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American Association of Chinese in Toxicology (AACT)

President’s Message

Z. Alex Xu

Greetings, Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the American Association of Chinese Toxicologists (AACT). AACT was established from the merging of the previous American Chinese Toxicology Society (ACTS) and the American Chinese Society of Toxicology (ACSOT) in 2004. It became a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) in 2005. Most AACT members are SOT members. However, you do not need to be a SOT member to become an AACT member. AACT has over 200 members according to the most recent membership report.

The objectives of AACT are: (1) to foster interactions among professionals of Chinese background and/or ethnicity in toxicology or related sciences through the exchange of information in education, technology, employment, or business opportunities; (2) to facilitate collaborative activities in toxicology-related research or projects between Chinese scientists or organizations in the US and abroad; (3) to promote the participation of scientists of any ethnical background who share the same common interests in toxicology and related fields.

In the past years, AACT has been working actively to pursue these objectives. AACT has hosted career development workshops and receptions during SOT Annual Meetings, and sponsored/endorsed SOT annual programs. In addition, AACT has established annual award programs for Distinguished Chinese Toxicologist Lectureship, Jean Lu Student Scholarship, and Best Abstracts Awards. To enhance professional interactions with toxicologists outside of the US, AACT successfully managed delegations to participate, present, and organize meeting sessions in the 6th and 7th meetings of Chinese Society of Toxicology (CSOT) in China in 2013 and 2015. With this message, I would like to thank everybody who has served on the board and volunteered service in AACT events.

While we are proud of our success, we continue our effort of improving our organization. The newly elected board has just launched its missions with full enthusiasm. Besides the abovementioned annual activities during SOT meetings, we committed to organize a new delegation to participate in the 8th CSOT meeting in China this year. To improve the communications with other SOT scientific groups, we are planning to sponsor SOT-wide webinars for AACT members to present their scientific findings and/or commonly interesting topics. From this year, AACT board is committed to send a member to serve with the Education Committee as ad hoc advisors for the Global Senior Scholar Program (GSSEP).

None of these can be succeeded without the involvement of you, the members. I would like to encourage you to actively participate in the AACT and its activities, and to continue supporting AACT by your membership. I also encourage you to contact us if you have any thoughts or comments on our work via email to me at As always, we thank our Sponsors for their generous support which are critical for our success. We welcome donations from individuals and organizations. Please contact us for more information.

Z. Alex Xu, PhD, DABT
AACT President (2017–2018)