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A few months ago, SOT Council shared some proposed changes to the SOT Constitution and Bylaws with the membership for feedback. We extend our thanks to everyone who provided their thoughts and suggestions. Now, Voting Is Underway! The SOT voting members (Full, Emeritus Full, and Retired Full members) are currently voting on five proposed changes, which are summarized in this blog and also are available on the “ Constitution and Bylaws ” web page. Due to the number and intricacy of the changes, each proposal is being voted on individually. If you are a voting member and did not receive a ballot, please contact SOT Headquarters . Voting closes ...
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SOT is delighted to announce the opening of Award Season for 2025! This is the time of year when we come together to recognize and celebrate the remarkable achievements of our members who are making a positive impact on the field of toxicology. Celebrating Excellence in Toxicology Each year, the Society honors outstanding scientists through the SOT Awards program. These awards are distributed by various groups within and connected to SOT and often include a stipend or financial support for research. For nomination and application instructions, visit the individual award pages using the search or filter options on the “ Search for SOT Awards ” web ...
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If you are planning on attending the 2024 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference (NDiSTEM) in October or the 2024 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists (ABRCMS) in November, please let us know! The SOT Inclusion, Diversity, and Engagement Committee (IDEC) is looking for SOT members to help spread information and encourage interest in the science of toxicology, toxicology careers, and SOT, as well as promote student award opportunities, at these conferences. SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science) works to make sure that those most underrepresented in STEM have the support ...
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Special thanks to Olufunsho Awodele for reviewing and contributing to this blog. I also acknowledge Margaret Khaitsa for reviewing the blog and contributing some of the photographs. A photo of Wilson K. Rumbeiha (center) with the administrative team of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos. Prof. David A. Adewale Oke, Provost (to the immediate right of Dr. Rumbeiha) and Olufunsho Awodele (second from right). In June 2024, I had an excellent opportunity to visit Nigeria, the giant of Africa, on a trip sponsored by SOT as part of the SOT Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program (GSSEP). The goal of this SOT program, which is currently paused, ...
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Many of the webinars hosted by SOT Regional Chapters, Special Interest Groups, and Specialty Sections—collectively known as the SOT Component Groups—are recorded and added to the SOT Video Library so that SOT members and others can watch these valuable presentations at any time. SOT Committees, the Postdoctoral Assembly, and Graduate Student Leadership Committee also host webinars that are recorded. In this blog, you will find a listing of all the recent webinar recordings that have been added to the SOT Video Library . Biological Evaluations for European Union Medical Device Regulation: Challenges, Experiences, and Tips Watch Webinar Hosted ...
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This essay is part of a series designed to celebrate SOT member diversity and showcase the diverse pathways and experiences of its members. Throughout my childhood, my parents advocated the importance of both education and serving my community. In actions and words, they encouraged me to share my time and knowledge through community service projects and peer tutoring. While I wasn’t sure what specific career or field I wanted to pursue as a student, these early experiences led me to seek opportunities where I could share my skills. By sophomore year, I excitedly realized that I wanted to pursue a career that would give me the opportunity to expand ...
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The July 2024 issue of Toxicological Sciences includes a Contemporary Review that discusses what is currently known about how AHR-signaling influences macrophage differentiation, polarization, and function. The issue also features an In-Depth Review that focuses on allergic reactions induced by systemically administered low-molecular weight drugs with an emphasis on drug- and patient-specific factors that could influence the development of drug hypersensitivity reactions. Additionally, a #ToxSpotlight article describes a parameter grouping approach when using physiologically based kinetic models while another #ToxSpotlight article explores how neonatal BDE-99 ...
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Each month, SOT provides an update on activities and events of importance to the toxicology community through the release of the “Around the World of Toxicology” blog. To submit an event, opportunity, or information for consideration for inclusion in the monthly “Around the World of Toxicology” blog, complete the special submission form for “Around the World of Toxicology” items . Please note that only activities by societies and professional associations (i.e., nonprofits) will be considered. If you are an organization or company seeking to promote an event, please submit your activity to the SOT “ Calendar of Events .” Reminders of Upcoming, Previously ...
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Lower counters are part of the design of locations like On-Site Registration and Badge Pickup to accommodate individuals in wheelchairs, scooters, etc. During the SOT Council meeting last week, we unanimously agreed to add “Accessibility” to the Society’s existing “Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” making it a “ Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) .” Thank you to SOT member Annie Jarabek for bringing this issue to our attention. While the word “accessibility” was missing from our previous statement, an effort to make that sure all SOT activities and resources are accessible to all members was not ...
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The SOT Nominating Committee will prepare a slate of nominees for the 2025–2026 elected Officers and elected Committees this fall. Please consider nominating members committed to the SOT mission of “creating a safer and healthier world by advancing the science and increasing the impact of toxicology.” For service on SOT Council, candidates for the offices of Vice President-Elect, Secretary-Elect, and two Councilors will be on the ballot. Additional nominations are needed for candidates to serve on the Awards Committee, Membership Committee, and the Nominating Committee. Nominating Committee candidates will serve as a Past President representative or ...
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This essay is part of a series designed to celebrate SOT member diversity and showcase the diverse pathways and experiences of its members. Everything that I have done in my career has felt like it was “from scratch”—and that is why it has been so fun! I love to bake from scratch. Baking with my great aunt and great grandmother is how I became interested in science. There was a precision, specific order of addition, and always a way to tweak the recipe to get better results. I never reached the career milestones of my great grandmother, who baked more than 1,000 pies in a year during her prime. However, I have enjoyed building toxicology programs ...
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TERA Dose-Response Boot Camp participants I had the luxury of attending the TERA Dose-Response Boot Camp held at the Hampton Inn in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, as a fourth-year PhD candidate thanks in part to an SOT Supplemental Training for Education Program (STEP) award and SOT Diversity Initiatives Career Development Award. The boot camp lasted five days from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and covered topics relating to performing risk assessments of chemicals to establish safe doses. The class was divided into four main sections and taught in order of how risk assessments are performed. Throughout the five days, attendees were split into groups of five and ...
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The June 2024 issue of Toxicological Sciences includes a Distinguished Highlight that reviews particulate matter exposure, the resultant health effects, and the lack of understanding of the mechanisms that lead to systematic health effects. The issue also features a Contemporary Review that discusses advances in 3D pluripotent stem cell models that may assist in developmental toxicology research while a Systematic Review assesses the likelihood of a causal relationship between formaldehyde and lymphohematopoietic cancers. Additionally, in a Forum article, the Belgian Scientific Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Committee ...
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Each month, SOT provides an update on activities and events of importance to the toxicology community through the release of the “Around the World of Toxicology” blog. To submit an event, opportunity, or information for consideration for inclusion in the monthly “Around the World of Toxicology” blog, complete the special submission form for “Around the World of Toxicology” items . Please note that only activities by societies and professional associations (i.e., nonprofits) will be considered. If you are an organization or company seeking to promote an event, please submit your activity to the SOT “ Calendar of Events .” Reminders of Upcoming, Previously ...
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Have you ever wondered how climate change affects the air you breathe? Would you believe that a role played by Nicolas Cage could spark a career in toxicology? This year’s InTOXicating Science Talks tackle two very different lines of inquiry, with interesting results! In “ Inhalation Toxicology in the Era of Climate Change ,” SOT Postdoctoral member Faria Khan, PhD, Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, explores how harmful toxins in the air impact organisms in the current era of environmental transformation. Watch video >> In “ What Inspires a Career in Toxicology? A Nicolas Cage Story ,” SOT Vice President–Elect Jim Luyendyk, ...
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This blog was authored by 2023 SOT Diversity Initiatives Career Development Award recipient Jada Spady, and I am pleased to share it on her behalf. Thanks to the support of the 2023 SOT Diversity Initiatives Career Development Award , I had the opportunity to complete a summer internship at Genentech in South San Francisco, California, as a Clinical Pharmacology Intern! Genentech is a leading biotechnology company that recently became renowned for its breakthroughs in recombinant DNA, allowing for the creation of genetically engineered drugs and the production of human proteins. For 12 weeks, I was able to work with some of the brightest minds in the industry ...
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This blog was prepared by and is being shared on behalf of the Safety Pharmacology Society (SPS) as part of a blog exchange between SPS and SOT. Are you ready to be at the forefront of safety pharmacology advancements? Join the Safety Pharmacology Society (SPS) at the 2024 SPS Annual Meeting in San Diego! Dates: September 22–25, 2024 Location: Town and Country Resort, San Diego, CA Topics/Sessions: Keynote Address: Artificial Intelligence Will Only Replace Safety Pharmacologists, Who Don’t Use It! Advancing 3Rs in Safety Pharmacology Innovative Technologies with Application to Safety Pharmacology ...
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Whether you’re diving into new topics, refreshing your memory on familiar ones, or fulfilling your continuing education (CE) credit hour requirements, the SOT CEd-Tox library is your go-to solution. With an expansive selection of over 100 courses spanning the entire spectrum of toxicology, your learning journey is always just a click away—whenever you need it! But wait, there's more! We're thrilled to announce that thirteen new CE courses, originally presented and recorded during the 2024 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, have been added to the CEd-Tox course library ! The 2024 courses cover topics such as cell and gene therapy, metal toxicity and aging, ...
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Reflecting on childhood lessons about computers in the 2000s, it was emphasized that communicating with a computer required specific knowledge of the grammar and syntax of elaborate coding languages. Two decades later, the margin between the languages of computers and humans is as narrow as ever. When I found out about the release of ChatGPT, a type of artificial intelligence (AI) known as a large language model, I was ecstatic about trying this technology for myself. I spent hours “conversing” with ChatGPT about biology, practicing my German, and even had it write some silly haikus. While scanning potential sessions to attend at the 2024 SOT Annual Meeting ...
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We are on a next-generation chemical risk assessment (NGRA) adventure, where we are gradually breaking free from old-school toxicity testing and moving into the exciting world of new approach methodologies (NAMs)! Animal use is being swapped as much as possible for high-tech NAMs, including in-vitro screening to assess chemical risks faster than ever before. In vitro – in vivo extrapolation (IVIVE) is a technique we are using to close the gap between laboratory research and real-world scenarios. By utilizing high-throughput toxicokinetic (HTTK) techniques, we are accelerating our toxicokinetic data processing beyond our past capabilities. HTTK is helping ...
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