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2015 Retreat

Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 11, 2015

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This year's award recipients are:

Best Poster Award by a First Year Graduate Student – Shannon Lacy

Best Overall Poster by a student or postdoc – Brian Palmer

Best Overall Presentation by a student or postdoc – Megan Falsettta, PhD

The Tox 558 Seminar – Best Question Award – Carrie Klocke

The Robert Infurna Award for best 1st author scientific publications winners: Chad Lerner & Lisa Prince

The William F. Neuman and Margaret W. Neuman Award winner: Claire McCarthy

The Weiss Toxicology Scholar Award winners: Michael Rudy & Elissa Wong

The Cardno ChemRisk travel award to attend the 2016 SOT conference in New Orleans – Jennifer Judge

All talks were held on in the Medical Center's Class of '62 Auditorium (G-9425)

11:00 – 12:00pm

Andrew D. Maynard, PhD

Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Director, University of Michigan Risk Assessment


How Safe Are Your Socks?

How safe are your socks? It may seem like an odd question. Yet many materials technologies are now at a stage where new products are entering the market faster than their safety can be assessed or regulated. In some cases, this probably isn’t an issue. But in others, advanced materials may well present risks that aren’t obvious, or are not captured in routine toxicology assays. Engineered nanomaterials are a specific case in point. These materials are intentionally designed at the nanoscale to exhibit characteristics that are dependent on their physical and chemical form. Yet because their potential risks to health are tied to factors other than chemical composition, there’s considerable uncertainty over how their safety should be evaluated, and even how they should be regulated. There’s even uncertainty over whether the term “nanomaterial” has any relevance when it comes to making safety assessments in these cases. Which is a problem when someone decides to infuse your socks with the latest “nano” particle, or fill your phone with cutting edge “nano" materials. Ensuring the safety of these and similar products is part of a growing challenge of developing and using advanced materials responsibly, so that novel behavior - whether nano related or not - doesn't lead to unexpected and avoidable risks.

1:30pm - 3:00pm Student & Post-Doctorate Platform Presentations

Khatera Rahmani: Effects of CRM1 (Exportin 1) Inhibitors on its Subcellular Localization
Claire McCarthy: Dung biomass smoke inhalation causes pulmonary inflammatory responses
Mike Rudy: Adult Cortical Excitability is Decreased by Gestational Iron Deficiency
Angela Groves, PhD: Changes in Pulmonary Macrophage Subsets Following Irradiation
Chad Lerner, PhD: In Vitro and In Vivo Toxicology of Electronic Cigarettes
Megan Falsetta, PhD: Vulvar Vestibule Hypersensitivity to Environmental Stimuli: Mechanisms for Persistent Vulvar Pain

3:00pm - 4:30pm Student & Post-Doctorate Poster Session

Flaum Atrium

Please contact Christine Gramza with any questions.