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Media Advisory for NIH/EPA Teleconference

EMBARGOED: Information made available at this teleconference is not for release until 2:00 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008

Teleconference begins at 11:00 a.m. EST Thurs., Feb. 14, 2008

Raymond MacDougall, NIH/NHGRI
(301) 402-0911

Robin Mackar, NIH/NIEHS
(919) 541-0073

Bob Cassell, EPA
(202) 564-3326

14 Feb 2008: NIH/EPA Leading Scientists to Discuss New Chemical Testing Collaboration

On Feb. 14, leading scientists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will discuss a new research collaboration related to U.S. environmental health protection. The collaboration creates a toxicity testing process using state-of-the-art robotic technologies that rely less on animals and more on cell-based tests and will generate data that are specifically applicable to humans. Please note — Because the briefing will also discuss a publication in Science, information disclosed during the reporters-only teleconference will remain strictly embargoed until 2:00 p.m. EST Thurs., Feb. 14, in accordance with the magazine’s embargo policy.


Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), NIH
Robert Kavlock, Ph.D., Director, National Center for Computational Toxicology (NCCT), Office of Research and Development, EPA
Samuel Wilson, M.D., Acting Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program, NIH
Christopher Austin, Director, NIH Chemical Genomics Center, NIH
John R. Bucher, Ph. D., Associate Director, NTP
Raymond Tice, Ph.D., Acting Branch Chief, Biomolecular Screening Branch, NTP


Teleconference with NHGRI, NIEHS, EPA directors and leading scientific experts to discuss a new interagency collaboration to improve toxicity testing, and the jointly published commentary in Science magazine. The teleconference will feature brief presentations followed by a Q&A session for reporters.


Thursday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. EST (Embargoed until 2:00 p.m. EST)


Teleconference. Reporters to dial-in at: 800-862-9098; international reporters call: 785-424-1051. Conference ID/Password: Tox Testing
A special connection to this teleconference will be provided to reporters on-site at the 2008 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); in Room 112, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass.


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