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International STakeholder NETwork (ISTNET): Creating a Developmental Neurotoxicity Testing (DNT) Roadmap for Regulatory Purposes
Bal-Price, A., K. Crofton, M. Leist, S. Allen, M. Arand, T. Buetler, N. Delrue, R. FitzGerald, T. Hartung, T. Heinonen, H. Hogberg, S. Hougaard Bennekou, W. Lichtensteiger, D. Oggier, M. Paparella, M. Axelstad, A. Piersma, E. Rached, B. Schilter, G. Schmuck, L. Stoppini, E. Tongiorgi, M. Tiramani, F. Monnet-Tschudi, M. Wilks, T. Ylikomi, AND E. Fritsche. International STakeholder NETwork (ISTNET): Creating a Developmental Neurotoxicity Testing (DNT) Roadmap for Regulatory Purposes. Archives of Toxicology. Springer, New York, NY, 89(2):269-287, (2015).
International meeting to consider new approaches to provide experimental data for toxicological hazard information so as to allow regulatory decisions for developmental neurotoxicity (DNT) risk assessment.
A major problem in developmental neurotoxicity (DNT) risk assessment is the lack of toxicological hazard information for most compounds. Therefore, new approaches are being considered to provide adequate experimental data that allow regulatory decisions. This process requires a matching of regulatory needs on the one hand and the opportunities provided by new test sys-tems and methods on the other hand. Alignment of academically and industrially-driven assay development with regulatory needs in the field of DNT is a core mission of the International STakeholder NETwork (ISNET) in DNT testing. The first meeting of ISTNET was held in Zur-ich on 23-24 January 2014 in order to explore the concept of adverse outcome pathway (AOP) to practical DNT testing. AOPs were considered promising tools to promote test systems develop-ment according to regulatory needs. Moreover, the AOP concept was identified as an important guiding principle to assemble predictive integrated testing strategies (ITSs) for DNT. The recommendations on a roadmap towards AOP-based DNT testing is considered a stepwise approach, operating initially with incomplete AOPs for compound grouping, and focussing on key events of neurodevelopment. Next steps to be considered in follow-up activities are the use of case studies to further apply the AOP concept in regulatory DNT testing, making use of AOP intersections (common key events) for economic development of screening assays, and address-ing the transition from qualitative descriptions to quantitative network modelling.
Record Details:Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL CENTER FOR COMPUTATIONAL TOXICOLOGY