Renowned Environmental Scientist Will Speak at OVPR Colloquium Series Seminar

Gerald Ankley
Gerald Ankley courtesy photo
April 4, 2016

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WACO, Texas (April 4, 2016) – Dr. Gerald T. Ankley will visit Baylor University to present “Addressing the Great Unknown: New Thinking on Assessing the Toxic Effects of Chemicals” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the Baylor Sciences Building Room A108. The seminar is a part of the Baylor Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) Colloquium Series and is hosted by the environmental health science program.

Ankley is a research toxicologist with the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory in Duluth, Minnesota. Author of more than 400 research papers and book chapters, Ankley has been formally recognized as one of the most frequently cited environmental scientists worldwide.

“Dr. Ankley consults for a number of national and international organizations involved in chemical regulation and risk assessment, including the World Health Organization and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development,” said Bryan Brooks, Ph.D., professor and director of the environmental health science program at Baylor. “His research efforts on adverse outcome pathways are shaping global directions in human and ecological toxicology, water quality and related environmental health research and management efforts.”

In his seminar, Ankley will discuss chemical risk assessment and its recent innovations over the past decade in developing new types of efficient, pathway-based in vitro and in vivo assays and endpoints as well as bioinformatics tools that have increased the ability to predict the potential effects of untested chemicals.

The presentation will provide an overview of the current challenges in regulatory toxicology and describe how the new approaches can help address these challenges, particularly in the context of ecological effects.

This event is free and open to the public. The Baylor Sciences Building is located at 101 Bagby Ave.

For more information, contact Bryan Brooks.

by Bethany Harper, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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