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South Florida to Host SESOT Toxicology Conference

The Southeastern Regional Chapter of the Society of Toxicology will host their annual conference at the University of South Florida College of Public Health, Oct. 15-16.

The event will bring together toxicologists from around the region, students and faculty to provide a forum for sharing the latest in toxicology research.

Toxicology is the study of adverse effects of foreign chemical substances on a living system. Dr. Marie Bourgeois, alumna of the COPH, research assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Healthand conference manager, urges anyone with an interest in toxicology to attend, as well as anyone interested in learning more about it.

“Toxicology is a borrowing science, it pulls together a lot of aspects from other sciences,” Bourgeois said.

The event is expect draw more than 80 attendees and is open to the entire campus. Students and alumni are highly encouraged to submit abstracts to present their research.

“I would really like to see students submit abstracts, because not only is it a low stress way to get into presenting your own research, but you can win prizes and you get feedback on what you’re doing,” Bourgeois said. “You can get some very friendly direction on whether or not you’re headed the right way or whether your project should be tinkered with slightly to give it more impact.”

This is the first time this conference is being hosted outside of Georgia since its implementation. The keynote speakers are both USF COPH alumni, Scott Dotson, of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and Kelly Hall, with Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. Topics to be discussed include making chemotherapy less damaging, lactational transfer of pesticides, the chemistry behind sunscreen, and occupational safety.

“Toxicology is at its heart, a public health science. You’re looking at the potential toxicity of things and how it affects a population or an ecosystem or your community. We’re trying to make neighborhoods, jobs and communities safer,” Bourgeois said.

Platform abstracts are due Oct. 1 and poster abstracts are due Oct. 7. To submit an abstract, or to register for the event, visit the conference website.