News and Reviews
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It is again time to send greetings to all IUTOX member societies and through the societies to all the individual members of IUTOX. IUTOX has new challenges and opportunities lying ahead.
As mentioned in my previous message, IUTOX is facing financial challenges. To manage responsibly the IUTOX budgetary situation and at the same time maintain a high level of activity, the IUTOX Executive Committee has created strict rules to save money in all its activities and at the same time assure that essential activities can be continued and expanded where appropriate. Our ability to identify sponsors interested in supporting IUTOX financially is critical to expanding programs of interest to member societies. The goal of the Executive Committee is to assure that IUTOX is in excellent financial position when the 12th International Congress of Toxicology takes place in Barcelona, Spain.
In the meantime, the IUTOX Executive Committee has been working to increase its impact on issues relevant to toxicology and human health by generating plans for capacity building especially in developing countries and reaching out to assure an understanding of chemical safety in areas where such activities are needed. IUTOX has arranged for the 13th time a Risk Assessment Summer School (RASS XIII) in Germany. Torbjörn Malmfors continues to be, together with Birgitta Lewander, the prime mover of this activity. A Risk Assessment Workshop was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil in early 2008, under the capable leadership of Silvia Barros. Both courses are designed to help young toxicologists better understand the risk assessment process.
Ultimately the goal of these courses is to merge local and global activities into a series of courses that will better serve the needs of toxicologists and regulators in developing countries. IUTOX will do this through its novel Risk Assessment School concept by organizing several courses each year in different parts of the world (e.g. countries in South East-Asia, Africa or South America). The plan is to increase the local and regional impact of these courses by organizing them in collaboration with IUTOX member societies and local authorities. 2008 is a "hybrid" year since a traditional RASS XIII will be organized together with a RAS course in Latin America. IUTOX is soliciting proposals from member societies to sponsor a RAS course in their region. Please base your proposal on the course outline (IUTOX Web site) and send your proposal to Donna Breskin at IUTOX headquarters.
In addition to the capacity building activities, the IUTOX Executive Committee has been seeking collaboration with other organizations to increase its impact on issues such as children's health in chemically challenging environments or utilizing novel technologies such as nanotechnologies to improve the quality of life of individuals living especially in developing countries. Important potential partners in the promotion of these goals are the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
In parallel with these IUTOX activities, the Executive Committee has been making preparations for the upcoming IUTOX scientific events. These include the 7th Congress of Toxicology in Developing Countries (7CTDC) to be held in Sun City in South Africa on September 6–9, 2009. Preparations for the Congress, chaired by Professor Mary Gulumian, are proceeding smoothly. We can expect an exciting and scientifically and socially rewarding event.
The next important event under the umbrella of IUTOX is the 12th International Congress of Toxicology to be organized in Barcelona, Spain and chaired by Professor Eugenio Vilanova. The Congress takes place on July 11–15, 2010 and preparations for finalizing the program and all the necessary details have been in progress for several years. This is another exciting IUTOX event that everybody should mark one's calendar for in 2010.
As to future scientific events, organized by IUTOX together with its national member sociieties, are the 8th Congress of Toxicology in Developing Countries (8CTDC) organized by the Thai Society of Toxicology in 2012 in Bangkok. Professor Songsak Srianujata, the current President of the Thai Society of Toxicology, will chair the congress.
The IUTOX General Assembly decided to hold the 13th International Conference of Toxicology (ICT XIII) in Seoul, South Korea in 2013 under the capable leadership of Professor Jin Ho Chun, Chair of the Steering Committee of ICT XIII and Professor San Seop Han, current President of the Korean Society of Toxicology.
I hope to see many of you in Rhodes in October of this year during EUROTOX.
I wish all of you an enjoyable and rewarding summer vacation.
2007–2010 Executive Committee
The IUTOX General Assembly convened in Montreal, Canada on July 18, 2007 to elect a new Executive Committee serving three year terms.
Kai Savolainen (President), Linda Birnbaum, (President-Elect), Tohru Inoue (Vice President, A. Wallace Hayes (Secretary-General), Alexander Buerkle (Treasurer), Silvia Barros (Director), Elaine Faustman (Director), Barbara Hales (Director), Mumtaz Iscan (Director), Lewis Smith (Director).
2007–2010 Committees, Commissions and Task Forces
Committee assignments were also transitioned to new leadership as listed below.
Reports: 2007–2010 Committees, Commissions and Task Forces
Implementation of the 2007–2010 strategic plan is underway as the Executive Committee carries on the well-established work and focus of IUTOX. See the Strategic Plan and committee reports below.
ICT Meetings—IUTOX organizes the largest and most prestigious International Congress on Toxicology (ICT) every three years, offering the opportunity to learn the latest developments in toxicological science and regulation through general scientific sessions and continuing education classes. On a personal level, it provides the opportunity for you to present your own work to this, the largest and most diverse audience of toxicologists, allowing you to network with others in the same field. And, of course, it provides an opportunity for social activities at the conference in different parts of the world.
CTDC Meetings—Held every three years, Congresses on Toxicology in Developing Countries (CTDC) are sponsored by IUTOX. The meetings provide a forum for discussing toxicological problems facing developing countries in the future and exchanging views with toxicologists from all over the world, especially from developing countries and regions.
Interested in Hosting 9CTDC in 2015 or ICTXIV in 2016?
The opportunity to host the ICT and CTDC meetings is only open to IUTOX member societies. It's not too soon to start planning ahead! Here is the timeline for submitting your bid to host a future IUTOX meeting:
July 10, 2009—IUTOX issues a Call for Bids for 9CTDC (2015) and ICTXIV (2016)
February 2, 2010—Bids due to IUTOXHQ for review and recommendation by the IUTOX Executive Committee for inclusion in General Assembly materials at Barcelona meeting
July 14, 2010—Member societies vote on ICTXIV and 9CTDC venues at the General Assembly
NEW...IUTOX Sponsorship of Non-IUTOX Meetings
IUTOX will consider lending the use of the IUTOX name to toxicology-related meetings sponsored by other not-for-profit organizations. Meetings will be endorsed based on the quality of the science and relevance to toxicology; breadth and scope of scientific appeal; timeliness of topic; selection of speakers; and completeness of proposal.
IUTOX will consider a limited number of requests for speakers at congresses in developing countries. If you're interested in learning more, please see the policy below.
South Africa TOXSA to Host CTDC7
Congresses on Toxicology in Developing Countries (CTDC) are sponsored by IUTOX every three years. Sun City, South Africa will provide a beautiful venue for CTDC7 scheduled for September 6 -9, 2009. CTDC meetings provide a forum for discussing toxicological problems facing developing countries in the future and exchanging views with toxicologists from all over the world, especially from developing countries and regions.
Please see the schedule below for abstract deadlines and other preliminary information.
Deadlines to be considered
We are delighted to feature the Chinese Society of Toxicology in this issue. If you’d like to see your member society featured in the next issue, please send an article or story idea to IUTOXHQ at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toxicology in China
Lijie Fu, Ph.D.
The Chinese Society of Toxicology (CST) was established in 1993 to provide greater communication and sharing of ideas among professionals from different areas of toxicology. The mission of the Society is to play a leading role in the advancement of toxicological sciences in China, and to promote the study and application of toxicology in all aspects of life. During the past 15 years, the CST, with 20 Specialty Sections, 2 Regional Chapters, and more than 2500 members from academia, industry, and government, has become one of the major scientific societies in China.
The CST is governed by an 87-member elected Council representing diverse professionals and scientific disciplines in toxicology, and managed by an administrative office in Beijing. The Council is currently led by Dr. Zhixiong Zhuang, the President of the Society, and the Secretary General, Dr. Pingkun Zhou. The CST has grown rapidly in recent years and will continue to make great contributions to the toxicology society in China and in the world.
Professional CST Conferences
The CST organizes a “Young Scientists in Toxicology Forum” biannually to encourage young scientists participating in toxicology research and other activities. The Society honors the top 10 young scientists with an “Excellent Young Toxicologist” award during the forum.
Each Specialty Section of the CST organizes its national conference annually or biannually. Professionals across China come together to present recent research findings and achievements, and to discuss recent developments and future plans in their fields. In 2008, there are 15 conferences scheduled by various Specialty Sections. The most recent conference was held by the Quality Assurance Section in May. An upcoming conference titled “International Conference on NanoToxicology” is being presented in collaboration with the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), and will be held in Zhengzhou of Henan province on September 17-19 this year. Both conferences address great opportunities for research communication and collaboration among national and international toxicologists in the field.
Continuing Education Programs of the CST
The CST Publications
Public Awareness Programs (“Science Popularization”)
In addition to organizing and hosting international meetings, the Society also promotes and encourages a variety of international collaborations. The Society and its sections invite many colleagues from overseas to study in China, and in turn, the Society sends its members to study abroad every year. Many research projects with international collaboration are being conducted in China now, and there will be more in the future. Today, the CST continues to reach out to the international toxicology community, and provides numerous opportunities to welcome our colleagues from IUTOX member societies to join us for collaboration and cooperation.
Awards and Fellowships
2008 AstraZeneca Award Winners—SOT Annual Meeting
IUTOX congratulates the winners of four (4) fellowship awards sponsored by AstraZeneca and four (4) fellowship awards sponsored by the Society of Toxicology US. Each award provided $2,000 USD to the winners to attend the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting, held in Seattle in March 2008.
(From left to right) Dr. Martin Dyroff (award sponsor), Gafer Ahmed,
2009 AstraZeneca/SOT Awards Applications
Applicants must be from a developing country where toxicology is underrepresented. They must have an active research program underway or currently be active in the practice of toxicology in their country. Travel awards are available to support both senior scientists and more junior individuals. The following criteria will be used to select recipients of the awards:
For more information contact:
Awardees will be notified by December 1, 2008. Awards will be issued at the SOT Annual Meeting.
Upcoming Society Meetings
The 7th SFRR-Africa Conference/28th African Health
IX World Conference
International Conference on NanoToxicology
XXVI Interdisciplinary Meeting of Toxicology: Food Contaminants as Markers for Environmental Risk Assessment
45th Congress of the European Societies of Toxicology (EUROTOX)
29th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Pharmacology Society
6th Pan African Environmental Mutagen Society Conference
1st African Congress on Pesticides and Toxicology Sciences
American College of Toxicology 29th Annual Meeting
SOT 48th Annual Meeting
British Toxicology Society
29th Congress of the International Commission on
Occupational Health (ICOH2009)
10th Iranian Congress on Toxicology and Poisoning (ICTP)
Japanese Society of Toxicology
ARGENTINE MEETING OF TOXICOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD RESEARCH WORKSHOP IN CLINICAL TOXICOLOGY
5th National Conference of the Chinese Society of Toxicology
4th International Conference on Nanotechnology
5th International Congress of the Asian Society of Toxicology, (ASIATOX-V)
46th Congress of the European Societies of Toxicology (Eurotox)
XXVII Conference of Argentine Toxicological Association (ATA)
SOT 49th Annual Meeting
XVIth World Congress on Basic and Clinical Pharmacology 2010
SOT 50th Annual Meeting
SOT 51st Annual Meeting
8CTDC Congress on Toxicology in Developing Countries
SOT 52nd Annual Meeting
XIII International Congress of Toxicology
SOT 53rd Annual Meeting
XVIIth World Congress on Basic and Clinical Pharmacology 2014
News Round Up
The Egyptian Society of Toxicology collaborated with the National Committee of Toxicology, Egypt, to host an international symposium titled, Seafood Toxins: A Source of Health Hazards and Ecological Problems. The meeting was held in Cairo on March 25, 2008. Scientists from Japan, Germany, the United States and Qatar provided lectures using video internet technology. IUTOX President, Dr. Kai Savolainen, delivered a talk on "The Role of IUTOX in Spreading the International Scientific Exchange Among the National Toxicological Congresses."
The Japanese Society of Toxicology (JST) welcomed 1400 participants to a very successful annual meeting on June 26–28 at the Olympic Commemorative Hall in Jinguh, Tokyo. Three special lectures by Dr. Hayashi, Dr. Kim Anderson and Dr. Ken Korach were very well received by the attendees. The presentations included symposia on children’s issues including immunology and toxicodynamics and two new technology symposia on nanotechnology and toxicogenomics. JST also offered six workshops including one on DNA medicine, 47 oral presentations, 180 posters, 9 luncheons, four post-lunch seminars and an exhibit hall with 62 booths. Congratulations to JST on hosting this very successful meeting!
The Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Part B: Critical Reviews announced a landmark article focused on new research on the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) and the harmful effects it can have on human health as an endocrine blocker. The article was published in February in Volume 11, Issue 2 of the journal. For FREE access to the article “Derivation of a Bisphenol a Oral Reference Dose (RfD) and Drinking-Water Equivalent Concentration” by Calvin C. Willhite, Gwendolyn L. Ball, and Clifton J. McLellan, and to learn more about the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Part B: Critical Reviews, please visit www.tandf.co.uk/10937404.
Publications from the World Health Organization
The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum organized an Indo-US symposium on Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) inTrivandrum, Kerala on March 5 to 7, 2008. The symposium focused on implementing the principles of GLP in medical device evaluation and making an attempt to formulate an appropriate regulatory framework, specifically for medical device evaluation in India.
Experts from the US and India participated in the symposium, which was jointly organized by the National GLP Compliance Monitoring Authority and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology.
The Toxicology Education Foundation (TEF), a charitable organization promoting public awareness of chemical safety, is pleased to announce that a Japanese subtitled version of its video “Is it Safe? Evaluating Chemical Risks” is currently in production, and should be available later this year. The Japanese Society of Toxicology (JST) contributed funding for this new translation and will help TEF disseminate the video to the Japanese speaking public. The JST has repeatedly supported cooperative educational programs and we recognize and thank them for their leadership. The 16-minute video provides general audiences with a clear and engaging look at the basic principles of toxicology and how to apply them in their everyday lives. It is designed to help people better understand the potential risks chemicals pose, and how they can use this knowledge to stay safe and healthy. The video, also available in English and Latin American Spanish, was originally developed in co-sponsorship with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).
TEF is also beginning production this year on written materials in English and Spanish that can supplement the “Is it Safe?” video, or be used independently. These will be widely distributed to schools and community groups. TEF is honored to receive matching funds from Exponent, a well known engineering and scientific consulting firm, for any individual donor tax-deductible contributions it receives. This generous corporate support will facilitate the distribution of free, reliable chemical safety information to the public.
The English version of “Is it Safe?” can be viewed and downloaded at TEF’s Web site (http://www.toxedfoundation.org). Free DVD copies are available upon request, based on need. Contact TEF’s Executive Director, Kathleen Spitzer at (443) 321-4654 or by email at email@example.com to request a DVD or to make a contribution. Donations can also be sent to headquarters at 626 Admiral Drive, Ste. C, PMB 221, Annapolis, MD 21401. TEF continues to seek new ways to broaden its educational reach and transmit authoritative toxicological information to the public and other audiences. The Foundation welcomes the support and ideas of all interested parties in helping it achieve these goals.
IUTOX is delighted to announce its newest member, the Bangladesh Society of Toxicology (BDSOT). Dr. Zahidul Islam is serving as the Interim President and currently resides in East Lansing, Michigan. We welcome BDSOT and look forward to working together to meet our mutual goals!
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