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Environmental Factor, December 2012

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Stokes selected as a fellow of ATS

By Eddy Ball

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Rear Adm. William Stokes, D.V.M.

Stokes joins a select group of scientists who are ATS fellows. Because of his leadership in the review and advancement of alternative testing for regulatory agencies, Stokes said he felt the recognition is especially gratifying. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

National Toxicology Program (NTP) center director Rear Adm. William Stokes, D.V.M., was notified Oct. 25 of his induction as a fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences (ATS).

In his letter announcing the fellowship, ATS President James Lamb, Ph.D., wrote, “This honor represents a significant milestone in the development of your career in toxicology. You have earned this recognition following a thorough review of your scientific credentials by your peers.”

According to its online history, ATS was established in 1981, to assure the objective and unbiased understanding and interpretation of toxicity data developed for the protection of public health. With its emphasis on peer review and regulatory toxicology, certification by ATS is complementary to, but distinct from, certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT).

NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., a DABT since 1982, and a fellow of ATS since 2006, welcomed Stokes to the academy. “This is an impressive addition to Bill’s other certifications and honors,” she said, “and a credit to NTP’s alternative testing programs. I offer Bill my sincere congratulations on this honor.”

A leader in alternative testing and animal welfare

Stokes serves as director of the NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM) and executive director of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM). NICEATM and ICCVAM provide scientific support and coordinate interagency initiatives for advancing new and alternative safety testing methods, including those designed to replace, reduce, and refine the use of animals in toxicity testing. Stokes has 33 years of experience in biomedical and toxicological research and has served the NTP since 1992.

In addition to his fellowship with ATS, and new certifications from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (see story) and American College of Animal Welfare (see story), Stokes is a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. He studied environmental and biomedical engineering at the University of Louisville’s J.B. Speed Scientific School, before attending the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University. Stokes is a career officer and assistant surgeon general in the U. S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, and served as the 8th chief veterinary officer for the USPHS from 2003-2007. Stokes has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific publications, reports, book chapters, test guidelines, and abstracts.

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