Head of Toxicology for HiTS Wins Society of Toxicology Leading Edge in Basic Science Award
Dr. Vishal S. Vaidya
Harvard Professor Wins Society of Toxicology
Leading Edge in Basic Science Award
Reston, Va.; March 17, 2014 — In honor of discoveries that illuminate the heart of toxicology, the Society of Toxicology (SOT) presents Harvard Medical School’s Vishal S. Vaidya, PhD, with the 2014 SOT Leading Edge in Basic Science Award. With this award, SOT, a professional association of more than 7,700 toxicologists,annually honors a scientist whose recent research has made seminal contributions to understanding the fundamental mechanisms of the science of toxicology. Dr. Vaidya will be formally presented with his peer-nominated award at SOT’s 53rd Annual Meeting and ToxExpo in Phoenix, Ariz., on March 23, 2014, and will deliver a lecture on March 25, 2014.
“Dr. Vaidya’s work over the past five years will change the way textbooks are written and science is conducted with respect to deploying biomarkers for monitoring kidney damage,” says nominator Frank D. Sistare, PhD. “His research has set a high standard for future safety biomarker qualification efforts, while demonstrating the tremendous value that such efforts can bring to drug development.”
The SOT Leading Edge in Basic Science Award recognizes Dr. Vaidya for his work with a protein known as kidney injury molecule-1 (Kim-1) as a biomarker for kidney injury, including developing new tools for biomarker detection. Due, in part, to the research of Dr. Vaidya and his colleagues, Kim-1 is now an accepted biomarker by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), European Medical Agency, and Japanese Agency for ascertaining renal injury during drug discovery tests. His work also led to the development of a bedside test for monitoring Kim-1 levels in preclinical and clinical settings.
Dr. Vaidya leads the Systems Toxicology Program within the Harvard Program in Therapeutic Sciences and directs the Laboratory of Kidney Toxicology and Regeneration at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His laboratory uses cellular systems, mouse models, as well as human biospecimens, and applies methodologies at the interface of bioinformatics, cell & molecular biology, systems toxicology, and translational science in understanding kidney disease. Dr. Vaidya has authored more than 55 peer-reviewed publications, including original research articles, reviews, and book chapters with more than 3,500 citations and an h-index of 32. Dr. Vaidya has served as a guest editor of a special issue of “Biomarkers of Toxicity” for the journal
Toxicology [2008; 245(3): 163-224], and he has also served as a primary editor for the book Biomarkers in Medicine, Drug Discovery and Environmental Health, published by John Wiley and Sons, N.Y., in 2010. He is the recipient of the NIH Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award and Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Innovation in Regulatory Science Award.
Dr. Vaidya received his BS in pharmacy from India’s Poona College of Pharmacy and his PhD in toxicology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
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