Scientists at The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences Receive Awards from Society of Toxicology

Scientists Recognized at SOT Annual Meeting

Research Triangle Park, NC, April 07, 2011 --( The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences ( has announced that Edilberto Bermudez, research toxicologist, Dr. Anne Loccisano, postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Darol Dodd, senior research toxicologist and director, toxicology and research services, and Dr. Harvey Clewell, senior scientist and director, center for human health assessment have been recognized with awards from the Society of Toxicology, a professional organization committed to creating a safer and healthier world by advancing the science of toxicology. The awards were presented at the 50th annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology held March 6-11 in Washington, D.C.

“We are proud of our scientists for receiving these honors from the Society of Toxicology,” said Dr. William F. Greenlee, president and CEO of The Hamner. “Awards such as these are only made possible through their tireless efforts and serve to further validate our standing as a preeminent environmental health sciences research and education institute.”

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- Bermudez was recognized as a co-author to the best paper published in Toxicological Sciences in the past year. The paper, titled “Distribution of DNA Adducts Caused by Inhaled Formaldehyde Is Consistent with Induction of Nasal Carcinoma but Not Leukemia,” discussed the authors’ use of high performance liquid chromatographic-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry methods with selective ion monitoring (LC-ESI-MS/MS-SRM) to quantify formaldehyde-DNA adducts in various tissues. The paper was recognized for providing important new data for enhancing the understanding of the carcinogenic mode of action of inhaled formaldehyde in respiratory nasal epithelium. Co-authors include Kun Lu, Leonard B. Collins, Hongyu Ru, Edilberto Bermudez, and James A. Swenberg.

- Loccisano received the Perry J. Gehring best postdoctoral abstract award from the Biological Modeling Specialty Section. Her abstract was titled “Development of Human Gestation and Lactation PBPK Models for Perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) and Perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS).” Co-authors for the poster are Drs. Melvin Andersen and Harvey Clewell from The Hamner and Dr. John Butenhoff at 3M Company.

- Dodd and Clewell are co-authors on a “Top Ten Best Poster” as awarded by the SOT Risk Assessment Specialty Section. The poster, titled “Sub–chronic naphthalene inhalation causes a decrease in p53 codon 271 CAT mutant fraction in the nasal respiratory epithelium of male rats,” was made with Hamner alumni Elizabeth Gross and Brian Wong, and collaborators at the National Center for Toxicological Research/U.S. FDA.

About The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences:
The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences is a nonprofit research organization located in the heart of Research Triangle Park (RTP), N.C. The two flagship institutes at The Hamner, the Institute for Chemical Safety Sciences and the Hamner-UNC Institute for Drug Safety Sciences, build upon 35 years of preeminent research in toxicology and human health research to develop and validate new cutting-edge tools for safety assessment. Novel technologies currently being developed include in silico models for predictive toxicology, in vitro models that utilize human cells or cell lines to evaluate perturbations of cellular responses, and in vivo models to elucidate genes that play a role in susceptibility to drug-induced toxicities. The Hamner continues to grow its open, multidisciplinary campus through global partnerships with academia, industry, and government, and remains dedicated to positively impacting human health. For more information, please visit

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