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Environmental Factor, April 2012

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Sills president-elect of the Society of Toxicologic Pathology

By Eddy Ball

Cellular and Molecular Pathology Branch
Robert Sills, D.V.M., Ph.D.

In conjunction with his interdisciplinary research activities in the NIEHS/NTP, Sills holds adjunct positions in pathology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

When the Society of Toxicologic Pathology (STP) gathers in June for its annual symposium, its new president-elect will be NIEHS/NTP pathologist Robert Sills, D.V.M., Ph.D., a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, and fellow of the International Academy of Toxicologic Pathology. In March, Sills who is chief of NIEHS and NTP pathology and the Cellular and Molecular Pathology Branch, was chosen as president elect by the STP membership.

“We [at NIEHS and NTP] have been honored with my selection as president elect of the Society of Toxicologic Pathology, which, personally, is very humbling," Sills said when he learned of the election results. The STP, which consists of 1,200 members in more than 20 countries, is a nonprofit association of pathologists and other scientists. Its principal aim is the advancement of pathology as it pertains to changes elicited by pharmacological, chemical, or environmental agents, and factors that modify these responses.

The STP’s 31st annual symposium, “Mechanisms of Toxicity,” will take place June 24-28 in Boston. Featured events include a free pre-event NTP symposium June 23, as well as an awards ceremony and annual business meeting where Sills will be officially installed.

An active research and professional development agenda

Sills’ research activities include the study of molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis, neuropathology, and the inclusion of biologic-based interdisciplinary research in NIEHS/NTP studies.

Sills has served on the STP Executive Council and editorial board of the STP journal Toxicologic Pathology. He chaired STP annual meeting sessions on the human genome, implications for toxicologic pathology and carcinogenesis, and a session on cellular and molecular neurocarcinogenesis: toxicologic pathology of the nervous system. Also, he co-chaired a session of the STP annual meeting on cancer, the Scientific Program Planning Committee of the STP annual meeting on toxicologic neuropathology, and the International Life Sciences Institute seminar series on current issues in neuropathology.

Along with his affiliation with STP, Sills is very active in professional organizations as a member of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, American Association for Cancer Research, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. He is the associate editor for the environmental pathobiology section of the journal Veterinary Pathology. Also, he has served on advisory committees, including the joint Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations/World Health Organization expert committee on food additives, International Agency for Research on Cancer, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee.

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