Matthew J. Campen, PhD, has been selected by the SOT voting members to serve as the 2023–2024 SOT Secretary-Elect.
Matthew Campen, PhD, is a Regents’ Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy at the University of New Mexico (UNM). His laboratory is broadly interested in the cross-talk of the cardiovascular and respiratory system in health and disease. His primary research focus involves the impact of inhaled toxicants, especially common air pollutants, on vascular function and injury.
Prior to joining UNM, he worked at the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute as the Director of Physiology, conducting contract-based safety and efficacy research, as well as developing an independent program on air pollution toxicology.
Dr. Campen directs the new National Institute of General Medical Sciences–funded New Mexico Center for Metals in Biology and Medicine at UNM and is incoming co-PI for the UNM Clinical and Translational Science Center. He also is the Deputy Director for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences P42 UNM Metal Exposure and Toxicity Assessment on Tribal Lands in the Southwest Superfund Research Program Center.
Dr. Campen currently serves as a Deputy Editor for Toxicological Sciences, and, in 2013, he shared the Toxicological Sciences Editor-in-Chief position with Dr. John Lipscomb. He has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed publications, largely in the area of air pollution health effects.
An SOT member since 2002, Dr. Campen has served as Chair of the SOT Board of Publications and President of the SOT Mountain West Regional Chapter, SOT Cardiovascular Toxicology Specialty Section, and SOT Inhalational and Respiratory Special Section.
Goals for SOT
SOT remains a vital hub for scientific communication, education, and career development. The past three years have provided both immense perspective for the true value of a scientific society, as well as pushed novel approaches for connectivity and communication. I look forward to supporting SOT in the near future as we expand our virtual platforms and enhance our in-person meetings to better fit the needs of our members.
Early career development and networking are high priority areas for me, and SOT has always been essential career support for trainees and scientists at all levels. Improving the meeting to address needs for trainees and early career scientists can be done with a mind for what can be virtual, but what is best done in-person.
It naturally follows that inclusion must continue to be a major emphasis going forward for SOT. As a global platform for scientific exchange, education, and networking, we must ensure that the Society provides support to all members. Continuing the outstanding work of our Special Interest Groups and Committee on Diversity Initiatives, we must identify blind spots and reach out to underrepresented minority students and scientists to ensure that they are aware of the opportunities that exist for their career growth.
Lastly, I would work to place an emphasis on the most impactful science, to be communicated through our annual conference, in Toxicological Sciences, and through various innovative virtual and digital platforms. The field of toxicology has a major role to play in public health as we address issues related to climate change, substance use disorder, emerging innovative therapeutic modalities, and a rapidly growing array of industrial materials and chemicals. I will work to support and encourage communication of major research advancements and discoveries through the Society’s collective resources to help enable an informed scientific community along with other essential stakeholders.