At the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology, postdoctoral associates Drs. Damaris Albores-Garcia and Aseel Eid were awarded honors for their respective work and research within Florida International University Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work’s Brain, Behavior and Environment program, an FIU Emerging Preeminent Program.
Dr. Albores-Garcia, a member of Dean Tomás R. Guilarte’s laboratory, received an award from the “Metals Specialty Section” in the category of “Postdoctoral Research Awards. Her research, entitled “Early-life lead exposure increases µ-opioid receptor levels in the juvenile rat brain: implications for opioid addiction” found that lead exposure during the developmental stage of life could have implications on the sensitivity to drugs and predisposition to drug abuse, such as opioids, later in life.
Dr. Eid, a member of Associate Dean of Research, Dr. Jason Richardson’s laboratory, was recognized with Toshio Narahashi Neurotoxicology Postdoctoral Fellow Travel Award for her research on DDT, a common pesticide, and how it can activate cells in the brain and increase inflammation. These findings are important because neuroinflammation is a common feature of many neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, Dr. Eid won second place in the Gabriel L. Plaa Education Award, which is awarded to postdoctoral fellows who are pursuing careers that will continue to mentor future scientists in toxicology.
“We are very proud of the research that both Damaris and Aseel are conducting,” said Dean Guilarte. “The advancements they are making in Alzheimer’s disease and drug abuse research are bringing us a step closer to understanding the progression of brain diseases and risk factor.”Friday Letter Submission