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2018 Pan-American Conference for Alternative Methods

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Pan-American Conference for Alternative Methods 2018
Date: August 23-24, 2018
Venue: Rua Ferreira Viana, 81 - Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, in front of Windsor Florida Hotel (Casarão)
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Starting in 2016 in Baltimore, now 2018 in Rio and planned for 2020 in Canada, the series Pan-American Conference for Alternative Methods brings South, Central, and North America together to further alternatives to animal testing and build collaboration for the exchange of scientific ideas.


  • Regular admission: $100
  • NGOs: $50
  • Government and Academic: $50
  • Student: $25 (must email student ID with registration)
  • Participants take care of their travel and lodging.
  • Travel grants will be available. See below.
  • There will be only 200 maximum slots for participants – first come, first served.
  • Sponsorships are used to make additional offers like a possible joint dinner to the participants and especially support travel of participants requiring financial support.
    • Diamond level: $5,000
    • Gold level: $3,000
    • Silver level: $1,500


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At this stage, we are recruiting the Scientific Committee and sponsors.

Sponsorship Opportunities:
You sponsorship will enable us to provide the optimal experience for all of our participants, including dinners, special events, and travel grants to participants requring financial support. To become a sponsor, please contact

Steering group:

  • Jose Mauro Granjeiro,Inmetro, (local host)
  • Vanessa Rocha, Natura Cosmetics (Brazil)
  • Thomas Hartung, Johns Hopkins CAAT
  • Charu Chandrasekera, University of Windsor, Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Method

Scientific committee:

  • Monica Andersen, CONCEA
  • Rober Bachinski, IR Institute
  • Lucien B. Balottin, Inmetro
  • Tara Barton-Maclaren, Health Canada
  • Humberto de Mello Brandão, Embrapa
  • Patricia dos Santos Carneiro, Butantan
  • Isabella Delgado, INCQS
  • Silvya Stuchi Maria Engler, Universidade de Sao Paulo
  • Suzanne Fitzpatrick, FDA
  • Lorena Gaspar, Universidade de Sao Paulo
  • Erin Hill, IIVS
  • Marcio Lorencini, Grupo Boticario
  • Nicole Kleinstreuer, NICEATM
  • Marcio Lorencini, Boticario Group
  • Anna Lowitt, EPA
  • Talita Miguel Marin, LNBIO
  • Luiz Henrique Mourão do Canto Pereira, MCTI
  • Jason O'Brien, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Stevens Kastrup Rehen, UFRJ - iDor
  • Carlos Eduardo Matos dos Santos, Altox
  • Rusty Thomas, EPA
  • Marcia Triunfol, HSI (Brazil)
  • Marize Valadares, UFG
  • Matthias Vey, IFRA
  • Liu Zhengtao, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences


We are still considering abstracts for poster sessions (not oral presentations) until June 30th. To submit an abstract, visit this link

Abstract evaluation is ongoing. Abstracts submitted until May 31st will still be considered for presentations if slots are available (giving priority to those submitted by the May 15th deadline). 

Abstracts should follow these guidelines:

  • Microsoft Word document
  • Include title, authors (indicating presenter), and affiliations
  • Figures and references can be included
  • Please include complete contact information
  • Please indicate in the accompanying email if you want to be considered for an oral presentation.

Abstract Submission and Registration

Preliminary Program Details (proposed, subject to change)

The program will consist of two concurrent sessions.

Thursday August 23rd

Opening Ceremony: Thomas Hartung (CAAT)
Sessions may include: 3D models for safety toxicology, evidence-based toxicology, skin sensitization, mini-brains, CNS studies, cosmetics, and cell quality control. Roundtables and open-mic sessions will be associated with many of the sessions. 
Plenary Lecture: José Granjeiro (Inmetro)

Friday August 24
Opening Plenary Lecture: Vanessa Rocha (Natura)
Sessions may include: validation centers, in silico and computational toxicology, organs-on-a-chip and bioprinting, machine learning, agrochemicals, education, fragrances, drugs, and vaccines. Roundtables and open-mic sessions will be associated with many of the sessions. 
Closing Plenary Lecture: Charu Chandrasekera (Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods)

If you have questions, please email us directly.