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  2. Mar 1, 2024

The Physicians Committee presents nonanimal methods at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology, March 9-14


The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s scientists and policy experts will attend the largest gathering of toxicologists at this year’s Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting.

Members of the Physicians Committee team, along with researchers, academics, regulatory and industry representatives, willmeet to discuss the latest innovations and contributions of the field. Physicians Committee staff will present, network, and facilitate discussions on human-specific nonanimal approaches.   

(*All times are in Mountain time)

Sunday, March 10

Continuing Education Course (AM05): Nix the Six: Strategies for Implementing Nonanimal Acute Toxicity Testing

The Physician Committee’s staff are chairing a continuing education session on replacing animal use in the acute toxicity “six-pack.” This session will train dozens of scientists and regulators on nonanimal approaches to this traditionally animal-heavy collection of tests.

  • Chairs: Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD, and Elizabeth Baker, Esq
  • When: 8:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Where: Room 250 A‚ Salt Palace Convention Center

Monday, March 11

Poster Session: Educating Future Toxicologists and Communicating with the Public

Dr. Slankster-Schmierer will present on the benefits and accomplishments of the Physician Committee’s free training program, NAM Use for Regulatory Application (NURA).

  • Poster #P376: NURA program provides free continuing education on human-based toxicological approaches
  • Authors: Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD, Allison Martin, MSc, Elizabeth Baker, Esq
  • When: 2:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • Where: ToxExpo‚ Exhibit Hall C‚ Salt Palace Convention Center

Tuesday, March 12

Session: Navigating Career Transitions and Acclimation: The Art of a Scientific Career

In this career panel session, Dr. Slankster-Schmierer will offer her perspective on the benefits of working for a nonprofit organization. She will be among other speakers representing industry, academia, and government sectors.

  • Presentation: Alternative Careers in Toxicology: Scientific Advocacy
  • Speaker: Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD
  • When: 3:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
  • Where: Room 251 D‚ Salt Palace Convention Center

Wednesday, March 13

Ancillary Event: International Council on Animal Protections in the OECD Annual Breakfast

The Physicians Committee acts as the secretariat of the International Council on Animal Protections within the OECD (ICAPO). This meeting provides a rare opportunity to bring many members of this international group together to strategize face to face.

  • Hosts: Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD, Elizabeth Baker, Esq
  • When: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
  • Where: This is a private event for current ICAPO members.

Thursday, March 14

Poster Session: Late-Breaking 1

Physician Committee policy expert, Elizabeth Baker, Esq, collaborates with a team at RTI International to facilitate the use of nonanimal methods in acute oral toxicity assessment.

  • Poster #P121: Using Information From New Approach Methods to Avoid Acute Oral Toxicity Testing in Animals
  • Co-author: Elizabeth Baker, Esq
  • When: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Hall E‚ Salt Palace Convention Center

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