Toxicology is a branch of science that studies the effects of chemicals on living organisms. We take for granted that that the array of substances we put into our delicate bodies are suitable for consumption. But behind the scenes, toxicological research ensures that developments in medical and food science align with interests of public health. This June 20th – 26th, toxicologists from around the United States will gather at the Washington Marriot Wardman Park for the Society of Toxicology’s 2014 annual meeting, titled, “Translational Pathology: Relevance of Toxicologic Pathology to Human Health.”
Translational research aims to find practical applications for scientific research. One topic of the conference will be on the practical application of toxicological research on animals in order to predict a substance’s effect on human health and well-being. For better or worse, nonclinical testing on animals has formed the basis of our understanding of how humans will react to foreign substances, often either preventing risky and unneeded clinical trials on human subjects or showing that such trials can proceed safely. Scientists are also developing technology to improve the predictive power of nonclinical trials, technology that will be a topic of discussion among conference attendees this year.
Our bed and breakfast stands out in comparison to large hotels because our owners care deeply about creating a warm, casual atmosphere for guests, particularly around the breakfast table. For two hours each morning, guests enjoy a breakfast special prepared with care by the innkeeper staff, most of whom have culinary backgrounds. Our innkeepers also make it their duty to attract conference attendees from across the country to our bed and breakfast, knowing that the atmosphere of our bed and breakfast encourages rich discussions about a variety of topics. We want to welcome toxicologists around the country to the annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology, and we hope you join us at our DC bed and breakfast.
Marcos Gonzalez, innkeeper
American Guest House, A Washington, DC bed and breakfast
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