Toxicology Trivia: Eighth Annual Tox ShowDown


This was the eighth year of the Tox ShowDown, the “toxicological quiz game par excellence” and brainchild of Phil Wexler. I have been a behind-the-scenes participant only for the last few years, so I can’t say with complete certainty, but this may have been the best yet! We started on a solemn note as Phil dedicated the game to his late father.

The game is simple enough; three teams of three contestants each—the Endocrine Disruptors, the Free Radicals, and the Toxic Metabolites—battle each other to answer questions wholly, partially, or tangentially related to toxicology. The event features a cash bar and is a great opportunity to see how many questions you can answer correctly while enjoying a good laugh. Bruce Fowler served as judge and tried to keep the occasionally raucous participants in line.

This year’s teams were:

  • Endocrine Disruptors
    • Lauren Walker (University of California Riverside)
    • Rachel M. Speer (University of Louisville)
    • David Woolley (ForthTox Ltd, UK)
  • Toxic Metabolites
    • Tim Allen (University of Cambridge, UK)
    • Manushree Bharadwaj (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)
    • Adam Woolley (ForthTox Ltd, UK)
  • Free Radicals
    • Motunrayo G. Akande (University of Abuja, Nigeria)
    • James T.F. Wise (University of Kentucky)
    • Jamie Young (University of Louisville)

The show wouldn’t be possible without the work of volunteers like Sue Ford (timekeeper), Esther Haugabrooks (queen of all trades), Sara Humes (laptop wizard), Olushola Awoyemi (scorekeeper), Martha Malone (SOT liaison), and myself (PowerPoint maven). I hope you had a chance to see the Endocrine Disruptors take home the grand prize (bragging rights, gift certificates from Oxford Publishers, and Amazon gift cards) and maybe pick up a prize yourself (T-shirts, pens, and other branded tchotchkes). If not, make a point of attending next year. I’ll see you there!

This blog was prepared by an SOT Reporter. SOT Reporters are SOT members who volunteer to write about sessions and events they attend during the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. If you are interested in participating in the SOT Reporter program in the future, please email Giuliana Macaluso.

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