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EPA to Fund Toxicokinetics Studies, Apply by September 24

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications for a new funding opportunity, Advancing Toxicokinetics for Efficient and Robust Chemical Evaluations. Toxicokinetics describes the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of chemicals and their metabolites by the body. The research activities to be funded under this announcement are intended to improve the development of chemical […]
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PETA International Science Consortium Award to Attend In Vitro Workshop

The PETA International Science Consortium is holding a contest to provide a student or early-career scientist with the opportunity to attend the annual Institute for In Vitro Sciences’ Practical Methods for In Vitro Toxicology workshop in January 2020 in Gaithersburg, MD, USA. Workshop attendees will participate in lectures by experts in the field of in vitro toxicology […]
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NIH Small Business Opportunities

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is accepting applications to two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs to assist small businesses with commercialization of their technologies. The NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program is a competitive program designed to help small businesses with meeting their commercialization objectives. Participants selected for the […]
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SACATM to Meet September 19-20; Registration Open and Agenda Available

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods (SACATM) will meet on September 19-20 at the Crowne Plaza Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. SACATM meets annually to advise NICEATM, ICCVAM, and the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences regarding statutorily mandated duties of ICCVAM and activities of NICEATM. Preliminary agenda items for […]
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ICE Update Launched July 30

On July 30, NICEATM released the latest version of the Integrated Chemical Environment (ICE). ICE is a publicly available, web-based resource that provides curated data and tools to facilitate safety assessment of chemicals. ICE now includes: Updates to Tox21 data Predictions of endocrine activity using in silico models Improved performance and output standardization for the […]
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NIH to Fund Studies to Improve iPSC Reproducibility

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is offering Small Business Innovation Research grants to develop methods that improve the reproducibility of human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) derivation, growth, and differentiation. Eligible projects should seek to address the significant variability currently observed in human iPSCs in reprogramming efficiency, differentiation potential, and cell growth and stability, […]
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July 31 Webinar to Highlight Updates to ICE

A webinar titled “The Integrated Chemical Environment: Tools and Data to Support Toxicity Assessments” will be presented Wednesday, July 31 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Shannon Bell, ILS (contractor supporting NICEATM), will provide an overview of the updated Integrated Chemical Environment (ICE), a publicly available, web-based resource that provides curated data and tools to […]
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Report Available from Rabies Vaccine Workshop

A report is available from the October 2018 workshop “Implementing Nonanimal Approaches to Human and Veterinary Vaccine Testing: Achieving Scientific and Regulatory Success for Rabies and Beyond.” NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM) Director Warren Casey and David Allen, ILS (contractor supporting NICEATM), workshop participants, coauthored the report. This workshop, […]
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NICEATM at the Teratology Society Annual Meeting

NICEATM will give the following presentations at the annual meeting of the Teratology Society, June 22-26 in San Diego, California: An update on activities of the NTP Systematic Evaluation of the Application of Zebrafish in Toxicology (SEAZIT) initiative: Poster Session 1, Sunday, June 23, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Nautilus Room. A poster titled “Application of a Controlled […]
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Slides and Video Available from ICCVAM Public Forum

Slides and a video recording from the May 23 ICCVAM Public Forum are available on the NICEATM website. The meeting was held at the Natcher Conference Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. Over 40 attendees and more than 200 webcast viewers heard presentations by ICCVAM members representing eight U.S. agencies on current activities related […]
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OSHA and DOT Request Public Input in Advance of International Meetings

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration plan to hold separate public meetings on Thursday, June 20, in advance of July meetings of: The United Nations Sub-committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (OSHA) The […]
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ICE Version 2.0 Now Available

On May 20, NICEATM released a major update of the Integrated Chemical Environment (ICE). ICE provides data and tools to help develop, assess, and interpret chemical safety tests. The update introduces a new user interface to simplify searches and new tools that will let users explore chemical properties and toxicity in more detail. The new […]
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Free Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning June 6-7

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will hold a workshop on “Algorithms, Air Pollution, and Adverse Outcome Pathways: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Advance Environmental Health Research and Decisions.” The workshop is June 6-7 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, and will also be webcast. Registration is free. […]
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Small Business Grants Available from HHS; Webinar May 29

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released the 2019 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Omnibus Grant Solicitations. These solicitations will be used by the National Institutes of Health and other offices within HHS to fund researcher-initiated projects in health, medicine, and life sciences. Projects being funded […]
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Postdoctoral Opportunity at NIST

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is supporting a postdoctoral fellow opportunity at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The successful candidate will comprehensively examine in vitro assays to improve the repeatability and interlaboratory agreement of the assay results. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in biology, chemistry, engineering or a related […]
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Next generation knowledge: The Adverse Outcome Pathway framework as a collaborative tool

Join us on April 30, 2019 to learn and discuss the Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP) framework. The AOP framework is a collaborative tool that applies an innovative approach for collecting mechanistic knowledge from various sources that can eventually support chemical safety assessment. The following questions will be addressed: What is the AOP framework and why […]
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Registration Open for ICCVAM Public Forum

ICCVAM will hold a public forum on Thursday, May 23, at the Natcher Conference Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. The ICCVAM Public Forum is held annually to share information and facilitate direct communication of ideas and suggestions to ICCVAM from stakeholders. This year’s meeting will include presentations by NICEATM and ICCVAM members on […]
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Postdoctoral Opportunities at EPA NCCT, Other Offices

The EPA National Center for Computational Toxicology in Research Triangle Park, NC, has postdoctoral positions available for scientists with diverse expertise in computational and experimental laboratory research. These scientists will develop mathematical and computer models and new chemical testing technologies to help predict potential risk, and apply cellular, molecular, and systems biology to support better […]
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Postdoctoral Opportunities at the U.S. Army Chemical Biological Center

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are supporting two postdoctoral positions at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center in Maryland. Both positions are open to U.S. citizens only. An appointment focused on in vitro models of organ toxicity will develop and optimize existing organoid systems to characterize human toxicity. While the primary […]
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EPA OCSPP Biologist/Toxicologist Positions Available, Deadlines Next Week

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has positions open for Biologists/Toxicologists in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). Multiple positions are available for each of the following opportunities. The closing date for both announcements is Thursday, March 21. The announcement at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/527021100 describes permanent positions for early career professionals who have completed […]
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EPA OPP Biologist/Toxicologist Positions Available, Deadlines Next Week

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has positions open for biologists and related specialties in the Office of Pesticide Programs within the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. Multiple positions are available for each of the following opportunities. The closing date for both announcements is Monday, March 18. Successful candidates for both positions will: […]
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NICEATM Publications Honored by SOT Specialty Section

Two NICEATM publications have been honored by the Risk Assessment Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology (SOT). “Non-animal methods to predict skin sensitization (II): an assessment of defined approaches” was awarded Best Paper of 2018 in the category of “Advancing the Science of Risk Assessment.” NICEATM Deputy Director Nicole Kleinstreuer is first author on […]
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AOP Hands-on Training: Building the Foundation for Predictive Toxicology

AOP Hands-on Training: Building the Foundation for Predictive Toxicology Wednesday, March 13, 2019 4:30 PM–6:30 PM Hilton Baltimore, Paca Room 401 West Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201 The Human Toxicology Project Consortium (HTPC) and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) invite you to deepen your understanding of the Adverse Outcome Pathway framework. Following an […]
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FDA Announces Creation of Botanical Safety Consortium

In a February 11 press release, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced policies aimed at modernizing the oversight and regulation of dietary supplements. Steps FDA will take to implement these policies include: Develop new ways to communicate to the public about unlawful and potentially dangerous supplement ingredients Establish a regulatory framework that evaluates […]
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Join us at our SOT satellite meeting for the latest updates on 21st century toxicology

Attending the the Society of Toxicology’s annual meeting this March? Join the Human Toxicology Project Consortium (HTPC) and the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) at our annual satellite meeting on advancing 21st century toxicology activities. The meeting provides an informal setting for interested stakeholders to update one other on this important topic. A […]
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Beyond Science and Decisions: From Problem Formulation to Dose-Response Assessment

The next workshop in the “Beyond Science and Decisions” series, “Beyond Science and Decisions: From Problem Formulation to Dose-Response Assessment,” will take place February 26 and 27, 2019, at the offices of Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in Austin, Texas. The “Beyond Science and Decisions” workshop series continues and expands upon the discussion set forth […]
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Postdoctoral Opportunities Available

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is accepting applications for postdoctoral fellows to develop human cell- and protein-based assays for assessing cardiotoxicity of new drugs. These projects are part of an initiative to design, build, and test new non-animal approaches to assess cardiotoxicity hazard. The initiative is supported jointly by the National Toxicology Program, (Biomolecular […]
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NICEATM and ICCVAM Activities at SOT

A webpage summarizing activities of the National Toxicology Program Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM) and the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) at the March 10-14 Society of Toxicology (SOT) annual meeting is now available. Please refer to this page as you plan your SOT itinerary. […]
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April Workshop to Focus on Cancer Pathways; Assay Information Requested

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) announces a workshop titled “Converging on Cancer” scheduled for April 29-30 at the William Jefferson Clinton East Building, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. The workshop will address using systems biology and knowledge of cancer pathways to better understand how environmental chemicals lead to cancer. This free meeting is open […]
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National Toxicology Program Workshop: Converging on Cancer

NTP announces a workshop, Converging on Cancer, to be held April 29-30, 2019. The workshop will address using systems biology and knowledge of cancer pathways to better understand how environmental chemicals lead to cancer. The workshop will take place at the William Jefferson Clinton East Building, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., beginning at 9:00 […]
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ICCVAM Members Recognized by SOT

The Society of Toxicology will present awards to two ICCVAM members at its annual meeting in March. Suzanne Fitzpatrick of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) will receive the 2019 SOT Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award. This award recognizes contributions that advance toxicological science through development […]
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National Academy of Sciences Workshop On “Toward Understanding the Interplay of Environmental Stressors, Infectious Disease, and Human Health” Begins January 15

Register now to join a free workshop hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on the Use of Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions that explores the relationship between chemical pollution in the environment and susceptibility to infectious diseases. Sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the workshop will […]
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Availability of the Collaborative Acute Toxicity Modeling Suite

NICEATM has released the Collaborative Acute Toxicity Modeling Suite (CATMoS), a free resource for screening organic chemicals for acute oral toxicity. CATMoS is implemented in v2.0 of the Open Structure-Activity/Property Relationship App (OPERA), a free and open-source quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) tool. OPERA v2.0 can be downloaded from the NIEHS Github repository. CATMoS is the […]
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EPA Seeks Comments on TSCA Panel Nominees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting comment on nominees for ad hoc participation and possible membership on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC). SACC nominees are experts in toxicology, environmental risk assessment, exposure assessment, and related fields. Nominees will constitute a pool of experts from which EPA […]
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Positions Open for Researchers to Support the EPA EDSP

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking candidates for three postgraduate research projects in its Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP). These appointments are through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education fellows program, a joint venture between EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy. They are one-year appointments with the opportunity for renewal. […]
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NICEATM Integrated Chemical Environment Updated

Updates to the NICEATM Integrated Chemical Environment (ICE) resource were launched in September and November. Successful computational toxicology projects depend on freely available, high-quality data that are formatted for use in computational workflows. ICE provides data from NICEATM and its partners, as well as other resources and tools in an environment designed to support chemical […]
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NICHD Launches Placental Analysis Tool

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) recently launched the Placental Atlas Tool (PAT). PAT is a free resource incorporating placental data from publications and public databases into a reference tool for studying placental development and function throughout pregnancy. Investigators from all backgrounds can use PAT to generate new […]
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Introducing BioMed21.org

On behalf of the AltTox.org team, we’re excited to tell you about a similar initiative we’ve recently launched: the Biomedical Research for the 21st Century (BioMed21) Collaboration. BioMed21 brings together scientists and institutions from across Europe, Asia and the Americas who share a vision of a human-focused paradigm in health research. This unique mix of […]
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Superfund Research Program Webinar Series Concludes October 1

The Superfund Research Program (SRP) Progress in Research webinar series concludes October 1 with presentations from centers at Boston University, Texas A&M University, and the University of California, Davis. The SRP Centers, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), seek practical scientific solutions to protect health, the environment, and communities from exposure […]
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Postdoctoral Opportunities Available at NTP

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is accepting applications for postdoctoral fellows to develop human cell- and protein-based assays for assessing cardiotoxicity of new drugs. These projects are part of an initiative to design, build, and test new non-animal approaches to assess cardiotoxicity hazard. The initiative is supported jointly by the National Toxicology Program (Biomolecular […]
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