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Remembering the life and work of Professor Iain Purchase

Professor Iain Francis Harvey Purchase (1937-2016)

It is with sadness that we report that Professor Iain Purchase passed away on Wednesday June 8th.
Iain was an eminent toxicologist, scientist and ethicist, but also an accomplished manager, an inspiring leader, and a man of great charm and huge personal and professional integrity. All of those who had the good fortune to work for or with Iain will have benefited from the experience.

There is no doubt that Iain did as much as anyone, and much more than most, in promoting the science and application of toxicology. He was also an early and passionate advocate of animal welfare and for the responsible use of animals in research, and was instrumental in the development of in vitro toxicology. His legacy is substantial and lasting.

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The European Registered Toxicologist (ERT): current status and prospects for advancement

Over the last few years the EUROTOX sub-committees for registration and education have discussed with representatives of national toxicology societies and registers in a series of five workshops how to achieve further harmonisation of requirements and procedures between national registering bodies as a prerequisite for official recognition of the ERT title as a standard.

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EUROTOX's view regarding the current situation of academic toxicology in Europe.

Academic Toxicology in Europe
 
EUROTOX is deeply concerned about the current situation in academia and how it will impact on the future of toxicology in Europe.  Departments of Toxicology in universities are shrinking or disappearing.  Toxicology as an academic discipline is essential to protect the health of consumers, workers and the environment.  Strengthening toxicology in academic institutions is a basic requirement for scientific innovation and for the education and development of young scientists. 

The Executive Committee of EUROTOX would like to bring to your attention our recently published position paper highlighting the challenging issues facing academic toxicology in Europe.

For full paper see http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378427416300893

 

ESTIV 2016 tackles "In Vitro Toxicology for Human Safety Assessment”

ESTIV, the French Society of Toxicology (SFT), and the Cell Pharmacology-Toxicology Society (SPTC) organises the 19th International Congress on In Vitro Toxicology ESTIV2016, in Juan-les-Pins, France, 17-20 October 2016. 

The ESTIV2016 congress will be a four-day event, with specific emphasis on how new technologies can strengthen the interpretation and application of in vitro methods in risk assessment. 
http://www.estiv.org

 

Better late than never

Late breaking abstracts to the 2016 Seville congress can be submitted until August 8th, 2016. It's never too late to join us in Seville!

 

 

8th International Conference on Children's Health and the Environment

The International Network on children’s Health, Environment and Safety (INCHES) and  the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA) and Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) are pleased to invite you to the 8th INCHES Conference.
The 8th INCHES Conference will be held September 14-16, 2016 in the Parc de Recerca building on the coast of Barcelona, Spain.

For more information, register and submit an abstract, visit the congress website.

 

IUTOX-Mexico2016

EUROTOX is member of IUTOX and is pleased to announce the XIV International Congress of Toxicology (IUTOX-Mexico2016) taking place October 2-6, 2016 at the Convention Center in the beautiful city of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.

For more information, visit ict-mexico2016.org/

See you in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico!

 

Are you a rebel thinker? Do you have a good idea? Make it come alive!

EUROTOX supports the 2016 LRI Innovative Science Award

Supported by The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), in conjunction with the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), the Association of European Toxicologists and European Societies of Toxicology (EUROTOX), the International Society of Exposure Sciences (ISES) and Chemical Week, the 2016 LRI Award offers € 100.000 to support promising new research in the field of novel approaches to the characterisation of molecular initiating events, or other key events, in pathways of human and environmental toxicity.

The presentation of the three finalists and the selection of the winner will take place in Brussels on 6 June 2016.

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EARA RECOGNISES THE TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRIES IMPORTANT ROLE IN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

European Animal Research Association (EARA) is a not-for profit communications and advocacy organisation seeking to uphold the interests of biomedical research across Europe. The creation of EARA was prompted by the research community to better inform the European public on the continued need for, and benefit of, the humane use of animals in biomedical research.  Representing both public and private research organisations, the association facilitates collaboration between networks across the European scientific community in order to coordinate national efforts, and provide accurate and reliable information to the public and decision-makers regarding the importance of animal research.

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IUTOX celebrates 35th anniversary

IUTOX is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year traveling a long way from its formation by nine toxicology societies in Brussels on July 6, 1980 during the second International Congress of Toxicology (ICTII).  Today, IUTOX counts 63 members among its ranks experiencing  steady growth over the years from every corner of the globe. 

 

EUROTOX Fellowship programmes: Continued over next years

ert.pngThe established fellowship programmes for the attendance of comprehensive toxicology courses (ERT courses) and for the cross-border exchange of teachers will be available in 2016 and following years.

Note New Deadlines for application:

15 August 2015 for courses between 1 September and 31 December 2015
30 November 2015 for courses between 1 January and 30 June 2016
31 May 2016 for courses between 1 July and 31 December 2016

For further details see pages Education or ERT, in case of questions contact Prof. Martin Wilks

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AN APPEAL FOR THE INTEGRITY OF SCIENCE AND PUBLIC POLICY

Concerned by an escalation of misuses and misrepresentations of science in public policies and regulations, a number of scientists have signed AN APPEAL FOR THE INTEGRITY OF SCIENCE AND PUBLIC POLICY to governments and legislators around the world, asking for the statutory positioning of the scientific method as the evidentiary guideline in the formulation of policies and regulations.

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New Book: Problems of Toxicology

The Bulgarian Toxicological Society edited a book “Problems of Toxicology”. This  book includes reports which were  presented at the Fourth National Congress of Clinical Toxicology with International Participation and Annual Meeting of Bulgarian Toxicological Society, held in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 7 to 8 November, 2013.

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New ERT Guidelines for Registration 2012

New: The European Registered Toxicologist (ERT) Guidelines for Registration 2012

The ERT Guidelines for Registration 2012 replace the earlier Guidelines of 2011 and the "Expectations of a European Registered Toxicologist".

 

The ERT System: Present Position and Objectives

During the EUROTOX 2011 Paris Congress on August 29, 2011, a Workshop on “THE EUROTOX REGISTRATION/ERT SYSTEM: PRESENT POSITION AND OBJECTIVES” was held.

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EUROTOX ITCASS group on LinkedIn

ImmunoToxicology and Chemical Allergy Specialty Section on LinkedIn
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The European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods

(ECVAM), part of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and hosted by the Institute of Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) is currently setting up the ECVAM Stakeholder Forum (ESTAF), bringing together ECVAM’s non-governmental stakeholders.

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Fellowships for Scientists in the Developing World

The International Programme for Higher Education and Research (IPHER) provides over 280 fellowships annually to scientists in developing countries such as Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, Mexico and Pakistan. 

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Harmonisation of toxicology issues between developed and developing countries, South Africa 2009

  • Short report by John Fowler
  • Health and Environment Problems Facing Africa
    by Orish Ebere Orisakwe (ERT UK) (based in Nigeria)
  • Problems Facing Toxicologists in Europe, Asia and Pacific Rim
    by Mumtaz Iscan (ERT Turkey)
  • Shortages in people and expertise, opportunities for Risk Assessment training and experience in developing countries
    by Jyrki Liesivuori (ERT Finland)
  • European guidelines for educational expectations, necessary  experience and curriculum vitae: registration of toxicologists in the European Register (ERT)
    by John Fowler (ERT UK)
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