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BelTox Annual Scientific Meeting on Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOP) in toxicology and ecotoxicology
This year, the theme of the annual scientific meeting of the Belgian Society for Toxicology and Ecotoxicology (BelTox) will be Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOP) in toxicology and ecotoxicology. Traditional toxicology testing whereby experimental animals are exposed to chemicals for different periods of time with observation of effects on clinical, behavioral and pathological endpoints may not be sufficient anymore to serve future scientific and regulatory needs. There is a need for a better understanding of mechanisms of toxicity in experimental animal species and their relevance to man. An adverse outcome pathway (AOP) is a conceptual framework based on existing knowledge that relates exposure to a toxic substance to subsequent molecular and cellular changes that result in illness or injury to an individual or a population. Once a (molecular or cellular) mechanism of an apical endpoint of toxicity is understood and a reliable screening method for this mechanism is developed, chemicals can be screened for this type of toxicity. It is the intention of this annual BelTox congress to bring their audience from Belgium and abroad up to speed with these new concepts in the safety assessment of chemicals. Also this year a young scientist competition will be organized which will consist of a contest for the best presentations and best posters.
The BelTox annual meeting will take place on December 9th, 2016 in the auditorium Montesquieu 1 at the campus of the Université Catolique de Louvain (UCL) at Louvain-la Neuve, Belgium. The registration fee is 50 € for Beltox members and 150 € for non-members and includes the meeting, presentations, handouts, lunch and coffee breaks.
You can find the draft programme on www.BelTox.be, where you can register online.
We are looking forward to welcoming you on December 9th.