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Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016

Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016

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 20 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., served as the designated federal officer and manager of the BSC. Below is the roster for FY 2016.

The BSC met three times in FY 2016. During the meeting on December 1-2, 2015 the BSC:      

  • Reviewed the NTP Cellular and Molecular Pathology Branch and Drs. Robert Sills and David Malarkey.
  • Voted on a contract concept on Bioinformatics Support.
  • Heard a report on the RoC peer review meeting on cobalt and certain cobalt compounds held in July 2015.
  • Reviewed two draft OHAT concepts (1) Mountaintop Removal Mining; Impacts on Health in the Surrounding Community and (2) Proposed NTP Evaluation on Fluoride Exposure and Potential for Developmental Neurobehavioral Effects.
  • Heard a report on a draft NTP Technical Report peer reviewed in June 2015 on pentabromodiphenyl ether mixture [DE-71 technical grade].

The second BSC meeting was held April 11, 2016. During this meeting, the BSC reviewed two draft RoC concepts (1) Di- and Tri-Haloacetic Acids Found as Water Disinfection By-Products and (2) Helicobacter pylori (Chronic Infection).

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

  • Heard an update on new NTP research projects including (1) research problem formulation, (2) a draft research concept on thallium compounds, (3) the synthetic turf/crumb rubber research program, and (4) glyphosate research scoping.
  • Heard a report on draft NTP Technical Reports peer reviewed in February 2016 on antimony trioxide and TRIM VX.
  • Heard a report on NTP studies of cell phone radiofrequency radiation.
  • Heard a report on the RoC peer review meeting on selected viruses held in December 2015.
  • Received an update on activities at the FDA National Center for Toxicological Research.
  • Heard a report on NTP projects utilizing the NIEHS Clinical Research Unit and then toured the unit.
  • Heard reports on three workshops (1) In Vitro to In Vivo Extrapolation for High Throughput Prioritization and Decision Making, held in February 2016; (2) Shift Work at Night, Artificial Light at Night, and Circadian Disruption, held in March 2016; and (3) Addressing Challenges in the Assessment of Botanical Dietary Supplement Safety, held in April 2016.

BSC members and NTP staff at the June 2016 BSC meeting.

NTP Board of Scientific Counselors Membership Roster FY 2016

Name and Title Affiliation Term End Date
Cynthia Afshari, Ph.D.
Scientific Executive Director
Amgen, Inc.
Thousand Oaks, California
Norman J. Barlow, D.V.M., Ph.D.
VP and Global Head
Johnson and Johnson
Spring House, Pennsylvania
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
Daniel Kass, M.S.P.H.
Executive VP Environmental Health
Vital Strategies
New York, New York
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
Kenneth McMartin, Ph.D.
Phamacology, Toxicology, and Neuroscience
Louisiana State University Health Science Center
Shreveport, Louisiana
Lisa A. Peterson, Ph.D. (BSC Chair)
Division of Environmental Health Sciences and Masonic Center
School of Public Health
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Kenneth Ramos, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Vice President
Precision Health Sciences Center
Arizona Health Sciences Center
Tucson, Arizona
Sonya Sobrian, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology
Howard University
Washington, D.C.
James Stevens, Ph.D.
Distinguished Research Fellow
Lilly Research Laboratories
Indianapolis, Indiana
Iris G. Udasin, M.D.
Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine
Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Piscataway, New Jersey 
Katrina Waters, Ph.D.
Deputy Director
Biological Sciences Division
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland, Washington