Message from the Chair

Linda G. Roberts

SLC was formed to strengthen scientific collaboration to promote human health. Our member organizations benefit through global partnerships, promotion of interdisciplinary scientific advances, and content only available to members. We operate virtually through monthly teleconferences and an annual face-to-face gathering. These are opportunities for raised awareness of member society events and to update on the progress of SLC-planned events.

SLC work groups focus on issues of cross-cutting impact. During the past year, SLC groups organized events on multiple topics. Two aspects of gene editing, the therapeutic use against disease and ethical issues inherent in human reproduction, were presented in a two-part webinar series this spring. The challenges of science and risk communication - and possible solutions - were described in webinars that provided guidance to effective communication and use of social media to create a professional identity. Occupational exposures were a factor for our presentation on dermal toxicity. Our group focused on Big Data developed both virtual and in-person opportunities to better understand Big Data and how to make it FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). SLC members played key roles in FutureTox V: New Technologies to Evaluate Organ-Specific Effects for Drugs and Chemicals. You will find our recorded webinars under the Events tab and links to publications under Resources. Check out our newly updated website!

The accomplishments of the SLC are grounded in the expertise and energy of member society representatives. Their perseverance through the pandemic brought these projects to fruition.

Looking ahead, SLC has new work groups leading our efforts on existing and emerging challenges. The use of animals in research is a multifaceted issue at the convergence of basic and applied toxicology, risk management and new alternative methods. Wider exposure to cannabis raises new public health issues. Big Data efforts will pivot towards data analysis and visualization. A continuing education course on pregnancy risk management considerations in the workplace will be offered at the International Congress of Toxicology in September 2022. A course on risk communication has been accepted for the SOT annual meeting in 2023.

As the new SLC chair, I thank my predecessors, who have guided the SLC so ably, and the member representatives who bring their camaraderie and talents to our collaborations.

Best regards,

Linda G. Roberts, PhD, DABT
Chair (2022–2023), Science Liaison Coalition