SOURCE-ICIS Chemical Business supplement | November 2008

The LRI’s Innovative Science Award encourages
young researchers to engage an new technologies
and solutions to modern environmental and
health challenges

The Long-range Research Initiative AWARD

SCIENCE AWARD MEDAL

SCIENCE AWARD MEDAL

Each year for the past five years, a young European scientist has won significant funding to pursue research into the environmental or human health effects of chemicals. The prize of €100,000 ($130,000) is awarded by the European Chemical Industry Council’s (Cefic’s) LRI programme and gives budding scientists the ability and confidence to pursue their ideas at an early stage in their careers.

The award reflects the chemical industry’s ambition to promote a strong link between innovation and society’s expectations. This year’s winner of the LRI Innovative Science A ward is Dr Emma Taylor from the MRC Toxicology unit of the UK’s Leicester University.

Her winning proposal is for a project on the transgenerational epigenetic effects of environmental chemicals on male fertility using in vivo and in vitro stem cell based systems.

Germ line toxicity, explains Taylor, is a profoundly important area of toxicology because it has the potential to affect not just the exposed population but also future generations.

“There is already evidence that common environmental chemicals can induce harmful inheritable changes. Thus, further research is vital in order fully to assess transgenerational toxicity, understand how such effects are induced, set safety guidelines, and promote the development of solutions and strategies to combat harmful inheritable phenotypes,” explains Taylor.

She comments that the award looked very exciting when she saw the call for entries. “It provided significant financial support, particularly for a personal award, and was very flexible in terms of how the budget could be used. It was also perfect for the toxicogenomic work we do in our lab.”

The award will provide a significant part of her salary for two years and still fund a large consumables budget and money for travelling to conferences. But it is not just the financial benefit, she adds. “This is a prestigious award and will greatly benefit my personal career. I

t gives me an insight into C efic and the chemical industry in general.” Each year, the award alternates between environmental and human health projects, and is funded jointly by C efic and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC ) or the Federation of European Toxicologists and European Societies of Toxicology (EUROTOX).

LEARNING THE JOB

Previous winners are:

? Dr R oger Godschalk, University of Maastricht, the Netherlands (2004)

? Prof Dr Paul van den Brink, Wageningen University, the Netherlands (2005)

? Dr Ellen Fritsche, H einrich-Heine University, Germany (2006)

? Dr R oman A shauer, Swiss Federal Institute of A quatic Science and Technology (2007).

AWARD REWARDS

AWARD REWARDS

SIGNIFICANT FUNDING.Most agree that the value of the prize represents “significant funding” and stress the freedom and confidence it gives them to carry out their research. Roger Godschalk says winning the prize also helped his career, as the award was recognised in the talent planning programme of his institute. He is using the prize money, and a matching sum provided by the Netherlands’ National Institute for Safety and Environment (RIVM), to investigate germ line mutations caused by exposure to carcinogenic chemicals, notably polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

He is looking for answers to how these chemicals affect DNA in sperm and if mutations can be transferred to subsequent generations. “We started the project from scratch, but have a lot of data coming in now.

We have published one review article and have three papers almost complete and we will publish them soon,” he says. Paul van den Brink agrees, noting that the prize is “a lot of money for a scientific award.” A nd it’s not just the money, he says. “It brings recognition and the freedom to spend it on what you think is important… and accelerate work.” His work is focusing on the sensitivity of different aquatic species to pesticides, depending on their characteristics, such as size and lipid content, and aims to give an understanding of why some species are more sensitive than others.

The project requires a lot of complicated experiments and is assessing no fewer than 15 species. Last year’s winner, R oman A shauer is working on a related topic, developing measurements and models for a better understanding of toxic effects on aquatic organisms over an extended period.

These can help assess the ecotoxicological effect of untested compounds as well as improve the risk assessment of chemicals through a better understanding of how mixtures act over time. A Shauer is able to work with one colleague and two part-time students as a result of the award. “We are up and running and generating data and expect results over the next two to three years.”

Ellen Fritsche’s project is looking into the validation of a human in vitro model for testing developmental neurotoxicity, in an effort to substitute for animal testing, which has ethical, cost and time issues. Gernot Klotz, C efic’s director of research and innovation, says that C efic’s continued support to young scientists “helps broaden our knowledge for developing innovative technologies and products.

The winners’ vision and enthusiasm reaffirms industry’s belief that technology leadership and innovative solutions can help face many challenges of our society today and tomorrow in a responsible way.”

? The 2008 award is presented to Emma Taylor by Evonik’s Michael Droescher Vital support

PDF VIEW OF FULL REPORT

Posted by Henry Sapiecha

18 Responses to “VITAL SUPPORT-Science Award encourages young researchers”

  1. Enriqueta Zimm Says:

    I have read a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style of blogging. I added it to my favorites website list and will be checking back soon. Please check out my site as well and let me know what you think.

  2. Editor Says:

    THANKS FOR THE POSITIVE COMMENTS
    Regards
    Henry Sapiecha
    PH-0741290152
    M-0411896524

    Director
    Wide Bay District Developments Pty Ltd
    Mearcon Developments Pty Ltd
    QHL Queensland House and Land

    http://www.acbocallcentre.com
    http://www.newscorp.ws
    http://www.www-gems.com
    http://www.www-trader.com
    http://www.sunblestproducts.com
    http://www.minimokes.com
    http://www.youbeautute.com
    http://www.redbackpromos.com
    http://www.collectables-au.com
    http://www.ispysite.com
    http://www.policesearch.net
    http://www.money-au.com
    http://www.realestate-au.info
    http://www.energy-options.info
    http://www.perfectwhiteteeth.net
    http://www.mylove-au.com
    http://www.buysellswapsite.com
    http://www.freephonelink.net
    http://www.druglinks.info
    http://www.profitcentre.net
    http://www.h2o-water.info
    http://www.h2o-water.com
    http://www.gai-site.com
    http://www.worldfairs.org
    http://www.worldwidediamonds.info
    http://www.creditcardseasy.net
    http://www.itservicemanuals.com
    http://www.itbooksolutions.com
    http://www.newcures.info
    http://www.auctiontraders.net
    http://www.cheap-plans.com
    http://www.backpackers-au.com
    http://www.msd-au.com
    http://www.club-libido.com
    http://www.oz-accom.com
    http://www.ozgetawaytours.com
    http://www.myquickpics.com
    http://www.newscorpdownloads.com
    http://www.itmp3.net
    http://www.cheapestdomainsforsale.com
    http://www.pppww.com
    http://www.payperplayaudioadverts.com
    http://www.pppcorporate.com
    http://www.australianmortgageloans.com
    http://www.pythonjungle.com
    http://www.sapiecha.com
    http://www.sciencearticlesonline.com
    http://www.forumselect.net
    http://www.escrowpost.com
    http://www.www-globalcommodities.com
    http://www.socialselect.net
    http://www.socialselect.com
    http://www.gem-creations.com
    http://www.burrumcc.org.au
    http://www.greenloans.org.au
    http://www.greenstart.org.au
    http://www.mandatorydisclosureconsultants.com.au
    http://www.frasercoastcentral.com.au
    http://www.fctsc.com.au
    http://www.fcci.com.au
    http://www.myday.net.au

  3. building confidence Says:

    Thanks for putting this information up. This is preciselywhat I’ve been looking for. extremereading and thanks again for a newinteresting piece of journalism. Waiting for another phenomenalpost…

  4. Editor Says:

    YOU HAVE AN APPRECIATION OF MY WORK AND THAT IS MUCH APPRECIATED
    PASSING ON THE LINK TO OTHERS WOULD BE GREAT
    HENRY SAPIECHA

  5. Filomena Obeng Says:

    I have read a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style of blogging. I added it to my favorites web page list and will be checking back soon. Please check out my site as well and let me know what you think.

  6. Brady Penatac Says:

    I don’t agree with everything in this summary, but you do make some very good points. I’m very interested in this matter and I myself do alot of research as well. Either way it was a well thoughtout and nice read so I figured I would leave you a comment. Feel free to check out my website sometime and let me know what you think.

  7. Chassidy Majeski Says:

    I have read a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style of blogging. I added it to my favorites site list and will be checking back soon. Please check out my site as well and let me know what you think.

  8. Merle Cowsert Says:

    This is a amazing summary, I located your webpage doing research aol for a related content and arrived to this. I couldnt discover to much different info on this article, so it was wonderful to discover this one. I will end up being returning to look at some other posts that you have another time.

  9. Elmer Kresal Says:

    I have read a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style of blogging. I added it to my favorites weblog list and will be checking back soon. Please check out my site as well and let me know what you think.

  10. Tony Adamson Says:

    I’ve bookmarked this because I found it helpful. I would be very interested to hear more info on this. Excellent!

  11. Crystal Hulse Says:

    Terrific site, where did you come up with the information in this blog post? Im glad I found it though, ill be checking back soon to see what other articles you have.

  12. Katherina Lauterborn Says:

    sweat smell like onion? iam married girl of age 20 please can u help me ?

  13. Editor Says:

    HOW CAN I HELP YOU?
    HENRY

  14. Jackie Gabino Says:

    I don’t agree with everything in this blog, but you do make some very good points. I’m very interested in this matter and I myself do alot of research as well. Either way it was a well thoughtout and nice read so I figured I would leave you a comment. Feel free to check out my website sometime and let me know what you think.

  15. uncontested divorce Says:

    Hello, I found your blog in a new directory of blogs. I dont know how your blog came up, must have been a typo, Your blog looks good. Have a nice day.

  16. keyword suggestion tool Says:

    Thank you for another informative blog. Where else could I get that kind of info written in such a perfect way? I have a project that I am just now working on, and I have been on the look out for such information.

  17. Alysa Drummonds Says:

    This is a terrific post, but I was wondering how do I suscribe to the RSS feed?

  18. Cheap article content Says:

    Thank you for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbour were preparing to do some research about that. We got a good book on that matter from our local library and most books where not as influensive as your information. I am very glad to see such information which I was searching for a long time.

Leave a Reply