February 2017

Society of Toxicology 56th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, March 2017

SOT’s 56th annual meeting is just around the corner, taking place from March 12–16, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. Approximately 6,500 toxicologists from more than 50 countries are expected to share their research and expertise during the 160+ Scientific Sessions, featuring nearly 2,500 abstracts. This makes the SOT Annual Meeting an ideal place to expand your scientific knowledge, find new collaborators, and catch up on the latest techniques and initiatives. As in previous years, many AltTox board members will be attending and participating in poster and symposium presentations.

Single Cell Analysis: An In the Spotlight Update

Convergence of the BRAIN Initiative and the Human Cell Atlas
Identification of all of the cell types in the human brain is an important part of the BRAIN Initiative, and the growing number of researchers using single cell transcriptomics to identify cell sub-populations in the human brain is providing insight into just how complex cellular specialization and diversity are within this most complex organ (Darmanis et al., 2015; Hu et al., 2016; Johnson et al., 2015; Lake et al., 2016; Poulin et al., 2016). Expect to see many more developments in this area over the coming years, including growing insight into the development and aging of the human brain (Bae et al., 2015; Liu et al., 2016; Soreg et al., 2017) as well as species differences that necessitate human rather than animal tissues/studies (Johnson et al., 2015; Lake et al., 2016; Wang et al., 2016; Zeng et al., 2013).

Facebook riches to fund development of Cell Atlas
The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub recently announced a first round of funding as part of its $3 billion 10 year commitment to cure, prevent, and manage diseases. The human cell atlas and infectious diseases are the two project areas funded at this time. Biohub was established as a nonprofit research institute late last year by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan. Fourty-seven faculty from three California universities, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), UC Berkeley, and Stanford University, "will get no-strings-attached awards to delve into risky new directions."

Small business funding for single cell analysis technologies
New sources of funding for single cell analysis include NIH’s SBIR/STTR funding opportunity announcement (FOA), Development of Highly Innovative Tools and Technology for Analysis of Single Cells, to encourage small businesses "to develop and validate next-generation single cell analysis technologies and tools." NIEHS is one of the NIH institutes participating in this FOA, and is "interested in tools and technologies to detect responses to environmental stressors in heterogeneous populations of cells, approaches to detect effects of environmental stress on germ cells, and technologies to isolate or detect effects in stem or progenitor cells." The next proposal deadline is April 5, 2017.

10th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences: The 3Rs in Action, August 2017

The 10th World Congress (WC10) congress will take place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington on August 20-24, 2017. WC10 promises to be a cutting edge scientific meeting with emphasis on the latest technologies for reduction and replacement of animals and innovations in approaches to ethics, animal welfare, and public policy. Abstracts must be submitted electronically, in English, and are due March 31, 2017, 11:59 PM PST.


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Upcoming Events

NC3Rs Workshop: Human tissue models for cancer research
March 1-2, London, UK

NIEHS Webinar: Using Informatics to Improve Data Analysis of Chemical Screening Assays Conducted in Zebrafish - A Review of Relevant Ontologies and Application of Reasoners
March 2, 11:30-1:00 p.m. EST

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Workshop: Advances in Causal Understanding for Human Health Risk-Based Decision Making
March 6-7, Washington, DC and via webcast

REACH 2018 SME Workshop
March 9-10, Vienna, Austria

Society of Toxicology (SOT) 56th Annual Meeting
March 12-16, Baltimore, Maryland

FDA Pharmaceutical Science and Clinical Pharmacology Advisory Committee Meeting (focus on model-informed drug development and safety evaluation)
March 15, Washington, DC

SOT Satellite Meeting: Updates on Activities Related to 21st Century and Related Efforts: Invited Presentations and Open Mic
March 16, Baltimore, Maryland

SOT Satellite Meeting on Regulatory Acceptance of Read-Across
March 17, Baltimore, Maryland

LRI Awards
Applications due March 19, 2017

INVITROM Symposium 2017, In Vitro Disease Models 2.0
March 23, Breda, The Netherlands

British Toxicology Society Annual Congress 2017
April 3–5, Liverpool, United Kingdom

ECHA Stakeholder’s Day
April 4-5, Helsinki, Finland

World Vaccine Congress 2017
April 10-12, Washington, DC

8th World Congress on Toxicology and Pharmacology
April 13-15, Dubai, UAE

Rethinking Developmental Toxicity Testing: Evolution or Revolution Workshop
April 19-20, Washington, DC

Regulatory Sciences for Biologics and Vaccines: Accelerating Development and Enabling Manufacturing Innovation, An ECI Conference
April 23-26, Leesburg, Virginia

CAAT Academy 2017: Hands-On Training in Toxicology
April-November 2017

2017 Alternatives Research Grant Program, Alternatives Research & Development Foundation (ARDF)
Applications due May 1, 2017

NC3Rs/Safety Pharmacology Society regional meeting: The use of human tissues for safety assessment
May 3, Coventry, UK

ECETOC Workshop on Advances Exposure Modelling: Bridging the gap between research and application
May 4-5, Brussels, Belgium

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