EFSA@EXPO: Chemical hazard assessment - new tools, new approaches

Novel tools and testing strategies are revolutionising the way that scientists investigate chemical effects. This session sets out some of the most up-to date advances in assessing hazards in this important field. Speakers include Thomas Hartung, Professor of Toxicology at John Hopkins University, USA, who will examine the frontiers of predictive toxicology and how novel approaches are beginning to replace or complement traditional animal testing. Horst Spielmann, of Freie Universitat, Berlin, is one of several who will continue this theme as he looks at alternative testing strategies. The contribution of computer simulations – or in silico models – in evaluating chemical effects will be covered by Emilio Benfenati, from Italy’s Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri. Raymond Tice, of the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), will discuss the Tox21 Program – a multiagency initiative to develop innovative approaches to characterise pathways of toxicity in chemical testing. The session “Novel chemical hazard characterisation approaches” takes place on 16 October 2015 from 09:00 to 13:00. Follow the session live on the EFSA EXPO webpage!