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National Toxicology Program

National Toxicology Program

UPDATE NewsletterUPDATE Newsletter

January - June 2020


ICCVAM logoThe NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM)

EPA updates list of alternative test methods, and NIEHS to provide small business funding for genetically diverse toxicity tests.

scientist holds and examines samplesPFOA evaluated for cancer links by NTP expert panel

In the U.S., the substance has been phased out of almost all commercial and industrial products, but it persists in the environment.

closeup of bottle of sunscreen slightly buried in sand with sunglasses and hat blurred in the backgroundChemical used in sunscreen analyzed for potential carcinogenicity

An expert panel agreed with findings from a recent National Toxicology Program study on a compound known as oxybenzone.

Warren Casey, Ph.D.Moving away from animal-based antibodies

During a meeting at the National Institutes of Health, scientists said cell-based antibodies could improve experimental quality.

Michael Wyde, Ph.D.NTP scientist weighs in on 5G technology

Michael Wyde, Ph.D., analyzed the latest generation of cellular technology and its potential human health effects.

Brandy Beverly, Ph.D.Pregnancy hypertension risk increased by traffic-related air pollution

Findings give new insights into the connection between poor air quality and the health of children and mothers.

Nicole Kleinstreuer, Ph.D.Chronic inflammation needs focused research to reduce disease

Experts reviewed research on chronic inflammation, its role in common diseases, and the need for biomarkers and other research directions.

Trey SaddlerDiversity Speaker Series addresses Native American health challenges

The National Toxicology Program’s Trey Saddler described how problems such as poor air and water quality affect tribal communities.


Nicole Kleinstreuer, PhDKleinstreuer assumes leadership of NICEATM

Nicole Kleinstreuer was named Acting Director of the NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM) on January 1.

Sidney Green, PhDSOT award winner helped start ICCVAM, served on SACATM

Sidney Green will receive the 2020 SOT Founders Award for outstanding leadership in toxicology.

ICCVAM logoThe NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM)

Slides available from ICCVAM webinar on animal-free affinity reagents, webinar demonstrates NICEATM tool for predicting acute oral toxicity, and recent publications.

Conceptual illustration of a deep learning algorithmEHP podcast on artificial intelligence

The National Toxicology Program's Nicole Kleinstreuer talks about the use of artificial intelligence in environmental health research.


ICCVAM logoThe NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM)

Webpage available summarizing NICEATM and ICCVAM activities at SOT, plus recent publications.

Mamta Behl, Ph.D. speaks at microphoneThe environment influences brain development, experts say

Experts at a North Carolina State University meeting examined how toxicants may affect brain development.

broken pieces of powders, eye shadows, and blush with coated brushesFDA reviews asbestos testing in cosmetics and powders

Christopher Weis and others discussed updating methods to test talc-containing products for asbestos and similar particles.

close up of salps, tiny organisms, shown in a glass beakerMicroplastics research needs innovation, health focus

Exposure to microplastics is widespread and well documented, but health effects are unclear.

Brian Berridge, D.V.M., Ph.D.NTP board discusses reinventing tox testing, new research topics

Focus is on using approaches more relevant to humans when studying chemicals.

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.Science symposium to honor Birnbaum

The April 6 event features an international group of researchers and is free to attend in person or watch online.

July - December 2020

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