NAVS Celebrates the Achievements of Dr. Eugene Elmore
Dr. Eugene Elmore, NAVS Science Advisor and Chairperson of IFER’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), retired from his position as a Project Scientist with the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of California Irvine (UCI) College of Medicine in December. An active member of the scientific community for over four decades, Dr. Elmore’s research interests while at UCI focused on three areas: the development and application of human cell systems for predicting cancer prevention efficacy; the development of normal human cell culture models for predicting organ specific toxicity of cancer preventive agents as well as therapeutic agents; and studying the adaptive response to low dose radiation. An expert in the field of in vitro research, as evidenced by his extensive publication record, Dr. Elmore developed numerous human cell assays for predicting environmental and preclinical toxicity, cancer, and/or efficacy for cancer prevention agents for the National Cancer Institute, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Toxicological Program. He has participated in multi-laboratory validations for identifying agents that cause birth defects, cancer, and genetic damage. He has served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods, the scientific advisory board for the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods. He has also served as treasurer of the U.S. and International Environmental Mutagen Societies and is on the Board of Directors for the Society for In Vitro Biology, where he is currently the President-Elect.
As Dr. Elmore begins an exciting new chapter in his life, his colleagues at NAVS and IFER had these kind words to say:
Peggy Cunniff, Executive Director of NAVS
The promise of better, more humane science would remain just that, a promise, without the expertise and dedication of people like Gene Elmore. No one has done more to make viable alternatives to the use of animals in science a reality than Gene by guiding NAVS and IFER with his sound expertise and his leadership within the scientific and academic arenas. Among his most endearing attributes are his kind, thoughtful, and patient nature and the twinkle in his eyes that you see when he encourages and mentors the young scientists we meet at the Intel ISEF. It has been a delightful honor to work with Gene for so many years, and we hope, for many, many more years to come.
Sherry Ward, member of the IFER SAB
Gene has been an exemplary leader in the efforts of NAVS and IFER to promote non-animal laboratory methods. He has chaired the IFER scientific advisory board for many years, leading to the funding of a number of valuable research projects. His dedication to the motivation and education of students in the field of non-animal methods is highlighted by this work with IFER, and by his regular participation in the NAVS Intel science fair project awards. Gene has truly been the glue that held us [the IFER SAB] together and moved us forward toward our goal of ‘charting a new course.’
Pam Osenkowski, Director of Science Programs at NAVS
I’ve really enjoyed the time that I’ve spent working with Gene as a member of the IFER SAB and as a Special Judge at the Intel ISEF. His scientific accomplishments are truly commendable and he is an incredible asset to NAVS and IFER. We are thankful that Gene, a longtime advocate of in vitro research, continues to share his time and expertise with NAVS and IFER, and I look forward to working with him more in the future.
NAVS is grateful for the exceptional service Dr. Elmore has provided our organization as Science Advisor for the past 6 years and for his strong leadership presence as the Chairperson of IFER’s Scientific Advisory Board. We look forward to working with him for many more years!