Marion F. Ehrich, professor of biomedical sciences and pathobiology in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, has received the 2010 Merit Award from the Society of Toxicology for her many contributions to toxicology throughout her career.

Ehrich is a tenured professor of pharmacology and toxicology and the co-director of the Laboratory for Neurotoxicity Studies at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Her research interests include biochemical neurotoxicology, especially immediate and delayed neurotoxic effects of organophosphate pesticides. In addition, she has been a pioneer in the use of in vitro systems for mechanistic studies and safety assessment in neurotoxicology, with potential contribution to a diminished need for animal use in chemical safety assessments. She is often called upon by both government and industry for her expertise in these areas.

Ehrich is a practicing registered pharmacist and pharmacy consultant to the college, and served as Society of Toxicology president from 2003–04. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, receiving a national teaching award from their student organization in 2006. She is also a member of the Academy of Toxicological Scientists, and the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. She has mentored more than 35 master’s and doctoral-level students. Ehrich's publications span over 35 years, including 300 book chapters, reviews, research, and educational publications.

Ehrich will be honored at an awards ceremony during the society’s 49th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, on Sunday, March 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Society of Toxicology is a scientific not-for-profit organization for professionals from around the world who are involved in toxicology. With more than 6,000 members, the society is working to build the future of toxicology and is dedicated to increasing the scientific impact of toxicology, advocating the value of toxicology and increasing the visibility of the organization and members as scientific leaders.

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