The Scientific Program Committee is planning yet another dynamic slate of sessions for the 2015 Society of Toxicology (SOT) Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. We are happy to announce that the abstract submission site is now open to accept abstracts for poster and platform presentations. The deadline to submit an abstract is October 7, 2014, at 11:59 pm (Eastern Time), and the cost is $50. The 2015 abstract submission site can be accessed online.
As always, it is our goal to construct a program that reflects both the best science, as well as the breadth of interests across the SOT membership. We believe that the 2015 symposia, roundtables, workshops, and other special sessions are timely and highly informative and span a full spectrum of topics to meet the diversity of our membership. An overview of these sessions can be found on the SOT website. We hope that you have started thinking about your contributions to the meeting and that you are planning to present your most recent research results.
We are pleased to confirm the participation of molecular biology pioneer J. Craig Venter as the Opening Plenary Lecturer for the 54th Annual Meeting. Dr. Venter is founder, chairman, and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), founder and CEO of Synthetic Genomics Inc, and a co-founder and CEO of Human Longevity Inc. Most notably, he led the private effort to map the human genome, publishing the results in 2001. In 2010, the J. Craig Venter Institute manufactured the entire genome of a bacterium, creating the first synthetic organism. Synthetic biology represents a technology that offers potential solutions to address global needs such as new sources of energy, new food and nutritional products, and next generation vaccines.
For questions related to the submission of abstracts, please be sure to visit the Annual Meeting website to access the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Abstract Submission Guidelines developed for your use. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the SOT office at 703.438.3115.
We are very excited about returning to San Diego for the first time since 2006. The convention center is conveniently located downtown, adjacent to San Diego Bay, and only minutes away from the airport. Several attractions within walking distance of the convention center include the USS Midway floating museum, the restaurants and pubs of the Gaslamp Quarter, and PETCO Park, the home of the San Diego Padres. A visit to San Diego is not complete without stops to other superb, nearby destinations, such as the top-rated San Diego Zoo and Sea World, the Mediterranean-style seaside town of La Jolla, and the grand Victorian-style Hotel del Coronado facing the Pacific. On behalf of the SOT Council and Scientific Program Committee, we look forward to welcoming you to San Diego, California, for the Annual Meeting that will take place from March 22–26, 2015.
Peter L. Goering, PhD, DABT, ATS
SOT Vice President and
Scientific Program Committee Chairperson, 2014–2015
John B. Morris, PhD, ATS
SOT Vice President-Elect and
Scientific Program Committee Co-Chairperson, 2014–2015