In the Spotlight
Examining GM Myths—There are a lot of misconceptions regarding the science of genetically modified (GM) organisms and food, in particular. Popular Science has gathered a list of some of the most common misunderstandings about the technology, benefits, and potential risks. The Society of Toxicology’s long-standing position on GM foods is that they do not pose any unique risks from those posed by foods created through natural breeding processes. (7/16/14)
Senator Udall Wins Congressional Science Leadership Award—The Society of Toxicology has bestowed a 2014 Congressional Science Leadership Award on Senator Tom Udall (D-NM).
Senator Udall is recognized by the Society for his unflagging support for science, preventive health care, and a healthy environment in his legislative work. His leadership role in TSCA reform is greatly respected as well. (7/7/14)
Toxicology Study Section Open for Business—
The National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review (CSR) has officially chartered a dedicated study section on Systemic Injury from Environmental Exposures. SOT has spent more than a decade working to get this in place, and the Society is thrilled that toxicologists will be able to apply directly to a toxicology-focused group at CSR for recognition and research funding. (7/2/14)
Scientists Hampered by Funding and Oversight Woes—Funding, bureaucracy, and superfluous reporting. A recent The Guardian column argues that these are three of the biggest threats to science and scientists. (6/25/14)
Mode of Action Crucial to US EPA Program Success—“Mode of action information, when available, plays a critical role in interpreting results from animal toxicity studies and whether those results may (or may not) apply to humans who are exposed to substantially lower concentrations than animals,” SOT Member Richard Becker writes on American Chemistry’s “American Chemistry Matters” blog. He argues that without a commitment to addressing mode of action, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) will struggle to provide solid, scientific assessments. (6/18/14)
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.
Alternative Toxicity Test Methods: Reducing, Refining, and Replacing Animal Use for Safety Testing
Airway Epithelial Toxicity of the Flavoring Agent 2,3 Pentanedione
Signaling Mechanisms for Metabolic Dysfunction Following Low-Level Arsenic Exposures: From Mouse to Man
Opportunities to Modify Current Regulatory Testing Guidelines and Advance the Assessment of Carcinogenicity Risk in the 21st Century
Breast Cancer As a Multifactorial Disease: Interaction of Genetics, Life Stage, and the Environment
21st Century Validation Strategies—One Size No Longer Fits All
Dietary Supplement Adulteration and Impact on Human Health
Scientific, Regulatory, and Public Perspectives on the Credibility and Use of Alternative Toxicological Test Methods in a Legislative Framework
View the list of topics.