ICCVAM will hold a Public Forum on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 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.
The meeting will begin with presentations by NICEATM and ICCVAM members on current activities related to the development and validation of alternative test methods and approaches for assessing acute systemic toxicity, endocrine activity, vaccine safety, and skin sensitization potential, as well as updates on ICCVAM processes. Following each presentation, there will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions of the ICCVAM members. The agenda also includes time for participants to make public oral statements to inform ICCVAM on topics relevant to its mission and current activities. Attendees are asked to consider two discussion questions:
Do you have suggestions for how best to track progress towards replacement, reduction, and refinement of animal use for safety testing?
Are there specific activities or areas on which you would like to see more focus from ICCVAM?
Interested persons will be able to attend in person or view the meeting via webinar. Those wishing to make a public statement are encouraged to attend in person to facilitate interaction with ICCVAM member agencies. More information and a link to registration forms are available at the link above. Persons planning to attend are encouraged to register by May 15.
During the open meeting, Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOPs) on Developmental Toxicity, Reproductive Toxicity, and Carcinogenicity will be discussed. The close portion of the meeting (open only to IVTIP members) will be “Industrial Application of Test Methods” and will include a business meeting. For more information on the meeting and IVTIP, please visit the website.
The Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB) welcomes you to join us in the Wild West to participate in the 2015 In Vitro Biology Meeting! The next SIVB annual meeting will be held from May 30 – June 3, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona at the Hilton Tucson El-Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort. This meeting will focus on plant and animal in vitro research and will give participants a unique learning experience on both basic and advanced applications of cell culture and biotechnology.
The QSAR Application Toolbox was developed under the aegis of OECD to facilitate the use of the category approach and QSAR methods to fill data gaps in classification and labeling. Use of the Toolbox will save resources, reduce the need for animal testing, and greatly accelerate the hazard assessment process.
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS OFFICIAL TRAINING?
QSAR Toolbox training is offered at two levels: Basic and Advanced. The Basic Training Course, which requires some knowledge of chemical structure, provides an overview of the Toolbox databases, modeling system, and use of QSAR methods for managing data and modeling, plus a hands-on introduction to filling data gaps for hazard assessment. The Advanced Training Course, for which the Basic Training Course is a prerequisite, is intended to provide the capability to make advanced hazard assessments for a wide variety of chemicals, along with documentation of the process in a form suitable for submission to regulatory agencies. Practicum training is offered for those who have completed the Basic and Advanced Training courses and wish to have additional practical work in applying the acquired skills to specific chemicals.
The Training Courses are designed for those charged with developing safety assessments for chemical manufacturers and distributors as well as for those charged with evaluating submitted assessments for new chemicals or those already in use in commerce. Those interested in or conducting research on QSAR tools and database development would also find the training useful.
FEES AND REQUIREMENTS
Course registration fee for each course is €1815 (includes 21% VAT) for industry trainees and €1210 (includes 21% VAT) for government and university trainees. Registration fee for Practicum is €907.50 (includes 21% VAT) for industry trainees and €605 (includes 21% VAT) for government and university trainees. This includes installation of the OECD Toolbox on each trainee’s laptop computer, all course materials, lunches, coffee breaks, and a Course Certificate. Language of the course is English. Trainees must provide their own laptop computers. Please visit the website above to register.
The 7th International Congress of Asian Society of Toxicology (ASIATOX2015) will be hosted by the Korean Society of Toxicology and Asian Society of Toxicology. The first congress of ASIATOX was held in 1997 in Yokohama, Japan. Congress of ASIATOX has been hosted by the member societies by rotation every three years. Please visit the website for additional information.
Second Latin-American Congress on Alternatives in Testing, Research, Industry and Education (COLAMA 2015)
IIVS is a proud supporter of the Second Latin-American Congress on Alternatives in Testing, Research, Industry and Education. The Cuban Society of Pharmacology and the Latin-Ibero-American Network for Alternatives are organizing COLAMA 2015. Conceived as a follow-up of the first COLAMA, held in November 25 - 29, 2012, in Niterói, Brazil, the current edition aims:
♦ To provide a progressive state-of-the-art report for scientists, manufacturers, regulators and other professionals whose field of action is related to the development, researching, validation and implementation of 3Rs Alternatives,as well as the Education in Life Sciences.
♦ To strengthen the newly created Latin-Ibero-American Network for Alternatives in its purpose of driving and supporting the alternative methods in our continent.
♦ To promote the experience exchange, the presentation of results and the discussion on topics related with the activities scheduled, as well as creating a suitable framework for technical collaboration and the integration of the academic knowledge and the innovation at the industry sector.
♦ To contribute to the acceptance of new methods, trends, approaches and technologies.
Abstract submission deadline April 15, 2015
The Organ-on-a-Chip World Congress focuses on an important and expanding field wherein cells are being assembled using microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip technologies in a functionally-relevant manner. These clusters of “assembled cells” have functional significance and can mimic in vivo organ structure.
Liver cells assembled on-board chips in a physiologically-relevant architecture using microfluidics can, for instance, be utilized for toxicity screening and the ability to assemble organ fragments ex vivo can provide an exquisite means to reconstruct biological processes (both physiological and pathological) “in a dish” or “on a chip.” A number of chips such Lung-on-a-Chip, Brain-on-a-Chip, Gut-on-a-Chip, and others have been built and will be presented and explored at this conference.
Due to the overlap of this topic with 3D-Printing, the second track of this conference focuses on technologies and applications of biofabrication and 3D-bioprinting in the life sciences.
Present your Research at this Conference in a Poster to a Worldwide Audience. Poster Submission Deadline: June 30, 2015
The topic of this congress, “Bridging Sciences for Safety”, upholds the important role of Toxicology in bridging the knowledge of sciences like Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacology, Physiology, and many others, for the desired path of humankind towards a safer world. EUROTOX is the Federation of national societies of toxicology in Europe, which together have approximately 7,000 members. In addition, EUROTOX counts more than 200 individual members coming from 50 countries, mostly from Western Europe.
As such, the EUROTOX Annual Congress certainly represents a unique occasion to participate in the most important regular event of Toxicology in Europe and one of the most relevant in the world. It provides excellent opportunities for meeting delegates from all over the world, and is a privileged stage for exchanging ideas and experiences among colleagues and friends, establishing and reinforcing scientific networks, and learning the forefront scientific developments from distinguished scientists, opening minds for new concepts and paradigms in Toxicology and related sciences.
The Continuing Education Courses (CEC) held on the first day of the meeting are additional strong reasons to attend the 2015 EUROTOX Congress. Well-acknowledged scientists offer cutting-edge courses on dominant subjects of Toxicology, such as 3R methods in Toxicology, new recreational drugs, thresholds of toxicological concern, hazard characterization, co-exposure risk assessment, and risk assessment in food safety. CECs are usually well attended, not only by young researchers but also by teachers aiming to upgrade knowledge and skills
The Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) teaches a one and a half day workshop at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, Maryland for individuals who are responsible for providing information to meet the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
The objectives of the workshop are to provide:
An overview of the AWA and its information requirements;
A review of the alternatives concept;
A comprehensive introduction to NAL, AWIC and other organizations;
Instruction on the use of existing information databases/networks; and
On-line database searching experience.
Held every three years, Congresses on Toxicology in Developing Countries (CTDC) are sponsored by IUTOX. The meetings provide a forum for discussing toxicological problems facing developing countries in the future and exchanging views with toxicologists from all over the world, especially from developing countries and regions.
Annual two-day Summit bringing together experts in global chemicals regulations from around the world. Through presentations, round table discussions and Q&As, delegates will hear about the latest regulatory challenges facing the safe management of chemicals and learn how best to respond.
XIV International Congress of Toxicology