Environmental Factor, December 2009, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
NTP Scientists Qualify for Toxicology Certification
By Eddy Ball
Two National Toxicology Program (NTP) scientists - Scott Auerbach, Ph.D., and Matt Stout, Ph.D.(http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/atniehs/labs/pob/staff/stout.cfm) - recently took an important step along toxicology's professional ranks by satisfying requirements for Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (D.A.B.T.) certification. ABT certification often offers an advantage in the job market and career advancement, and it has been associated with higher levels of compensation
In an announcement to NTP colleagues, Acting Chief of the Toxicology Branch Paul Foster, Ph.D., congratulated Auerbach and Stout for "their hard work and effort [that] has now reaped a wonderful reward."
The American Board of Toxicology(http://www.abtox.org/AboutABT.aspx) was established in 1979 to advance standards in the field of toxicology and to confer recognition upon those members of the profession who, measured against such standards, demonstrate competence. Certification requirements include a combination of education and experience and a three-part examination.
Auerbach is a molecular toxicologist in the Host Susceptibility Branch headed by Acting Chief Jef French, Ph.D. He is a former NIEHS/NTP postdoctoral intramural research and training award (IRTA) fellow who earned a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Stout is a toxicologist in the NTP Program Operations Branch headed by Acting Chief Cynthia Smith, Ph.D. He was an NIEHS postdoctoral IRTA fellow in applied toxicology and carcinogenesis in the NTP Toxicology Branch. Stout received a Ph.D. in toxicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Diplomates hold initial ABT certification for 5 years and must demonstrate that they actively practice toxicology, engage in continuing education, and maintain expert knowledge in their field prior to pursuing recertification.