American Association of Chinese in Toxicology (AACT)
It is my great pleasure to welcome you visiting the American Association of Chinese in Toxicology (AACT) website. AACT was formed in 2004 as a result of the merger of the American Chinese Toxicology Society (ACTS, est. 1984) and American Chinese Society of Toxicology (ACSOT, est. 1995). 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 Board currently consisting of nine members are elected by AACT members to operate AACT. To achieve AACT’s objectives, the Board has established several standing committees for membership, finance, program, election, and awards. Each committee is chaired by a board member and composed of several volunteers from AACT members.
AACT has developed from a small professional group to today the largest organization for oversea Chinese toxicologists with members over 250. AACT attracted many Chinese toxicologists from industry, government and academia in United States and China, as well as other countries of the world and has become an influential organization with a reputation for toxicology expertise and its global network. Many of AACT members including former board members are currently working in frontage of toxicology research and or service areas or leading various toxicology functions in pharmaceuticals, consumer and chemical industries, as well as various government agencies.
As a member of Special Interest Groups of SOT, AACT has played an important role in various SOT initiatives and programs. AACT sponsors and endorses SOT annual meeting programs, participates in the assembly of SOT committees, and contributes to the long-term development of SOT. AACT has formed a task force known as International Collaboration Task Force (ICTF) in 2013 to support SOT’s initiative for Global Outreach.
Being an AACT member will have recognition of the professionalism and also enjoy a privilege of networking with many established Chinese toxicologists. I would encourage you to join AACT today if you are not an AACT member yet and I hope to see you at our annual reception during SOT meetings.
Last and not least, AACT has received tremendous supports from our sponsors over the years. As a new president of the organization, I appreciate sponsors’ contributions, particularly those who provide support continuously for many years. I would ask your continued support in the coming years.
Yi Jin, PhD, DABT