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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
  • Silvya Stuchi Maria Engler, Universidade de Sao Paulo
  • Suzanne Fitzpatrick, FDA
  • Lorena Gaspar, Universidade de Sao Paulo
  • Erin Hill, IIVS
  • 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


Deadline for Submissions: May 15, 2018

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.

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2018. Submit Abstracts Here

Travel grants:

To apply for a travel grant, you need to email the following information:

  • Name
  • Institution/affiliation
  • Highest degree
  • Why should we award you with the travel grant?
  • What do you hope to gain from this conference?

Themes proposal:

  • Cosmetics
  • Read Across – Filling the gap of information on systemic toxicology and allergy
  • Skin –Loreal
  • Large Scale of gene expression to efficacy investigation of cosmetics ingredients – Natura (Theme to be confirmed)
  • In vitro/in vivo Extrapolation- Multiscale modelling approaches for assessing cosmetic ingredients safety
  • Fragrance
  • Agrochemicals
  • Drugs
  • NGOs and 3 Rs initiatives
  • Human-on-a-chip
  • Evidence-based toxicology
  • iPs Stem Cells


The agenda will be developed over the next few months. Our call for abstracts will go out early 2018. We are compiling all abstracts for the scientific committee to review. The focus of the program will be the 6 Rs (see below).

The 6Rs:

  1. Replacement (3 sessions planned) – n vitro and in silico including organo-typic cultures and mechanistic toxicology (Tox-21c)
  2. Refinement –  best practices including non-invasive methods
  3. Reduction – approaches including assay integration, minimal change formulations, green toxicology
  4. Read-across – read-across and related in silico approaches - advances and challenges
  5. Relevance – ethical and economical views, quality aspects such as good cell culture practice, evidence-based toxicology, in vitro / in silico reporting standards
  6. Roadmaps – how to move the field? Communication, conferences, policy programs, stakeholder engagement 

If you have questions, please email us directly.