In the Spotlight
PCBs and Fish Don’t Mix—Oregon faces a problem: New tests of Columbia River fish found elevated levels of PCBs.
When this happens, the state issues a fish advisory, but as SOT member David Farrer tells The Oregonian, these warnings can only go so far: “We have to acknowledge this is definitely an environmental justice issue. It's better to eat something and survive than to not eat at all.” With many local tribes and communities relying on fish for both economic and cultural purposes, everyone acknowledges that much work is still to be done to keep Oregon’s waters and fish safe and healthy. (10/8/14)
Early Wildfire Smoke Advisories Protect Health and Save Money—Wildfires can pose a threat to human health from the gases and fine particles present in the blazes’ smoke plumes.
SOT members at the US Environmental Protection Agency conducted research on when people are informed of potential health effects of smoke and the resultant economic impacts. They found that if citizens were informed of potential health impacts from a nearby wildfire and intervention procedures were put in place when fine particles in the air were on the lower side of the threshold, millions of dollars could be saved in terms of hospital visits for asthma and health failure, loss in productivity, and more. (10/1/14)
Funding Woes at NIH and Research Universities—In the last decade, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget has decreased by more than 20 percent.
As reported by NPR, this has caused grant funding for a number of university research programs to dry up, leaving necessary research for public health in limbo. (9/10/14)
Scientists Urge Caution Regarding Fluorochemicals—Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) have been used over the years to make products stain, grease, and water resistant.
They are also known to remain in the environment long after their initial purpose. This has led to a general reduction in their use, as some companies replace them with fluorinated alternatives to accomplish the same water and oil resistance. Not much is known, though, about these replacements either, which has led a group of scientists, including an SOT member, to recommend that these new fluorochemicals only be used when absolutely essential. (9/3/14)
Studying Different Aspects of Hydraulic Fracturing—With the US EPA conducting studies on the effects of hydraulic fracturing to public and environmental health, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is focusing its research on how workers in the industry are affected by fracking operations.
As outlined on the NIOSH blog, a new study featuring an SOT member as a co-author has found that workers involved in oil and gas extraction flowback and production testing activities may be exposed to higher levels of benzene—a carcinogenic chemical—than recommended. (8/27/14)
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.
Developing Safe Products Using Nanotechnology
Melamine Contamination of Infant Formulas: Lessons Learned
Inhaled Particles: From the Nose to the Brain?
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Scientific, Regulatory, and Public Perspectives on the Credibility and Use of Alternative Toxicological Test Methods in a Legislative Framework
Dietary Supplement Adulteration and Impact on Human Health
Breast Cancer As a Multifactorial Disease: Interaction of Genetics, Life Stage, and the Environment
Global Health and Environmental Impacts of E-Waste Recycling
View the list of topics.