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Texas Researcher Recognised as Leader in Field of Toxicological Research

19 December 2014

US - The Society of Toxicology (SOT) awards honour individuals who are advancing the field of toxicology. One of those honored is Dr Fabian A Grimm, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences (VIBS) at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM).

He is being honored with the 2015 SOT Colgate-Palmolive Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in In Vitro Toxicology. This award, which includes a stipend and research-related costs of up to $44,000 for one year, is designed to help postdoctoral trainees advance the development of alternatives to animal testing in toxicological research.

“As toxicologists, we are always striving to find better, quicker, more accurate strategies for assessing chemical safety, which is why we are proud to support Dr. Fabian Grimm’s research in this field through the 2015 SOT Colgate-Palmolive Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in In Vitro Toxicology,” said Dr Norbert E. Kaminski, SOT president 2014–2015.

“Dr Grimm’s proposal to evaluate the feasibility of using biological data-based evaluations to assess the toxic hazard of complex substances, such as petrochemicals, represents the type of work that can only make the field of toxicology stronger.”

The field of toxicology and toxicologists are responsible for aiding human, animal, and environmental health and safety through the study of the adverse effects of chemicals and other biological agents.

Dr. Fabian A. Grimm
Dr Fabian A Grimm

“The society is committed to discovering the best methods for evaluating the safety of diverse biological agents, which includes finding alternative methods to traditional animal testing,”

Kaminski continued: “With the generous support of Colgate-Palmolive, SOT is able to support research into alternative testing methods through a number of grants and awards each year, and this year’s award recipients have proposed projects that will hopefully further the efficiency and effectiveness of these tests.”

Colgate-Palmolive has been supporting SOT Awards dedicated to the development of alternative testing methods that reduce, replace, or refine the use of animals in toxicological research since 1988.

“Dr Grimm is a remarkably talented young investigator who joined Dr Ivan Rusyn’s laboratory this past summer,” said Dr Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni, department head of VIBS.

“We are very proud of him for this recognition. He brings a powerful set of complementary skills to his studies, which integrate molecular biology, cell imaging, protein characterization, and quantitative analysis. The award provided by SOT will help Dr Grimm pursue his innovative approaches to better understand the effects of chemical hazards on health.”

“It is rare that students or postdocs try to move beyond the simple exercise of developing a model, or collecting new information,” said Dr Ivan Rusyn, SOT Councilor 2012–2015 and professor at the CVM.

“I am most excited about his true determination to implement change, to interact with the industry and regulators, and to find meaningful solutions that can be readily implemented tomorrow, rather than in 10 years.”

“I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be part of a highly collaborative project that will potentially advance non-animal based predictive toxicity assessments in both industry and academia,” said Grimm.

“Being supported by the Society of Toxicology and through the 2015 Colgate-Palmolive Postdoctoral Fellowship Award is not just an affirmation of the quality of our research but is also a great honor for me as an aspiring toxicologist.”

All 2015 SOT Award recipients will be honored at the Society’s 54th Annual Meeting & ToxExpo in San Diego, California, from March 22–26, 2015.

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