Non-Animal Methods to be Highlighted at World’s Largest Toxicology Conference

PETA Science Group to Receive, Give Awards at Society of Toxicology’s Annual Meeting

For Immediate Release:
March 24, 2022

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

San DiegoPETA Science Consortium International e.V. will be honored at next week’s Society of Toxicology (SOT) 61st Annual Meeting. The meeting is the largest toxicology event anywhere in the world, drawing thousands of attendees annually.

Dr. Amy Clippinger, president of the Science Consortium, will be handed the SOT’s 2022 Society of Toxicology Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award for her contributions to advancing non-animal approaches to toxicology testing. Papers coauthored by PETA scientists on human-relevant approaches to assessing whether chemicals cause cancer or irritate human eyes will receive Best Paper awards from SOT specialty sections.

London Harper, an undergraduate student at North Carolina Central University, will receive the Student Award for Travel and Mentorship in Non-Animal Toxicology from the Science Consortium. The award was established to support the education and training of students attending a historically Black college or university who are interested in non-animal approaches to toxicology testing.

“Modernizing science is a hallmark of our work, and that includes promoting diversity and equity in the field,” says Clippinger. “We are pleased to provide London with the opportunity to deepen her knowledge of non-animal research methods at SOT.”

PETA scientists will engage in a host of other activities at SOT this year, including helming sessions on non-animal approaches for assessing nanotoxicity—which refers to the testing of materials that can be 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of human hair—and modern approaches to test chemicals for their ecological effects. Consortium scientists will also present posters on how human cell–based three-dimensional models and donated human lungs can replace the use of animals to test the effects of inhaled chemicals.

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