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And Off We Go - Conference Season Begins

By Robin Mackar
February 2010

2010 Society of Toxicology

With each new year, opportunities come to showcase NIEHS research advances and new funding programs for scientists across the country. This year is no exception.

The NIEHS conference season begins in earnest February 18-22 in San Diego with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)(http:/www.aaas.org/meetings/) Exit NIEHS Annual Meeting. Suzanne Fenton, Ph.D., of the NIEHS Division of Intramural Research (DIR) will be presenting research on the impact that early life exposures have on the development and function of the mammary gland. John Drake, Ph.D., also of DIR, will present on the phylogeny of mutation rates, and staff from NIEHS Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT) will present a poster about some of the NIEHS Partnerships for Environmental Public Health Program. Staff from the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL) and Environmental Health Perspectives will be on hand at the Institute's award-winning booth to speak with conference attendees about new NIEHS research findings and new funding opportunities.

In March, when NIEHS and National Toxicology Program (NTP) staff head to The Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting(http://www.toxicology.org/ai/meet/am2010/) Exit NIEHS in Salt Lake City, not only will there be new science advances to be shared, but NIEHS will debut some innovative ways to showcase its findings. NIEHS and NTP representatives, including Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., will be providing live updates throughout the SOT conference. The updates will be posted on the NIEHS and NTP Web sites at www.niehs.nih.gov/LiveatSOT(http://www.niehs.nih.gov/LiveatSOT) and on Twitter@LiveatSOT. They'll be reporting on all the innovations, breakthrough research, awards being given out, and interesting people that make SOT so unique. OCPL will be providing more information about this program in the next few weeks.

"We're excited to be working with our scientists and program staff to provide live updates from SOT," said OCPL Director Christine Flowers. "It allows us an opportunity to begin using some new social media tools." New OCPL staff member Ed Kang is working with Flowers and others in OCPL to develop and disseminate information about the "Live Updates from SOT."

(Robin Mackar is the news director in the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison and a regular contributor to the Environmental Factor.)

More to Come in 2010

Other major conferences this year that will be sure to have an NIEHS presence include:


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