Summer School for Innovative Science is specifically tailored for students and early-career scientists interested in or working with non-animal approaches and their application in various fields such as regulatory toxicology and biomedical research. All attendees will participate in plenary, joint interactive, and poster sessions throughout the week. For instructional sessions, attendees can choose from two tracks: toxicology and biomedical research.

Download the draft program of the Summer School.

This program will offer:

  • Information about modern alternatives to the use of animals in toxicology and biomedical sciences
  • Diverse presentations, panel discussion, and break-out sessions with stakeholders in industry, academia, and government
  • Opportunities to present innovative research at poster sessions
  • Networking receptions and social engagement
  • Skill development including research funding, search strategies, and science communication
  • Laboratory visits with principal investigators utilizing cutting-edge technologies

Presentation topics include:

  • Organ-on-chip and their applications
  • Biomaterial & 3D printing approaches for engineering tissue
  • Tissue chips for disease modeling and efficacy testing
  • Cardiovascular bioinformatics and modeling
  • Mini-brain technology
  • Computational toxicology
  • In vitro assays for contract toxicology
  • Human-based models for developmental neurotoxicity
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Using NAMs for repeat dose assessment
  • And much more!

Confirmed Speakers & Participants:

  • Luciene Balottin, InMetro
  • Kambez Benam, University of Colorado
  • Gundula Bosch, Johns Hopkins University
  • Tal Burt, Phase-0/Microdosing Network
  • Warren Casey, NICEATM, National Institutes of Health
  • Charu Chandrasekera, Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods
  • Lowry Curley, Axosim
  • Maureen Gwinn, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Thomas Hartung, CAAT Johns Hopkins University
  • Esther Haugabrooks, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
  • Kathrin Herrmann, CAAT Johns Hopkins University
  • Helena Hogberg, CAAT Johns Hopkins University
  • Nicole Kleinstreuer, NICEATM, National Institutes of Health
  • Ann Lam, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
  • Thomas Leuchtefeld, InSilica
  • Talita Marin, LNBio/CNPEM
  • Gavin Maxwell, Unilever
  • Denise-Marie Ordway, Harvard University Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
  • Francesca Pistollato, European Commission Joint Research Centre
  • Hans Raabe, Institute for In Vitro Sciences
  • Seila Selimovic, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Martin Stephens, CAAT Johns Hopkins University
  • Kristie Sullivan, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
  • Misti Ushio, TARA Biosystems
  • Rob Wright, Johns Hopkins University