Prof. Ryo Kamata has been registered as Diplomate of the Japanese Society of Toxicology (D.J.S.O.T.).

Happy New Year 2022!

On the fourth day of the new year, the first day of work, we received some good news.

Dr. Ryo Kamata, Associate Professor of our lab, has been registered as the Diplomate of the Japanese Society of Toxicology (D.J.S.O.T.)!

According to the website of the Japanese Society of Toxicology, 

"Toxicology is the study of the harmful effects of chemical substances, and requires a wide range of specialized knowledge and skills, including detection of toxicity, clarification of mechanisms and management of chemical substances. A certified toxicologist is a toxicologist who has been certified by an academic society or other organization as a specialist who has met the standards for all aspects of toxicology."

Thus, this title is given only to professionals who have been recognized as having practical and specialized knowledge in all aspects of toxicology.


photo by KamranAydinov

In order to qualify for the exam, you need to have practical experience in the field of toxicology and academic achievements such as presentations at conferences and peer reviewed papers. Furthermore, the exam itself seems to be difficult (I don't know because I haven't taken the exam yet), and the passing rate is only 39.7 ± 8.0% (mean ± standard deviation), even though only the above-mentioned experts in the field of toxicology take the exam.

According to the website of the Japanese Society of Toxicology, the benefits of becoming a DJSOT are as follows

"For the individual toxicologist, as a qualification for the person responsible for the examination to apply for registration, having the Certified Toxicologist certification may be advantageous for employment and promotion. For employers, this system also has the advantage of having an objective evaluation standard for hiring. For society as well, it will be easier to gain public understanding of the safety of new drugs, etc., when tests conducted in accordance with GLP standards using internationally agreed-upon test methods by qualified personnel who meet the standards are evaluated for safety by examiners who meet the standards."

Advantageous for employment and promotion, Yay!

This year's toxicology lectures and practical classes will be given by Dr. Ryo Kamata, DJSOT, who is one of the best in Japan, so next year's third-year veterinary students should look forward to it.

Website of the Japanese Society of Toxicology

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