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Environmental Factor, June 2012

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Upcoming workshop on informed risk assessment

By Eddy Ball

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An innovative interagency program continues its 2012 workshop series with an exploration of “Systems Biology — Informed Risk Assessment" June 14-15 in Washington, D.C.

The workshop, which is part of the National Academies’ Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions series, is free and open to the public. Registrations are now being accepted for attendees and webcast registration will soon be available.

Emerging considerations in risk assessment

The workshop will focus on changes in the risk assessment landscape driven largely by phenomenal advances in molecular and systems biology, recent reports from the National Research Council, and volumes of new test data arising from the Tox21 and European Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemical substances (REACH) programs.

These drivers are prompting scientists to look anew at current efforts to advance risk assessment through systems biology data and ask how it can augment, extend, or replace traditional data. The goal for this meeting is to consider these emerging sciences in systems biology as tools to inform risk assessment and decision-making and to identify what key issues must be addressed.

Sponsored by NIEHS, the program holds three workshops per year on the use of new discoveries, tools, and approaches for guiding environmental health decisions. The workshops provide a public venue for communication among government, industry, environmental groups, and the academic community.

The June workshop is the eleventh in the series, which began in July 2009 with a workshop on "Use of Emerging Science and Technologies to Explore Epigenetic Mechanisms Underlying the Developmental Basis for Disease." Past presentations are archived online, and videos are available for several recent workshops.

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