SCAHT Newsletter 01/2014 (February 2014)

The Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology (SCAHT) is delighted to inform you that it is entering a new and exciting phase in its development. Hosted by the University of Geneva and supported by the Universities of Basel and Lausanne, the Foundation of the Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology was formally endorsed on 6 February 2014 during the first meeting of the newly created Foundation Council which elected National Councillor Kathy Riklin as its President.


Picture from left to right: Michael Matthes, Thomas Weiser, Hugo Kupferschmidt, Peter Kälin, Denis Hochstrasser, Kathy Riklin, Edwin Constable, Patrice Mangin, Inge Werner.

While maintaining the strong links with the participating universities, the new structure will provide the legal framework and long-term stability for the SCAHT to pursue its mission of advising authorities, promoting research, and providing education and training in human toxicology and risk assessment.

We have taken the opportunity of our new status to redesign our visual identity and external presence, starting with a new website ( This is not just a cosmetic exercise; we have completely revised the structure and updated the information provided. We hope that you will take the time to browse through the pages and discover something new and useful, and we are keen to have your feedback!

I would like to thank the SCAHT staff, researchers, teachers and external partners for the support and trust shown to us in the first years of our existence, and look forward to extending and strengthening our collaboration for the benefit of human health protection.

Martin Wilks