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November 15–18, 2020
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President's Message

On behalf of the American College of Toxicology and Council, it is my pleasure to invite you to attend the 41st Annual Meeting, November 15–18, 2020, at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas—the “Live Music Capital of the World”!

ACT is a global community of professional scientists representing the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, regulatory agencies, contract research organizations, academia, and consulting firms. The mission of the College is to educate, lead, and serve scientists by promoting the exchange of relevant information and perspectives on safety assessment and new developments related to applied toxicology.

The Annual Meeting is the heart of ACT. These November gatherings bring together a community of toxicologists at small venues conducive to idea exchange, professional networking, and continuing education. Our first-rate scientific sessions are member-driven, pharma-focused (though not pharma-exclusive), and organized to maximize learning opportunities. The welcoming and collegial atmosphere of the Annual Meeting is a hallmark of ACT.

The 41st Annual Meeting will include a wide-ranging scientific program, a welcome reception, the popular poster session reception, an awards ceremony and luncheon, distinguished plenary speakers, and numerous professional networking events.

Please join me in Austin and discover why the ACT Annual Meeting has become the preferred venue for practicing toxicologists.


Lorrene A. Buckley, PhD, DABT, ATS
2019–2020 President

Austin, Texas

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ACT Members, Please Nominate a Colleague for a Prestigious ACT Award



The American College of Toxicology recognizes outstanding toxicologists during the Awards Ceremony and Luncheon held during the ACT Annual Meeting. All nominations received by an ACT member in good standing by the required deadline will be reviewed by the Awards Committee.

Submissions received after the deadline will be considered for the following year. Should your nominated candidate not be selected, the nominee will automatically be considered for a second year. Nominators are encouraged to provide updated curriculum vitae and rationales for nominations that were submitted the previous year. After two years, a new nomination must be submitted.

Use the online Award System to complete your nomination or application submission for self-nomination. The criteria and deadlines are listed below:






Distinguished Scientist Award in Toxicology


Recognizes an individual (not necessarily a member of ACT) who has made outstanding contributions to toxicology and improvement of public health and/or the environment. The DSA winner becomes the keynote speaker at the Awards Ceremony and Luncheon during the Annual Meeting.

Mildred Christian Women’s Leadership in Toxicology Award


This award, in memory of Mildred Christian, is presented to a woman who has made a difference in advancing the science and practice of toxicology and who has attained industry/government/academia recognition as a global leader in this field. The individual should be a woman who demonstrates many of Dr. Christian’s defining characteristics including: leadership, inclusiveness, collaboration, perseverance, and devotion to ACT’s goals to Educate, to Lead, and to Serve. Candidates may come from many fields (the pharmaceutical or chemistry industries, contract research organizations, government agencies, academia) but must be a current member of the College.

Service Award

Recognizes an individual for their long-term dedication, noteworthy contributions, and service to the American College of Toxicology. Criteria for selection includes but is not limited to service to the College (e.g., councilor, officer, committee member), frequent participation and contribution to the Annual Meeting (speaker, chairperson, organizing committee), and longstanding support of the College’s activities and mission. The recipient must be a member of ACT.

Carol C. Lemire Unsung Hero Award 


Recognizes an ACT member who has made substantive unrecognized contributions to ACT. The nominee should have demonstrated an on-going willingness to help in ACT activities and mission, generally “behind the scenes.” This person cannot have held an elected Council office within the past three years.

Early Career Professional Award


Recognizes an ACT member with no more than 10 years of full-time employment experience since completing the highest degree (including postdoctoral fellow training). The nominee must have demonstrated outstanding service to the College, including serving as an officer, councilor, committee member, and/or frequent participation and contribution at the Annual Meeting or any other College activity (i.e., speaker, chairperson, organizing committee, etc.).

Best Paper Published in International Journal of Toxicology


Recognizes the authors of the best paper published in the journal. Papers that will be eligible for the Best Paper award will be those published in the previous calendar year.

Award nominations are now being accepted! The committee is particularly in need of nominations for the Unsung Hero Award and the Distinguished Scientist Award in Toxicology. 

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ACT Travel Awards and Fellowships: Applications Accepted March 1–May 1, 2020

Please forward this information on about the ACT Travel Awards and Graduate Fellowships for graduate students, early career professionals, toxicologists, and postdoctoral fellows.

The American College of Toxicology is pleased to share an opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to attend our Annual Meeting, November 15–18, 2020 in Austin, Texas. The meeting brings together over 1,000 toxicologists from around the globe to exchange the latest developments in applied toxicology and research in the field of toxicology. Apply for an ACT travel grant or graduate fellowship between March 1 and May 1, 2020. Applications will be accepted on the ACT website at www.actox.org.

The American College of Toxicology offers free Student membership to those engaged in studies leading to a degree in the field of toxicology or a field related to toxicology. As a student member, you can take advantage of the Mentorship program, receive electronic access to International Journal of Toxicology, the official journal of the College, and qualify for discounted rates to numerous educational resources offered. Free resources (such as webinars, podcasts, and more!) are also available.

Please encourage students and postdoctoral fellows to apply today for one of the travel grants for an opportunity to attend the American College of Toxicology Annual Meeting and present a poster. Airfare to and from the meeting, meeting registration, meals per diem, one free Continuing Education course, and up to four nights of hotel accommodations will be covered for award recipients. 

Please also encourage your graduate students to apply for the North American Graduate Fellowship which awards $5000 per year (for up to two years) for qualified individuals to support their research. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2020.

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Here’s What Makes ACT Unique

The American College of Toxicology is a society of professionals from industry, government, and academia. The mission of the College is to educate, lead, and serve scientists by promoting an exchange of information and perspectives on safety assessment and new developments related to applied toxicology. The welcoming and collegial atmosphere of the Annual Meeting is a hallmark of ACT.

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