PCRM Toxicologists Present Work at World Congress in Tokyo
PCRM toxicologists Chad Sandusky, Ph.D., and Kristie Stoick, M.P.H., presented their work on behalf of laboratory animals at the sixth World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, held August 21 to 25 in Tokyo.
In his symposium presentation, Dr. Sandusky pushed the audience to think beyond simply reducing and refining animal experiments and to focus on replacement—bringing non-animal methods in and taking animals out. Dr. Sandusky discussed exciting new technologies now in development, such as high-throughput cellular assays, microfluidics, and computer modeling, that will help replace animals in laboratories and that PCRM is working to promote.
Ms. Stoick was given a Young Scientist Award for her presentation entitled “Systemic Testing by the Dermal Route Can Be Precluded by New Non-animal Percutaneous Absorption Strategies.” Ms. Stoick’s presentation described new non-animal strategies for assessing the degree and the rate at which chemicals pass through the skin. Her presentation detailed how PCRM’s collaboration with Dow Chemical, as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s High Production Volume Program, used these strategies to avoid reproductive and developmental toxicity testing, sparing nearly 700 animals. Conference attendees were encouraged to practice this strategy in similar situations.
Dr. Sandusky and Ms. Stoick also attended several meetings with other scientists and policymakers at the Congress and held a planning meeting with members of the International Council for Animal Protection in OECD Programmes (ICAPO), of which PCRM is currently the Secretariat.