In the Spotlight
SOT and Other Professional Science and Technology Leaders Send Letter to OMB on Federal Travel—Executive Director of the Society of Toxicology Shawn Lamb and 52 other professional science and technology leaders recently sent a letter to the Director Designee, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), urging him to revise OMB Memorandum M-12-12 to exempt federal employee travel to conferences, seminars, and meetings where attendance promotes agency interests as well as the professional development and competency of government scientists, engineers, or other specialized experts. The OMB Memorandum, which was signed on May 11, 2012, concerns the promotion of efficient spending to support agency operations and includes a section on federal employee participation in conferences. Read more…
SOT Signs Letter to Congressional Appropriations Subcommittees Calling for $32 Billion for NIH and $1.37 Billion for NICHD—
SOT and a number of scientific organizations have submitted a letter to the Chair and Ranking Minority Members of the Appropriations Subcommittees in the House and Senate urging them to include at least $32 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and at least $1.37 billion for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Read more…
SOT Submits Comments to Office of Disease Prevention on Strategic Plan—In response to a Request for Information concerning the Office of Disease Prevention’s (ODP) Strategic Plan to enhance research prevention research, SOT has filed a set of comments. SOT expressed support for the Office’s mission to improve public health by increasing the scope, quality, dissemination and impact of prevention research and indicated that the Society would willingly work with ODP to enhance the development of collaborative prevention research projects. Read more…
SOT and Other Scientific Organizations Urge Congress to Increase Funding for NIH—SOT was one a several professional societies to sign a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies calling on the leadership to increase the funding levels for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In part, the signatories state, “Although we recognize the difficult fiscal decisions facing Congress in these economically challenging times, we believe the funding level provided for NIH in the legislation falls short of what is needed to ensure US global competitiveness in medical research and to advance critical scientific discoveries that improve human health.” SOT and others also indicate that the other policy provisions “over-regulate NIH and may inadvertently impede the agency’s ongoing efforts to improve the stewardship of its resources.” See the letter in its entirety.
Congressional Committees Circulate Discussion Draft on Drug Distribution—A draft bipartisan discussion draft of legislation to set standards on tracking drugs through the supply chain is now circulating so that the two Congressional committees in the House and Senate can gain input on array of policy options before they formally introduction any bills in the House and Senate. The Committees looking for input include the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. For more information visit the US Senate website.
Toxicology Studies—Helpful Tips for Determining Relevance for Humans
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SOT Hosted a Luncheon Congressional Briefing on the Tools and Technologies for Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century.
CCT FutureTox—The Society Sponsored a Two-Day Workshop on FutureTox with more than 200 Professionals Attending.
Thomas: Bills Before Congress—A service provided by the Library of Congress which offers up-to-the-minute legislative information. Schedules for House, Senate, and Committee Hearings are also available. This site also provides access to the Federal Register, the official record of Congressional Activity.
Meet SOT’s Leadership
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.
Issue and Position Statements
As part of the Society’s mission to build for the future of toxicology and to promote the recognition of Toxicology by increasing the reliance of policy, regulatory and corporate decision-makers on the science of Toxicology, SOT has developed a procedure for writing Issue Statements. This procedure takes precedent over the drafting of Position Statements because SOT represents many diverse audiences and our mission to external audiences is to present a balanced view of the science and ensure that all policy decisions on grounded on scientific information.
Briefings & Testimony
Toxicologist and scientists provide an important role in the implementation of science in regulatory and public policy decision-making. Learn more about SOT’s activities on Capitol Hill.
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.
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