The fourth face-to-face meeting of the Scientific Liaison Coalition (SLC) was held in San Francisco, California on March 11, 2012, in conjunction with the SOT 2012 Annual Meeting. SLC Chair David G. Kaufman welcomed the society representatives and encouraged the members of this coalition to broaden the base of excellent topics and activities undertaken by this diverse group. In addition to Dr. Kaufman, who serves as one of the representatives of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the meeting participants included John Benitez (American College of Medical Toxicology, ACMT), Sally Darney (Society for the Study of Reproduction, SSR), John DeSesso (Teratology Society), Patrick D. Guiney (Society of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology, SETAC), Kenneth L. Hastings, (SOT Scientific Liaison Task Force, SLTF), Mary Jeanne Kallman (Safety Pharmacology Society, SPS), Thomas Knudsen (SLTF), Shawn Lamb (SOT Executive Director), Lois D. Lehman-McKeeman (SOT Vice President and Council Contact), Kevin McDorman (Society of Toxicologic Pathology, STP), Kenneth McMartin (American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, AACT), Donna Mendrick (SOT Disease Prevention Task Force, DPTF), Ofelia Olivero (Environmental Mutagen Society, EMS), Trevor Penning (American Chemical Society, ACS–Division of Chemical Toxicology), Sue Pitsch (STP Executive Director), Allister Vale (SOT Clinical and Translational Toxicology Specialty Section, CTTSS), Paul Watkins (SLTF, via phone), and Marcia Lawson, SLC Staff Administrator. Representatives to the SLC from the American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET), The Endocrine Society (ENDO), International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics (ISSX), and the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) were not available to attend this meeting.
The mission of the SLC was reviewed and affirmed by the meeting participants as follows:
- Improve the ability of societies to partner with other domestic and international organizations with the goal of increasing the impact of science to improve human and environmental health;
- Strengthen partnerships among scientific and health-based organizations to increase awareness of the impact of toxicology and related science on human health; and
- Function as a means to enhance cooperation among societies as equals with the goal of accomplishing objectives benefiting human health and disease prevention through joint and shared activities.
Significant outcomes of this meeting included the development and submission of two 2013 SOT Annual Meeting proposals and the request to endorse two proposals. Efforts are now underway to develop two Contemporary Concepts in Toxicology (CCT) conferences. All the endeavors of the SLC are related to human health and disease prevention.
The next face-to-face meeting of the SLC will be held in mid-November 2012 in the Washington, DC metro area. The SLC welcomes the participation of other societies whose missions are aligned with that of this coalition. For more information, please contact Marcia Lawson, SLC Administrator.