National Toxicology Program

National Toxicology Program

Computational Toxicology Projects

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Computational toxicology studies use mathematics, informatics, and computer models to better understand toxicity mechanisms and predict toxic effects.

Traditional toxicity testing methods, which involve using laboratory animals, are time- and resource-intensive. As a result, many thousands of chemicals currently in commerce lack basic safety information. Computational toxicology methods can help address these needs through the development and use of:

NICEATM has been exploring development of computational models for predicting the potential of chemicals to cause skin sensitization and developmental toxicity and to interact with the endocrine system. NICEATM also developed the Integrated Chemical Environment, a source of high-quality, curated data and tools to facilitate chemical safety assessment.

NTP is located at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.