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Environmental Factor, January 2012

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NTP advisor named as fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini

By Eddy Ball

David Eastmond, Ph.D.

Collegium Ramazzini fellow David Eastmond (Photo courtesy of UCR)

Logo of the Collegium Ramazzini

The collegium’s logo features an 18th century drawing of the group’s namesake, Bernardino Ramazzini. (Photo courtesy of the Collegium Ramazzini)

NTP Board of Scientific Counselors chair David Eastmond, Ph.D., is among the latest group of fellows selected by the Collegium Ramazzini, an organization of international scholars who work towards solutions of occupational and environmental health problems around the world.

Eastmond is a professor of cell biology at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and chair of the university’s Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience. He is actively involved in research and teaching in the areas of toxicology and risk assessment. Along with his service on the NTP Board of Scientific Counselors, Eastmond has contributed to a number of U.S. and international panels on genotoxicity and carcinogens.

In a UCR press release issued Nov. 28, 2011, Eastmond was quoted as saying, “I am very pleased and honored to be selected as a fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, and look forward to working with this esteemed group.”

Recognition for international distinction in environmental health

With 190 fellows from countries around the world, the Collegium Ramazzini is an international scientific society that examines critical issues in occupational and environmental health, with a view towards action to prevent disease and promote health. The fellows are professionals of clear personal distinction and integrity, distinguished by their contributions to occupational and environmental health.

Eastmond joins the select group of Collegium Ramazzini fellows, which includes several current and former NIEHS scientists, advisors, and grantees. NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., former NIEHS Director Kenneth Olden, Ph.D., NTP Associate Director John Bucher, Ph.D., and Superfund Research Program Director William Suk, Ph.D., are fellows, along with other outstanding past and present NIEHS scientists, including Carl Barrett, Ph.D., David Hoel, Ph.D., James Huff, Ph.D., George Lucier, Ph.D., Ronald Melnick, Ph.D., and Walter Rogan, M.D.

Former NIEHS Director David Rall, M.D., Ph.D., was the recipient of the annual Ramazzini Award in 1989. One of Eastmond’s colleagues on the NTP Board of Scientific Counselors, Melissa McDiarmid, M.D., of the University of Maryland, is also a Collegium Ramazzini fellow.

The Collegium Ramazzini carries on the legacy of the father of occupational medicine

Founded in 1982, the Collegium derives its name from Italian physician and University of Modena Professor Bernardino Ramazzini (1633–1714), who authored one of the founding and seminal works of occupational medicine and played a substantial role in its development. His book, De Morbis Artificum Diatriba (Diseases of Workers), outlined the health hazards of chemicals, dust, metals, repetitive or violent motions, odd postures, and other disease-causative agents encountered by workers in 52 occupations.

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