9th International Fresenius Conference "Endocrine Disruptors"

20.11. - 21.11.2018, Park Inn by Radisson Köln City West, Cologne/Germany

9th International Fresenius Conference "Endocrine Disruptors"

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Übersicht

Please find below an overview with all the latest information. A wide range of presentations awaits you. Here are just some of the topics that we will be covering:

Highlights: 

Regulatory Developments

  • Update from the European Commission’s DG SANTE on the new criteria for ED identification under EU Regulations on plant protection and biocidal products
  • Overview from ECHA and EFSA’s Pesticides Unit on implementing the new ED guidance document with regard to plant protection products and biocides
  • Implementation of the new guidance on a national level – competent authority view
  • Japanese National Institute for Basic Biology on recent developments in Japan

Challenges for Ecotoxicology

  • Update on the new version of the OECD guidance document 150

Challenges for Toxicology

  • Overview and evaluation of the effects of EDs on testicular function
  • The assessment of thyroid(-related) toxicity

Integrating Information for ED

  • Consensus modelling approaches to predict estrogen and androgen receptors activities
  • Insight into theoretical and experimental approaches for application of the Adverse Outcome Pathway concept

Special: Risk Communication

  • The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) on risk communication with regard to endocrine disruptors

Who do you meet?

Attendee job titles and responsibilities include Directors, Heads, Managers and Consultants of:

  • Toxicology and ecotoxicology
  • Research and development
  • Registration, regulatory affairs
  • Chemical risk assessment
  • Legal and general counselling

Sectors taking part:

  • Chemical/biocide/agrochemical/pharmaceutical/cosmetic industries 
  • Research institutes
  • Regulatory authorities
  • Environmental and health risk consultants
  • Testing laboratories and contract research organisations (CROs)
  • NGOs

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Programm

Get-Together on Monday, 19 November 2018

Will you arrive on Monday? Come into the hotel bar at 8 p.m. and meet other participants and experts in a relaxed atmosphere.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

8.30 Registration and coffee

9.00 Welcome address by Akademie Fresenius and introduction by the Chair

Lennart Weltje, BASF, Germany

Regulatory Developments in Europe

9.10 New criteria for ED identification under EU Regulations on plant protection products and on biocidal products

Karin Nienstedt, European Commission, Belgium

9.35 Questions and answers

9.40 Guidance document for the implementation of the ED criteria for biocides and pesticides

  • Introduction of the joint guidance document
  • Proposed assessment strategy
  • Concerns raised during public consultation
  • Implication of the guidance for other legislative frameworks
  • Implementation of the ED guidance document for plant protection products

Niklas Andersson, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Finland and Domenica Auteri, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Italy

10.20 Questions and answers

10.30 The journey from reports of decreasing semen quality in men to the EU criteria for identification of endocrine disruptors: A member state regulatory authority perspective

  • The origin of endocrine disruptor toxicology
  • The development of criteria for ED identification
  • The implications for chemical regulation in Europe
  • The impact of the new EFSA/ECHA guidance

Alan Breen, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland

10.55 Questions and answers

11.00 Coffee break

11.30 Implementing the ED guidance document on the national level

  • Interpretation of the ED guidance
  • Use of expert judgement
  • Uncertainty analysis

Emily McVey, Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgb), The Netherlands

11.55 Questions and answers

12.00 Implementing the EDC criteria – an NGO perspective

  • Critical points in the guidance document for ED identification
  • Priorities for research and speeding up regulatory controls
  • EU EDC Strategy – the need to close current policy gaps

Ninja Reineke, CHEM Trust, United Kingdom

12.25 Questions and answers

12.30 Implementing the guidance document: Welcome content and regulatory challenges – an industry view

Jean-Pierre Busnardo, Corteva Agriscience, Belgium

12.55 Questions and answers

13.00 Lunch

Developments Outside Europe

14.30 Endocrine Disruptors: Recent developments in Japan. Strategies and recent results of TG240 (MEOGRT)

Taisen Iguchi, National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan

14.55 Questions and answers

Challenges for Ecotoxicology

15.00 OECD guidance document 150 - how has the second edition been changed?

  • The original guidance document 150
  • New OECD test guidelines and updated document
  • Comparison of original and new guidance
  • Advantages of the updated version

Peter Matthiessen, Independent Consultant, United Kingdom

15.25 Questions and answers

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 Ecotoxicology challenges for the identification of endocrine disruptors

  • Ecotoxicological testing for the determination of endocrine disruption hazard
  • Testing strategy and guideline issues
  • What is a conclusive weight-of-evidence?

James Wheeler, Corteva Agriscience, United Kingdom

16.25 Questions and answers

16.30 Population relevance of endocrine disruptors for non-target vertebrates

  • Operational approaches to evaluate population relevance
  • Specific Protection Goals for focal wildlife populations
  • The use of individual-based population models to determine thresholds between negligible and non-negligible (i.e. adverse) population level effects
  • Potential contribution of field data

Laurent Lagadic, Bayer, Germany

16.55 Questions and answers and final panel discussion

17.45 End of first day

19.00 Departure time for the evening event

After the end of the first conference day, Akademie Fresenius would like to invite you to a leisurely dinner at the restaurant Joseph‘s in the Rheinau harbour. You have the opportunity of better getting to know other participants you met during the day over a relaxed meal. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

9.00 Welcome address by the Chair

Emily McVey, Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgb), The Netherlands

9.10 The use and misuse of histopathology in endocrine disruptor testing

  • Technical aspects and pitfalls to consider
  • Correlation to biomarkers like vitellogenin
  • Decreasing quality of histopathology data in publications

Lisa Baumann, University of Heidelberg, Germany

9.35 Questions and answers

Challenges for Toxicology

9.40 Appendix A of the ED Guidance document – how can we assess thyroid(-related) toxicity?

  • Direct vs indirect thyroid toxicants
  • Connection between T4 and adverse neurodevelopment
  • Human relevance of thyroid effects seen in rats
  • Assessment of developmental neurotoxicity

Stephanie Melching-Kollmuss, BASF, Germany

10.05 Questions and answers

10.10 Endocrine disruptors and male infertility

  • Systematic literature review
  • Evaluation of the effects of EDs on testicular function
  • Semen quality and Hypothalamus – pituitary – testicular axis

Stefania Lymperi, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

10.35 Questions and answers

10.40 Coffee break

Integrating Information for Endocrine Disruptors

11.10 Consensus modelling approaches to predict estrogen and androgen receptors activities

  • Importance of screening/assessment
  • Classic approaches: Issues and limitations
  • EDSP program: ToxCast/Tox21 data and goals
  • Computational toxicology and QSAR modelling
  • ER & AR pathway models
  • CERAPP and CoMPARA Consensus approaches

Kamel Mansouri, ILS, Contractor Supporting NICEATM, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), United States of America

11.35 Questions and answers

11.40 Connecting molecular information to adverse effects: Theoretical and experimental approaches for application of the Adverse Outcome Pathway concept

  • Molecular junctions between the HPG-, HPT-, and HPA/I-axis
  • Demonstration of the transferability of AOPs to other life stages
  • Integration of high content methods

Elke Eilebrecht, Fraunhofer Institute for MolecularBiology and Applied Ecology IME, Germany

12.05 Questions and answers

Risk Communication

12.10 Risk communication with regard to endocrine disruptors

  • Risk perception
  • Social science
  • Policy advice

Mark Lohmann, Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), Germany

12.35 Questions and answers and final panel discussion

13.25 Lunch and end of the conference

Referenten

Name

Unternehmen

Andersson

Niklas Andersson

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Finland

Niklas Andersson holds a PhD in pharmacology and works as a Toxicologist at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) with the main focus on issues related to endocrine disruptors, grouping of substances and read-across approaches. He was also involved in drafting the ED guidance document. Before joining ECHA in 2010, he had more than 15 years of experience of pharmacological/ toxicological research from both academia and industry.

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Auteri

Domenica Auteri

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Italy

Domenica Auteri is an Ecotoxicologist with more than 20 years of experience in the field of regulatory environmental risk assessment of pesticides. She works at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as Team Leader of the Ecotoxicology Team in the Pesticides Unit. She has coordinated the drafting of the ECHA/EFSA ED Guidance for EFSA.

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Baumann

Lisa Baumann

University of Heidelberg, Germany

Lisa Baumann is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the University of Heidelberg. She is specialized in aquatic toxicology with focus on endocrine effects, hepatotoxicity and immunotoxicity in fish. Special focuses of her work are histopathological analyses for which she is regularly recruited as specialist for contract work and workshops.

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Breen

Alan Breen

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland

Alan Breen is a Regulatory Toxicologist working with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine of Ireland. He has 25 years of experience in the area of chemical safety evaluation and risk assessment and is also a member of the ECHA ED Expert Group.

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Busnardo

Jean-Pierre Busnardo

Corteva Agriscience, Belgium

Jean-Pierre Busnardo is an agronomist. He is the Brussels-based EU Regulatory Affairs Leader for Corteva Agriscience – the Agriculture division of DowDupont. Jean-Pierre is a member of the Regulatory Policy Team of the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA).

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Eilebrecht

Elke Eilebrecht

Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME, Germany

Elke Eilebrecht is Head of Ecotoxicology at the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME. She holds a PhD in neuroscience, however switched topics to ecotoxicology in 2010. Her work includes ecotoxicology testing with fish for environmental risk assessment. She also focuses on the identification and evaluation of new test approaches, including the application of the AOP concept and the integration of high-content molecular test methods, especially in endocrine disruptor testing.

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Iguchi

Taisen Iguchi

National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan

Taisen Iguchi is an emeritus Professor at the National Institute for Basic Biology and Professor at Yokohama City University in Japan. He is a member of various governmental committees related to ED and food safety issues, e.g. at the Japanese Ministry of the Environment. Also, he is a member of OECD VMG and EDTA groups, and chairing UK-Japan and US-Japan ED cooperation projects.

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Lagadic

Laurent Lagadic

Bayer, Germany

Laurent Lagadic holds a PhD in fundamental toxicology and has worked as an Aquatic Ecotoxicologist at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) for over 20 years. In 2014, he joined the Environmental Safety Division of Bayer CropScience in Germany. He is involved in aquatic risk assessment for pesticides and biocides, and currently leads the development and application of testing strategies for evaluating potential endocrine-disrupting properties of these substances in aquatic organisms.

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Lohmann

Mark Lohmann

Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), Germany

Mark Lohmann holds a PhD in biochemistry. Since 2010 he has been working as the Head of Unit Risk Research, Perception, Early Detection and Impact Assessment at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). His research interests include the realisation of target group-oriented risk communication, the development of methods to determine the influence of social-psychological factors on public risk perception as well as the implementation of systems for the detection of emerging risks.

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Lymperi

Stefania Lymperi

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Stefania Lymperi received her BSc in Biology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (AUTH). She received her MSc in Human Molecular Genetics and her PhD in stem cell biology from Imperial College London, supported by the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece. She worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and is currently directing her private Andrology Laboratory in Thessaloniki. In parallel, she is teaching at the master course of the Biology School of AUTH and is a staff of the Training Center of the European Academy of Andrology in Thessaloniki.

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Mansouri

Kamel Mansouri

ILS, Contractor Supporting NICEATM, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), United States of America

Kamel Mansouri, PhD, is leading the computational chemistry efforts at Integrated Laboratory Systems supporting the NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM) at the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). He is working on several projects involving QSAR modelling, cheminformatics, and computational toxicology. He previously worked at the National Center for Computational Toxicology at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and won the Lush Prize for developing in silico alternatives to animal testing for endocrine disruptors screening.

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Matthiessen

Peter Matthiessen

Independent Consultant, United Kingdom

Peter Matthiessen is an Ecotoxicologist with over 40 years’ of experience in the field of aquatic pollution specialised in the study of endocrine disruption. He is the Co-Chair of the OECD Validation Management Group for Ecotoxicity Tests (VMG-eco) and member of the UK Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee.

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Emily McVey

Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgb), The Netherlands

Emily McVey is an experienced Toxicologist and works as a Risk Assessor at the Dutch Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgb). She is focussing on environmental risk assessment - both ecotoxicology and environmental toxicology - and is particularly interested in risk assessment methodology, science communication and policy.

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Melching-Kollmuss

Stephanie Melching-Kollmuss

BASF, Germany

Stephanie Melching-Kollmuss has been working as European and Global Regulatory Toxicologist for plant protection products at BASF since 2006. Her main research interest is endocrine disruption and combined toxicity assessment and she continues to be involved in ECETOC and Cefic LRI projects. She is member of the ECPA ED Expert Group and chairs the Cumulative Risk Assessment subgroup of ECPA. Since July 2018 she has been a member of the newly formed ECETOC special T4 taskforce.

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Nienstedt

Karin Nienstedt

European Commission, Belgium

Karin Nienstedt works for the European Commission, in the DG for Health and Food Safety, Unit Pesticides and Biocides. She is Head of the Sector Pesticides - placing on the market. Her background is in biology and crop protection. Previously she worked as Scientific Officer for EFSA’s PPR Panel and as Group Leader in a GLP certified contract laboratory and consultancy.

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Reineke

Ninja Reineke

Chemicals, Health and Environment Monitoring Trust (CHEM Trust), United Kingdom

Ninja Reineke holds a PhD in chemistry and works with CHEM Trust as Head of Science, with the main focus on improving EU regulation on endocrine disruptors, e.g. within REACH and the pesticides law. Previously she worked for WWF on EU chemicals policy in Germany and in Brussels.

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Weltje

Lennart Weltje

BASF, Germany

Lennart Weltje holds a PhD in ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry and currently works as a Senior Ecotoxicologist at BASF conducting risk assessments for PPPs and biocides. His former stations include the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

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Wheeler

James Wheeler

Corteva Agriscience, United Kingdom

James Wheeler works as an Ecotoxicologist for Corteva Agriscience – the Agriculture division of DowDupont. His work focuses on environmental risk assessment and ecotoxicology testing with a particular interest in fish endocrine test methods.

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