Updates from the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT)
November 23, 2021

News and Updates from CAAT

Alternative approaches in Developmental Neurotoxicity - a farewell symposium for CAAT’s deputy director Helena Hogberg

Join us for a great discussion to discuss the status of DNT and honor Helena Hogberg for her 12 years working at the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing and moving further to NICEATM at NIEHS.
November 30, 2021
10 am - 1 pm EST

10 am Helena Hogberg – Open remarks
10:15 Alan Goldberg and Pamela Lein – DNT—How it all began
10:30  Lena Smirnova – DNT journey of CAAT research
10:45 Ellen Fritsche – Scientific validation of the neurosphere DNT test methods
11:00 Iris Mangas - The DNT program at EFSA: past, present and future.
11:15 Tim Shafer - DNT NAMs are already being used
11:30 Magda Sachana - OECD DNT project: seeing the light at the end of the tunnel
11:45 Marcel Leist - DNT Europe
12:00 Anna Price – Future of DNT testing: evaluation of effects induced by mixtures using NAMs
12:15 Mamta Behl - Beyond DNT:  A great colleague and a wonderful friend
12:30 Thomas Hartung – Director remarks
12:45 Helena Hogberg – Closing remarks

Register here.

Next Generation Humane Science Award:
Extended deadline! December 3rd 11:59 pm EST Completed Applications 

The Next Generation Humane Science Award is available annually to young scientists to acknowledge and encourage researchers who focus on replacing the use of animals in experiments. The 2021 award will be a prize of up to $5,000 to recognize the work of one young scientist; this may be shared among two or more young scientists. 
Please email completed application to

Qualification Criteria
The work must be focused on the replacement of animals used in experimentation. Excellence of research outcome as demonstrated by publications and presentations at scientific meetings. The review committee will also take into account:

  • The significance of the potential to replace animal experiments in the future.
  • Providing an inspiration to others (fellow students, members of the research group) and outreach to wider audiences.
  • The potential for the replacement methodologies to be used in a regulatory context.

2021 Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States working at a US-based institution.
  • The candidate should not have received a PhD or similar degree earlier than 2012.
  • Current and former employees (or their family members) of the Center of Alternatives to Animal Testing at Johns Hopkins University cannot apply.
Full Details and Application

Best Wishes,

The CAAT Team


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Upcoming Events

Alternative approaches in Developmental Neurotoxicity - a farewell symposium for CAAT’s deputy director Helena Hogberg
November 30, 2021
10 am - 1 pm EST

The principles of the 3Rs: Lessons Learned from History.
Talk by Anne van Veen, PhD, Radboud University

December 7, 2021
7 pm CET

MPS World Summit Virtual Conference
Systems Engineering of Microphysiological Systems
December 9, 2021

Altertox: Skin Sensitization
March 10-11, 2022
Hamburg, Germany

Altertox: Novel In vitro Methods and AOP Approaches in Genetic Toxicology
May 19-20, 2022
Oegstgeest, The Netherlands

Microphysiological Systems World Summit
May 30-June 3, 2022
New Orleans

June 13-14, 2022
Nice, France 

ICT 2022
September 18-22, 2022
Maastricht, The Netherlands

Altertox: In vitro Lung Models
November 3-4, 2022
Geneva, Switzerland

21st International Congress of the European Society of Toxicology In Vitro (ESTIV2020)
November 21-25, 2022

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