1st Place Student—Rachel Schaffer, University of Washington for “Lifestage-Specific Modeling Platform for Adverse Outcome Pathways of Male Reproductive and Developmental Processes”
2nd Place Student—Johanna Nyffeler, University of Konstanz for “Non-dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls modify gap junctions to specifically disturb human neural crest cell migration”
1st Place Postdoctoral—Fabian Grimm, Texas A&M University for “Diversity in a dish: A population-based organotypic human in vitro model for cardiotoxicity testing”
MB Student Research Award for Distinction in Practical In Vitro and Alternative Toxicology Methods Winner— Taynah Vicari, UFPR, Curitiba, Brazil for "Constructing a 3D In Vitro Fish Gonadal Model (RTG-2 Cell Line) for Genotoxicity Testing (Comet Assay)"
The In Vitro and Alternative Methods Specialty Section sponsors student awards for posters on subjects related to in vitro toxicology.Every year the IVAM recognizes outstanding student scientists for their work in the field of In Vitro Toxicology. The interests of this specialty section include studies of basic mechanisms of cell injury and cell death for target organ systems and the development and application of in vitro test systems for predictive toxicology and risk assessments. Support of the widespread industrial use of validated in vitro test systems for product development and safety assessments, and acceptance of these approaches for regulatory processes are also major goals. In addition, another IVAM goal is to encourage the use of sound science-based in vitro toxicology test systems as rapid, cost-effective alternatives to animal testing.
|Award Title||Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Awards|
|Award Description||Scientific merit of submitted abstract. Submitted abstract must be accompanied by letter of support from advisor. IVAM Specialty Section membership is strongly suggested.
Winner Receives: Awards of up to $500 for either graduate students or postdoctoral fellows. The interests of this specialty section include studies of mechanisms of action of chemicals or stressors in target organ systems and the development and application of in vitro test systems and alternative strategies for predictive toxicology efforts, risk assessment and/or decision-making. Support of the widespread adoption and use of validated in vitro test systems for product development and safety assessments and acceptance of these approaches for regulatory purposes are also goals. In addition, the IVAM specialty section seeks to encourage the use of sound science-based in vitro toxicity testing and alternative strategies as rapid, cost-effective alternatives to animal testing.
Students MUST BE PRESENT to win.
Summary of required documents:
Submitted SOT abstract and letter of support from applicant's advisor
Contact: Please email submission package to: Pamela Spencer
|Award Title||MB Research Award for Distinction in Practical In Vitro and Alternative Toxicology Methods|
|Award Description||Recognizes: outstanding abstract by a postdoctoral scholar in the field of in vitro or alternative methods toxicology. Submitted abstract must be accompanied by letter of support from advisor.
Winner Receives: An award of $500. Open to Postdoctoral Fellows. This award is meant to focus on the practical aspects of in vitro or alternative methods, in contrast to basic research or mechanism-based research. A panel of judges composed of MB Research staff and an IVAM Executive Committee member will judge the submitted abstracts. Only abstracts submitted for the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting will be considered for this award.
Applicants must be present at the IVAM meeting/reception (at SOT AM) to win. If the postdoctoral scholar is unable to attend, the award will be forfeit.
Contact: Please send abstracts to Dr. George DeGeorge at MB Research Labs.
1st Place Student—Shih-Yu Chang, University of Washington for “Microphysiological Systems (MPS) to Identify Organ-Organ Interactions in Toxicology: Hepatic Metabolism Enhances Nephrotoxicity of Aristolochic Acid”
2nd Place Student—Leah Norona, University of North Carolina for “Modeling Drug-Induced Hepatic Fibrosis In Vitro Using Three-Dimensional Liver Tissue Constructs”
3rd Place Student—Ashley Maiuri, Michigan State University for “A Promising, In Vitro Approach to Classify Drugs According to Their Potential to Cause Idiosyncratic, Drug-Induced Liver Injury”
1st Place Postdoctoral—Jenna Currier, US EPA for “Investigating key event-based points of departure for adverse oxidative events in human bronchial epithelial cells exposed to zinc: A systems biology approach”
2nd Place Postdoctoral—Michelle Angrish, US EPA for “Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP) Network Development for Fatty Liver”
3rd Place Postdoctoral—Sreenivasa Ramaiahgari, US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for “Metabolically Competent HepaRG Spheroid Model for In Vitro Toxicology Studies”
MB Student Research Award Winner— Katherine Dunnick, West Virginia University for "Assessing DNA damage through direct measurement of double strand breaks"
The IVAM Specialty Section was pleased to recognize the achievements of our student award winners at the 2015 National Meeting in San Diego, California. Five awards were given this year; a 1st place postdoctoral award, and two individuals were tied in the evaluations for the 2nd place postdoctoral award, and 1st and 2nd place student awards. Each award winner received an award letter at the IVAM business meeting and luncheon, a monetary award and Student/Postdoc membership for 2015/2016 (Initial SOT membership application required). Congratulations to all.
1st Place Student—Yao Li, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). “In Vitro Models for the Prediction of Renal Proximal Tubular Toxicity in Humans”
2nd Place Student—Sean Harris, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington, “Investigating Toxicity of Diverse Compounds in an Organotypic Model of Testes Development: Impacts on Cytotoxicity, Cytokine Production and Testosterone”
1st Place Postdoc Winner—Jill Franzosa, National Center for Computational Toxicology U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “Evaluation of In Vitro Biotransformation Using HepaRG Cells To Improve High-Throughput Chemical Hazard Prediction: A Toxicogenomics Analysis”
2nd Place Postdoc Winner–Natalia van Duyn, Integrated Systems Toxicology Division–Carcinogenesis Branch Environmental Protection Agency, “Building Predictive Gene Signatures Through Simultaneous Assessment of Transcription Factor Activation and Gene Expression”
2nd Place Postdoc Winner–Jayanta Das, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, Florida International University, “Human Microvascular 3D Spheroid Model for Toxicity Testing”