The mission of the Animal Alternatives in Environmental Science Interest Group is as follows:
discussion of key technical challenges for the future of the 3Rs
(reduction, refinement, and replacement of animal tests) in
- Understand the state of the science in animal alternatives with respect to acute and chronic testing
- Understand the landscape for future animal alternative needs
- Develop the basis for collaborative progress by all stakeholders
- Consider how animal alternatives in environmental science will impact risk assessment
We hope to see many of you at SETAC North America in Sacramento. The AAES IG will meet during the Annual North America Meeting and we are having a Special Reception on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Hyatt Ballroom F). Come join us for appetizers and have a drink with your animal alternatives colleagues while you learn about recent developments in the field of animal alternatives in environmental risk assessment.
- With this meeting, the HESI EnvironTox Database and EcoTTC tools that have been developed by HESI will be released. Come learn about a recent multi-sector, global initiative on the ecological threshold of toxicological concern for the (EcoTTC) and take a look at the database and tools which include the PNEC calculation, Chemical toxicity distribution (CTD), and EcoTTC distribution.
- Learn about the outcome of the co-sponsored Focus Topic Meeting on “High-Throughput Screening and Environmental Risk Assessment: State of the Science and Emerging Applications”.
- Plans for the ICCVAM animal alternatives initiative.
Steering Committee Members have drafted a "Technical Information Paper (TIP) which has been sent for review. The title of the TIP is 'draft Animal Alternatives for Aquatic Vertebrate Toxicity Testing"
The AAES Interest Group co-sponsored the Focused Topic Meeting: High-Throughput Screening and Environmental Risk Assessment: State of the Science and Emerging Applications held in April 2018, Durham, North Carolina. For more information see: https://hts.setac.org/
Several members of the IG collaborated over a very useful focus article that was published in ET&C on animal alternatives that may be of interest. The article is: “Alternative approaches to vertebrate ecotoxicity tests in the 21st century: A review of developments over the last 2 decades and current status “ (DOI: 10.1002/etc.3603).
Steering Team Members
Adam Lillicrap (Europe non-profit
Teresa Norberg-King (US government sector)
Josh Butler (US business sector)
Natalie Burden (UK
Scott Belanger (US business
Michelle Embry (US NGO
Marlies Halder (Europe
Bob Hoke (US business sector)
Sarah Hughes (US business sector)
Lucy Lee (Canada academia sector)
Marc Léonard (Europe business sector)
Barnett Rattner (US government
Kristin Schirmer (Europe academic
Marta Sobanska (Europe
Meeting Poster of the AAES from 2018