SCAHT-Forschungsgruppenleiter, Prof. Luigi Terracciano, erhält angesehenen Preis

Die Dr. med. Dora Seif-Stiftung mit Sitz in Basel vergibt alle zwei Jahre den mit 5000 Franken dotierten Dora-Seif-Krebsforschungspreis für «die beste Arbeit, die zur Verbesserung der Frühdiagnostik und Therapie (Vorbeugung und Verhütung) des Krebses beiträgt». Die Stiftung verleiht den diesjährigen Preis zu gleichen Teilen an Prof. Markus Heim, Chefarzt Gastroenterologie & Hepatologie am Universitätsspital Basel und Forschungsgruppenleiter am Departement Biomedizin der Universität Basel, und an Prof. Luigi Terracciano, Fachbereichsleiter Molekularpathologie und Forschungsgruppenleiter am Institut für Pathologie des Universitätsspitals Basel. Link zu vollständigem Artikel.

Toxics 2017 Travel Award - Apply by 30 November 2016

CHF 800 award supporting travel for postdoctoral fellow or non-fellow postdoctoral trainee to present his/her research, in poster or oral presentation formats, at a scientific conference in 2017. Currently, applications for this award are accepted. Please send applications to by 30 November, 2016. The requirements for candidate participation and application details are described here.

EUROTOX is deeply concerned about the current situation of academic toxicology in Europe

EUROTOX is deeply concerned about the current situation in academia and how it will impact on the future of Toxicology in Europe. Departments of Toxicology in universities are shrinking or disappearing. Toxicology as an academic discipline is essential to protect the health of consumers, workers and the environment. Strengthening toxicology in academic institutions is a basic requirement for scientific innovation and for the education and development of young scientists. The Executive Committee of EUROTOX has recently published a position paper highlighting the challenging issues facing academic toxicology in Europe. See further information.

Next MAS in Toxicology programme starts in September 2016

31 August 2016 is the application deadline for the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Toxicology programme, starting September 2016. The programme is run by the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Geneva and the University of Lausanne in collaboration with the SCAHT. It is a two year part-time study programme consisting of four day teaching blocks every three weeks over three semesters and requires students to write a Master’s thesis. Successful completion of the course is recognised as providing the theoretical knowledge for professional registration as a toxicologist by EUROTOX. There is a possibility to attend individual modules with free-student status if places are available. For prerequisites and further information click here.

EU critera for Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

On 15 June, after a delay of more than 2 years, the European Commission presented draft scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors under pesticides and biocides legislation. Identification requires establishing a causal link between adverse effects on human health and an endocrine mode of action; health effects and mode of action should consider all relevant scientific evidence by robust systematic review, using a weight of evidence-based approach. See EU press release

EFSA Traineeships Call 2016

European Food Safety Authority: Are you a young graduate searching for a challenging experience in a stimulating and dynamic EU Agency? Do you want to apply your skills and knowledge in one of the areas within EFSA’s remit? Are you searching for an opportunity to be involved in a European organisation’s daily work? Apply for a traineeship by 31 July 2016. As a trainee you will provide contribution to the general activities of EFSA, under the supervision of a Traineeship Adviser through a rewarding and challenging experience in a multicultural environment. Further information.

Dr. Martial Saugy appointed as Director of new Center of Research and Expertise in anti-Doping sciences

Dr. Martial Saugy, former Head of the Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses (LAD), has been appointed as the new and first Director of the just founded REDs - Center of Research and Expertise in anti-Doping sciences located on the grounds of the University of Lausanne. The new center was inaugurated on 25 May 2016 and will provide independent expertise and research in anti-doping sciences in a multidisciplinary and innovative approach, as well as reinforce education at academic level and training to all stakeholders involved with doping in the wider scientific, medical and sport community. Link to report in RTS Journal, 25.05.2016, 19:30h about the REDs.

EUROTOX 2016 Congress - Final call for abstracts

The 52nd European Congress of the European Societies of Toxicology will take place on 4 - 7 September 2016 in Seville (Spain). Further information on the congress.

20th European Congress on Alternatives to Animal Testing / 17th Annual Congress of EUSAAT, Linz (AT)

Registration is open for the 20th European Congress on Alternatives to Animal Testing / 17th Annual Congress of EUSAAT which will take place in Linz, Austria, on 24 - 27 August 2016. This includes a Practical Training Course "Application of commercially available human tissue models". EUSAAT Young Scientist Travel Awards are available. Deadline for travel award and abstract submission is 31 May 2016. Further information.

A milestone in the battle against arsenic- and fluoride-contaminated drinking water

Over 300 million people worldwide use groundwater contaminated with arsenic or fluoride as a source of drinking water. The Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) has developed a method whereby the risk of contamination in a given area can be estimated using geological, topographical and other environmental data without having to test samples from every single groundwater resource. The research group’s knowledge is now being made available free of charge on an interactive Groundwater Assessment Platform (GAP). enables authorities, NGOs and other professionals to upload their own data and generate hazard maps for their areas of interest. Further information.