We are pleased to announce that Dr. Robert James and Dr. Janice Britt have joined ToxStrategies, Inc., and will open a ToxStrategies office in Tallahassee, Florida.
Dr. James, a Senior Principal, has more than 35 years of experience in basic human and animal toxicological research and environmental consulting. He has worked with the departments of pharmacology, toxicology, and medicine at the University of Utah, Vanderbilt University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Arkansas for Medical Science, University of Florida, Florida State University, and Medical College of Wisconsin. His basic and applied research has resulted in 75 scientific publications and he is an editor of a toxicology textbook.
In addition to his academic career, Dr. James has served as a consulting environmental toxicologist since 1979. He has provided toxicological expertise, safety/risk assessment or staff training to Fortune 500 companies, state environmental and public health departments, and various federal agencies. As a toxicological consultant he has authored hundreds of scientific evaluations in the areas of: exposure-pathway and site-specific risk assessments, safety/risk evaluations for chemicals present in soil, water, air, foods and medicines; attached to indoor and outdoor surfaces; and in consumer products or construction materials. The chemicals of potential concern included, but are not limited to: heavy metals, radionuclides, industrially important chemicals and components of commercial products, petroleum products, organic solvents (BTEX, formaldehyde), chlorinated solvents, pesticides/fumigants, pharmaceuticals, food chemicals (e.g., acrylamide, diacetyl), and environmentally persistent chemicals (e.g., brominated ethers, PFOA, PCBs, PCDD/Fs).
Dr. James’ experience in occupational and environmental exposures of consumer/commercial products, drugs, and industrial chemicals ultimately has led to legal work both as a consultant and expert witness. He has worked on a variety of legal issues including site clean-up apportionment; in limine, Lone Pine, Kelly-Frye, and Daubert motions; issues of general and specific causation; and cases involving class certification, product safety, dose-reconstruction, liability, and toxic tort remedies such as medical surveillance.
Dr. Janice Britt, a Senior Managing Scientist, has over 20 years experience as a toxicologist with extensive experience evaluating the potential human health impact of exposure to chemicals as well as experience in conducting risk assessments. She has conducted in-depth critical analyses of the toxicological literature for numerous chemicals, developed briefing books on particular scientific issues, written toxicological reviews and profiles, performed site-specific risk assessments, assisted in writing Daubert and Lone Pine motions, and evaluated the appropriateness of specific regulatory toxicity criteria (e.g., reference doses, cancer slope factors) and occupational exposure guidelines (e.g., ACGIH TLVs, OSHA PELs). Dr. Britt has evaluated a wide variety of compounds, including chlorinated solvents, BTEX, insecticides, herbicides, heavy metals, PCBs, perchlorate, PFOA, pharmaceuticals, and food additives.
Examples of recently completed projects by Dr. Britt include an evidence-based evaluation of the irritancy effects of formaldehyde. As part of this project, she conducted a comprehensive review of the toxicity of formaldehyde and background exposures to formaldehyde by humans. Dr. Britt recently completed an evidence-based review on the occupation of painting as it relates to leukemia, particularly acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). As part of this review, she evaluated the background incidence and risk factors for AML. She is currently working on an evidence-based analysis of benzene and multiple myeloma.