SPS Committees

SPS Committees

Charge to the Committee: The Goal of the Abstract Committee is to foster good science and encourage sharing of information to delegates at the Annual Meeting. The Chair of the Committee is the Vice President-Elect (1-year term as Chair) with a Co-Chair that will assist for a minimum of 1-year. The committee will work closely with the Program Committee. The committee has 4 primary responsibilities: review all submitted abstracts, select the oral presenters of which the number of oral presentations will be determined by the Program committee, edit all abstracts in preparation for publication in the Program booklet, and organize the poster layout at the Annual Meeting. There is no limit to the number of times you can volunteer for this committee. Activity for this committee is greatest from June through the Annual Meeting of the same year. Abstract Review Committee volunteers should be an SPS member for at least 1-year prior to serving on the committee.

Charge to the committee: The Goal of the Academic Outreach Committee is to build academic visibility for the discipline of Safety Pharmacology. The Committee will identify opportunities for the Society to interact with academic institutions, Pharma and biotech companies. The Chair of the Committee will be in place for at least 2 years with a Co-Chair that will assist for a minimum of 1-year. There is no limit to the number of times you can volunteer for this committee. Activity for this committee is greatest from January through July prior to the Annual Meeting. This is a great volunteer opportunity for new members!!

Charge to the committee: The Goal of the Additional Meeting Committee is to develop programming opportunities in regions and at times of the year that do not coincide with the SPS Annual Meeting. The Additional Meetings Committee will work to improve visibility for the discipline of Safety Pharmacology and to identify opportunities for interactions with other professional societies and international organizations. The Chair of the Committee will be in place for at least 2 years in association with a Co-Chair that will assist for a minimum of 1-year. There is no limit to the number of times you can volunteer for this committee. Activity for this committee is greatest from January through the Annual Meeting of the same year. Additional Meeting Committee volunteers should be an SPS member for at least 2-year prior to serving on the committee.

There shall be an Awards Committee, consisting of Members of the Society. All members, including the Chair, shall have a single vote. The Chair shall be the immediate Past-president of the Society. The remaining Members shall be selected by the Chair of the Committee (Past President) along with consultation of the current President, and Vice President. Membership on the Committee shall be for a period of one year. The Board shall annually determine the types and numbers of awards to be conferred at the next Annual Meeting and the stipends, if any attached to each. The Board shall also identify as to each award the Committee to designate the recipient. The Awards Committee shall review all suggestions and recommendations as to the awards it has been designated by the Board to confer. The Awards Committee shall notify the Board of the recommendations and request final approval.

Charge to the Committee: The Best Practice Committee is charged with providing the Society focus and perspective on scientific, technological, ethical and regulatory issues that are pivotal to the practice of safety pharmacology. As directed by the Board of Directors, the Committee identifies current and potential future issues that impact the field and warrant action by the Society. The goal of these activities is to better serve the interests of the membership by 1) influencing issue resolutions, 2) positioning the Society so it is recognized as a resource for establishing guidelines and policy, and 3) collaborating with other societies and regulatory officials to harmonize best practices and maximize regulatory influence. In addition, the Committee will maintain a member expertise directory listing of Key Opinion Leaders for SPS Consultation, as well as create a database of baseline information and reference compounds. The Best Practice Committee will establish subcommittees to address specific topics and draft “Best Practices” white papers, as well as a subcommittee for the database creation and Key Opinion Leaders listing as needed. The Chair of the Committee will be in place for at least 2 years with a Co-Chair that will assist for a minimum of 1-year. There is no limit to the number of times you can volunteer for this committee. Volunteers should be an SPS member for at least 2-year prior to serving on the committee.

There shall be a Board of Directors consisting of fifteen persons, eight to be elected for a term of two years. The additional seven members of the Board shall consist of the elected officers: President, Immediate past President, Vice President, Vice President-elect, Treasurer, Secretary, and either the Secretary-elect or the Treasurer-elect. The general management of the affairs of the Society shall be vested in the Board. The Board may employ an Executive Director and in addition may employ such persons as the Board deems necessary. In the case of the Executive Director, Officers and Committee members may with approval from the Board delegate duties and responsibilities, notwithstanding that such duties or responsibilities may under the By-Laws are assigned to the delegating Officer or Committee Member. For more information see Article First, section 6 of the Society's By-Laws.

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Charge to the committee: The Goal of the Continuing Education Committee is to provide the Safety Pharmacology Society with high quality continuing education courses in an effort to lead professional Safety Pharmacology CE programming. The committee will organize CE courses that will cover the introductory topics within SPS as well as Emerging Trends and Techniques. Each course is 4 hours in length and is composed of several speakers covering various components of the topic identified. The Chair of the Committee will be in place for at least 2 years in association with a Co-Chair that will assist for a minimum of 1-year. There is no limit to the number of times you can volunteer for this committee. Activity for this committee is greatest from January through July prior to the Annual Meeting. CE Committee volunteers should be an SPS member for at least 2-year prior to serving on the committee.

Charge to the committee: The Goal of the DSA Committee is to identify nominees for the Society's Distinguished Service Award and to provide programming for recognition of the Award's recipients at the Society's Annual Meeting. Each DSA nominee should be evaluated for his/her experience within SPS as well as his/her contributions to the scientific field of their expertise. The Chair of the Committee will be in place for at least 2 years in association with a Co-Chair that will assist for a minimum of 1-year. There is no limit to the number of times you can volunteer for this committee. Activity for this committee is greatest from January through June prior to the Annual Meeting of the same year. Committee volunteers should be an SPS member for at least 2-year prior to serving on the committee.

Nomination of members to the certification committee is voted periodically by the Board of Directors of SPS. The committee will be composed of at least three SPS current Diplomates. The committee should include at least at one member with:

  • Expertise in cardiovascular safety pharmacology
  • Expertise in CNS safety pharmacology
  • Expertise in respiratory safety pharmacology

To be eligible for nomination to the committee, candidates should have a minimum of 10 peer-reviewed scientific publications in the field of pharmacology including six in the field of safety pharmacology. If a candidate does not have 10 publications, she/he should submit a written summary of experiences to illustrate her/his expertise in the field of safety pharmacology. Eligibility of candidates submitting a summary of experience will be determined by an anonymous vote by the Board of Directors of the Safety Pharmacology Society in which the majority will be required to allow eligibility.

Charge to the committee: The Goal of the JSTA Committee is to encourage and support international representation at the SPS Annual Meeting of Junior Investigators and Students engaged in Safety Pharmacology. This committee is charged with the selection of the travel awards for Junior Scientists and Students as well as judging the posters for the Junior/Student Poster competition. The Junior Travel Award was first awarded at the 2005 Annual Meeting in Manheim, Germany. The Student Travel Award was first awarded in 2006 (San Diego, CA USA). The Chair of the Committee will be in place for at least 2 years in association with a Co-Chair that will assist for a minimum of 1-year. There is no limit to the number of times you can volunteer for this committee. Activity for this committee is greatest from June through the Annual Meeting of the same year. As a new member, this committee provides a great introduction to the society dynamics.

Charge to the committee: SPS membership is designed to be inclusive, extending membership to all sectors (eg. pharmaceutical, biotech, service and technology providers, regulators, academic, non-pharmaceutical industry) The primary responsibilities of the Membership Committee are to: Develop outreach initiatives to recruit new members globally by contacting individuals and allied organizations around upcoming SPS meetings and promote the value of SPS membership, Make recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning ways to increase the value of membership benefits and any changes to the current membership requirements or benefits. The Chair of the Committee will be in place for at least 2 years with a Co-Chair that will assist for a minimum of 1-year. There is no limit to the number of times you can volunteer for this committee. This is a great volunteer opportunity for new members.

Charge to the committee: The goal of the Nominating Committee is to provide the Safety Pharmacology Society with high quality nominated members for election. Each nominee should be evaluated for his/her experience within SPS and commitment to the nominated office. The committee may reach out to the membership in an effort to recruit new officers and Board Members that would contribute to the continued success of the Society. The Chair of the Committee will be the Previous Past President (1-year term as Chair) with a Co-Chair that will assist for a minimum of 1-year. Committee members serve a 1-year term. Re-election to the Nominating Committee can occur after a 1-year hiatus. Nominating Committee members cannot be placed up for election during his/her elected term.

Charge to the Committee: The Goal of the Program Committee is to develop a quality scientific program for the SPS Annual Meeting. The program will consist of cutting edge technology and controversial topics keeping the members of SPS up to date on the current trends, translations and technologies. With the meetings alternating between Europe and North America, the logistics of the program are challenging yet the success of each meeting is steady due in part to the hard efforts of the committee members. A volunteer on this committee will be committed to the efforts beginning shortly after the completion of the Annual Meeting. The Chair of the Committee is the Vice-President for the year of the Annual Meeting Program being planned (1-year term as Chair) with a Co-Chair or Tract Leaders that will assist for a minimum of 1-year. There is no limit to the number of times you can volunteer for this committee. Program Committee volunteers should be an SPS member for at least 2-year prior to serving on the committee. Activity for this committee is a full year commitment.

The Regulatory Working Group is charged with developing educational content for Regulators worldwide. Specifically, the Working Group is tasked with surveying the pharmacology management of regulatory agencies to see what their educational needs are, and to create at least one educational seminar at each regulatory agency per year. The Working Group will be responsible for creating the content to be presented to the agencies as well as selecting and working in conjunction with the appropriate volunteers from the SPS membership to deliver the educational seminars. The Chair of the Committee will be in place for at least 2 years with a Co-Chair that will assist for a minimum of 1-year. There is no limit to the number of times you can volunteer for this committee. Volunteers should be an SPS member for at least 1-year prior to serving on the committee.

Charge to the Committee: The Resource Steering Committee is charged with centralizing and promoting educational resource materials for members to reference. The Resource Steering Committee will work closely with the Best Practice Committee to ensure the publications are promoted, as well as the Website Committee to make these resources available to members on the SPS website. The Chair of the Committee will be in place for at least 2 years with a Co-Chair that will assist for a minimum of 1-year. There is no limit to the number of times you can volunteer for this committee. Volunteers should be an SPS member for at least 1-year prior to serving on the committee.

Charge to the Committee: The Goal of the Web Site Committee is to provide the Safety Pharmacology Society members access to current SPS members (networking), the historical database of past SPS meetings, current events, Annual meeting information, member publications, SPeak blog, and so much more!!!! Volunteers will assist in updating components of the website and no programming skills required. The Chair of the Committee will be in place for at least 2 years in association with a Co-Chair that will assist for a minimum of 1-year. There is no limit to the number of times you can volunteer for this committee. A volunteer on this committee will be committed throughout the year to keep the website updated. The time commitment is minimal to moderate depending on the section of the website being updated and the time of year. This is a great volunteer opportunity for new members!!