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Ray Tennant Receives Toxicology Forum Award

By Blondell Peterson
September 2005

Raymond Tennant and Dr. David Longfellow
Raymond Tennant receives the George Scott Award from Dr. David Longfellow, President of The Toxicology Forum. (Photo by Blondell Peterson)

Ray Tennant, director of the National Center for Toxicogenomics, received the George H. Scott Memorial Award on July 12. The award was given at the Toxicology Forum's 31st Annual Summer Meeting in Aspen, Colorado.

Tennant was honored with a slide presentation on his work in cancer biology. Tennant is chief of the Laboratory of Environmental Carcinogenesis and Mutagenesis at NIEHS. He focuses on transgenic mouse models for carcinogenesis and mutagenesis; the role of cell proliferation, mutation and gene expression in skin carcinogenesis; and the role of UV-induced DNA damage and immune suppression in skin cancer. He had a major role in developing the world's largest database on mutagens and carcinogens.

Tennant's pioneering work with transgenic mice and knockout mice lead to new models for carcinogenicity testing, which are used internationally. It is also recognized as a major advance in the assay of chemical carcinogens.

Tennant said he was surprised and grateful to receive the award, which was given to Gerald Wogan of MIT in 2004. Wogan is a scientific advisor to NIEHS. "I have great respect and admiration for the previous recipients and I'm pleased to be included among that group," he said.

The award is named after George H. Scott, an early member of the Toxicology Forum board of directors.

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