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ACS GCEC: Linking Chemical Design to Toxicity/Hazard/Alternatives Assessment
June 11, 2019 @ 9:45 am - 12:30 pm
Join Executive Director, Amy Cannon, along with partners Saskia van Bergen (WA State Dept of Ecology) and Dalila Kovacs (Grand Valley State University) at a session on Linking Chemical Design to Toxicity/Hazard/Alternatives Assessment at the ACS Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference in Reston, VA. Register for the conference.
Access the Conference Program here.
Toxicology concepts are essential in designing safe chemical products that have reduced hazards. There are many efforts to provide chemical designers with tools for understanding and predicting toxicity, while maintaining the function and efficacy for which the product was designed. Toxicology data enables scientists to better predict hazards at the molecular level, therefore avoiding the use and generation of hazardous chemicals. These tools and strategies are being developed and implemented in industry and academia.
Toxicology concepts and principles, including investigative or predictive methods, have traditionally been absent from the chemistry curriculum. As a result, professional chemists lack skills in designing chemical products with inherently reduced hazards. These knowledge and skill gaps are being addressed in educational programs both in industry and in academia with the goal of better preparing scientists to implement safer design strategies at the research stage of a product life-cycle.
This half day session will highlight systematic approaches toward addressing safety data gaps, understanding hazard and alternatives assessments, and predicting toxicological endpoints through molecular design, and will focus on education initiatives both in universities and within industry, via professional development programs.