6th Annual ASCCT Meeting

September 21-22, 2017

Institute for In Vitro Sciences
30 West Watkins Mill Road
Gaithersburg, MD

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Plenary session, Day 1
Topic: Alternatives to acute systemic toxicity
Speakers: Anna Lowit, US EPA OPP & Dan Wilson, Dow Chemical Company

Plenary session, Day 2
Topic: Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA) implementation
Speaker: Louis “Gino” Scarano, US EPA OPPT

The oral presentation abstract deadline has passed. We are still accepting poster abstracts until September 1.

In recent months a particular focus has been paid to replacing in vivo tests for acute systemic toxicity endpoints, and the first session of this meeting will focus on these efforts, with plenary speakers providing an overview of multi-stakeholder working group efforts to advance science and policy to make progress. Submitted abstracts relevant to methods or approaches for acute systemic toxicity will be considered for oral presentations for this Thursday morning session.

Under the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA), the EPA is tasked with creating a strategic plan for developing and implementing methods which reduce and replace vertebrate animal testing. The meeting’s Friday morning session will provide a forum for discussion amongst the stakeholder community and with EPA. After Dr. Scarano’s presentation, ample time will be allowed for an active exchange of views.

In this session, the program committee also wishes to highlight in vitro or computational toxicology methods or approaches which may provide information on the medium- or long-term systemic toxicity of industrial chemicals, and may include endpoints such as repeated-dose inhalation toxicity, carcinogenesis, toxicokinetics, and reproductive or developmental toxicity. Such methods and approaches will be needed to allow the assessment of thousands of new and existing chemicals and significantly reduce and replace vertebrate animal tests under the LCSA, and abstracts focusing on these topics will be considered for talks in this Friday morning session.

Abstracts presenting work on any other topics related to in vitro and computational toxicology are also welcome.

As in past years, the meeting will also include a poster session, mentoring and networking opportunities, and a reception and awards ceremony. 


Abstracts are requested on all topics related to cellular and computational toxicology. 

To submit your abstract, please email it to ksullivan@pcrm.org with the subject line “ASCCT abstract”. Abstracts should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents according to this template and no more than 250 words. Submitting author’s email address must be included in the abstract.

Key dates:

  • Author notification: August 1
  • Award deadline: September 18

As in previous years, the ASCCT will offer the Edward Carney Award for Predictive Toxicology and the Tox21 Student Award for the best presentations; entries in the form of full poster or slide presentations must be received by September 18th and should be sent to Kristie Sullivan. Winners of each award will receive a $500 prize.

A mentoring event will be held during the meeting to provide young and career scientists in computational and in vitro toxicology the opportunity to network and engage with each other. If you are interested in being involved, please indicate your interest when you register.

Sponsorship and partnering opportunities available; please contact Ellen Berg for more information.