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Vice President for Research Prakash Nagarkatti receives prestigious immunotoxicology award

University of South Carolina Vice President for Research, Prakash Nagarkatti, was honored this week with a prestigious award in the field of immunotoxicology from the Society of Toxicology at their 2016 annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Immunotoxicology Specialty Section Vos Lifetime Career Achievement Award honors one senior scientist who has made major contributions to the field of immunotoxicology, mentored a significant number of young scientists, served as a leader in the field and played a role in influencing regulatory and other decisions in the field.

Through his research, Prakash Nagarkatti has contributed greatly to our understanding of how environmental pollutants and contaminants impact the various cells and functions of the immune system. —Rafael A. Ponce, Jr.

Prakash Nagarkatti’s distinguished career has met and exceeded these criteria. During his career, spanning more than 30 years he has published over 240 scientific papers and book chapters, and has trained more than 35 graduate students, 19 post-doctoral fellows and 20 junior faculty. He has chaired and served as a member on numerous NIH Review Panels and holds several patents on treatment modalities against cancer and inflammatory diseases. Since joining USC in 2005, he has secured more than $58 million in research funding.

Rafael A. Ponce, Jr., President of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Immunotoxicology Specialty Section, which bestowed this prestigious award said, “Immunotoxicological research is of great importance to public health, as the field provides insight into how our immune system is affected and potentially compromised by foreign substances. Through his research, Prakash Nagarkatti has contributed greatly to our understanding of how environmental pollutants and contaminants impact the various cells and functions of the immune system. In addition, Dr. Nagarkatti has served as a mentor for numerous graduate students and serves as a scientific review member for National Institutes of Health research grants and various scientific journals. We are honored to present him with the SOT Immunotoxicology Specialty Section 2016 Vos Lifetime Career Achievement Award in recognition of his individual scientific contributions, his teaching and mentoring and his broad service in advancing the discipline of immunotoxicology.”

17 March 2016