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Database for Systemic Toxicity Launched

Friday, 05 September 2014 19:55

The European Joint Research Centre (JRC) has launched a centralised compilation of data for systemic toxicity - the ToxBank Data Warehouse - for which public access is now available upon request.

This year’s World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences took place 24–28 August 2014 in Prague. More than 1,000 participants from 49 countries presented their research results on replacing, reducing and refining animal tests.

Unlike the annual European Congress on Alternatives to Animal Testing in Linz, Austria, which concentrates on replacement methods for animal experiments, the World Congress is thematically broader, also addressing new insights into reducing the numbers of animals used and refining animal test methods.

Round Table on Tox21

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 19:25

An interesting discussion on the implementation of the strategies from the report of the American National Academy of Science, “Toxicity in the 21st Century - A Vision and Strategy”, has been published to coincide with the appearance of the first edition of the journal “Applied In Vitro Toxicology”.

A team of physicians and scientists from the University Department of Neurology in Magdeburg, the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology in Magdeburg, the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in Magdeburg and the Clinic for Neurology at Hannover Medical School have gained insights important for understanding the disease. They studied two groups of ALS patients using structural MRI techniques.

The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) has launched a call to apply for the 2014 3Rs Science Prize. Interested young scientists may apply until 30th September 2014.

The OECD has just published a new test guideline that describes an integrated testing strategy for skin corrosion and irritation. The use of animals is only provided for in exceptional cases.

Scientists at the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute have come a step closer to developing a replacement therapy for the treatment of MS patients using patients’ own stem cells.

An international research team has discovered 83 previously unknown gene regions suspected to be associated with schizophrenia. The scientists examined genes from 36,989 patients and from 113,075 control subjects.

CAAT Europe seeks CEO

Thursday, 10 July 2014 11:08

The Center of Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT)-Europe is an academic research center and communication platform. Candidates that are highly motivated to strengthen the collaboration between the public, academia, the private sector, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders in the field of animal-free toxicity testing are invited to apply for the position.

With the help of patients’ material, researchers from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research in Tübingen have found out that people with a variant of the gene GBA1 bear an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease.