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The ESNATS consortium publishes its Briefing Paper

Entitled “The novel FP7 ESNATS test systems of developmental toxicity: state-of-the art and future perspectives”, the briefing paper combines the ESNATS project major achievements and perspectives. 


 Following the drama of the poisoning of 23 Indian schoolchildren on July 16th 2013 due to contaminated school lunch, the ESNATS consortium will shortly publish an editorial. See more information in the press release.

The editorial explains how the pluripotent stem cell-based toxicity tests developed by the ESNATS consortium may become powerful tools in demonstrating the toxicity and understanding the impact of pesticides on human health.
Entitled "Monocrotophos in Gandaman village: the India school lunch deaths and need for improved toxicity testing", the editorial will be issued in The Archives of Toxicology, on line in mid-August and on paper in mid-September.



ESNATS conference together with EUSAAT 2013 congress

Linz 2013 18th European Congress on Alternatives to Animal Testing


The ESNATS Project will hold its conference withthe EUSAAT congress - The European Society for Alternatives to Animal Testing on 15-18 September 2013 in Linz, Austria.

The aim of this conference is to:

- Disseminate the major achievements of the project, highlight the biomarker study and the test battery;

- Discuss the perspectives for future work: how to use the ESNATS results in further research and the future of stem cells in toxicity testing.

Download conference programme


Joint diXa-ESNATS Training Course

27th - 28th August 2013 in Cologne





EUSAAT 2012 14th Annual Congress of EUSAAT

Linz 2012 17th European Congress on Alternatives to Animal Testing

The "Linz-Congress 2012" of EUSAAT - European Society for Alternatives to Animal Testing will be held from September 5th-8th 2012 and will take place at the University of Linz, Austria. For more information, click here.



WC8 - 8th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences

Montréal, Canada - August 21 - 25, 2011

The WC8 provides a forum that supports both the ethical use of animals and quality science. The goal of WC8 is to bridge the distance between science and policy and to identify opportunities for collaborations.
The program includes:
Theme I - Safety and Efficacy Testing of Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals and Biologicals
Theme II - Policy/Law on Animal Use, Public Engagement and Ethics Review
Theme III - Incorporation of the Three Rs in Education and Training
Theme IV - Animal Welfare for Refinement and High Quality Science Theme V - Replacement and Reduction in Basic Research

In view of this congress, Prof. Jürgen Hescheler, ESNATS Project Coordinator, has been invited for an oral presentation on Test Strategies.

For more information, please click here.


ESTIV 2010 16th International Congress on In Vitro Toxicology

EUSAAT 2010 13th Annual Congress of EUSAAT

LINZ 2010 16th Congress on Alternatives to Animal Testing

The "Linz-Congress 2010" of EUSAAT - European Society for Alternatives to Animal Testing, ESTIV - European Society of Toxicology in Vitro and zet - Austrian Centre for Alternative and Complementary Methods to Animal Testing will be held from September 2nd - 4th, 2010, and will take place at the University of Linz, Austria. Please find
here the call for papers of Linz 2010.
This congress consists of ESTIV 2010 - the 16th International Congress on In Vitro Toxicology EUSAAT 2010 - the 13th Annual Congress of EUSAAT (formerly known as MEGAT) and LINZ 2010 - the 16th Congress on Alternatives to Animal Testing.
Please note that for the submission of abstracts for lectures or poster-presentations the online submission form has to be used. Therefore please visit the congress homepage: http://www.eusaat.org/index.php/2010/submissionofabstracts.
A commercial exhibition will also take place. Companies, organizations etc. which are interested in presenting their products and services are invited to join the exhibition. For further details, please visit the congress homepage: http://www.eusaat.org/index.php/2010/exhibition


Cefic's Long-Range Research Initiative (LRI) would like to invite you to the 2010 ICCA-LRI & JRC Workshop co-organised by the International Council of Chemical Associations Long-Range Research Initiative (ICCA-LRI) in conjunction with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). The Workshop "Integrating New Advances in Exposure Science and Toxicity Testing: Next Steps" will focus on advanced approaches in the fields of exposure science and toxicity testing and their application to the design, evaluation and health risk management of chemicals.
The workshop is taking place on 16-17 June 2010 at the Grand Hotel Bristol in Stresa, Italy.Click here to view the workshop flyer and specific workshop themes. Registration is now open; to register please click here. Hotel reservations can be made at the Grand Hotel Bristol by visiting the Logistics page on the workshop website; please reserve your room by 17 May 2010 to receive a workshop room rate. A detailed programme will be posted soon at www.americanchemistry.com/LRI_Workshop.
For more information please contact the ICCA-LRI Workshop Coordinator at LRI_Workshop@icfi.com.

IVTIP Meeting, May 2010

The In Vitro Testing Industrial Platform (IVTIP) has the pleasure to invite you to the Spring Meeting on the 18thMay 2010, hosted by the IVTIP member company Epithelix (http://www.epithelix.com).
Realizing that integrated in vitro testing strategies (ITS) currently are used in several sectors for early decision-making during product discovery and development, IVTIP have organized a meeting with the theme: Integrated In Vitro Testing Strategies - Implementation Challenges.
Date: 18 May 2010, Place: Hotel Ramada Encore, CH-1227 Carouge-Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, please find the flyer and the agenda.


IVTIP Meeting, November 2009

The In Vitro Industrial Platform's (IVTIP) autumn meeting will take place in November, hosted by the Centre for Advanced Research & Development on Alternative Methods. The theme of the meeting was chosen to be 'Toxicology in the 21st Century'.
Date: 26 November 2009, Place: Antwerp, Belgium. For more information, please click here.

EPAA Conference, November 2009

The European Partnership for Alternative Aproaches to Animal Testing's
(EPAA) annual conference will be held in November. This year's conference theme is dedicated to Dissemination of 3Rs-related information.
Issues that will be addressed are:
The role that dissemination plays or should play in advancing research into 3Rs, sharing good practice, enhancing (international) regulatory acceptance and improving uptake of 3Rs techniques, Information needs and information gaps; The most efficient dissemination mechanisms.
Date: 6 November 2009, Place: Brussels, Charlemange building


The Dr Hadwen Trust is currently inviting new grant applications for research proposals to develop, validate or implement non-animal methods which contribute to the replacement of animal experiments in medical research. We have a total budget of £400,000 on offer for proposals directed at replacing the use of living animals in current procedures. For fuller details visit our webpage.

Seventh world congress on alternatives and animal use in the life science, Rome, Italy, 30 August to 3 September

The congress was given the motto "Calling on Science" in order to emphasize that scientific progress today goes hand in hand with progress towards the reduction, refinement and replacement of experimental animals (the 3-R's). For more information, please click here.

NESCI-ESNATS Public Conference on Stem cell-based Toxicology and Drug Screening in Newcastle - 22 April 2009

This conference provides an overview of the applications and recent advances of embryonic stem cell technology in the area of toxicology. To read the report from the event, please click here.

Workshop on Statistical aspects of in-vitro tox assays, 5 February 2009, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Joint workshop with the Predict-IV project to discuss statistical aspects of in vitro toxicity assays. To download the programme, please click here.

ESTIV congress, 25-28 September 2008, Stockholm, Sweden

Poster presentation or lecturer by De Kock Joery (VUB) on "Characterization and hepatic differentiation of skin-derived precursors from adult foreskin by sequential exposure to hepatogenic cytokines and growth factors reflecting liver development".

New Scientific impulses towards 3R Alternatives-methods to replace, reduce and refine animal use, September 18, 2008 , VUB, Brussels, BE

a) Lecture by Tamara Vanhaecke (VUB) on "Stabilisation of functional hepatocytes in culture by epigenetic modification(s)".
b) Lecture by Sarah Snykers (VUB) on ‘Production of functional hepatocytes by mimicking the liver embryogenesis in vivo: an innovative in vitro technology’.

ESNATS Kick-off meeting, 21-23 April 2008, Cologne, Germany

The ESNATS Kick-off meeting was held on 21 to 23 April in Cologne, Germany. It started with a public event, where an overview of the project was given by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hescheler, the coordinator of ESNATS. The overview was followed by plenary talks by ESNATS partners on three of the main research areas covered in ESNATS.
For more information about the public session, please read the article published by European Biotechnology Science and Industry News.
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