I am honored to hold the 46th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Toxicology (46JSOT) at the convention facility of Tokushima (ASTY Tokushima) in Tokushima City from June 26 (Wed) to 28 (Fri), 2019. This is the first time for the Japanese Society of Toxicology to hold an academic meeting in Tokushima, a small local city, where the startling whirlpools of Naruto channel and the traditional dancing festival of Awa Dancing are attracting lots of sightseeing people. Apart from the hustle and bustle of a big city, Tokushima is surrounded by abundant nature, but Tokushima is also a birthplace of innovation in science. The blue LED and numerous pharmaceutics have been created by internationally famous chemical and pharmaceutical companies in Tokushima.
The theme of 46JSOT meeting is "Toxicology, the foundation of sustainable environment, society and industry”. In recent years, there has been an emphasis on “sustainable development” internationally. We live in a society of civilization surrounded by over tens of thousands of chemicals, and we need to sustain the environment, society, and industry, which we can be proud of, for the children and the next generations. Thus, the role of toxicology that scrutinizes the safety of chemicals such as pharmaceuticals, food additives, cosmetics, and pesticides is becoming more and more important. I hope that all the people involved in toxicology will be proud to announce that they are engaged in a very important science that provides the foundation of sustainable environment, society and industry.
In recent years, the use of AI and the big data has been attracting attention also in the field of toxicology. On the other hand, the importance of knowledges based on direct observations in experiments using animals and cells has not been lost. The symposia (28), workshops (7), and special lectures (12) will cover all aspects of toxicology including computer toxicology, agents- and diseases-oriented toxicology, and innovative new technologies. As ASTY Tokushima is located on the seaside, shuttle buses will be available for the access to ASTY Tokushima from Tokushima station.
The traditional Awa Dancing song says "Fool to see (dancing) or fool to dance”. I would like all members of JSOT and allied societies to join the annual meeting in Tokushima as an active attendee in presentation, discussion and exchange of novel information. Enjoy "fool to dance" rather than “fool to see”.Sincerely,
President of 46JSOT