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Environmental Factor, August 2013

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Grantee Gary Miller named ToxSci editor-in-chief

By Eddy Ball

Gary Miller, Ph.D.

Toxicological Sciences Editor-in-Chief Gary Miller (Photo courtesy of Gary Miller)

The Society of Toxicology (SOT) Board of Publications announced July 23 the selection of NIEHS grantee Gary Miller, Ph.D., as editor in chief of Toxicological Sciences. According to Board of Publications Chair Janice Chambers, Ph.D., Miller was chosen from a group of highly qualified SOT members to lead the flagship journal and will officially assume his new duties Sept. 1.

“We look forward to his vision and enthusiasm, as he initiates his leadership of the journal and continues ToxSci's rise in prestige and significance to the toxicology community,” Chambers wrote in the announcement.

According to the journal’s website, the mission of Toxicological Sciences, the official journal of the Society of Toxicology, is to publish premier peer-reviewed, hypothesis-driven, original research in all areas of toxicology. The journal has a five-year impact factor of 4.836.

"Some of the best research published in ToxSci has been supported by NIEHS and other organizations concerned with the contributions of toxicology to public health,” Miller said. “I expect that this will continue, and I look forward to reviewing more outstanding research of this kind."

A leader in his field

NIEHS Division of Extramural Research and Training Director Gwen Collman, Ph.D., welcomed the news of Miller’s appointment. “Gary has established one of the top programs we fund in the area of neurodegenerative disease,” she said. “It’s very gratifying to see that his groundbreaking work in toxicology is being recognized in a way that will strengthen his influence on the field.”

Miller is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Environmental Health and associate dean for research in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and lead of the NIEHS-funded Emory Parkinson's Disease Collaborative Environmental Research Center. Miller received the 2010 SOT Achievement Award for his significant early career contributions to toxicology. In 2012, he was named Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) Distinguished Investigator, one of only six scientists so honored in GRA’s 22-year history.

In addition to his existing grants, Miller will direct the new HERCULES (Health and Exposome Research Center at Emory) program, an Environmental Health Sciences Core Center. Miller’s emphasis on the exposome is potentially transformative — as well as ambitious — as it refers to the quantifiable and cumulative set of environmental influences and biological responses throughout the lifespan. 

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Miller’s laboratory focuses on the role of environmental and genetic factors involved in neurological disease, with an emphasis on regulation of monoamines. His group has developed a mouse model of Parkinson's disease that displays progressive loss of dopamine neurons and a variety of early-stage motor and non-motor symptoms of the disease, providing new insights into therapeutic strategies (see story).

Overseeing Miller's grants in the Division of Extramural Research and Training are Cellular, Organ, and Systems Pathobiology Acting Branch Chief Cindy Lawler, Ph.D., and program administrators Les Reinlib, Ph.D., Sri Nadadur, Ph.D., and Carol Shreffler, Ph.D.

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