Click here to view .pdf of this press release.
The American College of Medical Toxicology announces the release of the Medical Toxicology
Foundation 2014 Annual Report. The report highlights the Foundation’s achievements in
promoting the impact and value of medical toxicology in the provision of safe, high-quality
Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) October 28, 2014 -- The Medical Toxicology Foundation (MTF) has released its
2014 Annual Report, which summarizes the numerous awards available from the Foundation and highlights the
achievements of past award winners in promoting the valuable role of medical toxicology in the provision of
safe, high quality care. The report details nearly $100,000 provided in awards in recent years to fund research
and educational activities within the specialty of medical toxicology. The MTF is a non-profit charitable
organization affiliated with the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT). As part of its commitment
to sustaining and improving the practice of medical toxicology, the Foundation funds medical toxicology
education and research programs that are vital to the care of patients suffering from the adverse effects of drug, chemical and natural toxin exposures.
The report also describes awards currently available for the promotion of research and career development in
medical toxicology. The newest MTF initiative, The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Award, supports
outstanding research and educational initiatives that have the greatest potential to reduce the misuse and abuse
of prescription drugs, particularly among young people. The first award from this fund was presented to
Katherine Boyle, MD, from the Division of Medical Toxicology at the University of Massachusetts to support
her research entitled ‘Teaching Effective Opioid Prescribing Through a Simulation Curriculum’. This award
was endowed by Ward Donovan, M.D., a medical toxicologist who has dedicated his career to toxicology
research and education as well as the treatment of poisoned patients. Dr. Donovan is also a past President of the ACMT.
Additional awardsare available to fund innovative research and teaching projects. The 2014 recipients of these
awards are Katherine Katsung, MD, from Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN and Nathan Menke, MD, PhD,
from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Katsung is investigating treatments for toxicity related to
propranolol, a common cardiovascular medication, and Dr. Menke is studying tools to aid in predicting severe
toxicity related to acetaminophen poisoning.
According to Suzanne White, MD, President of ACMT, “It excites me as I see the possibilities for helping
patients and realizing breakthroughs we never before thought would be possible. I can feel momentum gaining
for the Medical Toxicology Foundation and the work conducted by its members.”