Environmental Factor, April 2010, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Yale Postdoc Honored for Best Publication
By Eddy Ball
A Yale postdoctoral fellow supported by NIEHS was one of three young scientists honored for Best Postdoctoral Publications at the annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) in Salt Lake City March 7-11. SOT recognized Bret Bessac, Ph.D., first author on the 2009 The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology's FASEB Journal paper(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19036859) "Transient Receptor Potential Ankyrin 1 Antagonists Block the Noxious Effects of Toxic Industrial Isocyanates and Tear Gases."
Bessac is one of what is known around the Yale Department of Pharmacology as a Jordtian(http://info.med.yale.edu/pharm/jordt/people.htm) - a member of the lab headed by NIEHS Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) awardee(http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/portfolio/sc/detail.cfm?appl_id=7685299) Sven-Eric Jordt, Ph.D. (see story(http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2009/july/science-jordt.cfm)), who is also the principal investigator on a grant(http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/portfolio/sc/detail.cfm?appl_id=7663892) through the NIH CounterACT Program(http://www.ninds.nih.gov/research/counterterrorism/counterACT_home.htm) . Bessac's award-winning paper received support from both of the grants.
Bessac was first author on two other papers supported by Jordt's ONES and CounterAct funding. In 2008, he and his coauthors published "TRPA1 Is a Major Oxidant Sensor in Murine Airway Sensory Neurons"(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18398506) in the Journal of Clinical Investigation and "Breathtaking TRP Channels: TRPA1 and TRPV1 in Airway Chemosensation and Reflex Control"(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19074743) in Physiology. He was also an author on the Jordt group's ground-breaking 2009 paper, "A Sensory Neuronal Ion Channel Essential for Airway Inflammation and Hyperreactivity in Asthma,"(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19458046) published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.
Jordt's grants are administered by NIEHS Health Science Administrators Annette Kirshner, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Maull, Ph.D.