National Toxicology Program

National Toxicology Program

4th International Symposium on Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Laboratory Animal Studies

August 24-25, 2017

Location: Rodbell Auditorium, David P. Rall Building, NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina


The role of systematic review and meta-analysis in preclinical science, toxicology, and public health is evolving rapidly and these changes are reflected in our meeting themes. We are planning a symposium for newcomers and experts alike, with strategic overviews and explicit examples of how systematic review approaches are being applied and methods are evolving to answer a diverse range of research questions.

Themes at this symposium include:

  • Systematic Reviews or Meta-Analyses in Toxicology and Public Health (Keynote: Tracey Woodruff, UCSF)
  • Automation of Systematic Reviews (Keynote: Byron Wallace, Northeastern University)
  • Systematic Review/Meta-Analysis Methods Development (Keynote: Kim Wever, SYRCLE)
  • Systematic Reviews or Meta-Analyses in Epilepsy and Other Human Diseases (Keynote: Michele Simonato, University of Ferrara)


Access Symposium Registration to reserve your spot. Registration is open on a first-come, first-served basis until August 11, 2017.

To view the webcast, please access the Webcast Registration.

Abstracts Submission Information

You are cordially invited to submit a poster abstract for possible programming at the symposium.  Abstract submissions for oral presentations have closed. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. 

Abstracts will be reviewed by the organizing committee on originality, structure, and relevance for the symposium. In addition to meeting themes, new/late breaking systematic reviews or meta-analyses of preclinical, toxicology, or public health topics will be considered. 

Systematic Review Instructional Training

Instructional training in systematic review methods will be offered prior to the symposium on August 23, 2017. The organizing committee is planning a systematic review instructional training day for individuals that are new to the field and looking to learn more on the use of systematic review methods for animal studies or toxicology. Please email to confirm your attendance.  As details are finalized, confirmed attendees will be notified. 

Organizing Committee

The symposium is organized by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) at the National institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Collaborative Approach to Meta-Analysis and Review of Animal Data from Experimental Studies (CAMARADES), Environmental Protection Agency/National Center for Environmental Assessment/Integrated Risk Information System (EPA/NCEA/IRIS), University of Tasmania School of Medicine, UCSF Navigation Guide, and the Systematic Review Centre for Laboratory Animal Experimentation (SYRCLE).


We have reserved a block of hotel rooms at the prevailing government rate (currently $102/night) at the Raleigh-Durham DoubleTree Hotel. You may find instructions to make your reservation at the group discounted rate here. Please note: the cutoff date to make reservations is July 31, 2017. If you encounter any issues securing your reservation, please contact Christopher Vorhees at 919-361-4660 x195 or

Other Logistical Information

For questions about lodging, transportation, or registration, please contact Canden Byrd, ICF contractor to NTP, at or by phone at 919-293-1660.

Individuals with disabilities who need accommodation to participate in this event should contact Canden Byrd by phone: (919) 293–1660 or email: TTY users should contact the Federal TTY Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. Requests should be made at least five business days in advance of the event.

Meeting Flyer

Technical Questions

For technical questions about the symposium or your proposed presentation, please contact:

Andrew A. Rooney, Ph.D. 
Acting Director, OHAT
Phone: (919) 541-2999

Vickie Walker
Health Scientist, NTP – OHAT
Phone: (919) 541-4514

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