Upcoming Component Group Webinars: October 2017

By Michael Carvan posted 10-05-2017 13:06


The Society of Toxicology (SOT) Component Groups (Regional Chapters, Special Interest Groups, and Specialty Sections) host many 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 October 2017 are listed below.

Biotechnology Specialty Section (BTSS)

Topic: Navigating from Job Search through On-site Interview: Perspective from Hiring Managers and Recruiters

Date and Time: Friday, October 6, 2017, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm Eastern Time

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This webinar is designed to provide career guidance to early career toxicologists interested in industrial jobs. Many candidates have the technical skills required for an industrial position. However, many are unaware of the recruiting process, resources for searching the right job, and what to expect during the conversation with the hiring managers and their team. In the universities, there are plenty of resources for students who are preparing their CV/resume for academic careers. However, guidance for early career scientists preparing their CV/resume for industrial careers frequently is limited. 

Hence, BTSS has organized this webinar with objectives to: 

  1. Provide guidance on tailoring a CV, resume, and cover letter to industrial jobs; what a hiring manager will look for in the CV/resume; and how to make a catchy resume.
  2.  Provide guidance and resources for a job search in industry. A recruiter will present the process by which recruiters hunt for the right candidates; what they look for in applications; and how candidates should prepare themselves to crack the first barrier.
  3.  Discuss preparation for telephone and on-site interviews: what to expect during these interviews; and what your prospective team is looking for in you.

 Registration is required.

Medical Device and Combination Product Specialty Section (MDCPSS)

Topic:  Regulations, Standards, and Practices for Biocompatibility & Toxicology Assessment in China

Date and Time: Friday, October 13, 2017, 11:00 am–12:00 pm Eastern Time

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Presenter: Chenghu Liu, Director, Biological Evaluation Department, Shandong Quality Inspection Center for Medical Devices Jinan, China 

The purpose of this webinar is to help participants learn about evaluating the biocompatibility of medical devices in China. In recent years, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has released several important policies and regulations that impact local medical device submission and registration. At the same time, local biocompatibility evaluation standards also have evolved to align with advances in the global ISO 10993 standards. Technical Committee 248 of the Standardization Administration of the People's Republic of China (SAC) is currently based at the Shandong Quality Inspection Center for Medical Devices and is chartered with establishing local biocompatibility standards. The current Chinese GB16886 standards were adopted from the ISO 10993 standards and are essential for biocompatibility evaluation in China. In addition, China also has developed specific test method standards to supplement the GB16886 standards. This webinar will provide an overview of the current status and future trends in biocompatibility evaluation, regulatory requirements, and best practices in China. 

Registration is required.

Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section (IRSS)

Topic: E-journal Club October Webinar

Date and Time: Monday, October 16, 2017, 11:00 am–12:00 pm Eastern Time

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IRSS E-journal Club Aims:

The journal club will meet quarterly for approximately 30-45 minutes to one hour to review current research articles relevant to IRSS-SOT. Research findings will be presented and discussed. The general purpose of this E-journal club is to facilitate the review of a specific research study/article and to discuss implications/relevance of the study to inhalation toxicology. 

Objectives include the following:

  • Providing insight on hot/timely published papers in the area of inhalation toxicology relevant to basic/translational/clinical research,
  • Introducing new/emerging concept (or even older concept/paradigm) in inhalation toxicology,
  • Keeping abreast and sharing of new knowledge,
  • Discussing methodologies and interpreting results,
  • Proposing questions and discussion points to stimulate a journal club discussion,
  • Bringing a forum for junior and senior researchers to share ideas, and
  • Fostering new collaborations. 

Overall, the webinar (~45 minutes duration) will highlight and present the findings on using exposomics to assess cumulative risks and understanding the cause of disease, role of exposome and exposomics, and their interplay in life-course health and disease with an emphasis on inhalation toxicology. 

The webinar is unique and will serve as a forum for novel approaches related to inhalation toxicology, foster integration of other scientific disciplines and specialties, promote integration and transformation of exposure science in toxicology, further understanding of toxicological impacts on public health, and initiate discussion on environmental health issues for policy regulation. 

A broad range of society members will benefit from this webinar. 

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Registration is required.

Biological Modeling Specialty Section (BMSS)

Topic: An Introduction to PK-Sim: The Open Source Platform for PBPK Modeling

Date and Time: Friday, October 20, 2017, 11:00 am–12:00 pm Eastern Time

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The presentation will introduce the software PK-Sim to participants. PK-Sim is an open source platform for physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modeling and simulation. The webinar will cover how to download the software and use the community question forum. It also will introduce the structure and parameterization of PK-Sim models, its potential applications (e.g., population modeling, pediatrics), and its integration with MoBi, a platform for more advanced modeling (e.g., PK/PD, tumour modeling). 

Registration is required.

Graduate Student Leadership Committee (GSLC) and Regulatory and Safety Evaluation Specialty Section (RSESS)

Topic: Finding Your Dream Job in Regulatory Toxicology

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 1:00 pm–2:30 pm Eastern Time

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Are you interested in learning about Regulatory Toxicology and all the related phenomenal associated careers? Whether you are a new graduate student or on the verge of defending your thesis, the prospect of securing a postdoctoral fellowship or job postgraduation can be a daunting task. The field of regulatory toxicology holds many opportunities in government, industry, and consulting. Join us on Tuesday, October 31 at 1:00 pm EST to find out more.

This webinar will provide you with the opportunity to hear from panelists currently working in the regulatory and safety evaluation fields. They will provide insights into how to groom your education and professional development towards a career in regulation and risk assessment. We have three great speakers: Edward V. Ohanian, PhD; Amy L. Roe, PhD, DABT; and Anne E. Loccisano, PhD, DABT, who are willing to answer your questions following their insightful presentations. 

Dr. Ohanian is Associate Director for Science with the Office of Water (OW). He provides oversight for the development of risk assessments as required under both the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act. He has previously served as the Director of the Health and Ecological Criteria Division in OW and as the Acting Director of the National Center for Environmental Assessment/Office of Research and Development/US Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Roe has 20 years of experience working both the US Food and Drug Administration  National Center for Toxicological Research and The Procter & Gamble Company. Dr. Roe is a practicing toxicologist in government, pharmaceutical, and consumer product industries with experience in the areas of general, descriptive, and regulatory toxicology, specializing in drug/xenobiotic metabolism and pharmacokinetics. Dr. Loccisano, through her work with Exponent, Inc. in Alexandria, Virginia, provides consultation for a varied client base in matters of safety evaluation, risk assessment, regulatory compliance, and toxicology activities for a number of agents, including pesticides, metals, consumer products, and pharmaceuticals. 

Registration is required.