The Herbert E. Stokinger Award is given each year to an individual who has made a significant contribution in the broad field of industrial and environmental toxicology. This year’s Stokinger Award recipient is Vincent Castranova, PhD.
Dr. Castranova is a professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, an adjunct professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Castranova received a BS degree in biology from Mount Saint Mary’s College, Emmitsburg, Maryland in 1970, graduating magna cum laude. He received a PhD in physiology and biophysics in 1974 from West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.
After completing his studies, Dr. Castranova became an NIH fellow and research faculty member in the Department of Physiology at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1977, Dr. Castranova received a research staff position at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and an adjunct faculty position at West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia. Before his retirement in 2014, Dr. Castranova was the Chief of the Pathology and Physiology Research Branch in the Health Effects Laboratory Division of NIOSH, Morgantown, West Virginia and held the grade of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Distinguished Consultant for many years. He was also coordinator of the Nanotoxicology Program in NIOSH from its inception in 2005 until his retirement.
Dr. Castranova’s research interests have been concentrated in the areas of pulmonary toxicology and occupational lung disease. He has co-edited four books, has given over 175 invited presentations, and has co-authored over 635 manuscripts and book chapters. He received the Shepard Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award from CDC in 2008, the ATS Assembly on Environmental & Occupational Health Val Vallyathan Senior Investigator Award in 2012, and the Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section/SOT Career Achievement Award in 2013. He also previously received this prestigious award in 2009.
Dr. Castranova’s contributions to the field of industrial and occupational toxicology have earned him the Herbert E. Stokinger Award.