While toxicologists may be trained to do excellent scientific work, they are rarely effectively trained in the subtle, but vital art of marketing. And in the digital age, effective toxicology communication is going to require marketing savvy and sophistication rarely learned at the bench.
Most toxicologists would agree that it is challenging to assess chemical exposure from consumer products. Freely available data sources that identify and quantify functional uses of chemicals are few and far between. Workshop presenters provided updates on some existing and in-development resources.
During a workshop session titled "Systems Toxicology: The Final Goal of the Emerging New Approach Methods," I laughed, learned, and literally cried, as Thomas Hartung discussed his personal experiences and work with "mini-brains."
The current risk assessment process is in need of an update, and this workshop featured four experts who demonstrated how to incorporate systematic review, Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOP), and emerging risk methods into the safety assessment process.
A 2017 SOT Annual Meeting Scientific Session thoughtfully highlighted the power and potential of open data, and this reporter came away with a sense that it’s not a question of if open data becomes the norm, but when.