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New issue of CSS Pathways from the US EPA

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox The August 2015 issues of CSS Pathways (http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-08/documents/august_2015_css_pathways_external.pdf) reports many developments in chemical safety research and testing by US EPA researchers. Several approaches to assessing potential endocrine disruptors are reported: EPA introduces new technology to screen chemicals for endocrine disruption High-throughput model predicts estrogen receptor activity Advancing methods to evaluate thyroid […]
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HeMiBio Project Symposium

Contributor: Stéphanie Rémola, HeMiBio Management Team In January 2011 the European Commission and Cosmetics Europe jointly launched a European research initiative aiming at a common strategy towards the replacement of current repeated dose systemic toxicity testing in human safety assessment. The aim of HeMiBio as part of this initiative was to generate a liver-simulating device […]
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Agenda Available for Sept. 2 SACATM Meeting

Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM The Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods (SACATM) will meet on September 2 in the Rodbell Auditorium at NIEHS. SACATM is the advisory committee to ICCVAM. Topics to be discussed at the September 2 meeting include updates on recent activities from NICEATM and ICCVAM member agencies; international interactions and current […]
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NIH Presents Conference for Small Business Grant Applicants

Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Conference will be held in Seattle, Washington, on October 27–29. This event is the largest annual conference for SBIR/STTR applicants. Presentations will provide overviews of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) SBIR/STTR programs, funding opportunities, […]
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Links to recently published OECD in vitro test guidelines

Contributor: Kate Willett, HSUS Here are links to four recently published OECD in vitro test guidelines: Test No. 490: In Vitro Mammalian Cell Gene Mutation Tests Using the Thymidine Kinase Gene http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/environment/test-no-490-in-vitro-mammalian-cell-gene-mutation-tests-using-the-thymidine-kinase-gene_9789264242241-en;jsessionid=22dh652p3oaq6.x-oecd-live-02 Test No. 491: Short Time Exposure In Vitro Test Method for Identifying i) Chemicals Inducing Serious Eye Damage and ii) Chemicals Not Requiring […]
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NIEHS Funding Opportunities and Resources

Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM The National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) invites qualified small businesses to apply for the following grant opportunities: Early Stage Development of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics, and Big Data Science: applications due Sept. 5, 2015; Jan. 5, 2016; and April 5, 2016. View Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant […]
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Sept. 10 FDA Public Meeting to Prepare for International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation Meeting

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox Source: http://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/ConstituentUpdates/ucm454464.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold a public meeting on September 10, 2015 to receive input from the public on various topics pertaining to the regulation of cosmetics to help the agency prepare for the International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation-9 (ICCR-9) meeting that will be held November […]
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Two new CRACK IT Challenges announced

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox Source: http://www.crackit.org.uk/crackit-news/2015-crack-it-challenges-announced-0 The 2015 CRACK IT Challenges competition consists of two Challenges identified jointly by the NC3Rs and Sponsors. This year the competition is funded by the NC3Rs and Dstl and supported by Innovate UK (SBRI) with in-kind contribution from the Sponsors. There are five Sponsors (Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline, Stiefel, Dstl, and […]
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Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions workshop: Interindividual Variability: New Ways to Study and Implications for Decision-Making

Contributor: Solmaz Spence, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Within any population, factors such as heritable characteristics, stress, body weight, and genetics can influence the type and degree of response that people may have to environmental stressors. Accounting for this interindividual variability is a challenge for decision makers tasked with setting chemical safety regulations. […]
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NIH Invites Comments and Suggestions on a Framework for the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan

Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM In order to advance its mission, NIH is developing an NIH-wide Strategic Plan. The goal of this 5-year plan is to outline a vision for biomedical research that ultimately extends healthy life and reduces illness and disability. NIH senior leadership and staff have developed a proposed framework for the Strategic Plan […]
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Report Outlines Predictive Toxicology Approach for Defense Applications

Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM The National Academies Press has issued a report on “Application of Modern Toxicology Approaches for Predicting Acute Toxicity for Chemical Defense.” Prepared in response to a request by the U.S. Department of Defense, the report provides a conceptual approach that could be used to evaluate chemicals that could pose threats to […]
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New FDA report: Science Moving Forward, A Progress Report to the FDA Science Board

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox “Modernize Toxicology to Enhance Product Safety” is the first of the FDA’s 9 Scientific Priority Areas described on page 11 of the FDA’s new report, Science Moving Forward, A Progress Report to the FDA Science Board (http://www.fda.gov/downloads/ScienceResearch/AboutScienceResearchatFDA/UCM456328.pdf). Intramural research on a non-animal approach includes the example on page 28 where “a […]
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Call for short proposals

Contributor: Amy J. Clippinger, PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. (PISC) and MatTek Corporation are offering 3D reconstructed human tissue models – for free! MatTek’s human cell-based tissues—including dermal, ocular, respiratory, intestinal, oral, and vaginal models—are used for regulatory safety testing, product development, and basic research applications. Researchers who can […]
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