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Foster named fellow of Academy of Toxicological Sciences

By Mamta Behl
November 2011

Paul Foster

ATS Fellow Paul Foster (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Paul Foster, Ph.D., chief of the NTP Toxicology Branch, was notified Oct. 13 of his selection as a fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences (ATS)( Exit NIEHS.

This honor represents a significant milestone in the course of a career in toxicology. Since 1981,  ATS has awarded the title of fellow to certified toxicologists who are recognized by their peers for their expertise and sound scientific judgment. The purpose of this recognition and certification is to ensure the competence and experience of professionals whose work affects public welfare. 

Foster is a member of a number of leading societies dealing with toxicology and reproduction, and has served on several continuing education and science program committees. He was also an officer of the Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology specialty section of the Society of Toxicology from 1997 to 2001 and president 1999-2000.

Foster has served on the editorial boards of the journal Reproductive Toxicology, and the publication Birth Defects Research Part B: Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology, and as an associate editor of the journal Toxicological Sciences. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, as well as numerous NTP and other study reports.

Foster's research interests include understanding the potential human health effects of environmental endocrine disruptors, the mechanisms of testicular toxicity, the study of early testicular Leydig cell dysfunction induced by chemicals as a prelude to hyperplasia and tumors, and the toxicokinetic and dynamic parameters affecting the induction of reproductive and developmental toxicity. He also has a broad interest in risk assessment issues in these areas, and currently serves as the NTP's senior discipline expert in reproductive and developmental toxicology.

Prior to joining NIEHS in 2002, Foster was the director of the research program in endocrine, reproductive, and developmental toxicology at the CIIT Centers for Health Research, now known as The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences.

(Mamta Behl, Ph.D., is a contractor in the NTP Toxicology Branch.)

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