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

Tox Info Suisse (Tel. 145) provides medical information on acute poisoning. The Tox Info App is now available for iPhone/iPad and Android. For installation information click here.

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.

Season's Greetings


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 by 18 December 2015.

Last chance to register for course on "Modelling Approaches in Chemical Risk Assessment"

Module 6 of the CAS Regulatory Sciences program will take place from 30 November to 4 December 2015 at the University of Basel. Further details on content and registration.

Prof. Marcel Leist receives Animal Welfare Research Award 2015

We would like to congratulate our Science Advisory Board member Prof. Marcel Leist and his group on receiving the Animal Welfare Research Price 2015 from the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. This prize supports the development of methods to reduce and replace animal experiments. Further information (in German).

Photo source: Thomas Koehler/photothek/BMEL

Systems Toxicology 2016

Building on the highly successful 2013 Systems Toxicology conference in Ascona, the 2016 meeting explores current and likely future specific applications of systems toxicology approaches in chemical risk evaluation.

Reserve the date! Systems Toxicology 2016, 27 - 29 January. Program onlineRegistration now open.