From 2018-2020, PETA Science Consortium International e.V. sent early-career researchers to the prestigious Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) Practical Methods for In Vitro Toxicology Workshop. Each year, the four-day workshop took place in Gaithersburg, Maryland, US, and included informative lectures by experts in the field of in vitro toxicology as well as hands-on laboratory experience in applying in vitro methods. Attendees explored numerous toxicological endpoints, such as skin and eye irritation and corrosion, skin sensitisation, phototoxicity, and cytotoxicity.
In the event that the IIVS resumes its annual workshop, we look forward to providing additional travel grants.
Congratulations to our past winners!
Dr Aline Chary is an engineer in cellular biology with the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology. She 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.
Dr Baylor Steele is a toxicologist with the US Environmental Protection Agency. By participating in the workshop, he received 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.
Dr María Laura Gutiérrez is a researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr Gutiérrez and a team of scientists are working to advance the development and implementation of non-animal methods to test cosmetics, pesticides, and household products. Dr. Gutiérrez’s goal is to establish the first laboratory in Argentina dedicated to the promotion of non-animal test methods.
Brett Winters is a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill toxicology doctoral student. Mr. Winters’ goal is to develop and optimise novel, human-relevant animal-free methods to test chemicals for toxicity. He is working to develop an animal-free inhalation model to assess the toxicity of difficult-to-test airborne substances, such as volatile and insoluble chemicals.