About the speakers

Tom HutchinsonTom Hutchinson works for the UK government’s Centre for Environment Fisheries & Aquaculture Science where his work focuses on the environmental risk assessment of chemicals and nanomaterials. From 2007-2009, he was Head of Science for Environment and Health at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and has over 20 years industrial R&D experience spanning both environmental and mammalian toxicology research. Particular topics of interest are the risk assessment of natural and synthetic endocrine disrupters, emerging chemical contaminants in freshwater and marine ecosystems and the assessment of complex chemical mixtures. He is a member of the European Science Foundation and European Environment Agency working groups on the environmental risk assessment of chemicals, chairs the UK’s NC3Rs Ecotoxicology Working Group and is an active participant in several OECD activities related to chemicals risk assessment.

Andreas KortenkampAndreas Kortenkamp is professor and head of the Centre for Toxicology at the University of London. His research focuses on exploring the effects of multi-component mixtures of endocrine active chemicals and other substances. The thrust of his work is to assess whether the effects of mixtures of chemicals can be predicted quantitatively on the basis of information about their individual potency. Dr. Kortenkamp’s research interests lie in environmental pollutants that have the potential to cause cancer. More recently, he has concentrated on endocrine active chemicals in the environment and their potential role in the rising incidences of breast cancer and testicular cancer. His earlier work was on the mode of action of chromium (VI) compounds, which are well recognized occupational carcinogens. Dr. Kortenkamp has served on the US National Research Council Panel on cumulative risk assessment for phthalates, and is currently a member of the US Consumer Health Advisory Panel on the assessment of phthalates. He has produced the State of the Art Report on Mixture Toxicology for the European Commission, DG Environment. Recently, he has been called on to the World Health Organisation panel for updating the Global Assessment of Endocrine Disrupters. Dr. Kortenkamp has coordinated the EU CREDO cluster of endocrine disrupter projects and is currently charged with coordinating the EU cluster on reproductive health, NECTAR. He earned his Ph.D. from Bremen University, Germany.

Patrick MurphyPatrick Murphy was born in 1955. British. Biologist (Bsc, PhD). Joined Commission in 1986. Worked on: chemicals, biotechnology, air pollution, vehicle emissions/fuel quality, water policy, nature and biodiversity. Currently co-ordinator for biocides, mixture toxicity and endocrine disruptors.

John LipscombJohn C. Lipscomb, PhD, DABT, F.A.T.S. is a toxicologist and risk assessor for the US EPA’s National Center for Environmental Assessment in Cincinnati, OH. Since joining the US EPA in 1998, he has conducted technical chemical risk assessments, and contributed to and provided leadership for the development of risk assessment guidance for the US EPA and the World Health Organization. He has 14 years’ experience as a bench researcher using in vitro and whole animal toxicology and pharmacokinetic experience with the US Food and Drug Administration at the National Center for Toxicological Research (Jefferson, AR) and in uniform with the US Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio. Key areas of interest for Dr Lipscomb include chemical mixtures risk assessment, technical evaluations of toxicokinetic data for quantitative reliance in inter and intra-species extrapolation and developing and applying optimal methods to extrapolate metabolic data derived in vitro. His dedication to the field of Toxicology is demonstrated by numerous activities in external groups. He is a past President of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Society of Toxicology, Vice President of the Risk Assessment Specialty Section of the SOT, past President of the Ohio Chapter and the Dose Response Specialty Group of the Society for Risk Analysis, and past President of the American Board of Toxicology. He is an Associate Editor for Toxicological Sciences and recently completed his service as Chair of the SOT’s Continuing Education Committee.

Joop HermansJoop Hermens is an associate professor at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University. He is heading a research group on environmental toxicology and chemistry. The research interests of this group are directed towards developing a better understanding of the relationships between exposure to chemicals in the environment and effects on ecosystems and on human health. Studies are performed on individual organic compounds and complex mixtures, contributing to the development of mechanism-based predictive methods in environmental toxicology and chemistry. The research group has been active for many years in the field of QSARs, mixtures, exposure, and bioavailability in environmental as well as human health related research. Present research focuses on bioavailability in soils and sediments, and on exposure assessment in in vitro tests. The group has developed new sampling methods for measuring bioavailability of organic contaminants.

Lennart WeltjeLennart Weltje completed his academic education in The Netherlands (BSc and MSc in Biology, Utrecht University; PhD in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Chemistry, Delft University of Technology), and worked as a soil ecotoxicologist at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM, Bilthoven, The Netherlands) on the topic of mixture toxicity in terrestrial invertebrates. Thereafter, he went to Germany as an EU Marie-Curie fellow to work on endocrine disruption in freshwater invertebrates at the International Graduate School (IHI) in Zittau. His current position is senior Ecotoxicologist at BASF’s Agricultural Center in Limburgerhof where he conducts risk assessments for plant protection products and biocides. Lennart represents BASF in the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) and ECETOC issue teams on endocrine disruption.

John SumpterJohn Sumpter is head of the Institute for the Environment at Brunel University in West London. He is best known for his research in the field of endocrine disruption, especially the effects of estrogenic chemicals on fish. His research has had major impact across many areas of environmental science, including not only ecotoxicology but also environmental chemistry, wastewater treatment, regulation and policy. He is one of the most-cited environmental scientists in the world. He has won a number of awards, including the 2007 Founder Award from SETAC and the 2009 Toxicology Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from ETH Zurich in 2009 for the quality and impact of his research.

Theo BrockTheo Brock is employed at Alterra (Wageningen University and Research Centre) to scientifically underpin the ecological risk assessment procedures for pesticides and other contaminants in surface waters. He participated in the organising committee of the HARAP, CLASSIC and ELINK workshops (all organised by SETAC) that addressed higher-tier aquatic risk assessment procedures and linking exposure to effect estimates. Currently he chairs a Dutch workgroup to develop decision trees for the effect assessment of pesticides in edge-of-field and larger surface waters and that address both the requirements of the WFD and Regulation (EC) 1107/2009. He is member of the PPR panel of the European Food Safety Authority and editorial board member of the SETAC scientific journal Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM).

Scott DyerScott D. Dyer obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Iowa State University in Biology and Toxicology, respectively. His Ph.D. was awarded from the University of North Texas where he studied the stress protein response in fish exposed to diverse contaminants via laboratory and field exposures. Since 1991, Dyer has been employed by The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), Cincinnati, Ohio, and is presently a Principal Scientist in the Environmental Stewardship Organization as an eco-toxicologist. His primary mission within P&G is researching methods that advance the predictions of potential environmental exposure and effects of chemicals found in consumer products. He currently has three major research programs, all collaborations with academia, government and industry: 1) the eco-epidemiology of consumer product chemicals relative to other chemical and physical stressors; 2) the extrapolation of potential effects across species; and 3) the development of screening tools for the estimation of metabolism in fish, an important attribute for the prediction of bioaccumulation. Dyer has authored more than 40 journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports and currently participates with work groups within organizations such as the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC), American Cleaning Institute (ACI), Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI), and The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment.

Werner BrackAfter studying geo-ecology Werner Brack did his PhD in environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology at the University of Bayreuth. In 1997 he started as a Postdoc at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ. Since 2005 he is heading the Department for Effect-Directed Analysis there. He coordinated the EU-funded Integrated Project MODELKEY (2005 – 2010) and was involved in the EU Coordination Action RISKBASE the RTN KEYBIOEFFECTS. Werner Brack is involved in the network on emerging substances NORMAN, where he is heading a working group on effect-directed analysis. He had lectureships at the Universities of Leipzig, Koblenz-Landau and Ouro Preto (Brazil). At present he is lecturing at the RWTH Aachen. Major research interests are the isolation and identification of toxicants in complex mixtures and the establishment of cause-effect relationships between chemical contamination and effects on aquatic organisms and communities and human health.

Paul PricePaul Price is a Risk Assessment Leader in the Chronic Risk Assessment and Statistics group a Dow Chemical. He has been with Dow since 2006. Prior to joining Dow he worked at the U.S. EPA, the American Petroleum Institute, The LifeLine Group (a nonprofit organization), and has been a consultant to industry and government. He is an author on more than 40 publications in the fields of exposure assessment and risk analysis. Mr. Price a charter member of the Society for Risk Analysis and International Society for Exposure Science.

Claus SvendsenClaus Svendsen got his M.Sc. in Chemistry and Ecotoxicology from Odense University (Denmark) in 1995 and obtained his PhD in 2000 from the University of Reading (UK) working on terrestrial biomarker systems. Since 2000, he has worked on fundamental and applied environmental research at the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology at Monks Wood (UK) and in 2009 moved to their Wallingford site. Svendsen is author or co-author of over 50 papers and book chapters. He has been partner in several EU-funded projects on biomarkers and chemical mixtures. His current research interest includes comparative environmental genomics, bioavailability, and mixture toxicity. The overall focus being how effects at these mechanistic levels translate into effects for populations and how organisms survive as populations in polluted habitats. Most recently his research has moved into the field of environmental risk assessment of engineered nanoparticles, where he coordinated the EU project NanoFATE and CoI other collaborative project with the US.

Dave SpurgeonDave Spurgeon: Research expertise in soil ecology and ecotoxicology including development of quantitative molecular techniques for improving understanding of the threats of pollution and other environmental change to soil fauna, communities and associated functions. Practical knowledge of mixture toxicology, pollutant bioavailability and assessing the environmental impacts of nanotechnology products. Skills in spatial distribution of contaminants and development of modelling approaches to characterise chemical exposure for humans and wildlife.