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Horizon 2020 SME Innovation Associate: Connecting European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with researchers

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox The European Union recently launched a EUR 7 million pilot action aiming to support dynamic SMEs in recruiting researchers to explore innovative business ideas. Enterprises have until 30 June 2016 to submit a 10-page application explaining the business idea, the required skills and the envisaged role of the researcher within the […]
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NAVS Selects 2016 Humane Science Award Recipients at Intel ISEF

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox Source: http://act.navs.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=1384.0&dlv_id=5282 Last week, NAVS honored promising young scientists at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) —the world’s largest international science competition for high school students—in Phoenix, Arizona. This is the 15th year that we have participated in this preeminent science fair—presenting our annual Humane Science Award, which […]
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2017 CAAT Grant Pre-proposals: Deadline extended to May 16

Contributor: Pascaline Clerc, HSUS Deadline for preproposals: May 16, 2016 The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) is soliciting projects that focus on the implementation of the NAS Report, Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy in the following areas: Proposals Relating to Toxicology: Maximum grant amount is […]
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ICCVAM Advisory Committee to Discuss Developing a U.S. National 3Rs Strategy

Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM The Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods (SACATM) will meet Sept. 27-28, 2016, at NIEHS in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. SACATM advises ICCVAM, NICEATM, and the NIEHS director on activities relevant to the ICCVAM mission. The focus of this year’s SACATM meeting will be to discuss and develop recommendations […]
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Register by Friday to Attend ICCVAM Public Forum

Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM Friday, May 13, is the in-person registration deadline to attend the ICCVAM public forum. While webcast viewing will be available, those wishing to make a public statement are encouraged to attend in person to enable face-to-face dialog with ICCVAM members. Registration for webcast viewing will be available through the end of […]
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Agenda Available for ICCVAM Public Forum

Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM An agenda is available for the May 25 ICCVAM public forum. Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Defense, and other ICCVAM member agencies will present updates on activities related to the development and validation of test methods and approaches that may replace, reduce, […]
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US-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council Meeting: May 4-5, Washington, DC

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox Source: USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Weekly Digest Bulletin, 04/19/2016 Dear RCC stakeholders: We invite you to participate in the U.S.–Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council Stakeholder Meeting, to be held at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. on May 4-5 2016. Please indicate your attendance at this two-day event […]
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New environmental policy reports from Science for Environment Policy

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox Science for Environment Policy, a free news and information service published by Directorate-General Environment, European Commission, has published two new reports as part of their work to support policymakers with “quality environmental research for evidence-based policy.” Identifying emerging risks for environmental policies. Future Brief 13: “While identifying, predicting and monitoring known […]
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NIH funding: Cell line identification tools; Human tissue models for infectious disease

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox Tools for Cell Line Identification (SBIR [R43/R44]); PA-16-186 Due Dates: Standard dates through April 6, 2019 Funding Opportunity Purpose: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is intended to address the problem of misidentified cell lines. Many advances in biomedical science have arisen from studies of cultured cell lines, which are widely used […]
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EDQM symposium, “The Challenges of Quality Requirements for Fish Vaccines,” call for posters by April 15

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox Source: European Pharmacopoeia Work Programme Symposium 10 May 2016 to 11 May 2016; Oslo, Norway Programme Overview Global production of fish from aquaculture has grown substantially in the past decade and this growth has brought with it many economic benefits and challenges. Like other forms of animal production, disease prevention and […]
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Vaccines for Veterinary Use: A step further on the 3Rs path

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox Source: European Pharmacopoeia News 10 March 2016 As part of the Ph. Eur. Commission’s efforts to replace in vivo with in vitro methods, around 40 inactivated vaccine-specific monographs and the general monograph Vaccines for veterinary use (0062) were adopted at its 153rd Session in November 2015. These texts will be published […]
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ICCVAM to Hold Public Forum May 25

Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM ICCVAM will hold a public forum on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m. at the National Institutes of Health Natcher Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Representatives of the federal agencies on ICCVAM will be present to hear ideas and suggestions from interested stakeholders and the public. […]
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NCATS and FDA Hold Workshop on Assay Development for High Throughput Screening

Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a workshop on April 5-6, 2016, at the Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building in College Park, Maryland, for scientists involved in assay development for high throughput screening and lead optimization. The goal of […]
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Mechanistic Oral Absorption Modeling and Simulation – FDA Workshop, May 19, 2016

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox Source: Federal Register FDA public workshop: Mechanistic Oral Absorption Modeling and Simulation for Formulation Development and Bioequivalence Evaluation Date: May 19, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; must register on or before April 19, 2016 Location: FDA Conference Center at the White Oak Campus, Maryland Purpose of the workshop Share […]
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Join SETAC in Advancing the Adverse Outcome Pathway Concept

Contributor: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS An announcement from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC): “The Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) is initiating a horizon scanning effort to advance the science and application of the Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP) framework. This horizon scanning approach will allow us to identify and begin to address […]
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New Guidance Documents for Pesticide Testing and GHS Pilot Program Support EPA OPP’s Goal to Reduce Animal Testing

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox Sources: EPA Pesticide Program Updates (e-newsletter), March 17, 2016; and Letter to Stakeholders… Yesterday, in this open letter to stakeholders, EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) announced progress on “its goal to significantly reduce the use of animals in acute effects testing”: Letter to Stakeholders on EPA Office of Pesticide Programs’s Goal to Reduce Animal Testing […]
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Webinar Series on Inhalation Toxicity Begins March 29

Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM NICEATM and the PETA International Science Consortium (PISC) are co-hosting a webinar series on Alternative Approaches for Acute Inhalation Toxicity to Address Global Regulatory and Non-regulatory Data Requirements. The first webinar will be on March 29 from 11:00 a.m. to noon EDT; the topic is “Current Testing Practices: Regulatory Requirements and […]
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Hands-On AOP Seminar at SOT: Creating an Adverse Outcome Pathway in the AOP Wiki

Contributor: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS (Reposted from the January AltTox Digest) The Human Toxicology Project Consortium (HTPC) and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) will co-sponsor a “hands-on seminar,” Creating an Adverse Outcome Pathway in the AOP Wiki, Tuesday, March 15 from 5:00 PM–7:00 PM in the Belle Chasse Room of the Hilton New Orleans […]
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February ECHA Newsletter

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox The February issue of the ECHA Newsletter has many informative articles, including this one explaining the ways ECHA promotes the use of alternative methods: Alternatives to animal testing – what’s new in 2016? “This year, the focus is on promoting alternative methods and approaches that are relevant for the information requirements […]
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Congratulations to the 2015 NC3Rs Prize Winners

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox Source: https://www.nc3rs.org.uk/news/dogs-3d-tissue-models-2015-3rs-prize “Three pieces of outstanding published research with 3Rs impacts have been given awards in this year’s 3Rs Prize competition, run by the NC3Rs, and sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline…. Two papers were declared joint winners of the 2015 Prize. The first describes a 3D model of the embryonic human brain created […]
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ASCCT Webinar: Integrating In Silico Predictions with Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) Modeling

Contributor: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS You can still register for ASCCT’s upcoming webinar on Integrating In Silico Predictions with Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) Modeling, being presented this coming Monday, Feb 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST. Because of high demand, the organizers have added capacity and they encourage registrations: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4614615489276420098 The webinar will cover two applications […]
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Good Read-Across Practice (GRAP) Guidance Workshop

Contributor: Kate Willett, HSUS March 1, 2016 10am – 4pm US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Wiley Building 1A003 CFSAN Auditorium 5100 Paint Branch Parkway College Park, MD 20740 Co-hosted by the US Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Advanced Nutrition (FDA-CFSAN) and the Center […]
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2016 ALTERNATIVES RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox Source: Alternatives Research & Development Foundation The Alternatives Research & Development Foundation, a U.S. leader in the funding and promotion of alternatives to the use of laboratory animals in research, testing, and education, is currently soliciting research proposals for its 2016 Alternatives Research Grant Program. For over 20 years, this innovative […]
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NICEATM Deputy Director to Receive Teratology Society Award

Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM NICEATM Deputy Director Nicole Kleinstreuer, Ph.D., has been named to receive the 2016 F. Clarke Fraser New Investigator Award from the Teratology Society. This award recognizes an active Teratology Society member that has, within 10 years of completion of training, established a successful independent research career in a field relevant to […]
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NICEATM Director Elected to Lead SOT IVAM Specialty Section

Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM NICEATM Director Warren Casey, Ph.D., has been elected Vice President-Elect of the In Vitro and Alternative Methods (IVAM) Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology (SOT). Casey will serve as Vice President-Elect for 2016-2017 and will then serve subsequent one-year terms as Vice President, President, and Past President of the specialty […]
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Next SBIR/STTR Deadline April 5

Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM The next application deadline for Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants is April 5. The SBIR and STTR grant programs are important sources of early-stage capital for innovative small companies in the United States. These programs allow U.S.-owned […]
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EU public survey open until March 11: “Accelerating progress in the Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of animal testing through better knowledge sharing”

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox Source: https://eurl-ecvam.jrc.ec.europa.eu/alternatives-to-animal-testing-eu-public-survey-launched Following the European Commission’s Communication published in response to the European Citizens’ Initiative “Stop Vivisection”, the JRC’s Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) is conducting a public survey to solicit input from individuals and organisations to identify all types of knowledge sources that might be relevant […]
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Job opening: Director, National Toxicology Program Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM)

Contributor: Myra Westmoreland, NIEHS National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated Senior Scientist to serve as NICEATM Director. NICEATM is the primary federal resource for the development, validation, and evaluation of new toxicological testing methods that reduce, refine, or replace the use of animals (“alternative methods”). NICEATM provides scientific […]
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IVIVE Workshop: Registration and Abstract Submission Closes February 5

Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM Friday, February 5, is the deadline for registration and abstract submissions for the workshop on In Vitro to In Vivo Extrapolation for High Throughput Prioritization and Decision Making. The workshop, organized by NICEATM and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will take place Feb. 17-18 at EPA in Research Triangle Park, […]
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IVAM webinar recordings now available: Using IATA to Facilitate Regulatory Use of Non-Standard Testing Methods

Contributor: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS A recording of the January 27 SOT In Vitro and Alternative Methods Specialty Section webinar, “Use of Integrated Approaches to Testing and Assessment (IATA) To Facilitate Regulatory Use of Non-Standard Testing Methods,” is now available here. The webinar featured two presentations: Introduction to the concept of Adverse Outcome Pathways and IATA […]
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NICEATM Scientists Receive NIEHS Merit Award

Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM NICEATM Director Warren Casey, Ph.D., and nine current or former members of the ILS NICEATM contract support team have been named to receive a Merit Award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The Merit Award is the highest level honor award given by the NIEHS director and recognizes […]
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Deadlines February 5 for IVIVE Workshop

Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM Registration and abstract submission for the Feb. 17-18 workshop on In Vitro to In Vivo Extrapolation for High Throughput Prioritization and Decision Making is open until February 5. Information about the workshop, which is being organized by NICEATM and EPA, is available on the NICEATM website. Links to webinars that provided […]
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Jan 27 Webinar on using Integrated Approaches to Testing and Assessment (IATA) To Facilitate Regulatory Use of Non-Standard Testing Methods

Contributor: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS The SOT In Vitro and Alternative Methods Specialty Section will host a webinar on Use of Integrated Approaches to Testing and Assessment (IATA) To Facilitate Regulatory Use of Non-Standard Testing Methods on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Catherine Willett, Ph.D., of the Humane Society of the United States […]
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Kleinstreuer Appointed NICEATM Deputy Director

Congratulations to Nicole Kleinstreuer! From: NICEATM News – January 22, 2016 Nicole Kleinstreuer, Ph.D., has been named deputy director of NICEATM. Kleinstreuer most recently worked for ILS, the NICEATM support contractor, where she led the NICEATM computational toxicology group. In her new role as NICEATM deputy director she will continue to lead NICEATM computational toxicology […]
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Job Opening: Science Communications Officer, HSI/HSUS

Contributor: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS The Humane Society family of organizations (The Humane Society of the United States/HSUS and Humane Society International/HSI) is looking for a Science Communications Officer to advance HSI/HSUS global efforts to stimulate a shift in bioscience research and drug discovery toward human biology-based technologies and models for safety, efficacy and human disease; […]
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Federal Agencies Launch the Transform Tox Testing Challenge to Improve Chemical Screening

Contributor: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS Press release from the EPA, announcing a team challenge to “find new ways to incorporate physiological levels of chemical metabolism into HTS assays”: Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), and NIH’s National Toxicology Program (NTP) within […]
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The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences has closed

Contributor: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS A news item in the Triangle Business Journal announces that the Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences has closed. The article notes that a local health consulting company, SciMetrika, has acquired the assets of one Hamner division, the Institute for Chemical Safety Sciences (ICSS), and will “house” these in ScitoVation, “a wholly […]
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Annual BioPolicy Summit on Research Reproducibility in Washington, DC, February 9th

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox Source: GBSI Media Alert New Reproducibility2020 initiative will provide framework for action On Tuesday, February 9, at 12:00 noon EST, Global Biological Standards Institute (GBSI) will host its 2016 BioPolicy Summit at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The Summit welcomes premiere life science thought leaders as speakers, panelists, and guests who will focus on […]
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PCRM Job Opportunity: Director of Research Policy

Contributor: Ashley Felder, PCRM The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is looking for a director with a background in medicine or the life sciences, a passion for animal welfare, and strong leadership and communication skills. The Director of Research Policy will develop and implement strategies to save human and animal lives by replacing the use […]
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AVON Breast Cancer Research Program

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox Letters of Intent for research funding through the AVON Breast Cancer Research Program are due January 7, 2016 for proposals to be submitted later in 2016 (by invitation only). Research priorities Research questions [they] hope to answer to further the development of breast cancer prevention strategies include, but are not limited […]
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NCATS News

Contributor: Sherry Ward, AltTox The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) is one of 27 Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It was established in 2012 “to transform the translational science process so that new treatments and cures for disease can be delivered to patients faster” (http://www.ncats.nih.gov/about/center). One of the […]
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ICCVAM Webinar on Fundamentals of QSAR and Read-across

Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM ICCVAM will present its second Communities of Practice webinar on Jan. 26, 2016, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. The webinar, on “Fundamentals of Using Quantitative Structure–Activity Relationship Models and Read-across Techniques in Predictive Toxicology,” is being organized on behalf of ICCVAM by NICEATM and hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) National […]
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NICEATM Director Casey Recognized for Contributions to Animal Welfare

Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM In a Dec. 14 announcement, the Society of Toxicology (SOT) recognized NICEATM Director Warren Casey, Ph.D., with the 2016 Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award. This award is given for advancing toxicology through the development and application of methods that replace, refine, or reduce the need for experimental animals. In recognizing the […]
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NICEATM and ICCVAM to Hold Forum at SOT

Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM NICEATM Director Warren Casey, Ph.D. and ICCVAM Co-chair Anna Lowit, Ph.D. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), will lead a discussion forum during the 2016 SOT Annual Meeting. Casey and Lowit will begin the forum with summaries of recent ICCVAM and NICEATM activities, focusing on efforts to reduce animal use for acute systemic […]
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