ISU to host annual meeting of Central States Chapter of Society of Toxicology

AMES, Iowa - The Central States Chapter of the Society of Toxicology is holding its annual meeting at the Iowa State University Alumni Center, 420 Beach Drive, Ames, Iowa, Oct. 1-2.

The meeting is open to anyone with an interest in toxicology. Registration fees vary, but will be waived for graduate students and summer scholars. Contact Linda Wild at (800) 499-1972, or visit for more meeting details and registration forms.

Speakers at the meeting include: Jo Anne Powell-Coffman, department of genetics, development and cell biology at ISU, "Genetic Analyses of Hypoxia Response Networks in C. elegans;" Michael Duffel, human toxicology at the University of Iowa, "Oxidative Modification of Sulfotransferases: Effects on Substrate Specificity, Reaction Kinetics, and Predictions of Metabolic Sulfation;" Arthi Kanthasamy, department of biomedical sciences at ISU, "Methamphetamine-induced Neurotoxicity Linked to Increases in Autophagy and is Influenced by Proteolytic Activation of Protein Kinase C delta (PKC) in Dopaminergic Neuronal Cells;" Scott Moye-Rowley, molecular physiology and biophysics at the U of I, "Transcriptional Regulation of Multidrug Resistance Genes in Eukaryotic Microbes;" Ning Fang, department of chemistry at ISU, "Revealing Subcellular Motions by Fast Live-cell Imaging;" and Curtis Klaassen, pharmacology, toxicology and therapeutics at University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, "The Importance of the Keap1/Nrf2 Pathway for Toxicologists."

Anumantha Kanthasamy, distinguished professor and Lloyd Chair in the department of biomedical sciences at ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine and director of the Iowa Center for Advanced Neurotoxicology, serves as president of the Central States Region.

"This meeting offers not only an excellent opportunity for top-quality continuing education, but also the chance to interact with other toxicology professionals from both the academic and industrial sectors in our central states region," said Kanthasamy. "A special feature of the meeting is the poster presentations by toxicology graduate students and post-docs highlighting their recent accomplishments. These are typically accompanied by lively discussions that are educational as well as entertaining and inspiring."

The Society of Toxicology is a professional and scholarly organization of scientists from academic institutions, government and industry representing the great variety of scientists who practice toxicology in the United States and abroad. The society is committed to creating a safer and healthier world by advancing the science of toxicology.

The Central States Chapter of the Society of Toxicology includes members from Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.

The meeting is sponsored by the Society of Toxicology, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa Center for Advanced Neurotoxicology, Iowa State University Graduate College, Eugene and Linda Lloyd Endowment and PK Biosciences.