William K. Boyes

Neurodegenerative Disorders

William K. Boyes, PhD, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Boyes is a neurotoxicologist with over 37 years of tenure at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.  He serves as Task Leader for the Office of Research and Development (ORD) program on emerging materials and engineered nanomaterials.  Formerly, he has served as Assistant National Program Director for Chemical Safety and Sustainability, Acting Director of the Neurotoxicology Division, and Chief of the Neurophysiological Toxicology Branch.

Dr. Boyes has a PhD in Environmental Health from the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, and received postdoctoral training in neurotoxicology as a National Research Council Associate at EPA.  Dr Boyes is Past President of the International Neurotoxicology Association, Past President of the Neurotoxicology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology (SOT), recipient of the Carrier Achievement Award from the Ocular Toxicity Specialty Section of SOT, and a fellow of the Academy of Toxicology Sciences.

He is Associate Editor of Neurotoxicology, and a member of the editorial boards for Neurobehavioral Toxicology and Teratology and Inhalation Toxicology.  He is the author/coauthor of over 150 publications including peer reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and government reports.  Among the government reports are neurotoxicity testing and risk assessment guidelines, national research strategies for hazardous air pollutants and nanomaterials, hazard assessment documents for numerous chemicals, and reports to the US Congress on various topics such as fuel additives and biofuels.

He has delivered invited seminars in over a dozen countries across 5 continents.  His current research focuses on potential effects of environmental exposure to engineered nanomaterials.

In his lecture, Dr. Boyes will discuss the role of environmental factors in development of neurodegenerative disorders, and a framework to assess newly emerging potential hazards such as the environmental release of engineered nanomaterials.


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