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President’s Message

Dear TAO colleagues:

I am indeed honored to serve as your President of Toxicologists of African Origin for the 2018–2019 year. We had an exceptional general membership meeting and reception in San Antonio, Texas recently. This was due to the path that has been charted by past presidents of our organization. Specifically, due to the forward-thinking visions of Kimberly Hodge-Bell, Christopher Stewart, Bahie Abou-Donia, and most recently Sidney Green, TAO is on the move!

To that end, the foundational platform for my administration is undergirded by three pillars. The first pillar of my platform will be a challenge: Each One to Reach One. Simply put, if each one of us recruits another one of us to the organization, we will double our membership within one year! The second pillar of my platform is to increase the visibility of TAO in SOT scientific plenary, symposium, workshop, and platform sessions. The third and final pillar of the 2018–2019 platform is to engender collective efficacy around the sentiment of "feel good about TAO."

Regarding the second pillar related to increasing the visibility of TAO in SOT scientific sessions, we will immediately begin to work on a proposal for a symposium for the 2019 SOT Annual Meeting to be held in Baltimore, Maryland. We thought that the symposium might be centered around "Disparate Health Outcomes Derived from Chemical and Non-Chemical Stressors from a Global Perspective." This theme would be somewhat all encompassing however, we would likely narrow the foci based on the abstracts that we receive. We also would like to conduct a follow-up roundtable session on Management of Toxic Waste in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities Part II.

If you are interested in presenting your work in either of these sessions, talks will be approximately 15 minutesinlength. Please send abstracts to me at

I look forward to working with each of you in some shape, form or fashion andlet us have another greatyear.

Wakanda Forever!

Darryl B. Hood, PhD
TAO 2018–2019 President