News from the UPF
An international consortium of 39 partner organisations will be funded by the European Commission throughout the Horizon 2020 programme to work on the integration of new concepts for regulatory chemical safety assessment. These new concepts involve cutting-edge human-relevant in vitro non-animal methods and in silico computational technologies to translate molecular mechanistic understanding of toxicity into safety testing strategies. The ultimate goal is to deliverreliable, animal-free hazard and risk assessment of chemicals.
Coordinated by Bob van de Water, Professor of Toxicology at Leiden University (The Netherlands), EU-ToxRisk intends to become the European flagship for animal-free chemical safety assessment. The Research Programme of Biomedical Informatics, (GRIB, UPF-IMIM) will have a major role in this project bringing its expertise in Bioinformatics and Chemoinformatics. In particular, members of GRIB will be responsible of compiling and making available to the rest of the consortium the enabling computational technologies that will play a central role in the project.