Chiu Appointed to National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors

Dr. Weihsueh Chiu, a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ (CVM) Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences (VIBS), was appointed to the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Board of Scientific Counselors this spring.

This federal board serves as an advisory committee to the NTP and evaluates the scientific merit of NTP intramural and collaborative programs. Members are appointed by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from a variety of scientific fields.

As part of the NTP Board of Scientific Counselors, Chiu will participate in multiple meetings for the next three years to provide his advice and expertise on present and future scientific matters related to the NTP’s mission “to evaluate agents of public health concern, by developing and applying the tools of modern toxicology and molecular biology.”

Agents evaluated by the NTP cover a broad range, from industrial chemicals to drugs and from dietary supplements to radio waves emitted by cell phones.

Chiu, who joined the CVM in 2015 after a 14-year career as a scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is a member of the CVM’s Interdisciplinary Faculty of Toxicology, where he mentors graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

Chiu also teaches several core graduate classes, including “Principles of Human Health Risk Assessment of Chemicals.”

He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1998 and has since focused his career on the studies of toxicology, environmental health, and public health.

“I am honored to have been chosen to serve on the NTP’s Board of Scientific Counselors,” Chiu said. “I am looking forward to helping the NTP advance the science of toxicology so that we as a society can make more informed, health-based decisions about the multitude of chemicals and other agents to which we are exposed every day.”

Along with Chiu, the Texas A&M University System will also be represented on the board by Dr. Kenneth Ramos, assistant vice chancellor for health services.

More information about the NTP Board of Scientific Counselors can be found at https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/about/org/bsc/index.html.

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