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  • IITUPDATE in this issue.... 3rd Track Added to EITS ...... 1

    New CRIS Website .............. 4

    PBPK Short Course ............. 5

    EITS Student Achievements ..................................................... 5

    New Journal Club Launched ..................................................... 6

    Alumni Highlight ................... 6

    Recent EITS Graduates ...... 7

    Upcoming Events ................. 7


    Food Safety & Toxicology Bldg. 1129 Farm Lane, Rm 165 East Lansing, MI 48824

    Phone: 517.353.6469 Fax: 517.355.4603 E-mail: [email protected]

    Norbert Kaminski, Director Lauren St.John, Editor

    The Institute for Integrative Toxicology (IIT) is excited to announce the addi- tion of a third track to the Environmental and Integrative Toxicological Sciences (EITS) doctoral program. The Food Toxi- cology and Ingredient Safety (FTIS) track will be available to students this fall, 2016. The new FTIS track has been brought about it in partnership with the recent es- tablished Center for Research on Ingredi-

    ent Safety (CRIS). CRIS is an independent, academic, science-based center within the IIT that serves as a reliable and un- biased source for information on the safe use of chemical ingredients in consumer packaged goods including foods, bever- ages, cosmetics and household consumer products. With MSU’s longstanding focus on food and health and with the commit- ment of the MSU administration and the



    um mer 2016


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    EITS Program

    Animal Science

    Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

    Cell & Molecular Biology


    Comparative Medicine & Integrative Biology

    Fisheries & Wildlife

    Food Science & Human Nutrition

    Forestry Genetics Earth & Environmental Science

    Integrative Biology

    Microbriology & Molecular Genetics


    Pathobiology & Diagnostic Investigation

    Pharmacology & Toxicology

    Plant, Soil & Microbial Sciences

    » PHM 830: Experimental Design and Data Analysis

    » PHM 980, Sec. 302: Pharmacokinetics

    » PHM 816: Integrative Tox

    » BMB 961: Selected Topics in Biochemistry II - Genomics

    » TBD, Special Topics in Toxicology

    » Plus one course chosen from a list of approved electives

    Biomedical Toxicology Track

    » PHM 980, Sec. 302: Pharmacokinetics

    » PHM 816: Integrative Tox

    » PHM 830: Experimental Design and Data Analysis

    » FSC 807: Advanced Food Toxicology

    » FSC 981: Food and Environmen- tal Risk Assessment

    » FSC ???: Current Issues in Ingredient Safety

    Food Toxicology & Ingredient Safety

    Track » CSS 865: Environmental Fate of

    Organic Contaminants in Soils

    » BE 891, Sec. 003: Advanced Top- ics in Biosystems Engineering, Human & Envir. Risk Analysis

    » PHM 450: Introduction to Chemical Toxicology (or) PHM 816: Integrative Toxicology

    » CSUS 846: Law of Environmen- tal Regulation

    » Plus two courses chosen from a list of approved electives

    Environmental Toxicology Track

    Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology & Chosen Discipline


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    food industry in support of CRIS and its mission, considerable demand for doctoral training in the toxicology of ingredients in foods and other products is anticipated. The FTIS track will meet this demand with graduate training that will prepare students to be leaders in the area of food toxicology and ingredient safety in industry, government, and aca- demia. This training will involve thesis research as well as formal coursework in basic biomedical and toxicological sciences and in risk assessment/regula- tion of foodborne chemicals and other ingredients. The EITS doctoral program is a multidisciplinary training program that provides students with extensive re- search training in a specific basic science discipline as well as toxicology. Students accepted into a disciplinary Doctor of Philosophy degree program (e.g. phar- macology, biochemistry and molecular biology, etc.) may apply subsequently for admission to the EITS program. Trainees acquire a broad base of knowl- edge through an interactive program of courses, seminars, workshops and scien- tific meetings as well as by becoming an active member of a research laboratory and the general scientific community campus-wide. Until recently, trainees have chosen from one of two curricu- lar tracks: the “Biomedical Toxicology Track” serves students entering with a strong background in mammalian biol-

    ogy and the “Environmental Toxicology Track” is a choice for students in the fields of chemistry, engineering and other fields and who enter with less mammalian biology background. Each track has its own set of course require- ments, yet each student who completes the multidisciplinary course of study earns a Ph.D. degree in their chosen basic science discipline with a dual major in environmental toxicology. The new “Food Toxicology and Ingredient Safety Track” is designed for students interested in the safety of food-borne and consumer product ingredients and has somewhat greater emphasis on risk evaluation and regulation of ingredients than the other two tracks. The EITS graduate program contin- ues to be one of the premier toxicology training programs in the U.S. and is now

    in its 28th consecutive year of training grant support from the National Insti- tute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the longest held NIH train- ing grant at MSU. This grant provides stipend support for 7 predoctoral and 2 postdoctoral fellows each year. With the development of the third track, the EITS program continues to grow. The program now partners with 17 graduate programs across campus and has 30 doctoral students currently enrolled. For more information on the new Food Toxicology and Ingredient Safety track in the EITS program, please contact Kasey Baldwin, [email protected] edu.



    "CRIS was established on the MSU campus as a program for food and consumer product safety that will broadly build capability in chemical ingre- dient safety with targeted focus in three specific areas: scientific research, risk communication, and education & training. I am very excited that the new track in the EITS program, Food Toxicology and Ingredient Safety (FTIS), is designed to touch on all three areas. From an education & training perspective, FTIS will prepare students to become

    the next generation of specially trained toxicologists to serve the food and consumer products industries, or to participate as govern- ment scientists in the development and implementation of regula- tory and public health policy on ingredient safety, or to become the next generation of educators to address ingredient safety.”

    ~Michael Holsapple Director, Center for Research on Ingredient Safety

    "We’re excited to launch the new EITS track. This track will provide training that will enhance career opportunities for our students in academia and in- dustry as well as in government regulatory agen- cies such as the FDA. The curriculum that empha- sizes coursework in basic science and toxicology with exposure to risk assessment and regulation practices will leave our students well prepared for a future in food and ingredient safety.”

    ~Robert Roth Director, EITS Graduate Program

    Students entering the Ph.D. Program in Environmental and Integrative Toxicological Sci- ences are first accepted into one of the 17 disciplinary doc- toral programs that partner with EITS and then enter the EITS Graduate Program near the end of their first year. Stu- dents then choose one of three tracks to complete. Comple- tion of the requirements of both EITS and their home doc- toral program results in grant- ing of the Ph.D. Degree in the chosen discipline and Environ- mental Toxicology.

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    The Center for Research on Ingredi-ent Safety (CRIS) is excited to debut their new stand-alone, searchable web- site that draws upon all the elements of CRIS, from research to training to com- munication. The CRIS website began as a sub-category of the IIT website, but it now has its own web address, http://, with more robust content. The need for change, and to expand and develop the CRIS website was suggested at a special meeting of the CRIS advisory committees that took place in June. They recommended a stand-alone web- site for greater visibility and branding, searchable content, additional content directly relating the elements of the organization to the CRIS strategic plan, and additional links to CRIS’s other

    communication portals. The new website now has seven main tabs: About, Members, Gover- nance, Research, Training, Communica- tion and Contact. Under “About” visi- tors can read about the Center’s Mission, Vision and Core Values, and it’s Strategic Plan. The “Members” tab not only lists current members, but has links to details on how to become a member of CRIS, and to the bylaws of CRIS for current members. Under “Governance” is infor- mation and links on the CRIS

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