CRIS has chosen to engage in four strategic areas to achieve the following objectives:
To demonstrate CRIS research capabilities as well as provide information on critical scientific data gaps.
- Conduct a CRIS-funded project to evaluate the anti-inflammatory activity of CBD in human primary leukocytes.
- Assess and potentially initiate a research project to evaluate non-immune system CBD-related toxicological endpoints (e.g., hepatotoxicity)
- Assess and potentially initiate a research project to evaluate putative toxicological effects of micro- and/or nano-plastics in a mammalian model system (i.e., mouse or rat).
Establish CRIS in the scientific community as the authoritative source for leading-edge science-based information on consumer product ingredient safety.
Scientific Visibility Goals
- 2 papers presented on TiO2 (E 171)results at 2020 SOT AM
- 1 paper presented on CBD results at 2020 SOT AM
- Symposium on health effects of cannabinoids to be presented at 2020 SOT AM
- Symposium proposal submitted with CRIS as the sponsor on TiO2 to 2002 IAFP
- Symposium proposal submitted by ILSI NA FCSC on CBD with NK as speaker
Increase CRIS visibility, reach and weight through the implementation of a communication strategy that will increase media presence, readership, and societal impact.
- Define a communication strategy that will establish CRIS as the go-to resource for information on consumer product ingredient safety (strategy completed, agreed by EAC and implemented in 6 months).
- CRIS research is featured in a major journalistic publication
- CRIS researchers interviewed as subject experts by 3 journalistic publications
- Increase CRIS weekly blog posts and newsletter audience reach by 50%
- Expand CRIS social listening activities (how do we measure success?)
CRIS will take the lead in training the next generation of toxicologists who will engage in careers serving the broad consumer products sector (e.g., industry, government, not for profit, international organizations).
- Invite 1-2 high-profile speakers to the MSU campus (Supported by Nutrition and Chronic Disease Endowment). Coordinate timing with CRIS AM.
- Fund 1-2 predoctoral trainees in the EITS graduate program whose dissertation project is aligned with CRIS. (Supported by Nutrition and Chronic Disease Endowment).
- Train Ph.D. students through the EITS graduate program (Food Toxicology and Ingredient Safety Track)