The Cefic Long-range Research Initiative (LRI) ‘Innovative Science Award’ was presented the last 26th June in Brussels. This annual €100,000 grant recognises outstanding contributions from early-career scientists from around Europe and supports innovative research to assess the impact of chemicals on health and the environment.
Dr Emma Taylor, a young British scientist from the MRCToxicology Unit of Leicester University won the Award for her research proposal on transgenerational effects. The project will enable further robust assessment on environmental effects potentially inherited from one generation to the next. It will also help understand the inherited effects on male fertility and identify what other biological features parents could pass on to their offspring.
The project is titled ‘Mechanistically anchored testing for male epigenetic transgenerational chemical toxicity using in vivo and in vitro stem cell based systems’. The other finalists were Dr Kirsten Baken from Maastricht University in the Netherlands and Dr Angela Mally from Würzburg University in Germany. This year’s competition was run in partnership with EUROTOX (the Association of European Toxicologists and European Societies of Toxicology).