February 2015

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AltTox Editorial Board and Management Team members at SOT 2015

AltTox Management Team and Editorial Board members will be at the Society of Toxicology’s 2015 meeting in San Diego. Here is a partial list of posters, presentations, and workshops they will offer. We will update this list on the web site when the final program becomes available.
  • Editorial Board member Ian Kimber will deliver the SOT Distinguished Scholar Award Lecture on Wednesday, March 25, at 12:30 PM. Dr. Kimber will receive the Distinguished Scholar Award at the Honors and Awards Ceremony, Sunday, March 22 at 5:15 PM local time.
  • Management Team and Editorial Board member George Daston will debate Maurice Whelan (JRC, EURL ECVAM) in the SOT/EUROTOX debate, “In Vitro Alternatives Are Ready to Be Implemented,” Monday March 23, 4:45-6:00 PM.  Dr. Daston will also present two talks:
    • “Predicting Systemic Toxicity Using Cheminformatics and High- Throughput Toxicogenomics,” in the Scientific Workshop, “Application of High-Throughput In Vitro Assays in Assessing Small Molecule Safety session,” Wednesday, March 25, 9:00 AM to 11:45 AM.
    • “Comparison of a Full-Genome Microarray with the L1000 Platform” in the workshop, “Integrating Gene Expression Profiling into High-throughput Toxicity Testing”, Wednesday, March 25, 1:30 PM to 4:15 PM.
  • AltTox co-founder Martin L. Stephens will co-chair a session, “An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure: How 21st Century Toxicology Can Transform Product Safety Assessments and Design of Lower-Toxicity Products,” on Tuesday, March 24, 1:30 PM to 4:15 PM.
  • Editorial Board member Emanuela Corsini is co-author of a poster, “Optimization of the THP-1 Activation Assay to Detect Pharmaceuticals with Potential to Cause Immune-Mediated Drug Reactions,” in the “Inflammation: Methods and Mechanisms” session, March 23, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (Abstract 159, Poster Board 223).
  • Management Team member Kristie Sullivan and Editorial Board member Grace Patlewicz are co-authors on a poster, “Constructing an Adverse Outcome Pathway for Sensitization of the Respiratory Tract: Network Thinking Meets Regulatory Utility” in the Autoimmunity/Hypersensitivity session, March 23, 1:00-4:30 PM (Abstract 666, Poster Board 518).
  • Management Team members Catherine Willett and Kristie Sullivan are coordinating an ancillary workshop, “AOPs 201”: A Seminar on Development, Recording, and Use of Adverse Outcome Pathways, on Monday, March 23, 5:00 PM–7:30 PM at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina (Headquarters), Marina Ballroom F.
  • Catherine Willett will also give an update on Human Toxicology Project Consortium (HTPC) activities at a satellite meeting co-sponsored by the HTPC and CAAT, "Updates on Activities Related to 21st Century Toxicology and Evidence-based Toxicology: Invited Presentations and Open Microphone," March 26, 12:30-4:00 PM, in the Hillcrest Room of the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.
Check here for updates/additions to this list.
Calls for Proposals by Alternatives Funding Organizations
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. IFER Graduate Fellowships are one-year grants of up to $15,000 apiece for projects that support the development, validation and implementation of innovative scientific methodologies that advance science and replace the use of animals in research, testing or education. More information on the IFER Graduate Fellowship program, including eligibility requirements, submission guidelines and downloadable applications, can be found on the IFER website at Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm CDT on Monday, April 20, 2015. 

Also, 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 will be given to projects at U.S. universities and research institutions and projects that use pathway-based approaches.  More information is available on the ARDF website at Application deadline for the grants is April 30, 2015. (ARDF is a co-sponsor of
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