Prof. Marcel Leist receives 2015 SOT Award

SCAHT congratulates its Science Advisory Board member Professor Marcel Leist, PhD, University of Konstanz, Germany, who is being awarded the 2015 SOT Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award. This award honors a SOT member for contributions made to the advancement of toxicological science through the development and application of methods that replace, refine, or reduce the need for experimental animals. Dr. Leist's laboratory focuses on in vitro toxicology, specifically mechanisms and systems related to neurotoxicity.

Season's Greetings

The year 2014 has seen momentous changes for the SCAHT. In February the 'Foundation of the Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology' was officially registered with the Registre du Commerce de Genève, giving the SCAHT its legal framework for the future. In November we celebrated the 5th anniversary of the SCAHT. In between, SCAHT staff and members have been busier than ever with research and regulatory projects, teaching and contributions to national and international activities in human health risk assessment. From all of us at SCAHT, a big thank you for making our anniversary year a great one! 

We wish you and your families a peaceful Christmas and a very happy New Year 2015, and look forward to continuing a successful collaboration with our colleagues and partners.

                                                The SCAHT Team

Happy 5th Birthday, SCAHT!

Five years ago, with an inaugural symposium on 19 November 2009 in Geneva, the Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology was born. To celebrate its  5th birthday, SCAHT held an anniversary symposium on 14 November 2014 in Basel, at the annual meeting of the Swiss Society of Toxicology. Toxicologists and honored guests listened to welcoming words from National Councillor Prof. Kathy Riklin, Prof. Stefan Krähenbühl, co-founder of the SCAHT, and Prof. Martin Wilks, the SCAHT director.  Keynote lectures were given by Prof. Alan Boobis and Prof. Angelo Moretto, both members of the SCAHT Science Advisory Board, and SCAHT Research Group Leaders presented overviews of their work on neuroinflammation, nanoparticle drug delivery, human steroid profiling, and development of in vitro cell cultures to replace animal testing. 

The event was well received and demonstrates the healthy development of  SCAHT in national and international toxicology.

(Photo from left to right: Prof. Martin Wilks (Director), Prof. Denis Hochstrasser (Co-founder), Prof. Kathy Riklin (President Foundation Council), Prof. Stephan Krähenbühl (Co-founder))

SIB Awards 2015

The SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics calls for entries to the SIB Awards 2015:

  • SIB International Young Bioinformatician Award 2015
  • SIB International Bioinformatics Resource Award 2015
  • SIB Best Swiss Bioinformatics Graduate Paper 2015

Closing date for entries: 31 January 2015. Further information.


OECD launches AOP-Wiki

25 September 2014: The OECD announces, together with the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), the Adverse Outcome Pathway Knowledge Base (AOP KB). This is a web-based platform which aims to bring together all knowledge on how chemicals can induce adverse effects, therefore providing a focal point for AOP development and dissemination. The first AOP KB module is the AOP Wiki: an interactive and virtual encyclopaedia for AOP development (further information).

Expert contributions to the AOP-Wiki from academia, governmental agencies and chemical industry is strongly encouraged since it is through such "crowd sourcing" that the AOP KB will ultimately evolve.

5th Anniversary of the SCAHT

We are delighted to announce that on the second day of the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society of Toxicology, which will take place on 13 & 14 November 2014 in Basel, we will hold a Symposium to mark the 5th anniversary of SCAHT which was founded in November 2009. The SCAHT president, National Councillor Prof. Kathy Riklin, and the co-founder of the SCAHT, Prof. Stephan Krähenbühl, will give welcome addresses.

Prof. Alan Boobis, Imperial College London, and Prof. Angelo Moretto, University of Milan, both members of the Science Advisory Board, have kindly agreed to add to the festive occasion by giving keynote lectures, and four of the SCAHT Group Leaders will give presentations on SCAHT core research projects. Please see the programme for further details.

It is with great pleasure that we invite and welcome everybody who would like to celebrate this occasion with us

on Friday, 14 November 2014
starting at 8:45 a.m.
at Ramada Plaza Basel Hotel
Messeplatz 12, Basel

If you intend to participate please register here.

Best regards,
Prof. Martin Wilks
(SCAHT Director)


This postgraduate programme is aimed at students already holding a Master’s degree in Toxicology or in a related field (Life Sciences, Pharmacy, Human Medicine or Veterinary Medicine) who are already in employment or wish to pursue a career in toxicology. 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. The courses are held in both Geneva and Lausanne. See flyer and further information.

CAS module 5 on "Risk Perception and Risk Communication"

This one week module will give a general introduction to psychological mechanisms underlying risk perception, risk communication and risk taking behavior. It is aimed at risk assessors and risk managers in any industry sector, regulatory authority or academic institution dealing with human and environmental risk assessment and management of xenobiotics. Dates: Tuesday 16 - Saturday 20 September 2014 (5 days). Location: University of Basel, Switzerland. See flyer for further details and the link to the online registration process.

SCAHT beim Café Scientifique der Universität Basel am 18. Mai 2014

Der Kunststoff ist Thema im dritten Café Scientifique. Er gehört zu unserem Alltag, aber es ergibt sich auch ein ernsthaftes Entsorgungsproblem. Von den weltweit jährlich produzierten 200 Millionen Tonnen Kunststoff gelangen bis zu 10 Prozent in die Weltmeere. An der Diskussionsrunde nehmen die Professoren Bernhard Wehrli, von der Eawag Abteilung Oberflächengewässer, und Nico Bruns vom Adolphe-Merkel-Institut der Universität Fribourg teil, zudem diskutiert Dr. Rex FitzGerald vom Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxiology an der Universität Basel mit. Die Moderation übernimmt Christoph Keller.

REGISTER NOW for module 4 "Operator and Consumer Exposure“ of the CAS programme

SCAHT and the Advanced Study Centre of the University of Basel are pleased to announce that registrations for Module 4 "Operator and consumer exposure" of the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Regulatory Sciences is now open. Please be advised that numbers are limited to 25 therefore early registration is recommended. Dates: Monday 23 June - Friday 27 June 2014 (5 days). Location: University of Basel, Switzerland. See flyer for further details and the link to the online registration process.