Introducing BioMed21.org

We’re excited to tell you about a brand-new initiative that we are involved in: the Biomedical Research for the 21st Century (BioMed21) Collaboration.

BioMed21 brings together scientists and institutions from across Europe, Asia and the Americas who share a vision of a human-focused paradigm in health research. This unique mix of biomedical stakeholders provides both a broad, global outlook as well as deep ties at regional and national levels.

The new BioMed21 website was designed to be a hub for information related to innovative, human-specific approaches in health research, including relevant publications, funding opportunities, workshops, training opportunities, and other events.

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On behalf of the Human Toxicology Project Consortium team, we look forward welcoming you to the BioMed21 online community!

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ICCVAM’s Strategic Roadmap now available in five languages

A Strategic Roadmap for Establishing New Approaches to Evaluate the Safety of Chemicals and Medical Products, which was published by the U.S. Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) earlier this year, is now available in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Portuguese.

The roadmap incorporates the views of 16 federal regulatory and research agencies, several interagency workgroups, and public opinion, and is intended as “a resource to guide U.S. federal agencies and stakeholders seeking to adopt new approaches to safety and risk assessment of chemicals and medical products that improve human relevance and replace or reduce the use of animals.”

Access the official translations of the roadmap via the following links:

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OECD announces new & updated guidelines for chemical safety tests

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently adopted a set of new & updated guidelines for chemical safety testing—including endocrine-related endpoints, improved in silico predictions, and ‘me-too’ methods—that will reduce reliance on animal testing.

Accepted internationally as standard methods for safety testing, OECD guidelines are used by professionals in industry, academia and government involved in the testing and assessment of chemicals, including industrial chemicals, pesticides, and personal care products.

Learn more: http://www.oecd.org/chemicalsafety/testing/oecdguidelinesforthetestingofchemicals.htm

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HSI & H&M sponsor New Approach Methods workshop in Shanghai

Humane Society International (HSI) and global fashion brand H&M teamed up to sponsor a recent workshop on new approach methods (NAMs) in Shanghai, China. Held June 11-13, the 8th Workshop on Alternative Methods provided more than 200 scientists from industry, government bodies, and academia with in-depth theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in contemporary NAMs applicable to the safety assessment of cosmetics.

The conference attracted global attention from industry and academia interested in the practical application of NAMs. Sessions covered risk assessment for eye irritation and skin sensitization of cosmetics and concluded with a demonstration of OECD test guideline methods for skin irritation.

Dr. Andrew Rowan, chief scientific officer at The Humane Society of the United States, kicked off the meeting with a keynote lecture describing a vision of a new paradigm for medical research based on expansion of  human-relevant approaches. Dr. Rowan was later interviewed by shangzhibo tv and expressed enthusiasm for China’s potential role in the further development and promotion of the new approach methodologies, concluding that China could become a “world beater” in alternative methods.

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OECD Calls for assays for Non-Genotoxic Carcinogens

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is looking for assays that could be used within the context of an Integrated Approach to Testing and Assessment to assess a chemicals potential for non-genotoxic carcinogenicity assessment. If you have or are developing such an assay, please let OECD know about it before June 15, 2018.

Please see the explanatory note and Excel assay collection template for reporting information about the assays to OECD.

Send all information to Nathalie.delrue@oecd.org by Friday 15 June 2018.

 

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Our new video is live – the third in our Pathways to a Better Future series!

We are excited to share our latest video with you! Human-Based Biological Pathways: Where does the information come from? is the third video in Pathways to a Better Future, a video series about new uses of science to avoid animal testing of chemicals and better protect ourselves and our environment. View the complete series of videos on our website or our YouTube channel.

 

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