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In a Friends of NICHD letter to the leadership of the US Senate and House Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Education, and Related Agencies Services, the member organizations, which include SOT, urge the Subcommittees to increase the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) funding to $1.816 billion for FY2023. This funding increase request is proportionate to the increase in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding requested for FY2023 in an Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research recommendation that SOT co-signed on May 10, 2022. The full Friends of NICHD letter that was submitted on May 23, 2022, is ...
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I want to thank SOT and the Faculty United for Toxicology Undergraduate Recruitment and Education (FUTURE) Committee for the SOT Undergraduate Faculty Research Grant that gave me the opportunity to support Shenell Brown to work in my lab at Elizabeth City State University during this past year. Shenell’s research focused on the evaluation of the effects of artemisinin derivatives (artesunate), an antimalarial agent, and doxorubicin/paclitaxel, anticancer agents, on the proliferation of prostate cancer cell lines: androgen insensitive LnCAP and androgen insensitive PC-3. The purpose of the project is to elucidate the cytotoxic properties of these existing ...
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Co-authored with Craig Marcus and Stephen "Steve" Safe Michael S. Denison Distinguished Emeritus Professor Michael “Mike” Steven Denison of Woodland, California, passed away on March 22, 2022, at age 67. His cause of death was glioblastoma. Mike and his twin brother, Steven, were born on December 8, 1954, in Shirley, Massachusetts, the son of Alan (deceased) and Alma Denison. During his early life, Mike and his family lived in numerous places around the world while his father served in the Army. The family settled in Wharton, New Jersey, when Mike was 11 years old. Mike received his AA in biology from County College of Morris, Dover, New Jersey; ...
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SOT Councilor Sue Marty, PhD, DABT, and 2022 GSSEP Scholar Chiagoziem Anariochi Otuechere, PhD The Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program (GSSEP) supports scientific exchange between scientists from established toxicology programs (i.e., Hosts) and those from Global Economy Countries (i.e., Scholars) by funding their travel to their respective labs. Through GSSEP, Scholars attend the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo and then spend about four weeks visiting and working alongside their Hosts. In return, the Hosts visit the Scholars’ universities. Hosts and Scholars are matched based on mutual research interests. The application to be a Host for ...
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Co-authored with Xi Yang On June 11, the SOT American Association of Chinese in Toxicology (AACT) Career Workshop was held in a hybrid format, serving online and on-site participants. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the AACT Career Workshop that was introduced in 2012 in San Francisco, California. The workshop consisted of six presentations: Xi Yang, PhD, 2022–2023 AACT President, began by introducing the speakers and sharing her story of volunteering for the Continuing Education (CE) program to get more involved with the SOT community. SOT Councilor Lauren M. Aleksunes, PharmD, PhD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, highlighted ...
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I’m an Assistant Professor of environmental toxicology in the University of Mississippi (UM) BioMolecular Sciences Department. Our lab focuses on air pollution toxicology. As a lab, department, and university, we are invested in undergraduate research opportunities, including the work completed by Allie Sidwell, an undergraduate in the UM Biology Department. This work was generously supported by an SOT Undergraduate Faculty Research Grant . Allie’s research involved combining toxicology and chemistry research to study air quality. She learned techniques in both fields, including preparation of samples for inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) ...
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The late-breaking abstract period for the 16th International Congress of Toxicology (ICT2022), jointly organized by the Dutch Society of Toxicology, the European Society of Toxicology (EUROTOX), and International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX), is currently open. Accepted late-breaking abstracts will be presented as ePosters only. If your late-breaking abstract is submitted (and subsequently accepted) by Wednesday, July 13, it will be included in the abstract book, Toxicology Letters , which is being published by Elsevier. If you submit an abstract July 14–August 31, it will be featured on the ICT2022 website if accepted. More details on abstract requirements, ...
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Three SOT InTOXicating Science Talks—presentations that explore the world of toxicology and toxicologists in 15 minutes or less—are available for viewing on the newly launched SOT YouTube channel : “Inheriting Our Ancestors’ Toxic Burden” by Patrick Allard, PhD, UCLA, which provides an introduction to the field of toxicoepigenetics and research showing that environmentally caused epigenetic changes may affect multiple generations Watch now > “The Biological Relevance of Toxicities Deemed Not Relevant to Humans” by Lois Lehman-McKeeman, PhD, ATS, Bristol-Myers Squibb, which shares how mechanistic discoveries that are “not relevant” in humans ...
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A few weeks ago, SOT debuted a new section, “Member Celebrations,” in its weekly update email that is distributed every Thursday evening (US ET). In this new section, SOT features significant accomplishments by its members, such as earning a major non-SOT award or an appointment to a prestigious organization or committee. Further, anything acknowledged in this new email section also will be highlighted on the SOT social media accounts. Please feel free to share your accomplishments—or those of others—any time by emailing the SOT Communications Director . We look forward to receiving and sharing your news. #Communique:SOTNews #Members
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The Faculty United for Toxicology Undergraduate Recruitment and Education Committee has selected four recipients of SOT Undergraduate Faculty Research Grant. Applicants are SOT members who teach and mentor undergraduates as a primary activity. The funds will support summer toxicology research by undergraduates at these institutions and, in one case, continued work during the academic year. Evidence of the impact of these funds is reflected in recent blogs ( Washington College , Swarthmore faculty , Swarthmore students ). It is well-documented that research experiences are a major factor directing students to apply for graduate school. The funding, although ...
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To achieve its mission and provide additional benefits to members, SOT partners with like-minded toxicological and biomedical organizations around the globe. In this new column, I will provide monthly updates on activities and events by these partners that may be of interest to SOT members. Dutch Society of Toxicology ICT 2022: The XVI International Congress of Toxicology Jointly organized with IUTOX and EUROTOX (replacing the traditional EUROTOX annual event for 2022), the congress is taking place September 18–21, 2022, in Maastricht. The submission deadline for a late-breaking abstract to be included in the congress’s abstract book is July 13. Visit ...
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This blog is being shared as part of a blog exchange between AIHA and SOT. Big Four Bridge, Pedestrian, Night. Courtesy of Louisville Tourism. Since PSX debuted in 2014 as “The Product Stewardship Conference,” it has evolved from a small group of like-minded professionals to a premier event attracting product stewardship practitioners across multiple product uses and industries and throughout the value chain. PSX 2022 , being held at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, October 18–20, offers a unique chance for product stewardship professionals to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and best practices of everything from extended ...
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2022–2023 SOT President Michael Aschner The loss of the in-person portion of the SOT annual meetings in 2020 and 2021 was disheartening to all of us. The ability to gather again at the 2022 meeting in San Diego has re-emphasized how important our face-to-face professional connections are. The past two years have also forced the Society to adapt and innovate in trial by fire, collectively discovering that there are aspects of virtual scientific exchange that are incredibly valuable—especially when they serve to improve access to those who would otherwise be excluded. As we look in the rearview mirror past the last two years, and as we work together through ...
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The Committee on Diversity Initiatives (CDI) is pleased to announce the four awardees of the 2022 Diversity Initiatives Endowment Career Development Award . The awardees are Daisy Belmares-Ortega, Catalina Cobos-Uribe, Rakeysha Pinkston, and Krystal Taylor. The Diversity Initiatives Endowment Career Development Award enables undergraduate and graduate students to engage in additional education and career development opportunities to enhance their personal development, with the aim of facilitating successful entry of students into advanced degree programs and transition into the modern toxicology workforce. The SOT Diversity Initiative Endowment Fund provides ...
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The recording and slides are available now for the May 4 “Toxicogenomics and Its Relevance to Support Hazard Assessment” session, the latest in the SOT FDA Colloquia on Emerging Toxicological Science: Challenges in Food and Ingredient Safety series. Co-chaired by Xiugong Gao and me, the session reviews the state-of-the-science in toxicogenomics and its relevance to support hazard assessment of chemicals. Included are recent technological innovations in toxicogenomics, followed by case studies demonstrating the application of toxicogenomics in risk assessment and toxicity prediction of chemicals related to food and cosmetics. The colloquium discusses current ...
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The newly published June 2022 issue of Toxicological Sciences contains cutting-edge toxicology research in topics such as biomarkers; DART; and emerging technologies, methods, and models. The edition opens with an In-Depth Review discussing “ Multi-Omics Strategies for Investigating the Microbiome in Toxicology Research ,” followed by a Forum article on “ Assessing Safety without Animal Testing: The Road Ahead .” Also featured in the June issue of ToxSci are two Tox Spotlight articles: “ E-cigarette (E-cig) Liquid Composition and Operational Voltage Define the In Vitro Toxicity of D8 Tetrahydrocannabinol/Vitamin E Acetate (D8 THC/VEA) E-cig Aerosols ...
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The SOT Nominating Committee will prepare a slate of nominees for the 2023–2024 elected officers and elected Committees later this year. Please consider nominating members committed to the Society’s mission of creating a safer and healthier world by advancing the science and increasing the impact of toxicology. Candidates for the offices of Vice President-Elect, Secretary-Elect, and two Councilors will be on the ballot, as well as candidates for the Awards Committee, Membership Committee, and Nominating Committee. Please send your candidate recommendations, along with a brief supporting statement, to SOT Executive Director Tonia Masson at SOT Headquarters ...
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SOT joined 350+ organizations as a member of the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research that signed a letter recommending a base budget of $49.048 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for FY23. The letter, organized by the Association of American Medical Colleges, also urges lawmakers to fund the new Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) separately from the NIH $49 billion base budget. Read the complete letter on the SOT website. Remember that you can view recent SOT statements and policy activities on the “ SOT Statements ” web page. You also can find a historical record of policy activities and SOT documents, such as Annual Business ...
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The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is sponsoring a project to revise the NASEM ILAR Guide for the Care and Use of Animals . As part of this effort, the Veterinary Consortium for Research Animal Care & Welfare has prepared a survey to collect institutional feedback on priority areas for revising the guide. The results of the survey will be provided to the Standing Committee for the Care and Use of Animals in Research for their consideration. As SOT is a FASEB member society, SOT members are encouraged to complete the survey and provide their feedback. Questions to consider while completing the survey include: ...
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More than a decade’s worth of Continuing Education courses is available for SOT members to take anywhere, anytime through the SOT CEd-Tox online library . The wide-array of courses in the CEd-Tox library provide a cost- and time-effective way to maintain your continuing education credits and stay current in the advancing fields of toxicology. Among the 100+ courses are the newly added courses recorded during the 2022 SOT Annual Meeting: Animal-Free Safety Assessment of Consumer Products and Ingredients: A Primer Best Practices for Successfully Assessing Ototoxicity in Drug Development Conceptual Models in Immunotoxicology: Leveraging Biological Knowledge, ...
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