A Message from Jun Kanno, Summer 2018
With summer already upon us, 2018 is quickly moving along. In just a year from now we will gather in Hawaii for ICTXV and our General Assembly. But for now, I have much to report starting with the fantastic success of CTDC10, which was held in Belgrade, Serbia April 18–21. Under the leadership of Vesna Matovic, the Serbian Society of Toxicology (SETOX) completed a flawless program marked by excellent science, enthusiastic attendees, and an impressive list of sponsors and exhibitors at an outstanding venue. Even the weather was perfect! These are the results of Vesna and her team spending months working countless hours looking after the numerous details it takes to run a smooth congress.
An initiative of the Executive Committee this year has been to keep in closer touch with our member societies. We’ve spent time engaging with some of our smaller members to determine how to increase their involvement with IUTOX, disseminated the IUTOX poster and other helpful links for use by member societies at their own meetings, and continued meeting with our four largest members (American College of Toxicology, German Society of Toxicology, Japanese Society of Toxicology, and Society of Toxicology) in March to hear about their programing ideas for IUTOX and how we can best help each other.
Just last month, I was invited as a keynote speaker at the ASIATOX 2018 meeting, which occurs every three years. The June meeting was hosted by the Thai Society of Toxicology (TST) held in the beautiful location of Pattaya, Thailand. Dr. Songsak Srianujata and his TST team served as host organizers of this outstanding meeting.
ASIATOX 2018 Gala Dinner in Pattaya, Thailand. From right, Dr. Songsak Srianujata (President of ASIATOX 2018), Dr. Yoshito Kumagai (JSOT President-elect and EC member of IUTOX), Dr. Malyn Ungsurungsie (Scientific Chair, ASIATOX 2018), Dr. Joung-Joon Surh (Special Lecturer) and me (invited keynote speaker).
The IUTOX booth in Belgrade was staffed by the Malaysian Society of Toxicology team, hosts of CTDC11 (Kuala Lumpur, June 13–16, 2021).
Earlier this month, the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR), one of our International Science Council (ISC) sister societies, held their quadrennial congress. This international gathering, the World Congress of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (WCP2018) was held in Kyoto Japan and per our scientific exchange agreement, it featured an IUTOX-IUPHAR joint session titled, Toxicogenomics for Accelerated and Refined Hazard Identification of Chemicals. The session was chaired by Dr. Jos C. Kleinjans, Maastricht University, The Netherlands and Dr. Hiroaki Kitano, The Systems Biology Institute, Japan with four speakers including Barbara F. Hales, Jun Kanno, Jos C. Kleinjans, and Hiroaki Kitano.
Prof. Dr. Ingolf Cascorbi, the new IUPHAR President was elected during the Congress and Prof. Michael Spedding was re-elected Secretary General. IUTOX and IUPHAR confirmed a shared interest in a wide range of overlapping interests in science and agreed on the importance of promoting mutual recognition and collaboration in the future.
Finally, I’d like to report on the strategic plan the Executive Committee drafted in Belgrade to guide us as we look ahead to the next four years. I invite you to review the strategic plan and send your comments and ideas to me at the IUTOX Headquarters.
A snapshot after the IUPHAR closing ceremony with the newly elected IUPHAR President, Prof. Dr. Ingolf Cascorbi (far right), and re-elected IUPHAR Secretary General Prof. Michael Spedding with Barbara Hales and me.
Group photo of ASIATOX 2018 Gala Dinner, Pattaya, Thailand.
Speaking of looking ahead, SOT Council and committees have already been hard at work for over a year planning ICTXV—a congress that will meld the SOT hallmark of excellence and cutting-edge science with the diverse, engaged attendees IUTOX attracts. All against the backdrop of beautiful Hawaiian beaches and brilliant sunsets, which will magnify the energy of the congress. SOT shares the highlights:
- Plenary keynote speakers by key opinion leaders
- A global forum for best practice sharing within industry, academics, CROs, and regulators
- Joint sessions organized by representatives from international toxicology organizations
- Sessions on some of the hottest topics in toxicology as it relates to global public health research
- Poster presentations provide opportunities to bring together student and junior investigators with seasoned scientists, while sharing their research
- Networking opportunities with a global community of scientists from regulatory, industry, and academia
Please visit the SOT website for all the details and dozens of reasons to mark this special congress on your 2019 calendar!
An important feature of each ICT meeting is the General Assembly where the IUTOX Executive Committee reports on their activities over the previous three years and has the opportunity to hear from its member societies. The Councilors designated by each society will cast their votes to elect the Executive Committee members who will serve during the 2019–2022 term and to select the venues for CTDC12 (2024) and ICTXVII (2025). An email was sent to IUTOX member societies earlier this month from Herman Autrup, immediate past IUTOX President, with all the details about the call for nominations. On behalf of Herman, I’d like to thank the 2016–2019 Nominating Committee comprised of Hanan Ghantous (USA), Mary Gulumian (South Africa), Akihiko Hirose (Japan), Mumtaz Iscan (Turkey), and Danielle Palma de Oliveira (Brazil). Herman and his committee will be looking for your nominations in November.
The aloha spirit made an appearance at the SOT Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
IUTOX Executive Committee (2016–2019), San Antonio, Texas. From Left (Top Row): Lijie Fu, Werner Kobel, Peter Di Marco, Jun Kanno, Yoshito Kumagai, Salmaan H. Inayaat-Hussain, Dieter Schrenk; From Left (Bottom Row): Donna Breskin (Staff), Nursen Basaran, Barbara Hales, Silvia Barros.
Until we meet again, I wish you and yours the delights of summer spent with the people and things you enjoy the most!
2016–2019 IUTOX President