As the various online repositories of toxicological information accrue and high-throughput screening technology creates billions of data points as a matter of course, the problem of data analytics and interpretation looms large for toxicologists used to traditional toxicity studies.
The presenters during the 2018 “Reducing the Uncertainty of Read-Across Predictions by New Approach Methodologies: Application in Regulatory Human Risk Assessments” Session provided good reasons to abandon old risk assessment habits and embrace new approach methodologies (NAM).
The advent of air-liquid-interface (ALI) and the development of adverse outcome pathways (AOP) have led to key advances in inhalation and respiratory toxicology studies, but standardization of processes and results still needed to ensure accurate, consistent interpretation of findings.
The topic of uncertainty could easily be one of the most controversial yet relevant conversations in the field of toxicology currently. A 2018 Continuing Education course addressed not only known relevance of uncertainty in chemical risk assessment, but also barriers to acceptance of uncertainty.
Americans have only gotten bigger and fatter over time. At the “Adipocyte Toxicology and Obesogens” Scientific Session, toxicologists from all around the country came together to discuss a potential cause of obesity: chemicals in the environment.