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National Toxicology Program

National Toxicology Program

UPDATE NewsletterUPDATE Newsletter

January - June 2017


PesticideNTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods

A NICEATM and EPA analysis lead to new guidance for testing pesticides. NICEATM staff recognized for work.

Environmental Health Science Streets TheaterEHS FEST takes it to the streets with public science events

The NIEHS Environmental Health Science FEST took science into the community with a film festival and an evening of 3-minute science talks.

Carl CernigliaResearch collaborations take center stage at NTP board meeting

Collaborations with National Toxicology Program partner agencies were highlighted at the December Board of Scientific Counselors meeting.


zebrafish screeningNTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods

NICEATM hosts webinars on chemoinformatics techniques and zebrafish screening.

Cynthia HinesNTP supports first study of BPA levels in U.S. factory workers

A study supported by the National Toxicology Program is the first to look at exposure to bisphenol A among U.S. manufacturing workers.

Sreenivasa RamaiahgariNew cell models for toxicology better mimic human tissue

NTP postdoc Sreenivasa Ramaiahgari, Ph.D., described his work developing cell models that better mimic human tissue for toxicity testing.

Jonathan SametChemical risk assessment keeps pace with emerging science

A new National Academies report recommends ways to use recent advances in science and technology for assessing risks from chemicals.

Nuala MooreFriends of NIEHS gather to learn latest in environmental health research

At the Friends of NIEHS yearly meeting, Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., shared the latest findings in NIEHS-funded environmental health research.


Petersen NIST representative thumbnailNTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has joined the ICCVAM and NICEATM will be presenting at the Society of Toxicology meeting March 12-16.

Ruder thumbnailIn Memory of Avima Ruder

Avima Ruder, Ph.D., former epidemiologist in the Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) passed away on January 26, 2017, just a month after her retirement.

Birnbaum thumbnailBirnbaum to receive notable award from Society of Toxicology

The March SOT meeting features 2017 Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Birnbaum, and dozens of presentations by NIEHS scientists.

CRUK InfographicNTP Archives support global cancer research initiative

The National Toxicology Program will support a cancer and environment study that was a Cancer Research United Kingdom Grand Challenge winner.

Rusyn and fellow scientistsNIEHS grantee validates tissue chips for toxicity testing

An NIEHS grantee laboratory is validating tissue chip models of human organ systems for replacing animal use in toxicity testing.


Alicia MooreIn Memory of Alicia Moore

Alicia Moore, M.S., research biologist in the Molecular Pathogenesis Group at the National Toxicology Program passed away on March 4, 2017.

Cynthia SmithIn Memory of Cynthia Smith

Cynthia S. Smith, Ph.D., former chief of the Program Operations Branch in the Division of the National Toxicology Program (DNTP) passed away on March 21, 2017.

Integrated Chemical Environmental logoNTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods

ICCVAM coordinates strategic roadmap and NICEATM launches Integrated Chemical Environment.

Birnbaum speaksAward-winning contributions highlighted at Society of Toxicology meeting

NIEHS staff and grantees received Society of Toxicology awards, recognizing scientific achievements and contributions to the field.

Linda Birnbaum and GenetNIEHS and French health and safety agency formalize partnership

NIEHS and ANSES formalized their cooperative relationship March 22 by signing a memorandum of understanding.

SRP GroupNIEHS and NTP talk science at Society of Toxicology meeting

NIEHS and National Toxicology Program staff talked science among 7,000 attendees at the 2017 Society of Toxicology meeting in Baltimore.


ICCVAM logoNTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods

ICCVAM holds public forum and NICEATM scientists support U.S. outreach to China.

Stephanie Smith-RoeBlack cohosh — case study for botanicals testing

NTP research on black cohosh provides a glimpse of the complexities of studying botanical supplements.

Christopher WeisWeis elected president of the American Board of Toxicology

NIEHS Toxicology Liaison Christopher Weis was voted president-elect of the American Board of Toxicology.


ISSRMALAS logo thumbnail4th 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.

Casey WarrenPublic forum on alternatives to animal testing highlights next steps

A public forum sought comment on next steps in replacing animals in safety testing and featured collaborations that make progress possible.

July - December 2017


CEBS AwardToxicology database wins innovation award, seeks feedback

The Chemical Effects in Biological Systems database won an award for innovation and seeks feedback and collaborators.


Cynthia RiderNTP counselors pleased with mixtures progress

At its June 29 meeting, the NTP Board of Scientific Counselors enthusiastically supported the NTP progress in mixtures research.

Weihsueh Chiu, Ph.D.Panel supports six disinfection byproducts as potential carcinogens

A panel convened by the National Toxicology Program recommended listing six compounds as carcinogens in the Report on Carcinogens.

CattleyExperts concur with three draft NTP reports

An NTP scientific panel reviewed and accepted draft technical reports on the carcinogenicity and toxicity of three substances.

Rick PaulesNew technologies highlighted at toxicology meetings

At OpenTox USA and BioMed21, National Toxicology Program staff discussed the importance of data sharing in new approaches to toxicology.


Warren Casey and Nicole KleinstreuerInternational meeting highlights NTP efforts to replace animal tests

National Toxicology Program staff highlighted progress at the 10th World Congress on Alternatives to Animal Use in the Life Sciences.

Beth BowdenNew NTP website getting rave reviews

The newly redesigned site will help the National Toxicology Program better communicate with scientists and the public.

Tox21 logoAt 10 years, Tox21 continues driving toxicity testing forward

The Tox21 program marks a 10-year track record of developing cutting-edge technology to better assess chemical toxicity in humans.

Andrew Rooney, Ph.D. acting director of NTP Office of Health Assessment and Translation (OHAT)Systematic review symposium explores powerful tool

At an interdisciplinary meeting on the quickly developing field of systematic review, scientists from across the globe shared new methods.


ED-SbNTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods

NICEATM and ICCVAM activities at ASCCT annual meeting, and grants available for alternative methods development.

Angela King-HerbertKing-Herbert elected to ACLAM board

The National Toxicology Program’s Angela King-Herbert was elected to the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine board of directors.

Xu and MilchakSpeeding the adoption of alternative safety tests

At a public meeting, National Toxicology Program scientists and others heard praise for a plan to speed adoption of nonanimal safety tests.

Stephanie Smith-RoeEMGS conference features NIEHS scientists in key roles

The Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society conference in North Carolina featured NIEHS scientists and postdocs in key roles.


Scott AuerbachBreaking new ground in toxicogenomics

Experts reviewed an approach proposed by National Toxicology Program scientists for analyzing and interpreting chemical potency.

ToxTest ChallengeTox Challenge — stage two winners announced

Toxicity Testing Challenge named five winners for their innovative approaches to including metabolites in high-throughput screenings.


ICCVAM logoNTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods

NICEATM supports EPA meeting on plan for alternative testing methods and NICEATM scientist joins international expert groups on toxicity testing.

Robert TanguayUse of new in vivo models showcased at regional tox meeting

Development of new in vivo models for toxicology was showcased at the annual North Carolina Society of Toxicology meeting Oct. 30 at NIEHS.

Mortensen and ChorleyScientific approaches for new risk assessments highlighted at GEMS

The Genetics and Environmental Mutagenesis Society fall meeting highlighted links between genetic makeup and sensitivity to exposures.

Nicole KleinstreuerScientists invited to build computer models that predict toxicity

Scientists from around the world are invited to help develop computer models to predict acute toxicity.

Bucher, Dzierlenga, and FosterNIEHS Science Days wrap up with awards ceremony

This year’s award winners, including mentor and fellow of the year, represent the full range of research at the institute.

John BucherInsights for decision-makers when adopting scientific advances

Gaining acceptance of new test methods, such as better ways for predicting toxicity, involves changes on the part of many stakeholders.

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