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National Toxicology Program

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UPDATE NewsletterUPDATE NewsletterJune 2017

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

NTP will host the 4th International Symposium on Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Laboratory Animal Studies on August 24 and 25 at the NIEHS main building. Systematic review methods are increasingly used to inform decision making for questions in preclinical science, toxicology, and public health. This symposium is an important part of bringing experts and newcomers together to aid in the development of more efficient and accurate systematic reviews and meta-analyses that better inform the public and stakeholders about public health hazards.

The symposium will include strategic overviews and pertinent examples of how systematic review approaches are being applied to and methods are evolving to answer a diverse range of research questions. The themes of the symposium are:

  • Systematic reviews or meta-analyses in toxicology and public health
  • Automation of systematic reviews
  • Systematic review/meta-analysis methods development
  • Systematic reviews or meta-analyses in epilepsy research

Interested individuals can register for the symposium on the registration page. Registration is open on a first-come, first-served basis until August 11 

The organizing committee is accepting abstracts for oral or poster presentations and encourages submissions regarding the meeting themes and new/late breaking systematic reviews or meta-analyses of preclinical, toxicology, or public health topics. Accepted presenters (one per abstract) may be eligible for a $500 travel reimbursement. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Oral presentation time slots for accepted presentations will be 20 minutes. Abstracts must be submitted by June 19.

On August 23, Instructional training in systematic review methods will be offered for individuals that are new to the field and looking to learn more about the use of systematic review methods for animal studies or toxicology.

The symposium is organized by NIEHS/NTP, 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).

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Director of Office of Liaison, Policy, and Review and Editor-in-Chief: Mary Wolfe | Managing Editor: Anna Lee Mosley