Scientists at the Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences Receive 12 Awards from Society of Toxicology

Nonprofit Research Institute Has 14 Scientists Recognized At SOT’s 52nd Annual Meeting

Research Triangle Park, NC, April 04, 2013 --( The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences ( has announced that its scientists have been recognized with 12 awards from the Society of Toxicology (SOT), a professional organization committed to creating a safer and healthier world by advancing the science of toxicology, at the group’s 52nd annual meeting held March 10-14 in San Antonio, Texas. The honors follow an impressive presence at the meeting that consisted of nearly 50 presentations by Hamner scientists.

In total, 14 Institute scientists were recognized for their contributions to various top abstracts, posters, and papers encompassing work performed over the last year. Particularly noteworthy were the accomplishments of Drs. Rachel Church and Merrie Mosedale, postdoctoral fellows in Dr. Alison Harrill’s lab in The Hamner-University of North Carolina Institute for Drug Safety Sciences, who each received named awards and other honors at this year’s meeting. Additionally, Dr. Russell Thomas, director, Institute for Chemical Safety Sciences and Center for Genomic Biology and Bioinformatics at The Hamner, was recognized for having a Top 10 Best Paper in two different areas: “Demonstrating an Application of Risk Assessment” and “Advancing the Science of Risk Assessment.”

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“We are delighted by the Society of Toxicology’s recognition of The Hamner Institutes’ contributions to the wider toxicology community,” said Dr. William F. Greenlee, president and CEO of The Hamner. “These rewards reflect the tireless efforts and dedication of our talented scientific staff, fellows and students, and they validate our standing as a global leader in environmental health sciences research, training and education.”

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About The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences:
The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences is a nonprofit translational biomedical research institute located on an open, multidisciplinary campus in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park. Building upon 35 years of research excellence in toxicology, The Hamner works on drug and chemical safety in collaboration with academic, corporate, and government partners. Novel technologies used at The Hamner include genomic and bioinformatic approaches for improving toxicity testing, 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. For more information, visit

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