After working with officials of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review (CSR) for the past several years, SOT Council and Director of CSR's Division of Physiology and Pathological Sciences Seymour Garte were successful in having the Center reconstitute the Study Section that focuses on toxicology, the Systemic Injury by Environmental Exposure (SIEE) Special Emphasis Panel (SEP).This panel reviews applications related to the pharmacological and toxicological mechanisms of adverse outcomes that can occur in individuals and populations exposed to xenobiotics.
In reconstituting the SEP, Dr. Garte stipulated that the panel needed to complete one to three successful cycles before moving to request permanent chartered status. These funding cycles not only give the scientific community time to generate and submit a sufficient number of high quality applications for review, but also will give CSR and its Advisory Council sufficient data to ensure the viability of a new Study Section in the current timeframe. Meanwhile, the SIEE SEP is functioning as a regular study section dedicated to review of environmental health and toxicology applications.
The SOT Council is strongly encouraging potential applicants in the field of toxicology and environmental health sciences to consider submitting applications directed to this study section, so that it can achieve the goal of gaining permanent chartered status.
To view the guidelines for the SIEE SEP, please visit the NIH website.
The future success of this study section will depend largely on the response from the research community in this vital discipline.
Best of luck to all applicants.