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SOT—Host Applications Sought for 2015 Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program Scholars

Dear Colleague,

The Education Committee is seeking Hosts for the two Global Senior Scholars who have been selected for 2015. Any member who is affiliated with an established toxicology program is eligible to apply before the September 16, 2014, deadline. Sunisa Chaiklieng, Dr. Biol. Hum, Assistant Professor of Occupational Health in the Department of Environmental Health Science and Occupational Health at Khon Kaen University, Muang, Thailand, has research interests related to benzene and air pollution.Deepak Dhakal, MS, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Patan Multiple Campus, Institute of Science and Technology at Tribhuvan University, Patan, Nepal, is introducing environmental toxicology to the chemistry graduate program and has conducted research on pesticides residues in food commodities and clinical solid waste

The goal of the Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program (GSSEP) is to increase toxicology capacity in developing countries by providing opportunities for senior scientists in those countries to develop professional relationships with SOT members in established toxicology programs. The award provides support for the Scholars to attend the SOT Annual Meeting and subsequently spend about four weeks with one or more hosts from academic, government, or industry organization(s). The Host will in turn visit the Senior Scholar’s institution to engage in teaching, curriculum development, or other activities intended to build training and research capacity in toxicology. The program provides up to $15,000 for each pair, with up to $10,000 travel support for the Senior Scholar and up to $5,000 for the Host.

More information about the candidates and the program are found at Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program. Questions may be directed to Betty Eidemiller.


Richard Pollenz, PhD
Chair, Education Committee

Vicente Santa Cruz
Coordinator, GSSEP

2014 SOT Ballot for Proposed Bylaws Changes for Standing Committees

Dear Voting Member,

Each year, the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Council undertakes a complete review of the Constitution and Bylaws of SOT. During its July 2014 meeting, Council approved the proposed amendments to the Bylaws of the Society. The amendments were presented to the membership for comments via email and via the Communiqué.

Members are being asked to vote using the ballot online. You will be asked to log in using your email address and SOT password to gain access to the electronic

ballot. If you would prefer to print and fax a ballot, you may download the ballot PDF.

Please submit this ballot on or before Friday, November 7, 2014. Approval of two- thirds vote of the ballots received within 60 days is required for adoption.

Feel free to contact your Headquarters Office at 703.438.3115 or Rosibel Alvarenga if you need any assistance with the balloting process. Thank you for participating in this important process.


Leigh Ann Burns Naas

SOT—Invitation to Submit an Abstract

Dear Colleague,

The Scientific Program Committee is planning yet another dynamic slate of sessions for the 2015 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 Daylight 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 Dr. 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 which will take place from March 22–26, 2015.

Best regards,

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

SOT Communiqué Online Summer/Fall Issue 2014
August 14, 2014

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Welcome to the electronic version of the Communiqué.

The links below will take you directly to one of the five sections of the newsletter.

View and print the full version of the Communiqué
Summer/Fall Issue 2014.

Upgrade or Reinstate Your SOT Membership Today!
August 12, 2014

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the Society of Toxicology (SOT), I am writing to invite you reinstate your membership with us. Our Society of more than 7,800 members from around the globe is dedicated to creating a safer and healthier world by advancing the science of toxicology. Your involvement and contribution to this common goal are highly valued.

The benefits of SOT membership are many and include access to the electronic ToxSci journal, the print and online Communiqué newsletter, members-only access to the SOT website and the interactive member network, ToXchange, as well as discounted member registration rates for the SOT Annual Meeting. Early Bird registration is open now for our 54th Annual Meeting in sunny San Diego, California!

This is also a good time to consider whether you qualify to upgrade to the next level of SOT membership. Visit the SOT website to determine what membership level is right for you. When you are ready to upgrade, simply complete the online application form. The next application deadline is September 1, and acceptance notices will go out by early January.

Please contact SOT Headquarters (703.438.3115) about reinstating and/or upgrading your membership. We look forward to your continuing participation in SOT.


Norbert E. Kaminski, PhD
SOT President 2014–2015

SOT—Best Postdoctoral Publication Award
July 29, 2014

Dear Colleague,

The Postdoctoral Assembly (PDA) of the Society of Toxicology is pleased to announce the availability of the 2015 Best Postdoctoral Publication Awards. These awards recognize outstanding postdoctoral researchers who have recently published papers in the field of toxicology as a result of postdoctoral research. The PDA requests that all SOT members encourage qualified postdoctoral scholars to apply and support them with your nomination. Three awards, each consisting of a plaque and a $250, will be presented at the PDA Luncheon during the 2015 SOT Annual Meeting.

Further information and application materials can be found on the Best Postdoctoral Publication Award page. For any questions, please contact PDA Vice Chair Kathryn Page.

Eligibility for 2015 Nominations

  • The research reported in the paper must have been conducted while the applicant was engaged in a postdoctoral research experience.
  • The applicant must be a member of SOT or must have submitted a membership application by the award application deadline.
  • The applicant must be first author on a peer-reviewed paper published online, in print, or in press, between October 1, 2013, and September 30, 2014.
  • Review articles will not be accepted unless they contain unique data, methods, and/or analysis (meta-analyses, decision analyses, etc.)
  • Co-first authored papers will be accepted with clear delineation of the applicant’s effort.
  • The application must be supported by a letter from the research advisor.
  • Only one publication may be submitted by each applicant.
  • PDA Board Members are eligible to apply, but if they do, they will not participate in the award review process.

Applications are due by midnight Eastern Time on October 9, 2014.

SOT—2015 Annual Meeting Registration and Housing are Now Open!
July 10, 2014


The Society of Toxicology (SOT) 2015 Annual Meeting Registration and Housing are now open. Please take a moment to register and make your hotel reservation for the SOT Annual Meeting to be held in San Diego, California, March 22–26, 2015. Take advantage of the early bird registration rate and the early offering of hotels available at discounted room rates. For a listing of hotels and to make your room reservation, please go to the Annual Meeting website. The San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina will be the Headquarters Hotel for the SOT Annual Meeting.

SOT—US EPA Call for Nominations
June 17, 2014

Dear Colleague,

The US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) is looking for individuals with expertise in exposure assessment of lead, biokinetic modeling of lead, and toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics of lead to serve on an expert review panel. Panelists are expected to participate in a two-day meeting in August or September 2014. Potential candidates should review information containedin the Federal Register notice announcing this Request for Nominations of Scientific Peer Reviewers for US EPA’s Approach for Estimating Exposures and Incremental Health Effects from Lead During Renovation, Repair, and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Buildings.

Qualified Society of Toxicology (SOT) members are encouraged to forward their CV and a brief (<300 words) statement regarding their qualifications for this project to Marcia Lawson no later than July 10, 2014. Candidates’ credentials will be reviewed by SOT Council members of the SOT-US EPA Government Liaison Group for consideration of inclusion on the list of SOT-recommended experts to be provided to US EPA. Because the nomination period closes on July 18, SOT is encouraging interested individuals also to self nominate directly to the US EPA and, therefore, if also nominated by SOT, this would provide added support for their potential selection to the advisory committee.

Thank you for participating in this important process.


Norbert Kaminski, PhD
SOT 2014–2015 President

SOT—Medical Device Specialty Section Webinar on June 23, 2014 with Ron Brown
June 17, 2014

Dear Colleague,

The Medical Device Specialty Section (MDSS) is hosting a lunchtime webinar presentation by Ron Brown on the topic “Use of Computational Toxicology for the Biological Evaluation of Medical Devices.” Ron Brown is a toxicologist at US FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), where he coordinates CDRH’s efforts in toxicological risk assessment and computational toxicology. Dr. Brown is a founding member and former President (2012–2013) of the MDSS and recently served as author of the chapter on toxicological risk assessment in, Biocompatibility and Performance of Medical Devices (J-P Boutrand, ed., Woodhead Publishing).

Please save the date for the informative event on June 23, 2014, 12:00 noon–1:00 pm EST. Registration and other details are provided on the MDSS Event website.


The biological safety of medical devices is typically assessed by conducting biocompatibility testing of an extract of the device or the device itself; however, there is growing interest in an alternate approach that involves characterizing the chemical composition of the device extract and conducting a risk assessment on the compounds identified in the extract. One limitation to the practical implementation of this chemical characterization/risk assessment approach is the lack of toxicity data for many compounds released from device materials. To address this need, computational toxicology models, such as Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR) models, are being increasingly used to predict the toxicity or carcinogenicity of compounds based on their chemical structure. Efforts are underway to validate the predictive ability of QSAR models for compounds that are known to be released from device materials. This webinar will describe the computational modeling approaches available to predict the toxicity, mutagenicity, and carcinogenicity of compounds released from device materials and will explore ways to use model-derived predictions as part of the biological evaluation of a device, notably, to determine when certain types of testing may not be necessary.


Taylor Builee
Former MDSS EC Member 2012–2014

Tell Us What You Think of the SOT Website!
June 9, 2014

Dear Colleague,

The Society of Toxicology last updated its website five years ago…before the use of mobile devices became as prevalent as they are today…before we used apps to help navigate the Annual Meeting…before many other technological and lifestyle changes. As a result, SOT Council has decided it is time for the Society’s website to receive a facelift. They have created a Task Force to oversee the project, but we need your help to make sure the project is done right.

“The problem is there are no simple ‘right’ answers for most web design questions (at least not for the important ones). What works is good, integrated design that fills a need—carefully thought out, well-executed, and tested,” writes Steve Krug, Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability.

In order to ensure that our new website fits Mr. Krug’s criteria of something well-thought, well-executed, and well-tested, we are soliciting your feedback to make sure we know what elements of the website are important to the website’s most important audience: SOT members. To gather this feedback, we’ve drafted a short (less than 20 questions!) multiple-choice survey on the current website.

Please complete the online survey. Your participation in this survey is greatly appreciated. The survey will close at 5:00 pm EDT on Friday, June 20, 2014.

Thank you for your time and help. We look forward to incorporating your feedback in our plans for a new and improved SOT website.


Sarah Campion, PhD
Website Task Force Chair

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