9th Annual Meeting of the ASCCT + Training
The 9th Annual ASCCT meeting was held online 20-23 October 2020, using Zoom for lectures and Remo for poster presentations. With over 175 attendees, it was the largest meeting the Society has hosted to date, with people from all over the world!
Attendees learned from and interacted with researchers, regulators, and students through 15 oral presentations, 17 flash poster presentations, and over 50 e-poster presentations. Networking and mentoring sessions and a closing virtual all-attendee panel discussion rounded out the program.
The conference theme addressed the US EPA goal to eliminate reliance on mammalian tests to make regulatory decisions by 2035, and the various considerations—science and policy—related to meeting this goal.
Additionally, lectures and hands-on training on the EPA Chemistry Dashboard tools was offered Friday, October 23, 2020, in a joint EPA and NURA Training session.
Plenary speakers included:
- Tara Barton-McLaren, Health Canada
- Tala Henry, US EPA
- Sue Marty, Dow Chemical
- Adrian Roth, Roche
Many thanks to the organizing committee, ASCCT Board of Directors, presenters, chairs, attendees, and technology support for making the meeting possible. Please contact Secretary Kristie Sullivan to get involved in planning the 2021 meeting, which will be the 10th annual!
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The ASCCT offers two awards during its meeting. These are both awarded as $500 cash prizes based on excellent poster or oral presentations.
The Ed Carney Predictive Toxicology Award recognizes the first author of an outstanding poster or platform presentation that will advance predictive toxicology, and is named after Dr. Ed Carney, a member and supporter of the ASCCT and a leader in the predictive toxicology field. The 2020 winner was Eva C.M. Vitucci from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to for her presentation "Identifying the Molecular Mechanisms of Air Pollution-Induced Thrombosis".
The Ray Tice Tox21 Student Award is presented to recognize the best student presentation during the meeting and was established with a generous donation from Dr. Ray Tice, a leader in implementing and setting the stage for Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century. The 2020 winner was Ms. Sherri Bloch from Université de Montréal for her presentation "Using in Vitro Data to Derive Acceptable Exposure Levels: A Case Study on PBDE Developmental Neurotoxicity”. Stay tuned for a webinar featuring these outstanding presenters January 14th, 2021.
We are also excited to report that the Alternatives Research and Development Fund presented its bi-annual William and Eleanor Cave Award to recognize achievements in developing and implementing alternatives to the traditional use of animals in testing, research or education, and carried a $10,000 prize. The recipient of this year’s award was Dr. Suzanne Fitzpatrick from the US Food and Drug Administration for her significant and well-established career contributions to Tox21 and alternative approaches.
William and Eleanor Cave were devoted officers of The American Anti-Vivisection Society for decades. They recognized the opportunities in developing new technologies and alternative methods to address the problems of animal experimentation. They dedicated resources to fund research, eventually resulting in the establishment of the Alternatives Research & Development Foundation.
Thank you to the meeting sponsors, whose support made it possible for the Society to offer multiple platforms for lectures and posters.