Toxicology Section News – November 2015

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Sources:  Fiona Couper, PhD, Section Program Chair, and Nikolas Lemos, PhD, Section Program Co-Chair

We are now only a few months away from the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, and many events and sessions centered around the Transformation: Embracing Change theme. The program is now finalized and we are once again looking forward to providing you with an interesting and rewarding educational experience. An enormous THANK YOU goes out to everyone who submitted abstracts, reviewed abstracts, and volunteered as moderators — you have all contributed in ensuring Las Vegas will be a success. In addition to an array of workshops, scientific sessions, breakfasts, and luncheons, we will continue with the traditional and popular Drugs and Driving (focusing on synthetic cannabinoids), combined Pathology/Biology and Toxicology Sections, and Postmortem Pediatric Toxicology Special Sessions.

On Wednesday, we will host the annual Toxicology Section Luncheon which will take place immediately prior to the section business meeting. If you wish to attend the luncheon, please remember to make the selection when you pre-register as there is an additional charge to attend — the luncheon is NOT available to those who register on-site. On Thursday, our Annual Toxicology Lectureship is titled “Performance-Enhancing Drugs:  Not Only a Sports Problem” and will be delivered by Dr. Daniel Eichner.

During the Toxicology Section Business Meeting, we will have the chance to honor this year’s award winners. This year’s Toxicology Section Award recipients are as follows:

Mahmoud ElSohly will receive the Alexander O. Gettler Award;
Rod McCutcheon will receive the Rolla N. Harger Award;
Robert Kronstrand will receive the Ray Abernethy Award; and,
Erin Spargo will receive the Irving Sunshine Award.

Many thanks to Graham Jones who chairs the Awards and Scholarship Committee and to all of the committee members for their diligent work in reviewing the nominations. Additionally, we would like to express our appreciation to the section members who took the time and effort to nominate our awardees.

And while we are handing out thanks…we are enormously grateful to the vendors who have committed contributions to the Toxicology Section Program to date, including Randox Toxicology Ltd, Agilent® Technologies, Cerilliant® Corporation, Immunalysis® Corporation, Waters® Corporation, and Lipomed® Inc.

So mark your calendars now for the AAFS 68th Annual Scientific Meeting, February 22-27, 2016, in Las Vegas, NV — we sincerely hope to see you all there!