October 2014

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Feature: New Developments at

home page screen shotIf you rarely venture closer to than the AltTox Digest, we invite you to explore the "new" web site, relaunched on August 25 with a new design and organization.  We've made the site easier to navigate, easier to read, and easier to use and share the hundreds of articles on toxicity testing endpoints, emerging technologies, and regulatory developments.
  • The “Toxicity Testing Resource Center” (TTRC) has been renamed and reorganized for user convenience; visit the “Methods, Approaches, Programs and Policies” (MAPP) section to see what we mean.
  • "The Way Forward" series of invited commentaries is now called "New Perspectives."
  • "In the Spotlight" will continue to feature brief reports on recent meetings, and technical and policy developments.
  • The “Meetings & Events” page remains one of the most comprehensive calendars of in vitro and in silico-specific conferences, workshops, and webinars on the Internet.
  • The highly informative “Resource Center” (previously called “Informational Resources”) was also updated.
  • The “AltTox Forum” will be moving soon to the “Community Blog.”  When it does, we'll post details on where to access the AltTox Forum archives.
  • We've introduced a new feature, "Journal Watch," to highlight recently published articles on innovative, non-animal approaches to regulatory toxicity testing.
There have been changes behind the scenes, as well.

We are pleased to welcome Bas Blaauboer, PhD, to the AltTox Management Team. Dr. Blaauboer is Professor of Alternatives to Animal Testing in Toxicological Risk Assessment at Utrecht University’s Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, and Editor of the journal, Toxicology In Vitro. The Management Team plans and reviews all content on

AltTox also welcomes three new experts to the Editorial Board:
  • Joshua Harrill, PhD, is a toxicologist at the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health (CTEH), LLC, with expertise in in vitro methods, neurotoxicity, and informatics.
  • Joao Barroso, PhD, is a scientist at EURL-ECVAM, with expertise in skin and eye irritation, integrated testing strategies, and EU regulatory policy.
  • John R. (Jack) Fowle, III, PhD, is an independent consultant in regulatory science, toxicology and risk assessment, and a former senior environmental science manager with the US EPA.
Finally, we gratefully acknowledge the vision and dedication of Dr. Martin L. Stephens, founder of and a vital Editorial Board and Management Team member for the last seven years. Marty has resigned his position to make more time for his other projects. We will miss him tremendously, but wish him the very best!
Survey on use of alternative technologies in toxicity testing
Researchers in the UCLA Sustainable Technology and Policy Program have asked us to share their invitation to participate in an international survey on the use of non-animal alternative approaches in toxicity testing.  The team is especially interested in "information regarding ...views on alternative approaches and about the various factors that drive or inhibit their adoption. We are surveying members of various scientific societies and professional associations to gather information about these issues."

The survey link is here:
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Upcoming Events

Immunogenicity 2014
October 20-22, 2014
Boston, Massachusetts, US

Green Toxicology
October 23, 2014
Empa, Dübendorf, Switzerland

8th Vaccine & ISV Conference
October 26-28, 2014
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Prenatal Programming and Toxicity IV
October 26-29, 2014
Boston, Massachusetts, US

American Congress of Toxicology
November 9-12, 2014
Orlando, Florida, US

In Vitro Toxicology Society 2014 Annual Meeting
November 10-11, 2014
Macclesfield, Chesire, UK

3rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cellular and Computational Toxicology
November 12, 2014
Bethesda, Maryland, US

2nd High Throughput Cell Biology: from Screening to Applications
November 17-18, 2014
Paris, France

Functional Analysis and Screening Technologies
November 17-19, 2014
Boston, Massachusetts, US

EPAA Annual Conference 2014: Giving Europe a head start: How to facilitate the use of alternative methods by regulators?
November 19, 2014
Brussels, Belgium

The Emergence of Systematic Review and Related Evidence-based Approaches in Toxicology: an EBTC Workshop
November 21, 2014
Baltimore, Maryland, US

Animal Replacement Science 2014
November 27, 2014
London, UK

More events >

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Update to the JaCVAM website

InnoSysTox Call for Grant Applications

Mandom International Research Grants on Alternative to Animal Experiments

Nano Risk Analyis II Workshop

EFSA funding for "integrating toxicokinetics in chemical risk assessment"

Results of FDA OFVM Program Review of CFSAN’s Chemical Safety Program

Stem Cell Webinars in September

Tox21 Data Challenge Opens August 18

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