Upcoming Webinars: February 2019


By Paul Foster posted 01-31-2019 14:14


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 February 2019 are listed below.


So, You Want to Be a Consultant …

Host: Career Resource and Development Committee (CRAD)

Date and Time: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12:30 PM–2:00 PM (EST)

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There is a significant number of professional toxicologists who have chosen to pursue careers in the consulting business. The reasons are as manifold as the kinds of consulting opportunities and career stages at which one might choose a consulting path. The range of situations extends from a toxicologist who joins a consulting firm right out of graduate school to one who decides to form their own consulting practice to one who transitions from a full-time career in industry, government, or academia to pursue one in the consulting business. Such choices cannot be made lightly and are quite specific to one’s personal nature and risk tolerance. Three successful consultants with differing life and professional experiences tell their stories and provide key takeaway points for toxicologists of all ages to consider when exploring options for a career in toxicology consulting. The webinar will conclude with an interactive Q&A session.

  • Introduction: The Many Faces and Facets of Consulting
    Lorrene Buckley, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Independent Consulting as a Career Choice 
    William Brock, Brock Scientific Consulting LLC
  • Confessions of a Forensic Toxicology Consultant: Being Prepared for Forks in the Career Path 
    Michael McCabe, Robson Forensic Inc. 
  • Consulting—Building a Firm from the Ground Up 
    Laurie Couture Haws, ToxStrategies, Inc. 

Empowering the Endorsers: Developing Competitive Scientific Session Proposals

Host: Scientific Program Committee (SPC)

Date and Time: Thursday, February 14, 2019, 1:00 PM–2:00 PM (EST)

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In this annual session proposal webinar, Scientific Program Committee members will answer FAQ regarding the SOT proposal submission process, including best practices approaches to ensure success of the Annual Meeting, for SOT leadership from Specialty Sections, Special Interest Groups, task forces, committees, etc. The review process for proposals also will be addressed.


Interview with a Professor: The Road of Academia

Host: Graduate Student Leadership Committee (GSLC) Communications Subcommittee

Date and Time: Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 1:00 PM–2:00 PM (EST)

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Do you want to be your own boss and run your own lab? Our upcoming episode explores how to obtain a tenure-track position in contemporary academia. Come join us for a discussion with Marissa Sobolewski, PhD, who became an assistant professor at the University of Rochester in 2018. Dr. Sobolewski will share her career path, academic development, and advice for graduate students and postdocs who want to pursue a similar course. A live interview with Dr. Sobolewski will be followed by a Q&A session of questions submitted by students/postdocs.

Building Your Village: How to Foster Effective Mentor-Mentee Relationships

Host: Graduate Student Leadership Committee (GSLC) Professional Development Subcommittee

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 1:00 PM–2:00 PM (EST)

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Quality mentoring experiences enhance trainees’ overall research experiences, whether they are in the undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral phase of their careers. Mentoring is a critical professional development activity, as trainees are able to engage in professional socialization as well as build a wealth of knowledge pertinent to their field. However, identifying mentor candidates and successfully managing those relationships once established is often a challenge for which many trainees are not prepared. This webinar will help attendees build a toolbox equipped with methods on how to successfully identify quality mentors in different environments (e.g., trainees’ home institutions or scientific societies) and how to maintain those critical relationships over time. Our panel will provide insight on how to be a proactive mentee and navigate the challenges associated with developing successful, enduring mentor-mentee relationships. A 30-minute Q&A discussion with attendees will follow panelist presentations.

In Vitro Platforms to Predict CNS Toxicity

Host: Drug Discovery Toxicology Specialty Section (DDTSS)

Date and Time: Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 11:00 AM–12:00 Noon (EST)

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This DDTSS webinar is focused on “In Vitro Platforms to Predict CNS Toxicity.” CNS toxicity is one of the main causes of preclinical and clinical drug attrition. Currently, there is a lack of early in vitro tools for derisking CNS toxicity liability during the discovery stage. In this webinar, panelists Mohamed Kreir, PhD (Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V.), and Qin Wang, PhD (Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), will discuss two new assays being developed to predict seizure and/or neurodegeneration. Dr. Kreir will present on the multielectrode array (MEA) platform to detect seizure with rat cortical and hiPSC neurons, and Dr. Wang will present on the utility of hiPSC-derived 3D microbrain to detect seizure and neurodegeneration. This webinar will benefit a broad range of people, from graduate students and postdocs to early career toxicologists interested in broadening their knowledge on current in vitro platforms being developed to detect neurotoxicity.