Toxicology Section News — October 2016

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Source:  Fiona Couper, PhD, Section Secretary

Now is the time for you to be making plans to join us in New Orleans as we both celebrate the past and look forward to the years ahead.  Section Program Chair Nikolas Lemos ( and Co-Chair William (Bill) Johnson ( continue to work behind the scenes to bring the Toxicology Section an outstanding program.  Our traditional special sessions will once again be offered, including the multidisciplinary session with Pathology/Biology, Postmortem Pediatrics, Drugs and Driving, and NPS/Designer Drugs.  The 5th Annual Toxicology Luncheon and its festivities are being planned, along with the Annual Toxicology Lectureship, which will be presented by Dr. Lori Arviso AlvordDan Anderson and I would like to acknowledge and thank the enormous efforts of Nikolas and Bill thus far — they both deserve additional recognition for securing section financial support and keeping within the tight AAFS deadlines.

Thanks to everyone who submitted abstracts for oral or poster presentations and workshop proposals.  Your contributions are what make our program stronger every year.  Thank you also to our volunteer abstract reviewers whom we cannot do without.  Official acceptance letters for abstracts from AAFS will be mailed by mid-November and the preliminary program will be published in November as well.

The AAFS Toxicology Section membership continues to grow in numbers; however, there is always room for improvement.  Please encourage your non-member colleagues to apply; the career benefits of membership outweigh the small initial cost.  The application process is completely online ( and details are located on the AAFS website.  Applications for membership need to be submitted by October 1 in order to be considered for 2017.

Additionally, our section members of any status (Student or Trainee Affiliates, Associate Members, and Members) need to determine if they are eligible for promotion, and if so, complete the application process.  Some section activities (e.g., section officer or committee chair) require full Member or Fellow status in order to participate.  If you discover that you are not yet eligible for promotion, you can fulfill some of the promotion requirements by participating in meetings as an attendee, presenter, moderator, or volunteer.  Please contact Nikolas or Bill for volunteer opportunities, such as moderating a session.  The deadline for receipt of all application materials is October 1.

See you all in New Orleans!