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Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2017

Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2017

NTP Board of Scientific Counselors

The NTP Board of Scientific Counselors, a federally chartered advisory group whose members are appointed by HHS, oversees the scientific merit of NTP programs and activities. The Board includes scientists, primarily from the public and private sectors, with expertise relevant to NTP activities. The Board’s charter and current roster are available on the NTP webpage. In FY 2017, Mary Wolfe, Ph.D., served as the designated federal officer and manager of the Board. FY 2017 members are listed below.

The Board met twice in FY 2017: December 14–15, 2016 and June 29, 2017. In December, the Board heard reports by:    

  • Carl Cernigila, Ph.D., director of the FDA National Center for Toxicological Research Division of Microbiology, on center efforts to discover how exposures to hazardous chemicals affect the microbial ecosystem in the human gastrointestinal tract.
  • Elizabeth Whelan, Ph.D., chief of the Industrywide Studies Branch of the Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, on seven research projects led by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in collaboration with NTP.
  • Ruth Lunn, Ph.D., of NIEHS/NTP on the recently released 14th Report on Carcinogens.
  • Warren Casey, Ph.D., on efforts by the NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods to spearhead development of a new framework for the safety testing of drugs and chemicals, which aims to provide more human-relevant toxicology data while reducing the use of animals.

The Board also discussed:

  • An initiative to consider antimony trioxide for possible listing in the Report on Carcinogens.
  • The peer-review of the “Draft NTP Monograph on Immunotoxicity Associated with Exposure to Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) or Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS).”
The second meeting focused on NTP’s research investigating how exposures to multiple chemicals affect human health. Cynthia Rider, Ph.D., of NTP briefed the Board on the challenges of evaluating the toxicity of chemical mixtures and the substantial progress NTP has made in this area. Rider also briefed the Board on the NTP crumb rubber research program and discussed a potential project to examine chemical mixtures in children’s products.

NTP Board of Scientific Counselors members and NTP staff at the June 2017 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.
Vice President and Global Head
Johnson and Johnson
Spring House, Pennsylvania
Paul Brandt-Rauf, Dr.P.H., M.D., Sc.D.
Office of the Dean
Drexel University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Myrtle Davis, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Executive Director, Discovery Toxicology, Pharmaceutical Candidate Optimization
Bristol-Myers Squibb
New York, New York
Mary Beth Genter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health
University of Cincinnati
Goshan, Ohio
Daniel Kass, M.S.P.H.
Executive Vice President, 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.
Board Chair
Professor, Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Neuroscience
Louisiana State University Health Science Center
Shreveport, Louisiana
Kenneth Ramos, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Precision Health Sciences Center
Arizona Health Sciences Center
Tucson, Arizona
Jennifer Sass, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
Natural Resources Defense Council
Washington, District of Columbia
James Stevens, Ph.D.
Distinguished Research Fellow
Lilly Research Laboratories
Indianapolis, Indiana
Donald G. Stump, Ph.D., D.A.B.T.
Vice President, Nonclinical Safety Science
WIL Research
Ashland, Ohio
Katrina Waters, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Biological Sciences Division
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland, Washington