RSPCA Scientific Seminar 2014

RSPCA Scientific Seminar 2014

RSPCA Public Lecture 2014:

Safe drugs and products without animal testing?

Every year, about $3 billion is spent worldwide on animal tests to ensure the safety of consumer products—including drugs, chemicals, food, and cosmetics. While pesticides and drugs are extensively tested, food additives are mostly not, and the testing of cosmetics is even banned in some parts of the world. But what are these animal tests worth when a common, relatively safe drug like aspirin fails most of them? Over the last two decades a biotech revolution has taken place. Exciting technical advances underlie the next generation of safety tests. The 2014 public lecture series will challenge our basic assumptions of toxicity testing and explore how we can promote the uptake of non-animal methods.

Tuesday 18 February 1.00–3.00pm
Kim Beazley Lecture TheatreLevel 1, Lecture Theatres BuildingMurdoch University
South Street, Murdoch, Perth

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About the speaker:

thomas hartung

Thomas Hartung, Chair for Evidence-based Toxicology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, Baltimore, USA

Thomas Hartung has devoted his career to promoting a paradigm shift in toxicity testing to improve public health, via a strong evidence base. As the previous Director of the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods of the European Commission (2002-2008), Thomas was involved in the implementation of the European REACH legislation and the ban on animal testing for cosmetics. Through this EU leadership, and as the current Director of the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, he assumed a key role in promoting the 2007 NRC vision document "Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century – a vision and a strategy" and the success in the translation of concepts for evidence-based medicine to toxicology. This aims for systematic assessment of the quality of all tools for regulatory toxicology, and the development of new approaches based on annotated pathways of toxicity.

To the field of animal alternatives for experimentation and testing, Thomas brings a broad background in clinical and experimental pharmacology and toxicology, documented in more than 350 publications. Thomas has been the recipient of many awards including the 2009 Russell & Burch award of the Humane Society of the US, the 2010 Agilent Thought Leader award, and the 2006 US Society of Toxicology Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award.

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