American Association of Chinese in Toxicology (AACT)
Welcome! You are now visiting the American Association of Chinese in Toxicology (AACT) website. AACT is a product of the merger in 2004 between the American Chinese Toxicology Society (ACTS, est. 1984) and American Chinese Society of Toxicology (ACSOT, est. 1995), and it became a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Society of Toxicology in 2007.
The objectives of AACT are: (1) to foster interactions among professionals of Chinese background and/or ethnicity in toxicological 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. AACT members share the vision of creating an organization that connects scientists with Chinese ethnic background in the toxicology and related fields, and bridges the toxicological sciences between the Eastern and the Western world.
To achieve these objectives, AACT has established standing committees to handle membership, finance, program, election, and awards, besides its elected board as defined in the Bylaws. Each committee is chaired by a board member and composed of several volunteers among the AACT members with the final approval of the board.
As a member of Special Interest Groups, AACT is an important component of SOT and is vigorously involved in the organization and activities of SOT. AACT sponsors and endorses SOT annual meeting programs, participates in the assembly of SOT committees, and contributes to the long-term development of SOT. To support SOT’s “Strategic Objective to Strengthen Global Participation and Outreach” and to enhance collaborative efforts, we have formed an “International Collaboration Task Force” (ICTF) in April of 2013 with a two-year term. The initial focus of ICTF is to organize a delegation to attend the 6th National Congress of Chinese Society of Toxicology (CSOT) in Guangzhou, China, and to have further discussion with representatives from CSOT about collaboration opportunities.
AACT members enjoy the privilege as well as assume the responsibility as defined in the Bylaws. AACT is a relatively young organization that is full of energy and diversity, as illustrated in our newsletters. Joining this organization is easy. Your participation will bring professional enrichment as well as enjoyment to yourself and others.
Edward Chow, PhD, DABT