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Jim Riviere
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Dr. Jim Riviere has distinguished himself as an international authority on comparative pharmacokinetics and toxicokinetics.

He is employed at North Carolina State University as the founding director of the Center for Chemical Toxicology Research and Pharmacokinetics in the College of Veterinary Medicine and has recently served as the director of the Biomathematics Graduate Program for the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. He lives in Raleigh, N.C.

Born and raised in New Bedford, Mass., Jim earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Boston College in the early 1970s before coming to Purdue as a teaching assistant in veterinary pharmacology, while pursuing his doctoral degree. He also worked as an extern at Eli Lilly's Toxicology Research Lab and received his D.V.M. and Ph.D. in pharmacology from Purdue in 1980.

Dr. Riviere left Purdue in 1981 to become an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology at N.C. State, where he also was a member of the graduate toxicology faculty for nine years.

He also was co-founder and co-director of the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank, a program that achieved permanent authorization by the United States Congress in 1998 and was recognized in 2001 by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

Dr. Riviere's expertise has been recognized by his election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2003. Most recently he received the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Association for Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology.

He has received many other prestigious awards. Two of his research contributions were identified by the NCSU News Services among the 100 greatest NCSU Achievements of the 20th Century.

As a scientist, Dr. Riviere's reputation is unparalleled in his field. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 10 books, while also obtaining numerous patents and registered copyrights. He has also received more than $16 million in sponsored research funding at NCSU.

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