Upcoming SOT Webinars: November 2018

By Paul Foster posted 10-25-2018 13:50


The Society of Toxicology (SOT) Component Groups (Regional Chapters, Special Interest Groups, and Specialty Sections) and committees host webinars throughout the year. Webinars are an effective distance-learning method intended to impart scientific knowledge to members of their group as well as the SOT membership at large. These webinars are just one of the many benefits of SOT membership.

Upcoming webinars for November 2018 are listed below.

Graduate Education Subcommittee

Topic: Stepping Out of the Lab: Opportunities for Graduate Student Internships in Toxicology

Date and Time: Thursday, November 1, 2018, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm Eastern Time

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Internships within industry, government, and nonprofit organizations provide graduate students unique appreciation of the day-to-day activities of toxicologists and paths for success in these sectors. Such opportunities can help students establish their professional network, build confidence in career choices, and ultimately better prepare for transitioning into these sectors upon graduation. The goal of this webinar is to bring together the various stakeholders—graduate students, faculty, and those hosting interns—to discuss best practices for developing internships, and strategies for increasing the number of available internships, as well as improving awareness and access to available internships.

Webinar Agenda:

  • Introduction (Natalie Johnson)
  • Student Perspective (Agnes Karmaus) 
  • Perspectives from an Academic Adviser (Lauren Aleksunes)
  • Hosting a Student Intern in Industry (Amy Roe)
  • Hosting a Student Intern in Government (Shelley DuTeaux) 
  • Advertising the GIFT Opportunity/SOT Session (Aaron Bowman) 
  • Q&A 

Registration is required.

Molecular and Systems Biology Specialty Section (MSBSS)

Topic: Award Webinar Series: Postdoctoral Fellow and Paper of the Year Award Recipients

Date and Time: Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm Eastern Time

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The MSBSS will be highlighting the research conducted by our 2018 Paper of the Year Award recipient, Dr. Priyanka Trivedi (Harvard Medical School) and 2018 Postdoctoral Fellow Research Award recipient, Dr. Samantha Faber (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). Dr. Trivedi will present her paper titled, "Targeting Phospholipase D4 Attenuates Kidney Fibrosis" (DOI: 10.1681/ASN.2016111222), which was published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology in December 2017. She will discuss phospholipase D4 (PLD4), a single-pass transmembrane glycoprotein, which is among the most highly upregulated genes in kidneys with chronic progressive fibrosis. Dr. Faber will discuss the development and characterization of a novel three-dimensional organotypic airway model. Studies focused on examining key signaling pathways within airway fibroblasts following trans-epithelial air pollutant exposure also will be discussed. These two presentations will highlight the exceptional research being conducted by young investigators in the MSBSS. The webinar is free to all attendees.

Registration is required.

Graduate Student Leadership Committee (GSLC) Professional Development Subcommittee

Topic: Fund Your Career Development

Date and Time: Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 2:30 pm–4:00 pm Eastern Time

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Does thinking about funding keep you up at night? Are you wrestling with which grants to apply for and how to apply for them?

If you’ve answered yes to either of these questions, we have the perfect webinar for you! On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, beginning at 2:30 pm EST, we will have speakers from various backgrounds discuss funding opportunities available from the perspectives of both award administrator and awardee. They will share their experience in reviewing award applications or applying for trainee funding.

Our panels of experts feature:

Jamie Moscovitz, PhD, is a project toxicologist at Amgen in the Department of Comparative Biology and Safety Sciences. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Pfizer, Inc. in the Department of Medicine Design. Dr. Moscovitz completed her PhD in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Rutgers University. Her doctoral research resulted in a Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31), American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) Predoctoral Fellowship, Colgate-Palmolive Award for Alternative Methods, SOT Supplemental Training for Education Program (STEP) Award, and SOT Women in Toxicology Graduate Student Achievement Award. Dr. Moscovitz is knowledgeable about the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) fellowship, having assisted several trainees craft successful applications.

Aaron Bowman, PhD, is a professor and head of the School of Health Sciences at Purdue University and a member of the Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience (PIIN). Dr. Bowman is a 2008 recipient of the Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) RO1 Award from the National Institute of Health Sciences (NIEHS). Dr. Bowman serves on several national study sections, including standing membership in the Neurotoxicology and Alcohol (NAL) study section. Dr. Bowman has also served the SOT in several roles, including current Chair of the Graduate Education Subcommittee, which administers the STEP and endowment internship award programs; member of the SOT Program Committee; past member of the SOT Education Committee; and former president of the Neurotoxicology Specialty Section. Dr. Bowman serves as a handling editor or associate editor for Toxicological Sciences, NeuroToxicology, Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, and BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Michael Humble, PhD, is a program director in the Genes, Environment, and Health Branch, Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT) at the NIEHS. Dr. Humble oversees the extramural Fellowship program, the NIEHS Summer Research Experience in the Environmental Health Sciences (R25) program, and the R15 AREA grants program, as well as the research portfolios in skin disease, immunotoxicology, and autoimmune disease.

Carol Shreffler, PhD, is the director of the Training and Career Development Program at NIEHS. Dr. Shreffler is the NIEHS representative on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Training Advisory Committee and the NIH Molecular Libraries and Imaging Roadmap Committee. She is the NIEHS coordinator for the Diversity and Re-entry supplements program. She served for two years as the Co-Chair of the Training Subcommittee (now the Key Function Committee) of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards, and on the Re-Engineering the Clinical Research Enterprise Roadmap Committee. She is credited with developing and managing the ONES Program, a R01 research grant aimed at outstanding new Early Stage Investigators in the Environmental Health Sciences.

Registration is required.

Graduate Student Leadership Committee (GSLC) Communications Subcommittee

Topic: Interview with an Expert: Consumer Goods Industry

Date and Time: Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm Eastern Time

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What does a toxicologist do in the consumer goods industry? Is it a career pathway I could be interested in? If you are interested in pursuing a career as a toxicologist in the consumer goods industry or want to learn more about the career in general, this webinar is you! Brittany Baisch, PhD, DABT, from Henkel Corporation, will share her experiences and career pathway in this field and her role overseeing product safety and regulatory affairs. A live interview with Dr. Baisch will be followed by a Q&A session of questions submitted by students.

Registration is required.

Medical Device and Combination Product Specialty Section (MDCPSS)

Topic: ISO 18562 Biocompatibility Evaluation of Breathing Gas Pathways in Healthcare Applications

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 11:00 am–12:00 pm Eastern Time

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The ISO 18562 series of standards “Biocompatibility evaluation of breathing gas pathways in healthcare applications,” was published by ISO in 2017. The series includes four parts, which cover the current thinking on gas pathway requirements. On June 7, 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration added the ISO 18562 standards to their list of Recognized Consensus Standards, with partial recognition. ISO 18562 standards are now referenced in the newly released ISO 10993-18:2018, as international acceptance of these standards increases.

Unlike the ISO 10993 series of biocompatibility standards, which is a set of biological test methods, ISO 18562 evaluates biocompatibility using a set of toxicological risk analyses. These toxicological methods are not novel, but their application in this way will greatly expand the knowledge and use of these concepts.

In this webinar, we discuss the four published standards and their applications and add commentary about putting them into practice in real-world situations.

Registration is required

Molecular and Systems Biology Specialty Section (MSBSS)

Topic: Award Webinar Series: 2018 Graduate Student Awards

Date and Time: Monday, November 19, 2018, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm Eastern Time

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The MSBSS will be highlighting the research conducted by our 2018 Graduate Student Research Award recipients, Julia Tobacyk (1st place, University of Arkansas), Abhishek Venkatratnam (2nd place, University of North Carolina), and Prarthana Shankar (3rd place, Oregon State University). These three presentations will highlight the exceptional research being conducted by MSBSS graduate students exploring the roles of miRNAs as biomarkers of renal injury, the hepatic transcriptomic response to trichloroethylene, and the role of long non-coding RNA is the regulation of transcription factor sox9b in the toxic response to TCDD. Individual talk abstracts are below.

Julia Tobacyk (University of Arkansas)
Title: Mouse Population-Based Evaluation of Urinary Protein and miRNA Biomarker Performance Associated with Cisplatin Renal Injury

Abhishek Venkatratnam (University of North Carolina)
Title: Collaborative Cross (CC) Mouse Population-Based Dose-Response Analysis of Liver Transcriptomic Responses to Trichloroethylene (TCE) at the Level of Genes and Pathways

Prarthana Shankar (Oregon State University)
Title: The Role of a Novel Long Non-Coding RNA in the Regulation of Sox9b and Its Contribution to TCDD-Induced Toxicity Endpoints

Registration is required.