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NAMs Network launch event


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Event date and time
Deb Milligan
London, UK
Graphic showing some of the range of applications of NAMs

New approach methodologies (NAMs) are replacement technologies used to assess drug and chemical safety. They are rapidly emerging as key enabling technologies for improved, human-relevant hazard and risk assessment and reducing the reliance on animal toxicity tests

The NAMs Network is open to stakeholders from all sectors and at all career levels. The purpose of the Network is to encourage and support conversations and collaborations across sectors in new approach methodologies. 

Learn more on our NAMs Network page.  

The launch event will be chaired by Professor Ian Kimber (University of Manchester). There will be opportunities to discuss NAMs opportunities and showcase new technologies, including networking sessions, flash talks and poster presentations. The event is free to attend, but registration is essential.

Please note there is no hybrid option for this event. If you are interested in joining the Network but are unable to attend the in-person launch event, you can become a member of the Network online to receive future updates. 

Registration details

Registration for this event is now closed.  

*Please note that by registering for the launch event you will automatically be added to the NAMs Network to receive member updates. Members can opt out at any time by unsubscribing.


Time Session title
9.30 – 10.00 Registration and refreshments
10.00 – 10.10 Welcome and introduction
Professor Ian Kimber, University of Manchester (Event Chair)
  Session 1: overview of the NAMs landscape (Session Chair: Professor Ian Kimber
10.10 – 10.20 Overview of the NC3Rs NAMs Network and activities 
Dr Natalie Burden, NC3Rs
10.20 – 10.50 NAMs in the real world: Selecting and using NAMs in industry for safety assessment 
Dr Carl Westmoreland, Unilever
10.50 – 11.20 A vision of the future 
Professor Ruth Roberts, University of Birmingham/ApconiX
11.20 - 11.35 Panel discussion and Q&A with the speakers – led by Professor Ian Kimber
11.35 - 11.50 Break
  Session 2: Taking NAMs from development to application (Session Chair: Professor Ian Kimber) 
11.50 – 12.00 CRACK IT as a mechanism to accelerate the development and uptake of NAMs 
Dr Cathy Vickers, NC3Rs
12.00 – 12.45

Learning from experience: NAMs technology developers (ten minutes each)

  • Cracking translatable NAMs for inhalation toxicology 
    Professor Victoria Hutter, ImmuOne
  • Using evolutionary conservation to build bridges between animal studies and small organisms as NAMs 
    Dr Marjolein Wildwater, Vivaltes
  • Modelling and simulation as an essential framework for the development of NAMs 
    Dr Mark Davies, ESQLabs
  • Moving ecoNAMs into application using the OECD TG249 experience as example 
    Dr Stephan Fischer, aQuatox-solutions
12.45 – 13.00 Panel and Q&A session with the speakers – led by Professor Ian Kimber
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch including poster viewing and networking
  Session 3: Working together to accelerate the uptake of NAMs (Session Chair: Dr Clive Roper, Roper Toxicology Consulting Limited)
14.00 – 14.20 The application of NAMs in contract research organisations 
TBC, Labcorp
14.20 – 14.40 Uptake of innovation – modern approaches to testing and assessment of agrochemicals 
Dr Richard Currie, Syngenta
14.40 – 15.00 Socio-technical barriers to the regulatory uptake of NAMs 
Professor Robert Lee, University of Birmingham
15.00 – 15.15 Panel and Q&A session with the speakers – led by Dr Clive Roper
15.15 - 15.30 Break
15.30 - 16.00 The confidence continuum: from biomedical research to regulatory implementation of NAMs (online presentation)
Dr Nicole Kleinstreuer, NICEATM
16.00 - 16.30 What an exciting time it is to be a safety scientist 
Dr Camilla Alexander-White, MKTox & Co. Ltd.
16.30 - 16.50

Five minute flash talks selected from submitted abstracts:

  • Integrated approach for Safe by Design of multicomponent nanomaterials                                          Dr Elisa Moschini, Heriot-Watt University
  • Development and execution of an occupational Next Generation Risk Assessment (NGRA) on an exclusive use cosmetic ingredient under EU REACH: A case study on C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate 
    James Dawick, Innospec 
  • Vascularised cardiac spheroids-on-a-chip for testing the toxicity of therapeutics 
    Professor Julien Gautrot, Queen Mary University London
16.50 - 17.00 Round-up of day and recap of slido talking points 
Professor Ian Kimber
17.00 - 18.00 Poster viewing and networking (with light refreshments)


Call for abstracts  

The call for abstracts for poster presentations and flash talks related to the development and application of new approach methodologies is now closed.

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