Science News Alert—February 2013


By Marcia Lawson posted 02-26-2013 16:05


Dear SOT Members,

Below are a number of SOT-sponsored meetings and events that may be of interest to you. For more information, contact the organizers directly.

International Drug Abuse Research Society, Mexico City—April 15–19, 2013

The 4th International Drug Abuse Research Society meeting, Research Frontiers and Advances in Drug Addiction, will bring together basic scientists and clinical investigators from the international community to provide in-depth understanding and current knowledge concerning new conceptual insights into the CNS acting drugs, alcohol abuse, drugs of abuse, and treatment of drug addiction. This meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Mexico City, from April 15–19, 2013. This meeting will address the following: (1) Role of Epigenetic, Proteomics and Metabonomics in Drug Addiction (Cocaine, Alcohol, METH), (2) Drugs of Abuse and Medication Development including Nicotine/cigarette smoking, (3) Novel neurobiological targets for the treatment of Alcoholism, (4) Substituted Amphetamines-induced Neurochemical Changes and Relationship to Neurotoxicity, (5) Drug of Abuse and Imaging Brain Structure and Function, (6) Toluene/GHB/Volatile Solvent/Inhalant/anaesthetics Neurotoxicity, (7) Marijuana/Cannabinoids, and (8) Zebrafish and drug addiction. The format of the meeting will result in a useful exchange of information not only for neurochemists/neuroscientists but also investigators from other disciplines. For additional information, please visit the meeting website.

Lessons Learned, Challenges, and Opportunities: The US Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program Workshop: April 23-24, 2013

 A workshop entitled, Lessons Learned, Challenges, and Opportunities: The US Endocrine Screening Program Workshop, will be held April 23-24, 2013, at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The purpose of this workshop is to share experience gained and lessons learned by the practitioners and laboratories that conducted the screening as well as the experience of other experts to inform the future of chemical evaluation of endocrine activity. The workshop will include a wide range of stakeholders–representatives from federal regulatory agencies, NGOs, industry, contract laboratory scientists, and academic researchers - to present, discuss, and share experience for potential improvements in Tier 1 assays, and to further advance the ability of the scientific community to assess endocrine disruption and render weight-of-evidence decisions.  All interested parties are encouraged to attend—registration is open and free. More information and registration is available on the workshop website.   

V Latin America Risk Assessment Workshop: April 28–May 3, 2013

As risk assessment is introduced into the registration procedure of Latin America countries, there will be an increasing need for well-trained toxicologists to better understand the process leading to sound scientifically supported risk analysis and risk management decisions. This workshop is based on the previous 20 years of experience of the Risk Assessment Summer School (RASS) sponsored by the International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX), with emphasis on learning rather than teaching. This upcoming workshop will be held at the Grande Hotel São Pedro, Águas de São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil The objectives of the workshop are to offer young Latin American toxicologists unique opportunities (1) to broaden their knowledge and experience in the field of chemical risk assessment and (2) to better understand the data evaluation process.The workshop has been designed to include a limited number of formal lectures with plenty of time for discussions and student mentoring based on these lectures, faculty cases, and, most importantly, study cases written by the participants in advance of the workshop. For more information, visit the workshop website.       .

American College of Toxicology Course: April 22–26, 2013

A 4 ½ -day Toxicology for Industrial and Regulatory Scientists course will be conducted by the American College of Toxicology from April 22-26, 2013, in Gaithersburg, Maryland. This course, taught by distinguished experts, is designed to provide a basic training in toxicology. Participants will obtain an overall understanding of the principles of nonclinical safety evaluation with emphasis on the practical application of these principles and interpretation of nonclinical safety data. The course will include discussion of regulatory case studies and a workshop on drug development. It is intended to benefit individuals working in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical/agro-chemical companies, contract research organizations (CROs), and regulatory agencies that are interested in or currently practicing toxicology. For registration and additional information, please go to course website.

Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society 44th Annual Meeting—Abstract Deadline June 1, 2013

The 44th Annual Meeting of the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society (EMGS) will be held September 21–25, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, in Monterey, California.  This year's theme is “Embracing the Science of the Future through Cross-Disciplinary Research.” 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 (1) to build on our past contributions to the field of environmental and molecular mutagenesis and DNA repair and more fully understand the role of epigenetics in these basic mechanisms; (2) to integrate applied genetic toxicology with basic research in DNA damage and repair, toxicogenomics, and epigenetics; (3) to determine how interdisciplinary information can be best used to direct translational human epidemiological studies; (4) to have these data serve as a foundation for human risk assessment for disease and disease prevention; and finally (5) to aid in the support of knowledge-based regulation to protect public health and the environment. This is a meeting not to be missed. For additional information, visit the EMGS 2013 Annual Meeting website.

14th International Neurotoxicology Association Meeting: June 9–13, 2013, The Netherlands

After 25 years, INA’s biannual meeting will be back in the Netherlands at Egmond aan Zee, June 9–13, 2013. The theme of the meeting is "Neurodevelopmental Basis of Health and Disease." The latest advances in neurotoxicology will be shared among junior and senior scientists from all over the world. Hotel Zuiderduin, the location of the meeting, is situated in the sand dunes near Egmons aan Zee with the beaches along the North Sea within walking distance. Overall there are 11 programmed symposia. In addition, two symposia are reserved for talented young scientists and another one for "hot topics." Abstract submission is open until April 1, 2013. The Local Organizing Committee of INA 14 includes Didima de Groot, TNO; Jan Lammers, Remco Westerink, IRAS Utrecht University; Erik de Vries, University Medical Center Groningen; Donald A. Fox, University of Houston USA (President INA 2009–2011). The current INA President is Jordi Lorens (2011–2013), University of Barcelona, Spain. This year’s conference will celebrate INA’s 25th anniversary with an exciting social program and the traditional INA soccer game. For more information see the meeting website.

Society of Toxicologic Pathology 32nd Annual Symposium: June 16–20, 2013

The Society of Toxicologic Pathology (STP) 32nd Annual Symposium, “Toxicologic Pathology of the Digestive Tract and Pancreas,” will take place June 16–20 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. The 2013 STP Scientific Symposium will cover fundamental biology and recent innovations in the toxicologic pathology of the digestive tract and pancreas. The focus of this international meeting is to correlate advances in the morphologic evaluation and integration of findings in the digestive tract and pancreas with functional, cellular, and molecular knowledge in a series of plenary and poster sessions. The meeting will provide a venue for interactive discussion of the current state of knowledge in both conventional and specialized nonclinical safety studies of the digestive tract and pancreas.Preliminary Program information is now available on the Annual Meeting website.

Teratology Society 53rd Annual Meeting: June 22–26, 2013

The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Teratology Society will be held June 22–26, 2013, in Tucson, Arizona. The theme of the 2013 meeting is "Application of Cutting-Edge Technologies to Improve Assessment, Treatment, Prevention, and Communication regarding Birth Defects." Sessions will highlight teratology research and issues that have global impact, with topics including advances in genomic sciences, application of imaging technologies, predictive developmental toxicology, diabetes and pregnancy, and chemotherapeutics. 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.

 Gordon Research Conference on Mycotoxins & Phycotoxins: June 16-21, 2013 

The 16th Gordon Research Conference on Mycotoxins & Phycotoxins will be held June 16–21, 2013, Stonehill College, Easton, Massachusetts. This conference provides an interdisciplinary and international forum of pioneering research for academic, governmental, and industrial scientists and allows for the free exchange of ideas, identification of new research opportunities, and initiation of cross-disciplinary collaborations. Contemporary themes will be explored to facilitate discussion of these natural toxins and related topics of interest. Discussion sessions will include: (1) frontiers in mycotoxin and phycotoxin research, (2) novel and emerging toxins and toxicities, (3) mechanisms of action, genomics, proteomics, and the phylogenetic basis of toxicity, (4) advances in analytical detection: use of analytical recognition elements, (5) advances in analytical detection: direct analysis of mycotoxins and phycotoxins, (6) outbreaks, exposure, and risk assessment, (7) mycotoxins and phycotoxins as therapeutic natural products, (8) strategies and regulation for prevention and control, and (9) future perspectives and directions.  For more information, please visit the meeting website.

Cellular  & Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity Gordon Research Conference: August 11–16, 2013

The Cellular & Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity Gordon Research Conference will be held August 11–16, 2013, Andover, New Hampshire.  This conference is a premier forum for showcasing the latest, most innovative advances in mechanistic toxicological research. For the 2013 conference, the organizers have assembled a group of world-leading experts working on areas of investigation that are highly relevant to environmental, industrial, and pharmaceutical toxicology. The topics selected are varied and of great appeal to a broad audience of scientists with interest in toxicology. Mitochondrial diseases, epigenetics, transcriptional control of drug metabolizing enzymes, carcinogenesis, stem cells in toxicological research and novel functions of oxidative stress-related transcription factors are among the topics that will be highlighted at the conference. Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 14, 2013. For more information, visit the conference website.

Safety Pharmacology Society Annual Meeting, September 16–19, 2013—Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Safety Pharmacology Society (SPS) 13th Annual Meeting will be held September 16–19, 2013, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and will provide 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, covering issues specific to Reducing Safety Related Attrition, Expanding the Frontiers of Safety Pharmacology, Improving Support to Clinical Development, and Best Practices. The meeting will kick off with a full day of Continuing Education courses both on an introductory level as well as advanced courses for the expert. For preliminary meeting information, please visit the 2013 Annual Meeting Website.

The Environmental Health of Urban Children: 4-Part Webinar Series—Beginning October 2013

Children are especially vulnerable to toxic exposures. This is of particular relevance in heavily industrialized, urban settings, e.g., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Haifa, Israel, which produce a range of toxic chemicals. These two port cities have a significant industrial base and possess populations that are ethnically diverse and of low socioeconomic status. In addition, these populations are exposed to chemical and physical stressors in their respective built environments and demonstrate growing environmental justice awareness. To engage scientists, environmental health professionals, and community leaders,  this 4-part webinar series, which will begin in October and continue through December 2013, will focus on air pollution, a major issue for both cities, to (1) develop a platform through which stakeholders from each city will share environmental issues in their region, especially those that affect children, and what steps are being taken to mitigate those problems, (2) identify methods to create and promote healthier environments, and (3) identify next steps to enhance collaborative research and community engagement efforts to improve children’s environmental health. These webinars are co-sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Toxicology and Occupational and Public Health Specialty Sections. More information will follow via the Communiqué blog.

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.