Environmental Factor, July 2010, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Candidates Interview for NIEHS Toxicology Liaison
By Robin Arnette
The search for the new toxicology liaison recently culminated with two of the candidates giving talks at NIEHS. During their visit, both scientists met with several staff members and toured the Institute. The position is based at the NIEHS office in Bethesda, Md.
Because toxicological studies are vital to understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease, the person who serves as the NIEHS toxicology liaison will play an important role. The toxicology liaison will provide a valuable link between NIEHS and other federal research and regulatory programs, industries, labor, and a wide variety of constituency and advocacy groups.
- Linda Youngman, Ph.D., presented "Human Clinical Trials and Animal Research - Applied Toxicology" on June 15. Youngman is a scientist/investigator in the Office of Research Integrity at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
- Christopher Weis, Ph.D., D.A.B.T. presented "Applied Environmental Science: From Laboratories to Trenches" on June 25. Weis is a senior toxicologist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Enforcement Investigations Center.
The toxicology liaison will serve as a senior advisor to NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., and will also represent the Institute on national and international committees, subcommittees, task forces, and ad hoc working groups. Birnbaum said, "I'm looking forward to working with the new liaison. The post will further the NIEHS mission."