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Author: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS “Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, conducts research to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems. The Department of Environmental Toxicology (Utox) invites applications for a Group Leader in Molecular Ecotoxicology (Tenure Track) The […]
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Lush Prizes 2014

Author: Martin Stephens, Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing The 2014 Lush Prizes for outstanding work towards non-animal alternatives were recently announced. Congratulations to all the winners, who are listed here: http://www.lushprize.org/. A special congratulations to my colleagues Francois Busquet and Thomas Hartung, who received a lobbying prize for their work advancing alternatives […]
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New “In the Spotlight” article on AltTox.org

Author: Marilyn Matevia, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) “Cosmetics Regulation animal test ban declared subordinate to REACH registration testing requirements by ECHA” by AltTox Contributing Editor, Sherry Ward Read it here: http://alttox.org/cosmetics-regulation-animal-test-ban-declared-subordinate-reach-registration-testing-requirements-echa/
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Grant opportunity: Novel Assays for Screening the Effects of Chemical Toxicants

Author: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS Two NIH/NIEHS funding opportunity announcements request applications from small business concerns (SBCs) “to develop medium- to high-throughput assays to evaluate the effects of toxicants on pluripotent or induced pluripotent cells with respect to cell differentiation and the resulting differentiated cell populations. The ability to incorporate genetic diversity in these assays would […]
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Frank Gerberick Receives ARDF’s Cave Award

Author: Sue A. Leary, Alternatives Research & Development Foundation Frank Gerberick, Ph.D., a scientist at the Procter & Gamble Company, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, received the William and Eleanor Cave Award at a private reception in Bethesda, Md. on November 12, 2014. The award was presented by the Alternatives Research & Development Foundation (ARDF) of […]
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EPA FIFRA SAP to Discuss Prioritization of EDSP Chemicals

Author: Catherine Sprankle, ILS/Contractor supporting NICEATM The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel will meet on December 2–5 at the EPA Conference Center in Arlington, Virginia. The panel will consider and review scientific issues related to “Integrated Bioactivity and Exposure Ranking: A Computational Approach for the Prioritization […]
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NIH Seeks Information on Making Data Usable

Author: Catherine Sprankle, ILS/Contractor supporting NICEATM The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and other NIH institutes have issued a Request for Information (RFI): Making Data Usable—A Framework for Community-Based Data and Metadata Standards Efforts for NIH-relevant Research. The mission of the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative is to enable biomedical scientists to […]
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EFSA will fund projects on read-across methodologies for hazard characterisation

Author: Sherry Ward, AltTox Call for proposals – GP/EFSA/AFSCO/2015/01: New approaches in identifying and characterizing microbiological and chemical hazards Deadline: 30 April 2015 Call for proposals and related documents available here: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/art36grants/article36/gpefsaafsco201501.htm?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20141112&utm_content=call Objectives: “In particular, the action financed by the EFSA grant to be awarded following the present call for proposals shall contribute to the […]
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New issue of ALTEX marks the journal’s 30th anniversary

Author: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS As noted in the November 11 “CAATWalk” newsletter, the current issue of ALTEX marks the journal’s 30th anniversary. Congratulations, ALTEX! The issue includes a tribute to Alan Goldberg on the occasion of his birthday and retirement, Thomas Hartung’s 100th ALTEX contribution, articles co-authored by AltTox Editorial Board members Catherine Willett and […]
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OECD announces Effectopedia webinars

Author: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS From the OECD Secretariat: “The OECD Secretariat is pleased to announce an Effectopedia Webinar covering the progress of the project development. The webinar will provide: · General overview of the approach used in Effectopedia for implementing Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOPs)/Quantitative AOPs (qAOPs); · Download and demonstration of the basic features: searching, […]
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Opportunities for federal engagement

Author: Jessica Sandler, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Here are three opportunities for federal engagement related to toxicology you may be interested in exploring: 1—USP recruiting expert committee members: The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is recruiting candidates to serve on their expert committees and panels for the 2015—2020 cycle. Among other duties, […]
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NIEHS Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Awards

Author: Sherry Ward, AltTox Funding Opportunity Announcement: Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01) (RFA-ES-15-003): http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-15-003.html Open Date (Earliest Submission Date): January 27, 2015 Letter of Intent Due Date(s): January 27, 2015 Application Due Date(s): February 27, 2015, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: NIEHS intends […]
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First 3Rs garaduate school and research platform “BB3R” opened in Berlin

Author: Horst Spielmann In July 20014 the Berlin-Brandenburg research platform BB3R with integrated graduate school (http://www.bb3r.de/en/index.html) was established as a joint venture of the Free University Berlin and the Potsdam University. The new 3Rs graduate school is the first of its kind and it will, therefore, not only strengthen the 3R expertise of young scientists […]
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Postdoc Fellowship for Alternatives to Animal Research accepting applications

Author: Nate Leskovic, New England Anti-Vivisection Society The New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS), a national nonprofit located in Boston dedicated to promoting alternatives to research and testing on animals, is currently accepting applications for a $40,000 postdoctoral fellowship grant for a woman interested in and committed to developing, validating, or using non-animal alternatives in the […]
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NIH funding for research in systems developmental biology

Author: Sherry Ward, AltTox Systems Developmental Biology for Understanding Embryonic Development and the Ontogeny of Structural Birth Defects (R01) (PAR-15-020): http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-020.html Application Due Dates: Earliest Submission Date: December 15, 2014 Letter of Intent Due Date: 30 days before the application due date Application Due Date(s): January 15, 2015, November 10, 2015, November 10, 2016, by […]
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OECD call for non-animal test methods for the detection of thyroid disruptors

Author: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS   The OECD Advisory Group on Endocrine Disrupters Testing and Assessment has put out a communique urging OECD countries to “support for the development of non-animal tests for the thyroid pathway that are applicable to the screening and assessment of endocrine disruption in humans and wildlife.” More information here: http://www.oecd.org/chemicalsafety/oecd-encourages-development-of-non-animal-test-methods-for-detection-of-thyroid-disrupters.htm
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Comments due soon: sex as a biological variable in animal, tissue, cell research

Author: Sherry Ward, AltTox The response date for the Request for Information “Consideration of Sex As a Biological Variable in Biomedical Research” (NOT-OD-14-128) (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-128.html) has been extended from October 13, 2014, to October 24, 2014 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-012.html). “This Request for Information seeks input from the research community and other interested stakeholders on the following topics regarding […]
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Re: EPA Web Tool Expands Access to Scientific & Regulatory Information on Chemicals

Author: Sherry Ward, AltTox   EPA updates ChemView and requests user feedback EPA News Release: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/bd4379a92ceceeac8525735900400c27/8eae38498d0421bd85257d6a00614e8b%21OpenDocument Release Date: 10/07/2014 “WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has posted additional data and added new functions to ChemView, EPA’s publicly-accessible, one-stop online tool to find information for chemicals regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). […]
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New “Spotlight” and new AltTox Digest

Author: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS Read about the 2014 International Foundation for Ethical Research graduate fellowship winners in the new “In the Spotlight” article on AltTox: http://alttox.org/ifer-funds-new-graduate-fellowships-research-development-alternatives-use-animals-science/ Also, the October AltTox Digest is out and available here: http://eepurl.com/54Mr9 If you’d like to subscribe to the AltTox Digest, you can sign up here: http://alttox.org/alttox-digest/ If you are […]
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Symposium: Low Dose Effects / Non-Monotonic Responses of Endocrine Disruptors

Author: Catherine Willett, HSUS Fall 2014 Symposium Low Dose Effects / Non-Monotonic Responses of Endocrine Disruptors October 24, 2014 Searle Center Lecture Hall, Duke University RSVP HERE Agenda ITEHP Fall 2014 Symposium (view agenda)http://sites.nicholas.duke.edu/envhealth/events/fall-2014-itehp-symposium-low-dose-effects-non-monotonic-responses-of-endocrine-disruptors/ ABSTRACT: The publication of “Our Stolen Future” helped to spur research on endocrine disrupting contaminants (EDCs) and investigating their potential affects […]
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Alternative Technologies for Toxicity Testing

Author: Daniela Parodi, University of California – Los Angeles   Dear Colleague, We would like to invite you to participate in an international survey that examines the use of alternative approaches for toxicity testing in various settings. In particular, we are interested in information regarding your views on alternative approaches and about the various factors […]
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Update to the JaCVAM website

Author: Sherry Ward, AltTox   The Japanese Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods (JaCVAM) has for many years provided a table on their website that shows the validation status of alternative test methods accepted by or under some level of consideration in Japan. See this page: http://www.jacvam.jp/en_effort/ JaCVAM Statements and other validation study documents […]
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InnoSysTox Call for Grant Applications

Author: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS “InnoSysTox is a joint call by ZonMw and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Within ZonMw this joint call is part of the More Knowledge with Fewer Animals programme. … Aim of the joint call: Development of innovative systems-biology-based 3R methods in toxicology and/or Application of new and […]
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Mandom International Research Grants on Alternative to Animal Experiments

Author: Sherry Ward, AltTox   The Japanese Society for Alternatives to Animal Experiments (JSAAE) is accepting proposals for the 8th “Mandom International Research Grants on Alternative to Animal Experiments.” Application deadline: January 31, 2015. Eligible applicants: Researchers around the world, mainly focusing on Asia, who are members of the JSAAE and engaged in research in […]
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Nano Risk Analyis II Workshop

Author: Jessica Sandler, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals   http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-09/pfte-psc091214.php PETA Science Consortium experts to present at international nanotechnology workshop PETA International Science Consortium, Ltd., is a sponsor of Nano Risk Analysis II Washington, D.C. – Experts from the PETA International Science Consortium will present strategies for optimizing nonanimal testing methods at a […]
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EFSA funding for “integrating toxicokinetics in chemical risk assessment”

Author: Sherry Ward, AltTox   Call for tender – “Integrating toxicokinetics in chemical risk assessment: application to human, animal and environmental risk assessment (OC/EFSA/SCER/2014/06)” Deadline: 20 October 2014 Overall objective: “The overall objective of the contract resulting from the present procurement procedure is to develop tools and models to integrate TK data and predict TK […]
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Stem Cell Webinars in September

Author: Sherry Ward, AltTox   (1) Use of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells as Screening Tools and Therapeutics September 11, 2014, 2 pm Eastern Time The focus of this webinar is on the use of Induced Pluriopotent Stem Cells (iPSCs)– used as a tool for disease modeling, target identification, or toxicity assessment, or as a cell […]
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EPA Web Tool Expands Access to Scientific & Regulatory Information on Chemicals

Author: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS   EPA Press release, Sept. 9 (available here: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/BD92838AD510DAD885257BE1005AB889) “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a web-based tool, called ChemView, to significantly improve access to chemical specific regulatory information developed by EPA and data submitted under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). ‘This online tool will improve access to […]
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