SOURCE: Gradient


December 28, 2010 07:00 ET

Risk Analysis Journal Awards Gradient Toxicology Scientist

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - December 28, 2010) - Gradient Toxicologist Lorenz Rhomberg is among a group of scientists recently awarded "Contribution to Best Issue-Linked Paper Set" by the Society for Risk Analysis at its 2010 annual meeting in Salt Lake City. The award, which represents a new award category for the Society, recognizes "commentaries that present different sides of issue debates in risk analysis," according to Michael Greenberg, the Editor of Risk Analysis. The 2010 award was bestowed upon a set of papers that debate the consequences of some logical and mathematical problems in current approaches for characterizing uncertainty in acceptable exposures to potentially toxic chemicals discovered by Roger Cooke, a scientist at the organization Resources for the Future. Cooke's paper and the commentaries were published in Volume 30, Number 3 of the Society's journal, Risk Analysis. Dr. Rhomberg's paper, "Uncertainty Factor Conundrums: What Lessons Should We Draw?", proposes that the debate helps us recognize some general insights into possibilities as well as pitfalls of attempts to characterize uncertainty quantitatively, and it suggests that some rethinking of the meaning of traditional uncertainty factors may be needed. Other commentary papers in the set are by Dr. Thomas Louis (Johns Hopkins University), Dr. Dale Hattis and Dr. Rob Goble (both of Clark University). 

Dr. Rhomberg is an expert in quantitative risk assessment, including dose-response analysis, pharmacokinetic modeling, and probabilistic methods, with special experience in chlorinated solvents and endocrine-active agents. He is the author of books and of more than 50 articles on these topics. His practice focuses on weight-of-evidence review, quantitative risk analysis, and scientific interpretation of toxicologic and mode-of-action data for assessing potential human health risks of environmental and industrial chemical exposures, especially in the context of regulatory programs including CERCLA, FIFRA, TSCA, and REACH, among others, and in environmental litigation. Before joining Gradient, Dr. Rhomberg was on the faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health and was employed by the US EPA. Dr. Rhomberg is active in professional groups and environmental policy development, focusing on current issues in the interpretation of toxicological data in human health risk assessment through service on panels sponsored by government, industry, and such organizations as the National Academy of Sciences and the International Life Sciences Institute. Dr. Rhomberg was recognized as the Outstanding Practitioner of the Year by the Society for Risk Analysis in 2009.

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