In the Spotlight
Mexico Commits to Science Research—Mexico’s president and government have shown their commitment to science research and development by approving a 20 percent budget increase for the country’s National Council for Science and Technology in 2014, while increasing science-based budgets across the board by 12 percent.
President Enrique Peña Nieto has a number of other science-focused initiatives underway and has promised to make public and private spending on science and technology equal to at least one percent of the country’s gross domestic product in six years. (12/4/13)
Making Sure the Holidays Are Lead Free—In preparation for the holiday season, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted some helpful tips for parents to make sure the toys and gifts they purchase are lead free.
While the US has put regulations in place to limit the use of lead in toys and other items, older toys or those imported from other countries may be less safe. (11/21/13)
The House Discusses Science Education and Regulations—It’s a big week for science and toxicology on Capitol Hill, as lawmakers are holding meetings and hearings on two issues of importance to the scientific community.
The US House of Representatives Committee on Science is discussing proposals on renewing and reshaping the science and education programs housed with federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Meanwhile, the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce is holding a hearing on the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, which is attempting to update the 37-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). (11/14/13)
CDER Working Group, Including SOT Members, Investigates Nanotechnology Risks—The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) under the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) has formed a working group to understand the impact of nanotechnology—particles that are one billionth of a meter in size—on drug quality, safety, and effectiveness. This Nanotechnology Risk Assessment Working Group includes members of SOT and will sponsor a workshop in January 2014 to discuss the results of its risk assessment and management exercises. To discover more about nanotechnology and this working group, visit the US FDA Voice blog. (11/6/13)
NIH Awards Focus on Improving Transitions From Research to Treatment—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded more than $79 million in funding to support 15 Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Awards. NIH Director Francis S. Collins says that the awards are intended to connect the latest science and technology with health care providers to “deliver improved diagnostics, treatments, and cures for disease.” To discover the institutions and organizations who received these awards, visit NIH’s website. (10/23/13)
Meet SOT’s Leaders
SOT is led by a group of full-time board members, called Councilors, who are elected by ballot by the full membership and who manage the affairs of SOT. Learn more about SOT’s leaders.
Calendar of Events
SOT’s Calendar of Events is a comprehensive listing of all the scientific meetings that are happening over the next several months domestically and abroad.
What Toxicologists Say
Several of SOT’s past presidents talked recently about toxicology and their experiences as members of SOT.
View what these Toxicologists had to say.
The following series of articles are written by toxicologists who are members of the Society of Toxicology but do not necessarily represent the views of the Society. SOT has made every effort to provide the public with balanced, informational pieces to share our expert knowledge more broadly.
Inhaled Particles: From the Nose to the Brain?
Opportunities to Modify Current Regulatory Testing Guidelines and Advance the Assessment of Carcinogenicity Risk in the 21st Century
Women’s Health: Toxicology and Safety of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Ovarian Toxicity: Current Concepts in Toxicology, Pathology, and Mechanisms
Global Health and Environmental Impacts of E-Waste Recycling
21st Century Validation Strategies—One Size No Longer Fits All
Breast Cancer As a Multifactorial Disease: Interaction of Genetics, Life Stage, and the Environment
Dietary Supplement Adulteration and Impact on Human Health
View the list of topics.