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SEURAT-1 Summer School

Event details
Jun 04, 2012 11:00 AM to
Jun 08, 2012 02:30 PM
Oeiras (Portugal)
Organizer: SEURAT

"Towards the Replacement of In Vivo Repeated Dose Systemic Toxicity Testing": Spread the knowledge from the SEURAT-1 related research areas within and beyond the cluster

Before cosmetic products and ingredients are launched on the European market, their safety for human health needs to be tested. The development of non-animal alternative testing methods represents a considerable scientific challenge, especially as regards the effects of products and ingredients used repeatedly over longer periods ('repeated dose effects'). This challenge is been tackled by SEURAT-1”, a research initiative involving nearly 100 scientists from over 70 European organizations.


This year, the first SEURAT-1 Summer School has been organised, aimed at spreading knowledge from the SEURAT-1 related research areas within and beyond the cluster. It will be an opportunity for research fellows to meet and discuss with colleagues from other research groups. 

The Summer School will take place from 4th to 8th June, 2012 in Oeiras, near Lisbon at the Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica (IBET). The programme is a mixture of sessions lectured by renowned scientists, presentations by PIs and young researchers, practical hands-on workshops and poster sessions. During the training the SEURAT-1 Scientific Expert Panel (SEP) will meet. The aim is to create opportunities for exchanges between the scientists involved in SEURAT-1 research and the SEP members.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit IBET´s Animal Cell Technology Laboratories, their Pilot and cGMP manufacturing plants.


The summer school is also open to young scientists not active within the SEURAT-1 project.


All details are available on the SEURAT-1 Summer School web site


General information is available on the SEURAT-1 web site



Within the SEURAT-1 cluster, the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Institute of Health and Consumer Protection (JRC-IHCP) is heavily involved in three of the five complementary research projects, contributing to advancing science in a number of key areas, including: development and standardisation of reliable stem cell differentiation protocols; computational prediction tools for determining the fate of a chemical within the body after exposure, and for modelling the reaction of cells to a toxic insult; discovery of new biomarkers at the molecular and cellular level for detecting early toxicological events; high throughput robotic testing to generate high quality datasets using novel in vitro assays; selection of reference chemicals with known toxicological profiles for use in test system development and evaluation; and extension of TTC (Thresholds of Toxicological Concern) safety assessment frameworks to include cosmetic ingredients. 

The JRC-IHCP is also at the centre of the coordination efforts of the entire cluster, exploiting its considerable experience in the alternatives area to help formulate and implement the SEURAT-1 research strategy, and to facilitate synergies between projects and partners to maximise the impact of collective effort.