PETA Science Consortium International e.V. is pleased to announce the winners of its third annual Early-Career Scientist Award, which provides travel funding and scholarships to attend the prestigious Institute for In Vitro Sciences Practical Methods for In Vitro Toxicology Workshop. Taking place in January 2020 in Gaithersburg, Maryland, US, the four-day workshop includes informative lectures by experts in the field of in vitro toxicology as well as hands-on laboratory experience in applying in vitro methods. Attendees will explore numerous toxicological endpoints, such as skin and eye irritation and corrosion, skin sensitisation, phototoxicity, and cytotoxicity.
One of our 2020 workshop winners is Dr Aline Chary, an engineer in cellular biology with the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology who is working to advance the development and implementation of in vitro methods for respiratory toxicology. She is also finding replacements for foetal bovine serum in cell culture applications.
Our other winner is Dr Baylor Steele, a toxicologist with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) whose professional goals align with the EPA’s recent decision to end toxicity tests on mammals by 2035. By participating in the workshop, he’ll receive training that will help his division, the Office of Pesticide Programs, advance the use of in vitro toxicity methods for testing pesticide products in place of animal tests.
Congratulations to the winners!
Interested in attending the 2021 workshop? Applications for the next Early-Career Scientist Award will reopen on this page in summer 2020.
Dr. María Laura Gutiérrez, a researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was the winner of the Consortium’s 2019 award to attend the workshop. Dr. Gutiérrez and a team of scientists were working to advance the development and implementation of non-animal methods to test cosmetics, pesticides, and household products. Dr. Gutiérrez’s goal was to establish the first laboratory in Argentina dedicated to the promotion of non-animal test methods.
Brett Winters, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill toxicology doctoral student, won the Consortium’s award to attend the 2018 workshop. Mr. Winters’ goal was to develop and optimize novel, human-relevant animal-free methods to test chemicals for toxicity. He was working to develop an animal-free inhalation model to assess the toxicity of difficult-to-test airborne substances, such as volatile and insoluble chemicals.