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Information Day on Progress in Alternative Methods in Toxicology and Biomedicine

July 8th, 2016
09:00 - 16:00
Konzil Konstanz
Konstanz, Germany

A think tank of the Doerenkamp-Zbinden Foundation and CAAT-Europe

Toxicology traditionally relies on the use of animals to derive information relevant for human well-being and safety. Today, human cell-based alternative methods have significantly advanced the testing process. Several animal tests have been substituted by animal-free methods for safety and quality testing. And increasingly, biomedical research uses more animal-free models alone or in combination with traditional animal tests.

The Doerenkamp-Zbinden Foundation (DZF), created in 1985 in Switzerland, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT), founded in 1981 in the US, are two of the most significant  forces  in  the  field  of  alternatives. The  DZF has  sponsored  chairs  for alternative methods in several countries. The chair at the University of Konstanz celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and will now be continued by the federal state of Baden-Würrtemberg after its excellent performance evaluation.

This anniversary symposium is being organized to take stock of the dramatic changes the field has undergone during these last ten years, and to demonstrate the work of DZF chairs in the US, India, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and Konstanz.

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09:00 - 09:10 
Welcome Address by Prof Thomas Hartung

09:10 - 09:50
Prof. emer. Albrecht Wendel, Tübingen, Germany
“3Rs: Facts and Fiction”

09:50 - 10:30
Prof emer. Franz P. Gruber, Küsnacht, Switzerland
“The Doerenkamp Chairs”

10:30 - 11:15: coffee break

11:15 - 12:00
Prof Marcel Leist, University of Konstanz, Germany
“From in vitro methods to animal replacement—and back again”

12:00- 13:15: lunch and coffee

13:15 - 13:45
Prof. emer. Bas Blaauboer, Utrecht, The Netherlands
“In Vitro and In Silico Models for Risk Assessment: model development and implementation”

13:45 - 14:15
Prof. emer. M.A. Akbarsha, Tiruchirappalli, India
“Educational and Scientific advancements in the alternatives scenario of India: Contribution from DZF-sponsored MGDC”

14:15- 14:45: coffee break

14:45 - 15:15
Prof. Pierre Cosson, Geneva, Switzerland
“Replace: from alternative model systems to in vitro antibodies”

15:15 - 16:00
Prof Thomas Hartung, Johns Hopkins University, USA
“21st century alternatives to animal testing”

Closing Remarks by Prof Marcel Leist

Presentations will be followed by a discussion to address questions from the audience


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