Allegheny-Erie Chapter of the Society of Toxicology
Welcome to the website for the Allegheny-Erie Regional Chapter of the Society of Toxicology (A-E SOT). As a group, our charge is to facilitate and enhance all toxicological endeavors within our Tri-State region (Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia) with an open invitation beyond our immediate borders to everyone interested in toxicology. To this end, the objectives of A-E SOT are five-fold: 1) to serve as the focal point for all toxicological interests in our region; 2) to facilitate interactions among toxicologists in government, industry, academia, and independent research institutions; 3) to sponsor scientific and educational programs in toxicology; 4) to foster a better understanding of the science of toxicology, including government, industry, academia, and the public at large; and 5) to recruit and train the next generation of toxicologists. I encourage you to explore our website, and discover how we may best serve you. If you have any questions, in any regard, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to interacting with you.
Aaron Erdely, PhD
History of A-E SOT
The A-E SOT regional chapter was formed in 1988. The groundwork for the local Society of Toxicology was laid by the Pittsburgh Toxicology Club. With the creation of a regional SOT chapter, the club had the opportunity to provide enhanced professional status to its members and a greater opportunity for national impact.
The first two committees met in 1990 to address 1) education of the lay public on toxicology and risk assessment and 2) animal welfare and regulatory issues pertaining to the animal rights movement in our region. The chapter aimed to develop a strategy concerning our role in public education and animal welfare issues in our region.
The Student Research Award was instituted in the year 1989–1990; Teri Bagnell of the University of Pittsburgh was the first winner of this award.
Within the first year of its existence, the club had approximately 110 members. Twenty years later, the chapter has over 70 members. A-E SOT has been going strong for 20 great years.