Toxicology Section News – June 2017

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Sources: William R. Johnson, BA, Section Program Chair, and Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, Section Program Co-Chair

Summer has officially arrived and it’s time for some important updates! Four months have passed since the very successful AAFS 2017 meeting in New Orleans and preparations are accelerating for another exciting program at the AAFS 70th Annual Scientific Meeting February 19-24, 2018, in Seattle, WA, where the chosen theme is “Science Matters.”

We are looking forward to a vast array of quality workshops, scientific sessions, breakfasts, and luncheons next year and will also continue the traditional special sessions on Drugs and Driving, Postmortem Pediatric Toxicology, and our joint session with the Pathology/Biology Section. We’re also working toward a multidisciplinary session to address the increasing impact of synthetic opioid drugs on our daily work.

The AAFS 2018 abstract submission process is now active! We trust many of you are hard at work on great oral, poster, or workshop proposals demonstrating that “Science Matters.” If not, you still have time to get started, but the August 1 abstract deadline will soon be here. With that in mind, we need to remind/alert you of recent revisions to the AAFS Policy on Commercial Disclosure and a significant change impacting both the Toxicology Section and any author(s) citing drug names in their submissions. The revised policy reads, in part:

“Trade and commercial names of pharmaceuticals are prohibited in both abstracts and presentations. As an example, pharmaceuticals such as Ambien® must be changed to its generic designation of zolpidem in all references.”

We strongly encourage everyone to read more about the Commercial Disclosure changes and abstract submission process at the hyperlinks provided.

Nominations for section awards are also due by August 1. These awards are a wonderful way to recognize your fellow colleagues for their contributions and dedication to our field. Contact the Chair of the Toxicology Section Awards and Scholarship Committee, Graham Jones (, with your nominations.

Finally, are you or a colleague considering membership or promotion to the next level? Applications for new membership and promotion are both due October 1, 2017. General and section-specific information can be found here: Membership and promotion requirements.

Please contact Section Program Chair William Johnson ( or Section Program Co-Chair Sherri Kacinko ( regarding workshop or program ideas and with any questions regarding the process.