The National Toxicology Program (NTP) recently tapped veterinary pathologist, cardiovascular toxicology expert and U.S Air Force veteran Brian Berridge as its new associate director.
Berridge, who will replace former John Bucher, Ph.D., will oversee the NTP's reports and scientific literature reviews. such as the congressionally mandated Report on Carcinogens, and will oversee toxicological studies on topics including chemical spills and cell phones, a National Institutes of Health release said.
“We are thrilled that Dr. Berridge is bringing his expertise to environmental health, including experience with both traditional and novel toxicological methods,” NTP Director Linda Birnbaum said in the release.
Berridge joined the NTP after serving five years at GlaxoSmithKline where he directed the company's worldwide animal research strategy.
“There is a bridge to be built there," Berridge said in the release. "I want to help NTP take the detailed mechanistic data generated by methods like high-throughput toxicology screening and understand what that means to a patient, a person, a population."
He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas and is veterinary medicine doctor's degree from Oklahoma State University. He obtained his Ph.D. and completed his residency in pathology at Texas A&M University's Department of Veterinary Pathobiology.
The NTP, created in 1978, coordinates toxicology research and testing among nine different federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.