Reston, Va.; February 13, 2019—The 58th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, from March 10 to March 14, 2019, and will highlight the latest advancements and technology in toxicology. With more than 6,000 attendees, the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo brings together toxicologists from around the globe at the largest toxicology meeting in the world.

“The SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo features the best in toxicological research, covering basic and cutting-edge science in dozens of toxicological subdisciplines,” says 2018–2019 SOT President Leigh Ann Burns Naas. “The meeting gives scientists a place to share their expertise and foster new collaborations, providing a wealth of information for all career levels, from students to advanced-career toxicologists.”

This year’s scientific program represents the breadth and depth of the toxicological field and includes more than 100 Featured Sessions, Scientific Sessions, and Continuing Education courses and more than 2,100 individual presentations. Additionally, hundreds of ToxExpo exhibitors—including laboratories, manufacturers, suppliers, and researchers—will debut the latest products and services in toxicology to scientists, executives, and industry leaders. Alongside the exhibiting booths, ToxExpo will host most of the scientific posters being presented at this year’s meeting.

Featured Scientific Sessions:     
Opening Plenary Session: Monday, March 11, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
“Robust Assembly of Human Tissues for Disease Modeling and Discovery”—Lecturer: William L. Murphy, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

SOT/EUROTOX Debate: Monday, March 11, 4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Proposition: “Classification of Substances as Endocrine Disruptors Has a Public Health Benefit”—Debaters: Paul Foster, NIEHS (Retired); and Martin Van den Berg, Utrecht University

SOT and Japanese Society of Toxicology Symposium: Tuesday, March 12, 8:00 AM to 10:45 AM
“Epigenetic Modification of Chronic Pathology and Toxicology”—Lecturers: Masatoshi Hagiwara, Kyoto University; Jun Kanno, Japan Bioassay Research Center; Dana C. Dolinoy, University of Michigan School of Public Health; and Cheryl Lyn Walker, Baylor College of Medicine, Center for Precision Environmental Health 

Meet the Directors: Tuesday, March 12, 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
“A Conversation with Linda S. Birnbaum, Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta, and Mark S. Johnson”—Panelists: Linda S. Birnbaum, NIEHS; Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta, US EPA; and Mark S. Johnson, Army Public Health Center 

Toxicological Sciences Featured Session: Tuesday, March 12, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
“From the Pages of ToxSci: Mouse vs. Machine … Are Animal Studies Being Supplanted by Computers?”—Panelists: Gary W. Miller, Columbia University; Alison Harrill, NIEHS/NTP; Thomas Hartung, Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT); Nicole C. Kleinstreuer, NIEHS; and Ivan Rusyn, Texas A&M University 

Plenary Keynote Medical Research Council (MRC) Lecture: Wednesday, March 13, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
“Ageing and Multimorbidity: Time for a New Approach”—Lecturer: Janet M. Lord, University of Birmingham Institute of Inflammation and Ageing 

Award Lectures:

  • Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award Lecture: “Epigenome-Environment Interactions”—Lecturer: Cheryl Lyn Walker, Baylor College of Medicine, Center for Precision Environmental Health (Monday, March 11, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM)
  • Translational Impact Award Lecture: “Acetaminophen Hepatotoxicity: Translating Animal Studies to the Human Pathophysiology and the Emergence of New Drug Candidates”—Lecturer: Hartmut Jaeschke, University of Kansas Medical Center (Tuesday, March 12, 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon)
  • Merit Award Lecture: “Receptor Schizophrenia: Molecules That Regulate Cellular Homeostasis and Disease and Are Important Drug Targets”—Lecturer: Stephen H. Safe, Texas A&M University (Tuesday, March 12, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM)
  • EUROTOX Bo Holmstedt Memorial Award Lecture: “Metabolism, Inflammation, and Cancer”—Lecturer: Nigel J. Gooderham, Imperial College London (Wednesday, March 13, 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon)
  • Leading Edge in Basic Science Award Lecture: “Sensing the Chemical Environment: Receptors, Mechanisms, and Implications for Toxicology”—Lecturer: Sven-Eric Jordt, Duke University School of Medicine (Wednesday, March 13, 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM)

The complete schedule and more information on the Scientific Sessions and other activities associated with the meeting are available on the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo website.

About SOT:
Founded in 1961, SOT is a professional and scholarly organization of more than 8,000 scientists from academic institutions, government, and industry representing the great variety of individuals who practice toxicology in the US and abroad. SOT is committed to creating a safer and healthier world by advancing the science and increasing the impact of toxicology. The Society promotes the acquisition and utilization of knowledge in toxicology, aids in the protection of public health, and has a strong commitment to education in toxicology and to the recruitment of students and new members into the profession. For more information about SOT and toxicology, visit the Society online at, follow SOT on Twitter @SOToxicology, like SOT on Facebook, and follow SOT on LinkedIn.


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