March 2022 Notes from the Director

Notes from the Director

March 31, 2022

As I write this, we are about to enter our third year. We have accomplished much in the 21 months since we first received the notice of grant award for the P30. Our pilot project and research voucher programs are robust. Thus far, we have funded 10 pilot projects and 23 research vouchers totaling over a half million dollars. The next round of pilot projects is about to be awarded. There will be some improvements and clarifications in the programs forthcoming, so keep an eye out for the notices.

The Neurodevelopmental Toxicology Research Interest Group hosted Dr. Michael (Miki) Aschner from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine as our invited speaker in March. He made a great presentation and met with several of the members to discuss research.

We are planning a Center-wide meeting for early May. Notices will be sent out by email as soon as we can get the date set. CIEHS is entering a critical stage in preparation for the renewal application. Thank you to those who responded to the surveys that Dr. Becky Antle’s team distributed. This information is important to tell us what we are doing well and where we need to focus more effort. Topics for discussion at the upcoming meeting were developed from the responses.

We had a great showing at SOT2022. Key participation and contributions to the meeting have been announced on the website. Our members organized symposia and workshops, and many members received awards. See elsewhere in this newsletter for a complete listing.

Our members are publishing impactful papers, getting patents and grants awarded. Recently published manuscripts, and awarded patents and grants are listed in this newsletter. As always, CIEHS announces each of these on social media to help publicize your accomplishments. Please assist Sarah Jump by providing the impact statements.

I have the honor of being a host for the Society of Toxicology Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program. My guest is Dr. John Placheril from the University of Rajasthan in Jaipur, India. He will be visiting UofL for the month of April. I hope that many of you will be able to spend some time with him so that he can gain a full appreciation of the toxicology research at UofL.