the International Congress of Immunology, and others. Also, he has published many peer-reviewed papers related to different diseases generated by toxicity effect of self-immune system. He focused mainly on studying 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.

ATA Executive

Hadil Al Muhisen, MSc

Secretary/ Treasurer

Ms. Al Muhisen is from Alahsa, Saudi Arabia. In 2013, she received her bachelor’s degree 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 received 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. Ms. Al Muhisen volunteers as a Vice President on the “Snapmvr” account for the MVR Media Group which assists in serving the youth in Saudi Arabia in diverse subjects. She also provides advice and encouragement to assist her followers on social media to achieve their goals.

ATA Executive

Amira Kamil Mohammed, VMD, MSc

Councilor

Immunotoxicology is the major focus of research for Dr. Mohammed. She obtained her veterinary medical degree in 2001 from the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Baghdad, Iraq, and received her master of science in cell physiology in 2006. She has been employed as faculty in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Baghdad, since 2007. Dr. Mohammed is a PhD candidate in biomedical sciences, and she joined the School of Medicine at the University of South Carolina in 2015 to study toxicological effects of the immune system and how to manipulate these effects by using botanical derivatives. She has been a member of the American Association of Immunology and Society of Toxicology since 2016. She has published many papers related to different diseases caused by bacterial toxins and treated with different natural plant extractions.

ATA Executive

Salah Soliman, PhD

Councilor

Dr. Soliman has been a member of the Society of Toxicology since 1982.

ATA Executive

Saif A. Alharthy, MSc

Councilor

Mr. Alharthy is currently a PhD 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 the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 2014. Mr. Alharthy is investigating the neurotoxicity of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on cells and animal models. Mr. Alharthy was invited to be a Poster Session Chair for presentations on perfluorinated alkyl substances during the SOT Annual Meeting in 2019.. Mr. Alharthy is skilled in mammalian cell culture, animal models, and light and electronic microscopy. He worked as an intern in the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office for three months in San Antonio and also completed an internship in the drug testing laboratory for the US Air Force in Lackland, Texas.

ATA Executive

Radwa Barakat, MS, PhD

Postdoc Representative

Dr. Barakat is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where she is exploring the transgenerational impact of prenatal exposure to endocrine disruptors on male gonadal development and behavior. Her research interest mainly focuses on studying the effects of environmental toxins, endocrine disruptors, heavy metals, and pesticides on health. She has a master’s degree and a PhD degree in veterinary toxicology. Dr. Barakat has attended many conferences to present her research through oral and poster presentations, and she has invited to discuss her research during a live press conference at the Endocrine Society Meeting in 2018. She also has participated in a live interview with BBC World News about the impact of Di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) on future generations. She has received many prestigious awards and has published more than 20 scientific research papers.

ATA Executive

Wurood Neamah, MA, PhD

Graduate Representative

Dr. Wurood Neamah received her BA and M.A. in the Agricultural Sciences from University of Basra. She is earned her Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Sciences in University of South Carolina. Currently, she is interested to investigate the toxicity effect of TCDD (toxin is used as a herbicide in Vietnam war) on immune system and the role of some a botanical extract to neutralize this effect. She is member in SOT since 2017.

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.