SOT—Science News Alert


By Marcia Lawson posted 05-04-2012 07:54

SOT Sponsored and Endorsed Non-SOT Meetings


Please see the information below and contact the organizers directly if you wish to participate.

You are encouraged to seek support for your meetings through the funding available for Non-SOT Meeting support and Global Initiative Funding.

Teratology Society 52nd Annual Meeting—June 23–27

The 52nd Annual Meeting of the Teratology Society will be held June 23–27, 2012, in Baltimore, Maryland. The 2012 meeting theme is “Global Perspectives in Teratology” and will highlight birth defects research and issues, which have global impact. Topics include maternal/fetal health in developing countries, impacts of nuclear disasters on reproduction and development, effects of Vitamin D deficiency on maternal and fetal health, international controversies concerning hazard- versus risk-based regulations, and novel computational approaches for assessing safety during pregnancy and development. The interdisciplinary nature of the Society provides unique opportunities to look broadly at these complex issues. For more information, visit the Teratology Society Annual Meeting website.

Upcoming Training Opportunities from Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA)

Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA) has 2 upcoming Dose-Response Assessment Boot Camps. TERA’s Dose-Response Assessment Boot Camp is an intensive, hands-on training course in hazard characterization and dose-response assessment. TERA has trained over 300 people from 11 different countries in the last 5 years! Upcoming courses are a 4-day Course: July 23–26, 2012, in Sydney, Australia (following the World Congress on Risk) and a 5-Day Course: October 15–19, 2012, in Washington, DC. For more details visit the TERA courses website

TERA is also offering a webinar entitled “WEBINAR: Practitioner’s Guide to Risk Assessment for Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology (DART).” The webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, from 1:00 pm–5:00 pm EDT. The course is intended for health scientists and product stewardship professionals who need to consider the potential for reproductive and developmental effects of their chemicals or products. Learning objectives of the course include: interpreting adversity and clinical relevance of DART endpoints; applying dose-response techniques; evaluating mode of action and human relevance; optimizing testing needs and strategies; and understanding key concepts in current risk assessment guidance for DART. For more details visit the TERA webinars website

For more information on any of the training offered by TERA, please contact: Patricia Nance at 513.542.7475, Ext 25.

Society of Toxicologic Pathology 31st Annual Symposium June 24–28

“Mechanisms of Toxicity” is the theme of the Society of Toxicologic Pathology (STP) 31st Annual Symposium to be held June 24–28, 2012, at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. The global regulatory agencies and the general public require outstanding scientific rigor and quality in the human risk assessment of xenobiotics. To meet these demands, the toxicology and pathology professions are positioned to take advantage of key learnings captured from major advances in the molecular understanding of host defense, disease, and toxicity processes. The purpose of the 2012 Annual Symposium will be to examine the mechanism of toxicity in six general sessions covering tissue injury related to 1) host factors; 2) chemical structure; 3) xenobiotic cellular targets (on- and off-target); 4) new technologies (e.g., nanotechnology, siRNA therapy, and immunoconjugates); 5) cellular organelle specific effects; and 6) high profile environmental chemicals and consumer products. For addition information, please visit the STP 31st Annual Symposium website.

Environmental Mutagen Society 43rd Annual Meeting September 8-12

The 43rd Annual Meeting of the Environmental Mutagen Society (EMS), “EMS: The Next Generation,” will be held September 8–12, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, in Bellevue, Washington. The meeting provides a broad scientific forum for basic and applied researchers as well as students and teachers to review the latest information linking environmental conditions to adverse health outcomes. The emphasis of the meeting is to 1) present cutting-edge basic research in the areas of DNA repair, regulation of gene expression, epigenetics, systems biology, mutagenesis, inflammation cancer, and aging in eight symposia and seven keynote lectures; 2) present emerging “next generation” technologies and approaches in genomic research, genetic toxicology, and risk assessment; 3) feature the work of students, new and early stage investigators, and EMS members in six platform sessions; 4) network with students, mentors and colleagues at ten Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings, two receptions and a banquet; and finally 5) entice students and new and early stage investigators to become the “Next Generation” EMS members. This is a meeting not to be missed. For additional information, visit the EMS 2012 Annual Meeting website.

8th Congress of Toxicology in Developing Countries— September 10-13

The 8th Congress of Toxicology in Developing Countries (8CTDC) will be held from September 10–13, 2012, in Bangkok, Thailand. The 8CTDC will provide an opportunity to cover a wide range of topics representing the latest scientific advancements as well as toxicological problems in developing countries. Present your work by submitting an abstract by the submission deadline of April 30, 2012. Abstract submission instructions can be found on the 8CTDC website. Those who submit an abstract may be eligible to receive a travel award to assist in attending this world class meeting. Full information and award application can be found on the IUTOX website. A scientific program is planned that will allow attendees to participate and benefit from the exchange of views and ideas from around the world. Due to its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, Bangkok is a unique city with lots to offer its visitors. Register for 8CTDC by June 2, 2012, to receive discounted registration rates. Full meeting details may be found on the 8CTDC website.

Safety Pharmacology Society, October 1–4

The SPS 12th Annual Meeting, which will be held October 1–4, 2012, in Phoenix, Arizona provides a dynamic forum for sharing the latest in safety pharmacology. The scientific program offers in-depth discussion of relevant topics to keep you “in the know.” This meeting will feature a diverse range of scientific sessions organized into two thematic tracks and covering issues specific to important therapeutic areas, new regulatory developments, and new technologies. Please consider submitting an abstract for presentation as a poster by the deadline of June 15, 2012. From these submissions, a number will be selected for short oral communications. The meeting will kick off with a full day of Continuing Education courses in a broad range of topics. In an effort to support attendance from our younger colleagues, please note that SPS offers Student and Junior Investigator Travel Awards. Register now to receive the Early Bird rate.

2012 Careers in Toxicology Workshop—July 18–20

The Curriculum in Toxicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will hold a workshop on career tracks in toxicology at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. This workshop is targeted to students enrolled in graduate training programs in toxicology. Its aim is to expose trainees to employment paths beyond traditional academic research settings, including research and regulatory careers in the private and public sectors. The program will include presentations by toxicologists in senior positions in the pharmaceutical, consumer products, energy and chemical industries, as well as government agencies and private consulting firms. Additional information will be available on the NCbiotech website.

2nd International Conference on Environmental Pollution, Restoration, and Management: Hanoi, March 2013—Abstract Submission Open

This international conference will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, March 4–8, 2013. In addition to SOT, the sponsoring organizations include the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), Loyola University of Chicago, and Hanoi University of Science. According to the conference organizers, “this conference is important for understanding and solving environmental problems and is critical to scientists, managers, and students in developing countries.” Participants from 54 different countries attended the first conference, and this second conference is anticipated to provide great opportunities for research and education collaborations for students and scientists around the world. The abstract submission site is now open. More information can be found on the conference website or contact Tham Hoang/Rachel Pryor, or Nhan Dang.

Other Meetings of Interest

Short Course on Industrial Toxicology and Pathology July 23–27

The 9th Biennial Short Course on Industrial Toxicology and Pathology, sponsored by the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and co-sponsored by the Society of Toxicologic Pathology, will be held July 23–27 in Champaign, Illinois.

Session One: Toxicology & Pathology in Drug Discovery and Development including Emerging Issue: Metabolic Syndrome. This session is designed for toxicologists, pathologists, and other professionals working in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and consumer products fields with a primary emphasis on drug discovery and development. The session also is applicable to professionals responsible for design and evaluation, safety assessment, and regulatory issues associated with product development in industry, government, and contract laboratories. The objective of the session is to address current global issues in the rapidly advancing fields of toxicology and pathology; to enhance attendees’ skills in interpreting animal safety studies; to facilitate interactions with federal regulatory agencies; and to provide networking opportunities.

Session Two: Contemporary Concepts in Target Organ Toxicologic Pathology. Renal and Respiratory Systems: This session is designed for pathologists, toxicologists, and other professionals working in toxicology-related fields such as the pharmaceutical, chemical, consumer, and environmental areas. The objective of the session is to provide an understanding of the basis and manifestations of target organ responses to xenobiotic injury as well as cutting-edge concepts. Further information available on the course website.


SOT sponsors two types of meetings outside of the SOT Annual Meeting: Contemporary Concepts in Toxicology (CCT) and Non-SOT meetings. CCT meetings are one- to two-day focused, open registration, scientific meetings in contemporary and rapidly progressing areas of toxicological sciences. Non-SOT meetings are sponsored by other not-for-profit organizations and SOT will either endorse or provide sponsorship money to toxicology-related meetings.


Mark your calendar SOT Annual Meeting March 10–14, 2013.