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ACT sponsors quarterly webinars on current topics in toxicology, including primarily drug and chemical safety assessments. Presenters are experts in their field, with backgrounds in government, industry or academia. The goal of the webinar series is to provide accessible education on topics in toxicology to ACT members and, more broadly, members of the toxicology community worldwide. ACT Webinars are reaching thousands, with collaborations spanning the globe while increasing individual and corporate ACT membership and participation. The ACT Signature Webinars are approximately 90 minutes, which includes questions and answers.

Upcoming Webinar

Best Practices of Communication: How to Communicate with Your CRO and/or Client

April 22, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM ET

Hosted by American College of Toxicology, presented by the Early Career Professional Subcommittee

Moderated by Katherine Duke, Benjamin Elser, and Anna Engstrom


Project Toxicologist:
Kristina DeSmet, PhD, DABT

United Therapeutics Corporation

Amy Mihalchik-Burhans, PhD, RAC

Gad Consulting Services

Study Director:
Saurabh Vispute, PhD, DABT


There is no fee but advance registration is required.

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Abstract: Strong communication is critical for the success of a toxicology program. Communicating effectively can keep your program on-track and help you establish long-lasting relationships with your clients and CRO partners. As members of a project development team, project toxicologists, study directors, and consultants work together to ensure a balanced assessment of the risk profile for drug candidates. Project toxicologists are responsible for conveying all project specific information to partnering study directors to ensure that studies conducted align with the development strategy and that the design and execution of studies are sufficient to support the assessment of safety of a drug. Consulting toxicologists may provide broad expertise in nonclinical safety assessment or serve as a subject matter expert; in either role, they need to be able to communicate pertinent information with the client and CRO. Study directors communicate about the project with internal (study team, management) and external (sponsor, other CROs, consultants) stakeholders and meet project deliverables and milestones. Specifically, the study director oversees various aspects of the project encompassing protocol development, in-life study management in collaboration with the CRO study team, and meeting project deliverables.

In this webinar, we will hear about best practices of communication throughout preclinical toxicology studies from the unique perspectives of a project toxicologist, consultant toxicologist, and study director.

Please listen-in to hear how these experienced toxicologists have worked to maintain efficient and timely communications and other lessons learned from their experience in the field.

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