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2018 Pan-American Conference for Alternative Methods



Formal conference title: Pan-American Conference for Alternative Methods 2018
Date: August 23-24, 2018
Venue:  Rio de Janeiro, CBPF – Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas em evento para
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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 aims to bring South, Central and North America together to exchange science and activities for alternatives to animal testing and build collaborations.

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

Steering group:

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

Scientific committee (invited):

  • Carlos Eduardo Matos dos Santos, Altox
  • Erin Hill, IIVS
  • Gino Scarano, EPA
  • Humberto Brandão, Embrapa
  • Jason O'Brien, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Kristie Sullivan, PCRM
  • Lorena Gaspar, University of Sao Paulo
  • Luciene B Balottin, Inmetro
  • Luiz Henrique Mourão do Canto Pereira, MCTI
  • Diogo Biagi, Pluricell
  • Marize Campos, Goias University
  • Monica Andersen, CONCEA
  • Nicole Klenstreur, NICEATM
  • Octavio Presgrave, BRACVAM
  • Patricia Carneiro, Butantan
  • Rober Bachinski, 1 R Institute
  • Rodrigo De Vecchi, Loreal
  • Rusty Thomas, EPA
  • Silvya Stuchi, University of Sao Paulo
  • Stevens Kastrup Rehen, UFRJ - Dor
  • Suzanne Fitzpatrick, FDA
  • Talita Miguel Marin, LNBIO
  • Tara Barton-Maclaren, Health Canada
  • Anna Lowitt, EPA

This conference series is really “alternative”:

  • There will be no registration fee, only a nominal fee for coffee breaks.
    • 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 150 maximum slots for participants – first come, first serve.
  • 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


Deadline for Submissions: April 30, 2018

Abstracts should be emailed to as an attachment following 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 April 30, 2018. 

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 R´s 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) – in 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.