NTP computational toxicologist Nicole Kleinstreuer, Ph.D., was recognized for her work toward eliminating animal use for chemical safety testing. The Lush Cosmetics Young Researcher—Americas Prize, one of the annual Lush Prizes honoring such progress, was presented during a November 2, 2016, ceremony at the Lush Cosmetics North American headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Kleinstreuer, deputy director of the NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods, was awarded the prize for developing computational toxicity models for predicting outcomes such as developmental toxicity, endocrine disruption, and skin sensitization. Kleinstreuer said she hopes that some of the company’s data from human testing could be used in the models to predict skin sensitization. Using human data could improve the accuracy of model predictions.
The Lush Young Researcher Prize is only the latest honor for Kleinstreuer and the center, as they apply modern methods and technologies to chemical safety testing. Kleinstreuer hopes this award brings attention and support to the center’s current focus, working with U.S. and international regulatory agencies to replace animal use worldwide in testing for skin and eye irritation, acute toxicity, and skin sensitization.