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January - June 2018


Nicole Kleinstreuer, Ph.D.NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods

NICEATM deputy director participates in international meeting on skin sensitization, and recent workshop reports.

Brian Berridge, DVM, Ph.D.Brian Berridge takes the helm at the National Toxicology Program

Brian Berridge, the new head of NTP, seeks to integrate cutting-edge methods, including animal studies, cell-based toxicity testing, and computer modeling.

John BucherNTP board meeting highlights new tools, technologies, and methods

New tools, technologies, and approaches in toxicology were key topics for the National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors.

Linda BirnbaumSociety of Toxicology 2018 awards recognize Birnbaum, Ramaiahgari

SOT awardees for 2018 include NIEHS and National Toxicology Program Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., and NTP postdoc Sreenivasa Ramaiahgari, Ph.D.


ICCVAM logoNTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods

Webinar presents overview of machine learning, ICCVAM co-chair receives honor, NIEHS offers funding to small businesses for technologies of interest to Tox21, and recent publications.

Casey WarrenRoadmap to guide progress toward replacing animal use

Progress toward replacing animal use in safety testing of drugs and chemicals will be guided by a new strategic roadmap.


Icons depicting five toxic endpointsNTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods

Registration open for Workshop on Predictive Models for Acute Oral Systemic Toxicity.

plastic water bottlesNTP releases first CLARITY-BPA report, more to come

The National Toxicology Program released a draft report from part of a study on health effects in rats from exposure to bisphenol A, or BPA.

Chris WeisFederal agencies exchange PFAS updates

Sixteen federal agencies shared research findings and data gaps on chemicals known as PFAS, paving the way for future information exchanges.


ICE Logo-No TextNTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods

Integrated Chemical Environment adds formulations viewer, and papers describe analysis of defined approaches for skin sensitization testing.

Birnbaum and PedenBirnbaum speaks at allergy, asthma, immunology meeting

Linda Birnbaum delivered a keynote address at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology annual meeting.

John BucherNTP cell phone studies — experts recommend elevated conclusions

An expert panel recommended the National Toxicology Program indicate stronger evidence that cell phone radiofrequency radiation caused tumors in rats.

Watson, Birnbaum, HubbardMany NIEHS and NTP advances shared at 2018 SOT

NIEHS and NTP scientists shared new findings and methodological advances in approximately 100 presentations at the Society of Toxicology meeting.


ICCVAM LogoNTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods

Registration is open for May 24 ICCVAM Public Forum, abstracts due for Pan-American Conference on Alternatives, and EPA extends comment period on draft strategy to reduce animal use.

Nigel WalkerExpert panel reviews CLARITY-BPA Core Study

An expert panel agreed with CLARITY-BPA findings that the core study portion showed minimal effects of BPA in rats at the doses studied.

Nicole KleinstreuerAdvancing computer models that predict toxicity

Computer model developers and regulators reviewed models to predict chemical and drug toxicity at a National Toxicology Program workshop.


Generic lab ware NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods

Slides and videocast recording available for ICCVAM Public Forum, and NICEATM requests information on technologies for identifying developmental toxicants.

Recio and SwartzFrom single cells to whales — genotoxicity across the biological spectrum

The Genetics and Environmental Mutagenesis Society meeting highlighted how exposures affect life forms across the biological spectrum.

Nicole KleinstreuerNTP promotes international use of nonanimal test methods

The National Toxicology Program joined an international meeting to advance international acceptance of nonanimal chemical test methods.

Rick PaulesFederal partners put Tox21 plan into action

Federal partners gathered at NIEHS May 15-16 to discuss the implementation of the new Toxicology in the 21st Century strategic plan.

July - December 2018


Botulinum NeurotoxinNTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods

Request for information, and other activities and events.

Brian BerridgeNTP framework for innovation rolled out at board meeting

NTP Associate Director Brian Berridge introduced the Translational Toxicology Pipeline Plan to the Board of Scientific Counselors.

Casey WarrenPlan to reduce animal testing showcased at public forum

Public forum participants praised a new plan to replace animal use for U.S. safety testing and encouraged agencies to continue progress.


William JansenSACATM to meet

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods (SACATM) will meet at NIEHS on September 5-6, 2018.

ICCVAM logoICCVAM publishes 2016-2017 biennial report

The Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) has published a report summarizing activities of member agencies during 2016 and 2017.

generic labwareNTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods

FDA to hold a public meeting on predictive toxicology roadmap, and NICEATM/EPA project receives EPA award.

cell free DNAWorkshop on circulating cell free DNA

A 1.5-day, cross-divisional workshop, Circulating Cell Free DNA: Applications in the Clinical and Toxicology Setting, will be held at NIEHS on September 24-25, 2018.


There were no articles for September 2018.

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