PCRM Toxicologists Present Work at World Congress in Tokyo
In education, the “3 Rs” are writing, reading, and arithmetic. But at the Sixth World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, held this August in Tokyo, the “3 Rs” were refinement, reduction, and replacement of animals in science. PCRM toxicologists Chad Sandusky, Ph.D., and Kristie Stoick, M.P.H., were on hand to present their work on behalf of animals in laboratories.
In his symposium presentation “Current and Future Technologies: Pushing the Boundaries of the 3R’s Toward Replacement,” 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. This special event was attended by many of the Congress attendees and local citizens.
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 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.
PCRM is looking forward to the seventh World Congress, which will be held in 2009. Not only will PCRM’s team of scientists be able to share its continuing work with other scientists, but they plan to play a part in shaping the conference dialog in order to focus on the most important “R”—replacement.