Meet the Scientists behind Innovative Toxicology Research: Season 1 of Adverse Reactions Is Streaming Now!


By Cynthia Rider posted 06-10-2021 13:41


The entire first season of the SOT podcast, Adverse Reactions, is available now in all its toxicological glory on all the major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. You can also listen to all episodes on the Adverse Reactions website.

SOT members and resident “talks”-icologists Anne Chappelle and David Faulkner co-host the podcast, in which they explore the stories and lives of scientists by interviewing toxicologists and those in related fields. Beyond the science, season 1 explores diverse topics such as the intersection of public service, science, and policy-making; the importance of mentorship; and building trust in science.

Listen and subscribe to all episodes now and stay tuned for season 2!

Episode 1: The United States of Toxicity

Retired National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Director and lifelong federal scientist Linda S. Birnbaum discusses the intersection of policy and science, as well as the effect of environmental exposures on public health, with co-hosts Anne Chappelle and David Faulkner. Dr. Birnbaum also shares her insights on how to be an effective leader and the importance of mentorship.

Episode 2: DNA Isn’t Destiny, So What Is?

Epigenetics expert Dana C. Dolinoy of the University of Michigan School of Public Health illuminates how our nascent understanding of the epigenome is leading to breakthroughs in understanding the causes—and potential treatment—of some public health problems. Co-hosts Anne Chappelle and David Faulkner also talk with Dr. Dolinoy about the collaborative science happening in the field and what the future holds for epigenetics.

Episode 3: Speak Softly and Carry a Big Dataset: The Exposome

Ohio State University’s Darryl B. Hood reveals how a database with about 25,000 environmental factors and variables associated with the public health exposome may soon lead to major breakthroughs in addressing disparate public health outcomes in various communities. He also shares with co-hosts Anne Chappelle and David Faulkner his experiences from a lifetime of firsts—from being a plaintiff in Brown v. Board of Education to transitioning from an HBCU (historically black college and university) to a program where he was the only Black man.

Episode 4: More Than a Color Scheme: The Future of Toxicology in Green Chemistry

Margaret “Meg” H. Whittaker, Managing Director and Chief Toxicologist of ToxServices LLC, outlines the similarities and differences between risk assessment, alternative assessments, and green chemistry. Co-hosts Anne Chappelle and David Faulkner also discover how alternative assessments can lead to safer and more sustainable products that protect animal, human, and environmental health and the importance of diversifying your portfolio when you’re a student or early career researcher.

Episode 5: All the Tox That's Fit to Print . . . or Present . . . or Blog

With pre-print services, data sharing, open access, and the internet rapidly changing the journal publication landscape, Toxicological Sciences Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey M. Peters provides co-hosts Anne Chappelle and David Faulkner with perspective on how journals are adapting to the times. Dr. Peters also details how new training and guidance programs at ToxSci are aiming to enhance submissions and peer reviews.

Episode 6: To Breathe a Little Easier and Why the Lungs Are the Sexiest Organ

From vaping to wildfire smoke to pollutants such as diesel exhaust to airborne diseases, the lungs are the organ most exposed to our external environment, according to Ilona Jaspers of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Jaspers also introduces co-hosts Anne Chappelle and David Faulkner to convergence science, a new approach to interdisciplinary work meant to bring disparate experts together.

Interested in participating in season 2 or have suggestions for the show? Contact SOT Communications Director and Adverse Reactions Producer Michelle Werts.