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NIH joins SOT to celebrate 50 years of toxicology science
Date:3/2/2011

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will mark the 50th anniversary of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) at the SOT annual meeting in Washington, D.C., March 6-10, 2011.

Lawrence Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D., deputy director of the NIH, and NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., will be among the many NIH leaders and research staff that will be on hand to celebrate SOT's golden anniversary, and discuss the important role the field of toxicology plays in protecting human health. Tabak will give the plenary opening lecture on Monday, March 7 at 8:00 a.m.

Birnbaum, a past president of SOT, will present at several different venues throughout the conference, including the Meet the Directors Series on Wednesday, March 9, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. At the director's session, Birnbaum will discuss her plans for leading the research efforts of NIEHS and NTP in promoting the environmental public health of the United States and the world. She will also discuss emerging trends in toxicology research at different talks.

Birnbaum will also join international leaders on March 8 at 11 a.m. in Room 159 as she officially welcomes the Korean Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods to the International Cooperation on Alternative Test Methods in the signing of a memorandum of cooperation that seeks to expedite the validation and international acceptance of improved safety testing methods, including those that use fewer or no animals or provide for improved animal welfare.

"Over the past 50 years, SOT has played a key role in advancing the science of toxicology, as it has evolved from a science devoted to studying poisons and adverse effects of exposures to chemicals, to a science devoted to studying safety," said Birnbaum. "SOT is an asset to all of us and we are proud to tout the accomplishments of the field."

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Contact: Robin Mackar
rmackar@niehs.nih.gov
919-541-0073
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
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