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Toxicological Writing for Industrial and Regulatory Audiences

SOT Annual Meeting
San Antonio, Texas
Wednesday, March 13

Chairperson(s): Chidozie J. Amuzie, MPI Research, Mattawan, MI, and Michele La Merrill, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY.

Sponsor: Career Resource and Development Committee

Endorsed by: Biotechnology Specialty Section
                        Education Committee
                        Graduate Student Leadership Committee
                        Postdoctoral Assembly
                        Risk Assessment Specialty Section

Excellence in scientific and technical writing leading to high-quality publications, a skill set developed and refined from graduate training through early career in toxicology, is one key trait that can lead to a successful career as a toxicologist. Some academic institutions have programs that support scientific and technical writing for their staff. However, the majority of toxicologists (80%) are employed outside academia, predominately within biopharmaceutical and chemical industries, government, and contract research organizations. Graduates from academic programs that train in writing might acquire skills related to preparation of dissertations, grant proposals, and manuscripts for scientific peer-reviewed journals. The skills acquired from this training, when existent, does not necessitate a smooth transition to a successful career outside academia. Thus early-career toxicologists are sometimes unaware of, or otherwise unprepared for, technical writing assignments that occur in industrial and regulatory toxicology. In addition, different writing skills are required for clear and concise communication of toxicological results to nontoxicologist stakeholders. Therefore, an interactive workshop that evaluates the challenges presented by, and the skills required for, toxicological writing outside academia will be of great use to the majority of graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, and early-career toxicologists. Four speakers from the pharmaceutical industry, the chemical industry, a government regulatory agency, and a contract research organization will review the type(s) of technical writing required within their setting. Notably, they will extensively highlight common mistakes and discuss valuable strategies and tools to avoid these mistakes through interactive exercises using provided writing examples.

Session Introduction Video Recording

Fundamentals of Technical Writing within the Pharmaceutical Industry. Lorrene A. Buckley, Eli Lilly & Company, Indianapolis, IN.

What Do Successful Reports Have in Common: An US FDA Perspective. Hanan N. Ghantous, US FDA, Silver Spring, MD.

Technical Writing in the Chemical Industry. Richard W. Lewis, Syngenta, Bracknell, Berkshire, United Kingdom.

Writing a Toxicology Study Report: A Contract Research Organization Perspective. Dennis J. Meyer, Charles River Labs, Reno, NV.

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