In early July, I had the privilege of joining Society of Toxicology President Norbert E. Kaminski, SOT Executive Director Shawn D. Lamb, and SOT Communications Manager Michelle Werts in Washington, DC, to present Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) with the 2014 SOT Congressional Science Leadership Award.
The SOT Annual Meeting is the largest congress of its kind in the world. The content of the scientific sessions, whether symposia, roundtables, workshops or oral and poster presentations, provides a broad range of topics for toxicologists to learn about and discuss new findings.
Dr. Timothy D. Phillips began his Translational Impact Award Lecture, titled “Ancient Medicine for the Mitigation of Aflatoxin Exposures,” with the sobering statistic that more than one billion people and animals are hungry and undernourished globally.
“I consider this to be our award. I share it with all of the members of my lab at University of Wisconsin-Madison and other colleagues and partners who have worked on this research.” That was how this year’s SOT Distinguished Toxicology Scholar began his 2014 Award Lecture.
Heading into Tuesday morning’s award lecture, I overhead a few attendees say they were looking forward to the imminent session, calling the presenter “a rising star” in the field. They were referring to the 2014 SOT Leading Edge in Basic Science Award winner Vishal S. Vaidya.