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Scientific Job Openings with PETA US and PETA UK

Contributor: Katherine Groff, PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. Multiple scientific positions are available in PETA US and UK offices (check out all of the positions here: http://www.piscltd.org.uk/employment-opportunities-with-peta-us-and-peta-uk), including a Corporate Liaison position in the Regulatory Testing Department with PETA US. The Corporate Liaison will oversee, develop, and carry out PETA’s work with major corporations to […]
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New publication on non-animal affinity reagents

Contributor: Amy J. Clippinger, PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. There is a growing concern about the lack of quality and reproducibility of animal-derived antibodies, which often show poor specificity or fail to recognize their targets. Time, money, and tens of thousands of animals could be saved, while improving the reproducibility of research, by replacing animal-derived […]
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EPA’s Advancing Systematic Review Workshop (Dec 16-17): Expert/Topic Nominations due November 5

Contributor: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS The US EPA’s National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) is now accepting nominations for experts and topics for its December 16-17 workshop, Advancing Systematic Review for Chemical Risk Assessment. Nominations are due November 5. From the EPA’s meeting announcement: “EPA is developing and implementing a systematic review process within the IRIS […]
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EURL ECVAM report on alternative methods

Contributor: Kristie Sullivan, PCRM The European Union Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL ECVAM) has published an extremely comprehensive report on all its activities related to human and ecological health, the development and validation of alternative methods, and information dissemination, and regulatory implementation. The report contains summaries of, e.g., EURL ECVAM’s activities in […]
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EPA’s NCCT is hiring

Contributor: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS An announcement from the EPA: The US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research Development’s National Center for Computational Toxicology (NCCT) is seeking qualified candidates for four positions 1) Computational Toxicologist, 2) Molecular Toxicologist, 3) Cell Biologist and 4) Text Mining Specialist. Below is more information about the National Center for Computational […]
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International NC3Rs Prize

Contributor: Kristie Sullivan, PCRM From the UK National Centre for the 3Rs Website: “The international NC3Rs Prize is awarded to highlight an outstanding original contribution to scientific and technological advances in the 3Rs in medical, biological or veterinary sciences published within the last three years. The prize is part of our commitment to recognise 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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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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The 3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences continues NKCA activities

Contributor: Jan van der Valk, 3Rs Centre-Utrech Life Sciences For 4 years (2010-2014) the Netherlands Knowledge Centre on Alternatives (NKCA) was responsible for promoting the application of the 3R-alternatives – replacement, reduction and refinement – in the Netherlands. The Centre, which was a collaboration between the RIVM and the Utrecht University, was established by the […]
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Open position at PCRM: Science Policy Specialist

Contributor: Kristie Sullivan, PCRM The Physicians Committee is looking for a Science Policy Specialist to join our team. The ideal candidate for this position will have a basic knowledge of toxicological and pharmacological concepts including in vivo, in vitro, and in silico test methods and familiarity with the laws, regulations, and practices related to efficacy […]
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Submit an Abstract for ASCCT 4th Annual Meeting

Contributor: Kristie Sullivan, PCRM Registration and abstract submission for the 4th Annual ASCCT Meeting are now open. Integrated Approaches to Testing and Assessment: Promises and Challenges of a More Flexible Approach to Toxicology Testing October 1-2, 2015 Environmental Protection Agency, Durham, North Carolina, US Plenary Lectures: Moving Beyond One Test: Leveraging the Whole Toolbox for […]
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EPA seeks nominations for new Chemical Safety Advisory Committee on or before July 13, 2015

Contributor: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS The purpose of the Chemical Safety Advisory Committee is to provide expert scientific advice, information, and recommendations to the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). The major objective is to provide advice and recommendations on: The scientific basis for risk assessments, methodologies, and pollution prevention measures or approaches. The EPA […]
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Board of Appeal agrees with PISC in ruling that may save 1300 animals

Author: Joseph Manuppello, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals The European Chemical Agency’s Board of Appeal today reversed a decision by ECHA that required CINIC CHEMICALS EUROPE, Sàrl to conduct an extended one generation reproductive toxicity study (EOGRTS). ECHA had refused to consider new information after a self-imposed deadline and updates to the registrant’s […]
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New EPA Guidance: Alternate Testing Framework for Classification of Eye Irritation Potential of EPA Pesticide Products

Author: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS The EPA has released updated guidance for testing antimicrobial cleaning products for their potential to cause eye irritation. From the EPA announcement: This updated guidance document, effective immediately, describes a testing framework for assessing eye irritation potential of EPA-registered antimicrobial cleaning products using three in vitro/ex vivo assays (non-animal tests): Bovine […]
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Lush Prize 2015 open for nominations

Author: Craig Redmond, Lush Prize Team The Lush Prize 2015 is now open for nominations. This £250,000 (€300,000) annual prize fund rewards recent outstanding initiatives to end animal testing, particularly in the area of toxicology. It is divided into five prize categories: Science, Training, Young Researcher (under 35 years old), Lobbying and Public Awareness. £50,000 […]
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The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd and Chemical Watch to present the final in a series of free webinars on alternatives to animal testing for REACH

Author: Amy J. Clippinger, PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. The final PETA International Science Consortium Ltd/Chemical Watch webinar, “The Regulatory Processes Involved in Acceptance of Non-Animal Tests,” will be presented by Derek Knight and Karin Kilian on 10 June 2015 at 10am Eastern Daylight Time. Derek Knight (Senior Scientific Advisor, ECHA) will speak about regulatory […]
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Beyond Science and Decisions: From Problem Formulation to Dose-Response Assessment (Workshop 9)

Author: Lynne Haber, Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA) Beyond Science & Decisions – Workshop 9 June 9-10, 2015 Cincinnati, Ohio – University of Cincinnati, Kettering Laboratory Auditorium Almost 60 organizations have come together under the aegis of the Alliance for Risk Assessment (ARA), to conduct a series of meetings, with the ultimate goal of […]
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The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), NIH: Hands-on Lecture & Laboratory Training Workshops

Author: Kate Willett, HSUS The following laboratory training workshops are being offered at NIH: Bio Tech 39 | 4-Day Epigenetics (Apr 14-17, 2015) BioTech 23 | 4-Day Flow Cytometry: Principles and Methods (April 28 – May 1, 2015) BioTech 7 | 5-Day Animal and Human Cell Culture: Method and Applications (May 11–15, 2015) BioTech 27 […]
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Big Data Outreach Meeting at SOT Meeting on March 23

Author: Marilyn Matevia, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) “A discussion of the NIH BD2K initiative and how it might advance the practice of Toxicology and Risk Assessment The fields of toxicology, pharmacology and risk assessment are undergoing a revolution in the use of pathway-based approaches to evaluate the biological effects of chemicals. […]
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Request for Proposals

Author: Jessica Sandler, PETA International Science Consortium Ltd The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. (PISC), recently organized an international workshop that was held at the US EPA headquarters in Washington, DC on February 24-25, 2015. The workshop included experts from different sectors and disciplines to discuss the technical details for the development of an in […]
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Nominations sought for iPSC GCCP workshop

Author: Kristie Sullivan, PCRM The ASCCT is supporting efforts of the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) at Johns Hopkins University to codify Good Cell Culture Practice (GCCP) for induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. With this email, we would like to request nominations (including self) for participation in a 2.5-day workshop to take place […]
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Call for Abstracts: Computational toxicology – from QSAR models to Adverse Outcome Pathways

Author: Marilyn Matevia, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Abstract submissions are welcome for the oral presentations in the above American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Chemical Information (CINF) Symposium at the ACS Fall 2015 Meeting in Boston, MA, August 16-20, 2015 (http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/meetings/boston—fall-2015.html). The session is expected to cover the recent trends in […]
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Call for Interest: Participation at the Cosmetics Europe Long Range Science Strategy (LRSS) AAT Research Programme 2016-2020

Author: Marilyn Matevia, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Cosmetics Europe is setting up a research consortium to advance non-animal testing and invites “interested parties with a vested interest in research areas covered by the LRSS Research Programme” to join. Following is the full text of the announcement, including deadline and contact information: […]
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NICEATM and ICCVAM Activities at SOT

Author: Catherine Sprankle, ILS/Contractor supporting NICEATM The Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology is March 22–26 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. NICEATM and ICCVAM activities at SOT include: NICEATM Director Dr. Warren Casey will co-chair sessions titled “Applications of ToxCast/Tox21 Data: Confidence and Predictivity” and “Incorporating In Vitro Pharmacokinetic […]
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National Library of Medicine Seeks Input on Mission and Vision

Author: Catherine Sprankle, ILS/Contractor supporting NICEATM The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has issued a Request for Information on the current value and future need for NLM programs, resources, research and training efforts, and services such as databases, software and collections. Input is requested from the general public and specifically from stakeholder groups such as […]
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FDA Hosts Workshop on Systematic Review – March 9

Author: Catherine Sprankle, ILS/Contractor supporting NICEATM The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold a workshop titled “What is Systematic Review? An Introductory Course” on March 9 at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in College Park, Maryland. This workshop will present a framework for systematic review and evidence integration for reaching hazard […]
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ICCVAM Webinar on Reverse Toxicokinetic Models: Presentations and Video Available

Author: Catherine Sprankle, ILS/Contractor supporting NICEATM Slides and a video recording are now available from the ICCVAM January 27 Communities of Practice webinar on “Reverse Toxicokinetics: Using In Vitro Data to Estimate Exposures that Could Be Associated with Adverse Effects In Vivo.” Links to both are available at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/ivive-webinar.
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