Invitation to NCAC SOT Symposium – October 25, 2018

Dear CSW Member,

Please register for NCAC SOT’s October 25, 2018 Symposium that is dedicated to predictive toxicology in the public and private sector!  The Symposium is free, and is open for non-SOT members.  Speakers are leaders in the field of predictive toxicology.  Please join us for an exciting day to keep pace with advances in toxicology.  Our agenda is shown below, along with links to registration.  Please feel free to forward to non-SOT members—registration is free, and open for all.

NCAC-SOT Fall 2018 Symposium
The Intersection of Predictive Toxicology Roadmaps – Tox21, FDA’s Predictive Tox Roadmap, and ToxCast

Time: October 25, 2018, Thursday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: Lister Hill Auditorium, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD

Registration: Online registration for in-person attendance (SOT member and non-members!).

If you would like to listen remotely, please register here to receive dial-in information. (Please use this link whether you are an SOT member or non-member!)


Advances in predictive toxicology methods and technologies is currently a shared effort among different federal agencies, organizations, and industries.  The Toxicology in the 21st Century (Tox21) program is a federal collaboration among the EPA, FDA and NIH to develop new and efficient predictive toxicity methods for the assessment of commercial chemicals, pesticides, food additives and contaminants, and prescription drugs.  Federal agency efforts include the FDA’s implementation of a Predictive Toxicology Roadmap for integrating emerging predictive toxicology methods into regulatory safety and risk assessments and the EPA’s development of ToxCast, which uses high-throughput screening methods and computational toxicology approaches to screen, evaluate and prioritize chemicals.  Predictive toxicology innovations in the Tox21 program are also contributed by new methods and technologies developed by industries for consumer products, chemicals and drugs.  This day-long symposium seeks to provide an overview of how the goals and strategies of Tox21, FDA’s Predictive Toxicology Roadmap, and ToxCast intersect and how partnerships between federal agencies, industries, and stakeholders can advance the progress of predictive toxicology methods and technologies.


Time  Topic / Speaker
8:30 – 9:00 Arrival/Registration
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome/Introduction

NCAC Board Member

9:15 – 9:45 Predictive Toxicology for Regulatory Decisions: Implementing New Approaches at FDA

Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Senior Advisor for Toxicology, Senior Science Advisory Staff, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

9:45 – 10:15 Application of Machine Learning Cheminformatics to the Design of Green(er) Chemicals

Craig Rowlands, Underwriters Laboratories

10:15 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:15 Using the 3Rs Principle and Technology to Navigate the Predictive Toxicology Roadmap

Norman C. Peterson, Director, Veterinary Sciences, MedImmune

11:15-11:30 Questions
11:30 – 1:15 Lunch

Mentoring Lunch for Students

Participants in the mentoring luncheon will meet at the lobby area to receive boxed lunches and to join the activity.

General audience: Lunch on your own.

Cafeteria is on the floor below LHC auditorium

1:15 – 1:45 Examples of the Value of Partnering with the US FDA in Toxicology

Paul Brown, ODE Associate Director for Pharmacology and Toxicology, Office of New Drugs Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA)

1:45 – 2:15 Integrating Alternative Methods for Safety Assessment at FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health

Peter Goering, Deputy Director, Division of Biology, Chemistry and Material Sciences, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA)

2:15 – 2:30 Questions
2:30 – 3:00 Break
3:15 – 3:45 Modernizing Predictive Toxicology for Regulatory Decisions: Influx of Modern Non-animal Testing Technologies and Strategies

Gertrude-Emilia Costin, Senior Toxicologist, Study Director, Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc.

3:45 – 4:15 Title pending

Reeder Sams, Deputy Director (Acting), National Center for Computational Toxicology,
Office of Research and Development, US EPA

4:15 – 4:30 Panel Questions/Discussion and Closing Remarks

NCAC Board Member



Margaret H. Whittaker, PhD, MPH, CBiol, FRSB, ERT, DABT
NCAC President