In vitro toxicity methods are gaining importance, in particular as a response to a number of European legislative changes that call for more mechanistically-based decision-making and limit or even prohibit the use of animal experimentation for risk assessment purposes. Hence, there is an urgent demand for toxicologists and risk assessors to incorporate data from in vitro test methods into regulatory safety evaluation of chemicals. This course aims at meeting this important need by training individuals who wish to start or pursue a career in this direction or to gain an update on the state-of-the-art of applied in vitro toxicology. This course is to be considered as the in vitro module of the toxicology training program of UCLouvain-BelTox, which will count for the curriculum for the University Certificate in Toxicology of the UCLouvain. Furthermore, this course is recognized by EUROTOX as eligible for European Registered Toxicologist (ERT) accreditation (topic B19).
This course is intended for (post)doctoral students and early-stage scientists from industry, academia or regulatory agencies who recently became active in the field of in vitro toxicology. Applicants should ideally have a background in toxicology, biology, chemistry, (bio)medical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, veterinary sciences or equivalent. Attendees are expected to be proficient in English. A maximum of 30 participants will be enrolled in the course on a first-come/first-served basis, yet priority will be given to ESTIV and BelTox members.