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News and Updates from CAAT

Johns Hopkins Ends the Use of Live Pigs in Surgical Training

CAAT was pleased to learn that the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has agreed to stop the use of live pigs for surgical training of medical students. CAAT initiated talks with the Department of Surgery several years ago regarding the pig surgery training. We held a series of meetings with members of the Department of Surgery faculty and staff, provided information on alternatives  and brought in experts for moderated discussion. While at that time, the faculty were not prepared to completely dispense with the pig surgery training, our discussions resulted in a 50% reduction in the number of pigs used and increased training of students prior to the instructional laboratories. We are pleased that the School of Medicine has now decided to eliminate the practice completely.

CAAT Courses on Tox21c and Evidence-based Toxicology included in Master of Science in Public Health 

2016 (MSPH) Track in Toxicity Testing and Human Health Risk Assessment of Environmental Agents

Regulatory agencies in both the United States and Europe are mobilizing to develop methods for incorporating traditional in vivo testing methodologies along with novel in vitro and in silico models to support human health risk assessments. Moreover, industry is now using this new paradigm to assess risk posed by newly developed chemicals.

Why is this so? Half of all products bought by consumers contain classes of chemicals regulated using toxicological assessments. Safety sciences is a multi-billion dollar industry on its own and represents a scientific field undergoing continuous adaptation to ensure the highest safety standards for consumers while allowing innovation. New products arising from novel nano-, bio- and other technologies are constantly challenging the way in which safety standards are set. Addressing these challenges requires specialists versed in traditional as well as innovative toxicity testing approaches. These individuals will be positioned to pursue positions in regulatory agencies and the industries they regulate.

The Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) Track in Toxicity Testing and Human Health Risk Assessment of Environmental Agentsis a professional degree program that provides individuals with the knowledge and tools needed to be at the forefront of this transition in human health risk assessment.

Click here for complete details, including funding details, part-time options, and admissions and degree requirements. There is still time to apply for fall 2016 admission. For additional information, please visit our website or contact us.

Best wishes from all of us,

The CAAT Team

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Upcoming Events

IVTIP Open Meeting
June 2, 2016
Barcelona, Spain

Kirkstall Workshop
June 2-3, 2016
Barcelona, Spain

17th International Conference on QSAR in Environmental and Health Sciences (QSAR 2016)
June 13-17, 2016
Miami Beach, Florida

CAAT Academy: Hepatotoxicity Testing Based on AOP 
June 23-24, 2016
Rennes, France

17th Annual Congress of EUSAAT/20th European Congress on Alternatives to Animal Testing
August 24-27, 2016
University of Linz, Austria

ESTIV 2016 Congress: In Vitro Toxicology for Human Safety Assessment
October 17-20, 2016
Juan-les-Pins, France

AALAS 67th Annual Meeting
October 30-November 3, 2016
Charlotte, NC

10th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences
August 20-24, 2017
Seattle, Washington

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