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EFSA: Two public consultations on new draft guidance

Public consultation on Guidance on The Use of the Weight of Evidence Approach in Scientific Assessments Deadline:  1 May 2017 Document (1.3 MB) EFSA’s Scientific Committee has developed a draft guidance document on the use of the weight of evidence approach in scientific assessments for use in all areas under EFSA’s remit.  The guidance document […]
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NICEATM and ICCVAM Activities at SOT

A new page on the NICEATM website summarizes NICEATM and ICCVAM activities at the upcoming meeting of the Society of Toxicology. NICEATM and ICCVAM will be participating in two exhibitor-hosted sessions. “Developing an Implementation Strategy for Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century” will be Monday, March 13, at 12 noon in CC Room 340. This […]
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New Agency Joins ICCVAM

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has joined the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods. NIST participation will provide ICCVAM with interest and experience in the study of process controls, measurement artifacts, and interlaboratory testing. ICCVAM was established to facilitate and promote development and regulatory acceptance of new toxicological tests with […]
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Hands-On Seminar: Creating an Adverse Outcome Pathway in the AOP Wiki

If you are attending the Society of Toxicology’s annual meeting in Baltimore next month, the Human Toxicology Project Consortium (HTPC) and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) invite you to deepen your understanding of the AOP Wiki and gain experience entering an Adverse Outcome Pathway in a structured, hands-on seminar Tuesday evening, March 14. […]
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SOT Satellite Meeting: Updates on Activities Related to 21st Century Toxicology and Related Efforts

If you’re planning to attend the Society of Toxicology conference in Baltimore this March, please join the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT), the Human Toxicology Project Consortium (HTPC), and the Human Toxome Project Consortium for the annual satellite meeting on 21st century toxicology activities and related efforts, Thursday, March 16 from noon to […]
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AltTox at SOT 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland

As in previous years, AltTox Editorial Board and Management Team members will be at the annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology (Baltimore, Maryland) to share research with thousands of other toxicologists. AltTox Editorial Board and/or Management Team members are co-authors of the following posters (listed by abstract #/poster board #): 1209/333: Systematic Reviews as […]
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ARDF announces 2017 Alternatives Research Grant cycle is open

Sue Leary, ARDF The Alternatives Research & Development Foundation (ARDF), which funds and promotes alternatives to the use of laboratory animals in research, testing, and education, is currently soliciting research proposals. • Maximum award per project: $40,000 • Deadline: May 1, 2017 (for electronic submission, request Dropbox by April 27, 2017) • Notification of recipients: […]
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National Academy of Sciences Workshop On “Advances in Causal Understanding for Risk Based Decision Making” Begins March 6

Solmaz Barazesh Spence, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Discuss the current thinking surrounding causal models, how novel approaches and tools are relevant for environmental health, and how they can be incorporated into the decision making process at a free National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop on March 6-7 in Washington, […]
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The Humane Society of the United States solicits nominations for the 2017 Russell and Burch Award

The Humane Society of the United States welcomes nominations of scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of alternative methods in the areas of research, testing, or higher education for the Russell and Burch Award. Alternative methods—also known as the Three Rs—are methods that can replace or reduce the use of animals, or […]
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NICEATM Webinar Series on Zebrafish Screening Begins Thursday

A NICEATM webinar series on “Using Informatics to Improve Data Analysis of Chemical Screening Assays Conducted in Zebrafish” begins this Thursday, February 2, at 11:30 a.m. with “Introduction to Zebrafish Screening.” This webinar will provide an overview of the NTP’s Systematic Evaluation of the Application of Zebrafish in Toxicology (SEAZIT) program and review the variability […]
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ECHA: New advice on using non-animal test methods

Source: https://echa.europa.eu/-/new-advice-on-using-non-animal-test-methods ECHA’s updated guidance gives advice on how to use non-animal test methods, which are now the default for many endpoints. Registrants are encouraged to take the changes into account when deciding their testing strategies. Helsinki, 24 January 2017 – The guidance takes into account the recently changed REACH information requirements, which made non-animal testing […]
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ICCVAM Communities of Practice Webinar January 24

The third ICCVAM Communities of Practice webinar will be presented January 24 on the topic “Incorporating Chemical Information: Resources, Limitations, and Characterizing the Domain of Applicability for 21st Century Toxicity Testing.” This webinar is being organized on behalf of ICCVAM by NICEATM and hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Center for Computational Toxicology. […]
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NICEATM to Present Webinar Series on Zebrafish Screening

A NICEATM webinar series on “Using Informatics to Improve Data Analysis of Chemical Screening Assays Conducted in Zebrafish” begins on February 2. This three-part webinar series will consider the issues of protocol variability in zebrafish screening studies and how some of these issues might be addressed by implementation of standardized nomenclature systems. The webinars are […]
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NTP Level of Concern Study Phase 2 Recruitment

The National Toxicology Program uses Level of Concern categories to communicate its opinion about whether an environmental substance might cause adverse effects in humans. This study aims to update the Level of Concern categories to better inform and protect public health. If you are a public health professional who is familiar with toxicological risk communication […]
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Request for proposals – Award for a VITROCELL® In Vitro Inhalation Exposure System

The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. is accepting proposals that will demonstrate application of a VITROCELL® in vitro exposure system to reduce and replace the use of animals in inhalation testing (Deadline 30 March 2017). The award winner, who will be selected based on the proposal’s scientific merit and its potential to replace animal testing, […]
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FDA Regulatory Science Extramural R&D Project Funding

To spur innovation in the field of regulatory science FDA funds extramural research using various contract mechanisms and grants to address broad Agency challenges within FDA’s scientific priority areas: Regulatory Science Extramural Research and Development Projects Extramural Research Funded Through the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), Solicitation Number: FDABAA-16-00122 The purpose of this BAA is to solicit proposals that focus on […]
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NAS Project Webinar: Incorporating 21st Century Science into Risk-Based Evaluations, January 6, 2017

Join a webinar on Friday, January 6 at 2:00 for the release of a new report that describes how 21st century science can be used to advance risk assessment and support decision-making ultimately to improve public health and the environment. The report considers recent advances in exposure science, toxicology, and epidemiology; describes application of 21st […]
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NICEATM-EPA AR Pathway Article Named Editors’ Choice

NICEATM Deputy Director Nicole Kleinstreuer is the lead author on a paper describing an androgen receptor pathway model that incorporates 11 high throughput screening assays. “Development and Validation of a Computational Model for Androgen Receptor Activity,” which was published online on November 18 in Chemical Research in Toxicology, has been selected as an ACS Editor’s […]
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NLM Requests Stakeholder Input for Strategic Plan

In a November 8 Request for Information, the National Library of Medicine announced that it is soliciting stakeholder input as part of its ongoing strategic planning process. The RFI and NLM’s planning process are organized around the role of NLM in these four areas: Advancing data science, open science, and biomedical informatics Advancing biomedical discovery […]
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New EPA Guidance for Testing Pesticides Will Reduce Animal Testing

For Release: November 29, 2016 Source: https://www.epa.gov/pesticides/new-epa-guidance-testing-pesticides-will-reduce-animal-testing-0 EPA is issuing guidance for requesting waivers of acute dermal toxicity testing requirements for pesticide formulations, which will lead to fewer animal tests for acute dermal toxicity for pesticides. Last March, EPA released a “Draft Retrospective Analysis for Waiving Acute Dermal Toxicity Tests for Pesticide Formulations,” which included guidance […]
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DB-ALM Updates

DB-ALM updates, November 2016 New Content Since our last communication, 26 new method descriptions of advanced and alternative methods at all stages of development and acceptance have been published. Comprehensive descriptions of novel approach methods with summaries and/or protocols compliant with regulatory guidelines, undergoing scientific validation or developed and evaluated in EU integrated research projects, are […]
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NTP Board of Scientific Counselors Meeting on December 15; comments on ICCVAM strategy due November 30

NTP Board of Scientific Counselors Meeting Date: December 14-15, 2016 Location: Research Triangle Park, North Carolina Register to attend in person or via webcast at: http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/about/org/bsc/meetings Dr. Warren Casey will present “Strategy for implementing the vision for regulatory toxicity testing in the 21st century” on December 15. Meeting Agenda: http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/about_ntp/bsc/2016/december/agenda20161214_508.pdf Written Comments are due by […]
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U.S. EPA TSCA Stakeholder Meeting, December 14, 2016, Washington, DC

Did you see our Tweet below about this important upcoming event? U.S. EPA TSCA Stakeholder Meeting – New Chemicals Program Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, DC Event information and registration to attend in person or via webcast are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-tsca-stakeholder-meeting-new-chemicals-program-registration-29286083464 EPA […]
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ECHA scientists publish analysis supporting new guidance to reduce acute oral toxicity tests

Sonja von Aulock, ALTEX Scientists from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) around Andrea Gissi and Kimmo Louekari have published an analysis of data in the REACH registration database that supports the use of sub-acute toxicity results, together with other relevant information, to cover the acute toxicity standard requirements for REACH registration in a weight of […]
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2016 International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) Graduate Fellowship Awards

The International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) Board of Directors announced funding for three new Graduate fellowships in October. The new research projects are: T.J. Puls (graduate student) and Dr. Sherry Voytik-Harbin (faculty advisor), Purdue University, Engineering novel 3D tumor-stroma to bridge the gap between preclinical model and human clinical outcomes Danh Truong (graduate student) […]
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Kleinstreuer Receives Lush Cosmetics’ Young Researcher Prize

In a November 2 ceremony, NICEATM Deputy Director Nicole Kleinstreuer received the Lush Cosmetics’ Young Researcher Prize recognizing efforts to eliminate animal use for chemical safety testing. Five researchers in the Americas received the honors presented at Lush Cosmetics headquarters in Vancouver. Kleinstreuer is the first U.S. federal government employee to receive a Lush Prize. […]
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NICEATM Requests Data on Zebrafish Embryo Chemical Screening

NICEATM requests available data and information on zebrafish embryo screening tests and protocol design, including pharmacokinetics measurements. Submitted information will be used to assess the state of the science and determine technical needs for non-animal test methods used to evaluate the potential of chemicals to induce developmental effects in offspring. Respondents to this data request […]
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Resources From the National Library of Medicine: ToxTutor and ALTBIB

The National Library of Medicine has updated its online ToxTutor course. ToxTutor is a self-paced tutorial for users of NLM chemical and toxicology databases that covers the key principles of toxicology. The ToxTutor update incorporates recent advances in the science of toxicology, provides more information on alternatives to animal testing, and features responsive design to […]
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NTP Requests Data on Alternative Methods to Assess Inflammation or Exaggerated Immune Responses

The National Toxicology Program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences requests available data and information on approaches and/or technologies currently used to identify substances with the potential to cause excessive inflammation or exaggerated immune responses leading to tissue injury when swallowed, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin. Submitted information will be used to […]
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Dermal Technology Laboratory received the prestigious Queens’ Award for Enterprise in 2016

“Dermal Technology Laboratory (DTL) has been awarded one of the most coveted accolades in UK business. In recognition of its international growth and success over the past five years. DTL, based at Keele University Science and Innovation Park has received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.” “Dermal Technology Laboratory specialises in in vitro dermal absorption studies that […]
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Get yours now: ECHA guidance on fulfilling REACH dossiers using alternatives to animal testing

The European Chemicals Agency has published guidance on the use of alternatives to animal testing to fulfill REACH dossier obligations. The Guidance is targeted toward small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and intended to provide guidance in time for the 2o18 deadline. The deadline of 31 May 2018 concerns companies that manufacture or import substances in […]
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Developmental neurotoxicity: OECD/EFSA experts discuss non-animal test methods

Fifty-nine participants from 15 countries attended a workshop on “Developmental Neurotoxicity (DNT): the use of non-animal test methods for regulatory purposes” in Brussels. The event, co-organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), focused on opportunities and challenges related to alternative methods for testing and assessing […]
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NIH funding announcement: Microphysiological Systems for Disease Modeling and Efficacy Testing

Source: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-TR-16-017.html Title: Microphysiological Systems (MPS) for Disease Modeling and Efficacy Testing (UG3/UH3)  Funding Opportunity Announcement: RFA-TR-16-017 Purpose The purpose of the Microphysiological Systems (MPS) for Disease Modeling and Efficacy Testing Program is to develop highly reproducible and translatable in vitro models for preclinical efficacy studies through discovery and validation of translatable biomarkers, development of […]
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IIVS Releases Training Video to Replace Animals in Phototoxicity Testing

IIVS Releases Training Video to Replace Animals in Testing For Immediate Release Media Contact: Laura Henning 240-454-8459 lhenning@iivs.org GAITHERSBURG, MD – October 12, 2016 – Funded by a grant from the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA), the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc.(IIVS) has released a technical training video that describes […]
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Invitation: Symposium on ‘Phasing out animal experiments, the next steps: applying openness, scientific justification and transparent reporting’

Especially for our European colleagues, notice of an upcoming symposium organized by the newly created Netherlands National Committee for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (NCad) on December 8, 2016 in Brussels –registration ends Nov 1. From the program description: “The purpose of this symposium is to discuss whether the current animal use […]
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NICEATM and PISC Convene Meeting on Inhalation Alternatives

NICEATM and the PETA International Science Consortium (PISC) organized an expert meeting on “Alternative Approaches for Acute Inhalation Toxicity Testing to Address Global Regulatory and Non-regulatory Data Requirements.” Participants in the meeting, held September 22-23, 2016, in Bethesda, MD, identified four key activities needed to reduce and replace animal use for required inhalation toxicity testing: […]
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Raymond Tice Honored by ARDF

Raymond Tice, former NICEATM Deputy Director and National Toxicology Program (NTP) Biomolecular Screening Branch chief, received the William and Eleanor Cave Award from the Alternatives Research and Development Foundation (ARDF). The William and Eleanor Cave Award is given to recognize contributions to advancing alternatives to the use of animals in testing, research, or education. The […]
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ICCVAM Advisory Committee Discusses Roadmap for Replacing Six Acute Toxicity Tests

The Scientific Advisory Committee for Alternative Toxicological Methods, which advises NICEATM and ICCVAM, met at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, NC, on September 27. ICCVAM agencies outlined a roadmap for the replacement of animals for the six most commonly used acute toxicity tests: ocular and dermal irritation; dermal sensitization; […]
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Many in vitro and in silico approaches encouraged in new funding opportunity from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Proposals due November 9

Grant Opportunity title: Develop Novel Platforms to Accelerate Contraceptive Drug Discovery (Round 18) Source: http://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/challenge/develop-novel-platforms-accelerate-contraceptive-drug-discovery-round-18 Deadline: 9 Nov 2016 – 11:30am PST The Challenge While access to a range of appropriate and desirable contraceptive methods can have a broad beneficial impact on the lives of women, men and their families, this goal is currently not […]
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2017 CAAT Academy Program is available

Francois Busquet, CAAT Academy The CAAT Academy training program for 2017 has been published. The following sessions will be offered: Organs-on-a-chip @MIMETAS, Leiden (NL) In vitro skin & eye models – Part 1 @VUB, Brussels (BE) Liver models and AOP @Biopredic International, Rennes (FR) EDC in vitro models @Biodetection Systems, Amsterdam (NL) ADME @KUL, Leuven […]
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Advancing non-animal testing methods: first set of novel knowledge tools published

Catherine Willett, HSUS From the European Commission: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has recently published the first five adverse outcome pathways (AOP), three of which have been developed by the JRC. The AOPs are novel knowledge management tools in toxicology and are useful for supporting risk assessment to human health. They are […]
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Three Key Approaches to Increasing Research Antibody Validation Defined at GBSI Workshop

Sherry Ward, AltTox Event Was Most Representative Gathering of Scientific Experts Ever Convened on the Topic PACIFIC GROVE, Calif., September 28, 2016—Leading experts from the international biomedical research community announced today that they have the fundamentals of what will become the first detailed standardized guidelines for validating research antibodies. The outcomes of this week’s Antibody […]
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Conference: New Frontiers in 3D Cell Culture-based Screening Technologies

Catherine Willet, HSUS Full-day event on 3D microtissue models for more relevant translational screening methods and safety testing October 13 Baltimore, MD, USA Advanced 3D tissue models are changing the shape of in vitro testing for drug discovery and development from flat, monolayer cell culture to more complex 3D systems providing greater physiological relevance. The […]
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BRAIN Initiative Updates: NSF encourages researchers with expertise in data science; Initiative seeks to include more diverse fields of science

Sherry Ward, AltTox NSF Announces Data Resources for the BRAIN Initiative September 22, 2016 …NSF, a partner in the BRAIN Initiative® supporting fundamental research across a spectrum of disciplines within neuroscience, has released a Dear Colleague Letter (see below) encouraging researchers with expertise in data science to partner with BRAIN Initiative projects, including projects funded by the […]
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NICEATM Director Participates in Congressional Briefing

Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM NICEATM Director Warren Casey was a panelist for a September 13 Congressional briefing on “Alternatives to Animal Testing: Emerging Uses and Policy Implications.” Casey and other panelists discussed how to use non-animal and alternative toxicology and safety testing methods to better protect consumers and public health while using fewer animals. Topics considered […]
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