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President’s Message

Dear Midwest Chapter (MRC) Members and Friends,

As we enter the year 2017, my hope is for everyone to have a joyous, interesting, and productive year. Before I jump into talking about the upcoming Spring Meeting, I want to thank our President-Elect, Yi Yang, for pulling together an interesting and well-received Fall Meeting on “Testicular Toxicology and Pathology” and a tour of AbbVie laboratories, which provided a snapshot of the role of toxicology research in the pharmaceutical industry. The facilities provided by AbbVie for the meeting were more than suitable for the occasion; the sponsorship from Charles River was very appreciated.

We are still developing the agenda for our annual Spring Meeting in the Chicago area; we will be communicating a date shortly. As in past years, we are trying to work it around university exam schedules; we expect it to be in mid-April.

A few snippets regarding the planning:

We emphasize educational opportunities for students and postdocs and are exploring dividing the meeting into two parts. The first part would focus on careers in toxicology with presentations by toxicologists sharing information and case studies about their expertise, the type of work they do, and how they positioned themselves for this career. We are looking for volunteers across many industries willing to participate and envision representatives from the pharmaceutical, foods and chemical industries, contract research laboratories, and toxicologists working in the public sector and regulatory agencies. If you have an interest, contact Yi Yang.

We have a number of Awards to give out at the spring meeting, including: Career Excellence in Toxicology; Outstanding Early Career Toxicologists; Young Investigator Award, based on research proposals; Best Student Publication; and the Top Student Poster, presented at our Spring Meeting. More details can be found at the Midwest Chapter website. If you are interested in helping to judge these awards, contact our Councilor, Stephanie Hughes.

We also are looking for help to organize meeting logistics as well as sponsorship for the meeting. You can contact Yi Yang or Bill Bracken for further information.

Meeting sponsorship is a valuable contribution to our chapter; as a sponsor, you will be provided with table space for displaying information. Contact Bill Bracken for further information.

A couple other points to consider, which relate to open board positions and membership renewal:

  • Upcoming openings on the Board include: Councilors (2), Treasurer, and President-Elect. We also will have positions for graduate student and postdoc representatives. 
  • Remember to renew your MRC membership, when renewing your national SOT membership for 2017.

Our Midwest chapter has a robust membership and many members have moved into prominent roles within national SOT. Our mission is to provide service to our membership by means of presenting scientific and career growth through meetings and webinars. We also strive to provide educational opportunities for students and postdocs to help position them for rewarding careers in toxicology. As we continue to look for ideas on how to meet this mission, any input you’d like to provide is very much welcome. As we did last year, we are planning to send out a membership survey to gather your input on executing on this mission.

Finally, we strive to grow awareness of toxicology and the Midwest Chapter at colleges, universities, and institutions that are not currently involved. If you would like further information, or have ideas about who to reach out to, I encourage you to email me or call 847.938.2490.

Best wishes for fulfilling your aspirations this year,

Bill Bracken
President, Midwest Regional Chapter