Environmental Factor, March 2009, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
NIEHS Gears Up for SOT
By Eddy Ball
Each year, one of the Institute's major national meetings is the annual gathering of members of the Society of Toxicology (SOT). With the appointment of Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., as NIEHS and National Toxicology Program (NTP) director - the first toxicologist to hold that leadership position - the SOT 48th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo March 15-19 in Baltimore will be an especially high-profile one for NIEHS.
In addition to its booth and scientific presentations and posters, this year the NIEHS will engage in three important activities as part of its presence at the meeting:
- Meet the Director of NIEHS and NTP - NIEHS Director and former SOT Director Linda Birnbaum will talk about her plans for leading NIEHS and NTP in its fifth decade of promoting the environmental public health of the United States and the world through research directed at preventing and treating disease. Birnbaum, who was also president-elect of the International Union of Toxicology, will speak at a luncheon March 18.
- NTP Criteria for Hazard Identification in Non-Cancer Studies - Discipline leaders Paul Foster, Ph.D., and Dori Germolec, Ph.D., will conduct an exhibitor-hosted session March 17 on how the NTP will reach conclusions on its non-cancer studies in reproductive, developmental and immune system toxicology.
- Division of Extramural Research and Training - Leaders and grant administrators will expand their outreach effozrts to current and potential grantees Leaders and grant administrators will expand their outreach efforts to current and potential grantees at a special Brown Bag Luncheon on March 17 and in the Grants Room March 17 and 18.