Message from the President
November 1, 2022
The Toxicology Society of Taiwan (TSTA) was founded in 1985 by Dr. Chen-Yuan Lee with the aim of promoting the research, development, and application of toxicology and related fields. Over the years, TSTA has continued to thrive under the dedication of the successive presidents and secretary-generals. It is a great honor for me to be the eleventh president of the board since 2022 as recommended by all supervisors. I would like to thank Dr. Ching-Chuan Kuo of the Institute of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Research (IBPR), National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) for accepting the position of secretary-general, cooperating, and assisting the operation and development of the Society. In the last few years, toxicology are developing all over the world. Various industries need to apply toxicological knowledge and technology, such as environmental protection, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food, nanomaterials and vaccine safety assessment, toxicology and ecotoxicology. In addition, occupational safety, toxicological mechanism, risk assessment, clinical poisoning and detoxification also require the participation of professional toxicologists. TSTA has been cultivating Taiwan’s professional talents in the field of toxicology and expanding related knowledge for decades. In the future, we will also strengthen Taiwan’s toxicology education based on its original intention, promote the career development of Taiwan’s young toxicologists, and broaden the vision and future of young toxicologists from an international perspective.
The recent work of the Society will focus on planning to hold the 10th International Congress of Asian Society of Toxicology (ASIATOX-X) in July 2023. We hope to promote Taiwan's toxicology community to connect with the international community and understand the research and development trends in related fields. Another focus is the continued rollout of the Diplomate of the Toxicology Society of Taiwan (DTST) board certification program. Since the launch of the certification program in 2014, there are currently 9 experts in Taiwan who have passed the exam and been awarded with DTST. It is expected that more outstanding toxicologists in Taiwan will become members of DTST. The predecessors of the early Toxicology Society of Taiwan have made outstanding academic contributions to Taiwan, giving rise to a great number of highly qualified scholars, including the members of Academia Sinica. At the same time, various fields of biomedicine have developed rapidly. What can we do to incorporate new elements into the traditional toxicology and create a new era? The new development of the stage is our common goal. I believe that with the joint efforts of many excellent directors, supervisors, and committee members, no matter how far, we will make it to our destination.
Although the basic affairs of the society are gradually on the track, many tasks are still quite heavy, such as the re-establishment and update of the society's website, member recruitment, popular science education promotion, financial improvement of the society, and planning and fundraising for international conferences. More human resources are needed to gradually implement these long-term objectives. Excellent cadres in our association must stand out and be brave to take on responsibilities. When everyone takes the responsibility given to them, the Toxicology Society of Taiwan will have a better inheritance and future.
Ying-Jan Wang, President of the Toxicology Society of Taiwan (TSTA)