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President’s Message

Dear Midwest Chapter (MRC) Members and Friends,

I hope you had a great summer and a wonderful start into the fall. Before jumping into our planning in 2017–2018, I’d like to give you an update on our 2017 Spring meeting.

  • The meeting was held in Mundelein, IL on May 19, 2017. It combined scientific sessions centered on Female Reproductive Toxicity and a Career Development workshop for students focused on selected types of toxicology career. The meeting was well attended with about 70 members from around the region. 
  • In addition to the scientific program, the MRC-SOT’s annual awards for both career recognition and student achievement were presented at the meeting. Congratulations to our award recipients! Their names were listed in our Awards section in this website.
  • Our chapter also held its annual business meeting on this day. I would like to thank our outgoing MRC officers, Dr. Ronnie Yeager (Past President), Dr. Laruen Besenhofer (Treasurer/Councilor), Dr. Paul Eubig (Councilor), and Ms. Stephanie Hughes (Councilor). They have been instrumental in pushing our education and outreach agenda and their support and contributions are very much appreciated.
  • Results of elections for incoming Executive Committee Members were announced. I’d like to welcome our newest elected officers: Dr. Wei Xu (President-Elect), Dr. Tammy Palenski (Treasure), Dr. Smita Salian-Mehta (Councilor), Dr. Binu Philip (Councilor), Dr. Amy Irving (Postdoctoral Representative), and Ms. Saniya Ratta (Student Representative).

Moving into 2017–2018, our first major event is our 2017 fall meeting and our career outreach event. The meeting will take place on Friday, November 3 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm at the AbbVie Campus in North Chicago, Illinois. The topic will focus on the impact of early-life environmental toxicant exposure to disease development in adulthood. Students and postdocs will also have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the drug discovery and development process. A tour of AbbVie preclinical laboratories will take place from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon on Nov 3. The event will be open to 30 students and postdocs on a first-come-first-serve basis. The detailed information, including meeting registration, directions, and scientific program can be found in the Meetings and the Newsletter sections on this website. You can also click here for Online Registration to the meeting and the tour.

On behalf of the executive committee, I would like to thank you for the continued support of our regional chapter. I hope to see you all at our fall meeting in November!

Yi Yang
President, Midwest Reginal Chapter