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International Foundation for Ethical Research Graduate Fellowships

Author: Marilyn Matevia, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) The International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER), a program of the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS), is now accepting pre-proposal applications for its 2015-2016 Graduate Fellowships. Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm CDT on Monday, April 20, 2015. IFER Graduate Fellowships are one-year […]
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Grants Available from the Alternatives Research and Development Foundation

Author: Marilyn Matevia, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) The Alternatives Research and Development Foundation (ARDF) is soliciting proposals for its 2015 Alternatives Research Grant Program. Grants of up to $40,000 are available to support individual projects of scientific merit and feasibility with potential to significantly reduce or replace laboratory animal use. Preference […]
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EFSA/WHO draft report on TTC approach open for public comment until March 29

Author: Sherry Ward, AltTox Source: EFSA “News in brief” (http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/150212a.htm) February 12, 2015 EFSA and the World Health Organization (WHO) have published the draft conclusions and recommendations of their joint workshop on the Threshold of Toxicological Concern approach. The report is now open for public consultation until 29 March. The aim of the three-day expert […]
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OECD publishes two Test Guidelines on human hazard endpoint skin sensitization

Author: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS From the OECD: “The OECD has just published two new Test Guidelines on human health hazard endpoint skin sensitisation. Skin sensitisation refers to an allergic response following skin contact with the tested chemical, as defined by the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UN GHS). Test […]
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EPA invitation for comments on Draft EDSP Test Guidelines

Author: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS “Draft Test Guidelines; Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program Test Guidelines (Series 890); Three Tier 2 Non-Mammalian Tests; Notice of Availability and Request for Comment Pages 5107 – 5109 [FR DOC # 2015-01836] SUMMARY: EPA is announcing the availability of three draft test guidelines for public review and comment that are being added […]
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Webinar on Alternative Approaches to Acute Toxicity Testing March 5

Author: Gilly Stoddart, PETA International Science Consortium, Ltd. The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd., Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods, and Chemical Watch are pleased to invite you to a webinar discussion on acute systemic toxicity. This webinar is the fifth in a series of six […]
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Upcoming Class in Baltimore, Maryland: Revolution in Toxicology 101

Author: Jamie Derita, Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing Newbie Upcoming Class in Baltimore: Revolution in Toxicology 101 February 24-25, 2015 Mt Washington Conference Center 5801 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Toxicology is undergoing revolutionary change in the early 21st century. It’s not easy, however, to achieve an overview of these […]
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EU funding: New approaches to improve predictive human safety testing

Author: Sherry Ward, AltTox The application deadline of February 24, 2015 is approaching for Horizon 2020 program’s call for proposals, “New approaches to improve predictive human safety testing” (PHC-3-2015) (https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal4/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/9078-phc-33-2015.html#tab1). “Scope: Proposals should capitalise on advances in all relevant fields of science to understand complex biological pathways of toxicological relevance and to identify early markers […]
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NIH events in February: NCATS Workshop and AIMBE/NIH Workshop

Author: Sherry Ward, AltTox Both events are free but have registration limitations. NCATS Assay Guidance Workshop for High-Throughput Screening and Lead Discovery: http://www.ncats.nih.gov/news-and-events/events/events.html Fifth AIMBE/NIH Workshop on Validation and Qualification of New In Vitro Tools and Models for the Pre-clinical Drug Discovery Process http://www.nibib.nih.gov/news-events/meetings-events/fifth-aimbenih-workshop-validation-and-qualification-new-vitro-tools-and
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New FRAME Experimental Design school arranged

Author: Horst Spielmann, Free University Berlin, Professor for Regulstory Toxicology & retired from ZEBET at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment Next FRAME Training School announced The next FRAME Training School will be held at the University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal on 30 March – 1 April 2015. Training School Background FRAME runs regular training […]
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NTP Releases Handbook on Systematic Review

Author: Catherine Sprankle, ILS/Contractor supporting NICEATM The NTP Office of Heath Assessment and Translation (OHAT) at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has released a handbook describing standard operating procedures for implementing systematic review in OHAT evaluations. The handbook also includes OHAT’s tool for assessing study quality, or “risk of bias,” that applies a […]
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NTP Offers Travel Awards

Author: Catherine Sprankle, ILS/Contractor supporting NICEATM The National Toxicology Program (NTP) is seeking to increase awareness and familiarity within the research community with high-throughput screening efforts and associated data and tools, and to foster the training of postdoctoral fellows and new and early-stage investigators in this area. As part of this effort, NTP will provide […]
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Workshop on In Vitro Tools and Models for Drug Discovery

Author: Catherine Sprankle, ILS/Contractor supporting NICEATM A free workshop on “Validation and Qualification of New In Vitro Tools and Models for the Pre-clinical Drug Discovery Process” will be presented at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on February 12. The workshop is being organized by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) in […]
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Draft EPA Process Document Available for Comment

Author: Catherine Sprankle, ILS/Contractor supporting NICEATM A draft U.S. Environmental Protection Agency document describing a “Process for Establishing and Implementing Alternative Approaches to Traditional In Vivo Acute Toxicity Studies” is now available for comment. The document describes a transparent, stepwise process for evaluating and implementing alternative methods of testing for acute oral, dermal, and inhalation […]
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Sad News

Author: Catherine Willett, HSUS The Management Team at AltTox would like to express our deep shock and sadness at the sudden loss of a great friend and colleague and AltTox Editorial Board member, Ed Carney. Ed was a leading reproductive toxicologist who contributed enormously to the fields of predictive toxicology and toxicokinetics. He was an […]
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Funding Announcement for predictive multiscale models for biomedical research

Author: Sherry Ward, AltTox Funding Opportunity Announcement: Predictive Multiscale Models for Biomedical, Biological, Behavioral, Environmental, and Clinical Research (PAR-15-085): http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-085.html Purpose The goal of this interagency funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support the development of multiscale models to accelerate biological, biomedical, behavioral, environmental and clinical research. The NIH, ARO, DOE, FDA, NASA, NSF, and […]
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Reminder: ICCVAM webinar on Reverse Toxicokinetics – January 27, 2015

Author: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS Reminder from ICCVAM: “ICCVAM TO PRESENT WEBINAR ON REVERSE TOXICOKINETIC MODELS ICCVAM is presenting a webinar on ‘Reverse Toxicokinetics: Using In Vitro Data to Estimate Exposures that Could Be Associated with Adverse Effects In Vivo’ on January 27. The webinar will focus on the development and application of reverse toxicokinetic models […]
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OPP’s process for alt approaches to traditional in vivo acute toxicity studies

Author: Jessica Sandler, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA is pleased that the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) has taken the next step in establishing a process for accepting alternative approaches to animal testing when evaluating pesticide toxicity by releasing a draft document entitled “Process for establishing & implementing alternative approaches to […]
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Late-Breaking Abstract Submission Site for SOT 2015 Closes January 12

Author: Marilyn Matevia, HSUS From SOT, a reminder that the Late-Breaking Abstract Submission Site closes January 12: “Your abstract must be submitted online by 11:59 pm EST on the posted deadline. Please select the Late Breaking Submission option in the submission section of the website [https://sot2015.abstractcentral.com/]. (The “Abstract Submission” option applies to the October deadline […]
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New search tool for FDA Guidance Documents

Author: Sherry Ward, AltTox A new feature on the FDA.gov website provides the ability to search for all draft and final FDA guidance documents from this location: http://www.fda.gov/RegulatoryInformation/Guidances/default.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery “You can search for documents using key words, and you can narrow or filter your results by product, date issued, FDA organizational unit, type of document, subject, […]
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7.9 million awarded in 2014 by NIH Single Cell Analysis Program

Author: Sherry Ward, AltTox Today’s NIH news release, “Seeking single cells’ secrets” (http://www.nih.gov/news/health/dec2014/nimh-30.htm), describes grants awarded in 2014 supported by the NIH Common Fund’s Single Cell Analysis Program (SCAP) (http://commonfund.nih.gov/Singlecell/index). The funded research topics were summarized in the news release as follows: One group of projects is validating and refining already established technologies for studying […]
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New OECD Guidance Document 211 for “non-guideline in vitro test methods“

Author: Horst Spielmann, Free University Berlin, Professor for Regulstory Toxicology & retired from ZEBET at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment The following Environment, Health and Safety publication is now available from the Series on Testing and Assessment Title: Guidance document for describing non-guideline in vitro test methods (No.211) http://www.oecd.org/chemicalsafety/testing/seriesontestingandassessmentpublicationsbynumber.htm This guidance document is intended […]
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Ruling on PETA complaint a victory for animals used in EU chemical tests

Author: Jessica Sandler, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals http://investing.businessweek.com/research/markets/news/article.asp?docKey=600-201412111108M2______EUPR_____bb8100000f54c8f2_3600-1 London – In a landmark decision that could save millions of animals from suffering and death in laboratory experiments, the European Ombudsman has determined that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the agency responsible for overseeing the largest animal testing programme in the world, is […]
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Allen Institute for Cell Science established to study the cell

Author: Sherry Ward, AltTox Paul Allen has provided $100 million in support to launch the new Allen Institute for Cell Science in Seattle, Washington (http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/billionaire-paul-allen-pledges-100-million-cell-science-institute-n263601). The Institute will engage in projects that “study the cell as an integrated system” (http://www.alleninstitutecellscience.org/). As their first project, the Allen Cell Observatory intends to develop “novel visual, dynamic, predictive […]
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Webinar series Dec 9-11 on intellectual property protection for small business

Author: Sherry Ward, AltTox This three-part webinar series will provide participants with insightful tips for success on getting a patent or registering a trademark or copyright. Get answers from USPTO and U.S. Copyright Office senior intellectual property experts Elizabeth Dougherty, Anthony Knight, Susan Anthony, Craig Morris, and Sylvester Simpkins. The information shared will help you […]
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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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