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American Association of Chinese in Toxicology (AACT)

President’s Message

Nan Mei

Dear AACT members:

In these challenging times, our mission of fostering interactions among professionals of Chinese background and/or ethnicity in toxicological or related sciences is more important. As the President of the AACT (2021–2022), firstly, I would like to thank our outgoing Board Members for their great service and commitment: Dr. Tao Wang (President for 2019–2020 and Past President for 2020–2021), Dr. Weimin Chen (Councilor for 2019–2020 and Secretary for 2020–2021), Dr. Cleo Leung (Councilor for 2019–2020 and Treasurer for 2020–2021), and Mr. Zunwei Chen (Student Representative for 2020–2021). I also want to take this opportunity to welcome our new Board Members: Dr. Xi Yang (President-Elect), Dr. Xiefan Fang (Councilor), Dr. Dongying Li (Councilor), and Ms. Shengjie Xu (Student Representative), who voluntarily serve our AACT.

Below is a list of what is happening within our AACT during the year from May 2021 to April 2022:

  1. 1. Many of you attended the AACT and ATA joint webinar on May 26. The AACT will continue to organize webinars during the year. If you have any suggestions about topics and speakers, please contact any of our board members.
  2. The SOT 61st Annual Meeting will be held in San Diego, CA on March 27–31, 2022. Early meeting registration begins on August 2, abstract submission site opens on August 16, and its deadline is October 15.
  3. When you submit your abstract(s), please also consider applying for the AACT awards. The AACT gives four category awards at the Annual Meeting, including Distinguished Chinese Toxicologist Award, Jean Lu Student Scholarship Award, Outstanding Young Investigator Award, and AACT Best Abstract Awards. The application deadline is January 10. It is the first time for AACT to give Outstanding Young Investigator Award. For more information, please visit AACT website.
  4. For the annual election (5 positions: President-Elect, 2 Councilors, Postdoc and Student Representative), our current plan is to accept nominations from now to November, to announce the candidates (with biosketches) from November to December, and to distribute the ballot in early January. The election results will be announced in February or before the SOT Annual Meeting. If you want to serve our society, please contact me or Dr. Yongbin Zhang. 
  5. During the pandemic era, the SOT cancelled the 2020 annual meeting and virtually organized the 2021 annual meeting. Most of us have not met since the 2019 Baltimore meeting. Hope we can meet next year. We plan to have a big reception. If you have any ideas and suggestions, please contact me (nan_mei@yahoo.com).
  6. Please encourage your colleagues and students to join the AACT if they have Chinese background and/or ethnicity. AACT due is $15/year for full members. For SOT student/postdocs members, it is free for the first Special Interest Group membership. Membership in the national SOT is not required to be a member of the AACT.
  7. The fundraising is always challenging. We thank all sponsors for their continuous supports. If you know some potential organizations or companies, please ask them to support our AACT.
  8. As you may know, the Chinese Society of Toxicology is organizing the 9th International Congress of Asian Society of Toxicology (ASIATOX-IX) on October 20–23, 2021 in Hangzhou, China. Currently, it is not clear about the travel restrictions when entering China in September or October. If you plan to go to China in fall, please consider attending this meeting.

Lastly, on behalf of the AACT Board, I would like to thank you all for continuing engagement in our activities.

Best wishes,

Nan Mei

AACT President (2021–2022)