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Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2015

Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2015

NTP Board of Scientific Counselors

The NTP Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), a federally chartered advisory group, provides scientific oversight to NTP on the scientific merit of its programs and activities. The HHS secretary appoints members to the BSC. The BSC can consist of up to 35 scientists, primarily from the public and private sectors, with scientific expertise relevant to NTP activities. The BSC charter and current roster are available on the NTP webpage. Lori White, Ph.D., serves as the designated federal officer and manager of the BSC. Below is the roster for FY 2015.

The BSC met twice in FY 2015. During the meeting on December 9-10, 2014 the BSC:    

  • Reviewed the NTP Toxicology Branch and its chief Paul Foster, Ph.D.
  • Voted on two contract concepts: (1) Scientific Information Management and Literature-based Evaluations for NTP and (2) Support for Toxicological Data for NTP.
  • Heard an update on NTP testing program nominations and NTP activities assessing the West Virginia Elk River chemical spill.
  • Heard a report on the Report on Carcinogens peer-review meeting on trichloroethylene, held in August 2014.
  • Heard an update on Office of Health Assessment and Translation activities, and reviewed the draft concept Immunotoxicity Associated with Exposure to Perfluorooctane Acid and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate.
  • Heard a report on draft NTP Technical Reports peer reviewed in May 2014, including green tea extract, indole-3-carbinol, CIMSTAR 3800, and bromodichloroacetic acid.
  • Heard the presentation Assessing the Biological Relevance of In Vitro Data: A Case Study using Estrogen Pathway Signaling.
  • Learned about NTP evaluation activities in the talk Assessing NTP’s Effectiveness: A Case Study on Hexavalent Chromium.
  • Heard an update on NIOSH NTP projects.

The second BSC meeting was held June 16, 2015. During this meeting, the BSC:

  • Voted on two contract concepts: (1) Statistical Support and (2) Conduct of Studies to Evaluate the Toxicologic Potential of Selected Test Agents for NTP.
  • Heard an update on progress of the NTP response to the Elk River chemical spill.
  • Heard a report on the May 2015 expert panel meeting Identifying Research Needs for Assessing Safe Use of High Intakes of Folic Acid.
  • Heard a report on NTP tools and approaches for enhancing evaluation and communication of analysis activities, which included (1) systematically searching the literature, (2) SWIFT: A text-mining workbench for systematic review, (3) Environmental influences on the epigenome: using SWIFT text-mining toll to explore the state of the science, and (4) Health Assessment Workplace Collaborative (HAWC).
  • Heard about a research study to update NTP level of concern categories.

BSC members and NTP staff at the June 2015 BSC meeting

NTP Board of Scientific Counselors Membership Roster FY 2015
Name and Title Affiliation Term Ends
Milton L. Brown, M.D., Ph.D.
Drug Discovery Program
Georgetown University
Medical Center
Washington, D.C.
Robert E. Chapin, Ph.D.
Laboratory Director
Groton, Connecticut
George B. Corcoran, Ph.D., A.T.S.
Chair and Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan
David C. Dorman, D.V.M., Ph.D.
College of Veterinary Medicine
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina
Mary Beth Genter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Health
University of Cincinnati
Goshan, Ohio 
Jack R. Harkema, D.V.M., Ph.D., D.A.C.V.P.
Distinguished Professor
Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
Dale Hattis, Ph.D.
Research Professor
George Perkins Marsh Institute
Clark University
Worcester, Massachusetts
Steven Markowitz, M.D., Dr.P.H.
Professor and Director
Center for the Biology of Natural Systems
Queens College
City University of New York
Flushing, New York
Lisa A. Peterson, Ph.D. (BSC Chair)
Division of Environmental Health Sciences and Masonic Center
School of Public Health
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sonya Sobrian, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology
Howard University
Washington, D.C.
Iris G. Udasin, M.D.
Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine
Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Piscataway, New Jersey