SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
11 August 2016
Volume 17 Issue 8

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SETAC Founders Award Winner and World Congress’s Tuesday Plenary Speaker Revealed

Bill Goodfellow, Simon Courtney and Natalia Garcia-Reyero Vinas, 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting Plenary and Spotlight Symposium Subcommittee

Nancy Denslow

We are pleased to announce that Nancy Denslow is the SETAC Founders Award recipient for 2016. She will receive her award at the 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 6–10 November in Orlando, Florida. She is also the keynote speaker of the Tuesday plenary at the meeting, addressing “The -omics Revolution: Targeting Molecular Initiating Events in Ecotoxicology.” . Denslow is a professor in the Department of Physiological Sciences and the Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology at the University of Florida.

“We are excited in the offering of the Plenary addresses for the World Congress”, reported Tim Canfield, meeting committee tri-chair. “We believe we have been able to organize plenary addresses that should be of interest to members and guests of SETAC, ranging from a photo journalist’s images of an important natural resource, the Everglades; how the industrial revolution progressed from Europe to North America through the story of industrial site contamination; the use of ecosystem scale experimentation in Canada, and the rapidly advancing field of -omics.”

Denslow’s talk will be in the afternoon following the Women in SETAC Luncheon featuring Congresswomen Patricia Schroeder, Former United States Representative, Colorado, who will be presenting “Work–Life Balance: A Work in Progress.” (Please note that a ticket is required to attend the Women in SETAC luncheon.)

Denslow received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She has focused on reproductive toxicology and the effect of endocrine disruptors in non-model species such as largemouth bass and fathead minnows, among others. For largemouth bass, she has developed estrogen receptor reporter assays for all three estrogen receptors to determine the molecular effects of environmental xenoestrogens. In addition, she has pioneered the use of transcriptomics technologies for non-model species, adapting skills used for assessing toxicant effects on human health. She was awarded the University of Florida 2007 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, the 2014 Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence, and she was named the 2009–2011 University of Florida Research Professor.

Denslow has also served on the Blue Ribbon Scientific Advisory Panel for the California State Water Control Board (2009–2014), was an ad hoc member of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Panel for US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA, 2004 and 2009) and has been an invited short course instructor for the biennial course “Environmental Immunotoxicology and Reproductive Toxicology” at the Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand (2002–2014). Denslow was a founder of two startup biotechnology companies: EcoArray, which commercialized microarrays for non-model fish species, and Banyan Biomarkers, Inc., a company that specializes in developing diagnostic assays for traumatic brain injuries in humans. She is currently a board member of Banyan Biomarkers, Inc.

Her work has been funded by several federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), US Geological Survey (USGS) and USEPA. Denslow has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and is an inventor on four patents relating to protein factors, biomarkers for endocrine disruption and proteomics methodologies. She is a member of SETAC, the Society of Toxicology, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Board of Directors, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Association of Biomolecular Research Facilities.

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