The 2012 F. Clarke Fraser New Investigator Award was presented on Sunday by Teratology Society up and comer, Dr. Rob Ellis-Hutchings. This award honors F. Clarke Fraser, one of the founding members of the Teratology Society, for his many contributions to the field of developmental toxicology. Rob's presentation was entitled “Keep It Real and Relevant: Focusing Research towards Real World Exposures and Human Relevance". Dr. Ellis-Hutchings received his PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Carl Keen at University of California-Davis, conducted post-doctoral research with Dr. John Rogers at US EPA (NHEERL), and for last few years has been working with Dr. Ed Carney conducting regulatory and mode-of-action research in developmental toxicology at The Dow Chemical Company. His talk discussed his efforts to improve chemical safety assessments via novel exposure regimens which better reflect human exposure, and cutting edge mechanistic research to determine the human relevance of findings in animal models.
Dr. Ellis-Hutching joins the list of esteemed recipients which within the past five years include:
- 2011 - Ludmila Bakhireva, M.D., Ph.D., MPH
- 2010 - Marcia L. Feldkamp, Ph.D., MSPH, University of Utah
- 2009 - Louise Winn, Ph.D., Queen’s University
- 2008 - Terence R. S. Ozolins, Ph.D., Pfizer, Inc.
- 2007 - Sonja A. Rasmussen, Centers for Disease Control