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Thursday, November 16, 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Title: New Concepts in Toxicology & Tools to Use Now with Kristie Sullivan, MPH


This workshop seminar will provide an overview of tools and approaches for chemical assessment that are currently being used, and how future approaches may be used to make regulatory decisions, including setting safe levels of exposure. In the 2nd hour, participants will gain hands-on experience with the OECD QSAR Toolbox and the Adverse Outcome Pathway Wiki.


Traditionally, toxicologists and occupational and environmental health professionals have relied upon in vivo animal tests to assess the potential hazards of new and existing chemicals. The recognition of a number of critical limitations inherent in these tests has led to calls for replacing in vivo tests with newer approaches that in many cases could be more human-relevant, faster, less expensive, and more comprehensive than in vivo methods. There have also been incredible advances in computational ability and biotechnology such that our ability to use human cell and tissue models and computational predictive approaches to make regulatory decisions is fast becoming a reality.


US regulatory agencies have stated intentions to replace specific animal tests with new methods and approaches. Internationally, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has collaborated with regulatory agencies and stakeholders throughout the world to create publicly-available tools and knowledge collection frameworks, such as the OECD QSAR Toolbox and the Adverse Outcome Pathway Wiki, to advance a human-relevant chemical testing paradigm.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify drivers for the changing toxicology paradigm;
  • Discuss how the future of chemical hazard assessment might look;
  • Describe progress being made in the development and use of computational and in vitro tools and approaches;
  • Use key computational tools and databases to gather more information about chemical risks without additional experimental data.



The intended audience are occupational and environmental health professionals, toxicologists, or researchers with an interest in or need for tools to assess potential chemical hazards, or an interest in learning more about how toxicology is changing to incorporate more advanced methods.




12:30 PM                       Check-in & Registration

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM:       Presentation

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM:       Break

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM:       Workshop



ABIH - ABIH® Diplomates can earn up to 2.5 of contact hours for this event.

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Certified Safety Professionals may be eligible to earn up to 2 contact hours, or .2 Continuance of Certification points by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Visit for more information.


Registered Environmental Health Specialists: 2.5 contact hours, REHS. COEH is an REHS Continuing Education Accrediting Agency approved by the California Department of Public Health.



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