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). www.gapmaps.org enables authorities, NGOs and other professionals to upload their own data and generate hazard maps for their areas of interest. Further information.
Identifying EU endocrine disruptors
On the occasion of an expert conference organised by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and held in Berlin on 11 and 12 April 2016, a consensus on the identification of endocrine disruptors was reached. Among other things, the document produced lists the criteria for identifying the hazard potential of harmful endocrine substances. 23 internationally renowned scientists and four observers of the EU Commission, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) participated in the conference. Further information.
Change of congress venue for EUROTOX 2016
Due to the global instability that particularly affects Turkey, the Local Organising Committee of the 2016 EUROTOX congress has suggested the relocation of this year’s congress. Prof. Ali Esat Karakaya and Prof. Hilmi Orhan, together with colleagues from the Turkish Society have eagerly been working to make Istanbul an ideal location, however, due to unforeseeable reasons, and after careful evaluation of their proposal, the Executive Committee feels that it is in the best interest of EUROTOX to proceed with this change.
The new location is Seville, Spain and the venue is the Sevilla FIBES Congress Center. The dates of the congress will remain the same, 4 - 7 September 2016. See also the updated congress website www.eurotox2016.com.
Feedback on AOPs welcome - deadline 11.04.16
OECD has launched a survey to explore the utility AOPs for regulatory assessment of chemicals and to identify development priorities. The survey is mainly for chemical safety regulators who are experiencing a transition in their work towards an increased use of ‘alternative’ methods and AOPs. However, stakeholders that come from the regulated community and environmental NGOs are also welcomed to participate. The deadline for the survey has been extended until 11 April 2016. Further information.
Next CAS module on "Advancing Regulatory Toxicology in the 21st Century” in June 2016
The final CAS (Certificate of Advanced Studies) teaching, on the Regulatory Sciences programme, Module 7 "Advancing Regulatory Toxicology in the 21st Century” will take place at the University of Basel, from 13 - 17 June 2016. The module is designed to complement previous modules on the advanced study programme, or can be taken as a stand-alone teaching week. Further details can be found on the attached flyer. Please register on the following link.
CAAT Researchers Create "Mini-Brains" in Lab to Study Neurological Diseases
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have developed tiny “mini-brains” made up of many of the neurons and cells of the human brain - and even some of its functionality - which can be replicated on a large scale. The researchers say that the creation of these “mini-brains” could dramatically change how new drugs are tested for effectiveness and safety, taking the place of the hundreds of thousands of animals used for neurological scientific research in the United States. More information.
WBAL-TV Report (video): "Mini-brains" Could Reduce Need to Use Animals in Medical Testing.
Tox Info App now available for iPhone/iPad and Android
PISC offers awards for AOP development
The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. (PISC) is sponsoring a competition to encourage contributions to a collaborative resource for adverse outcome pathway (AOP) development. The AOP Wiki was created by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, EPA, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to provide an interactive and virtual platform for AOP development and to promote international consensus on the developed AOPs. To encourage new contributors to add to existing entries in the AOP Wiki using available data, PISC is offering cash awards to the best contributions to the AOP Wiki by new users. The competition runs through March 15 and is open only to people who have made no contributions to the AOP Wiki before September 15, 2015. Prospective competitors must register with PISC. More information and registration instructions are available on the PISC website.
Dear colleagues and friends of the SCAHT,
The sixth year of our centre is almost complete. A year with many challenges and achievements including the first financial audit of the foundation accounts, a process audit by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation and, not least, the submission for our application for the next financing period to the Swiss Confederation. While these activities are necessary to demonstrate good governance of our centre and set us up for the future, it is our contribution to education, research and regulatory projects in toxicology and risk assessment which add value and support public health in Switzerland and abroad.
We wish you and your family a wonderful festive season with time for tranquility and reflection and a very happy and healthy New Year 2016!
Martin Wilks and the SCAHT team
EUROTOX 2017 - Extended deadline for submission of scientific proposals
There is still time to submit a scientific proposal for the EUROTOX 2017 Congress "Connecting for a safer future" that will be held in Bratislava, Slovakia, 10 - 13 September 2017.
Submit your scientific proposals using this form making sure to include the organiser details, the recommended speakers, and a brief presentation of the proposal. Send your proposals via email to the EUROTOX Secretariat email@example.com by 18 December 2015.