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Christopher Portier, PhD, is appointed to new role as National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences associate director for risk assessment, reflecting the agency's commitment to evaluating human health risks of chemicals, drugs and physical agents, NIEHS announces Jan. 10. In his new position, Portier will "oversee and coordinate risk assessment activities within the NIEHS and apply the results of toxicological studies to national and international" risk assessment efforts, agency says. Portier, who has been at NIEHS since 1981, most recently was National Toxicology Program associate director and served as NIEHS Environmental Toxicology program director. His work at NTP included developing its 21st Century roadmap, which identifies program directions in three areas - refining traditional toxicology assays, developing rapid, mechanism-based predictive screens for environmentally induced diseases and improving the overall utility of NTP products for public health decisions. He will be replaced as NTP associate director in the interim by Allan Dearry, PhD, NIEHS notes...

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