Professor Thomas Hartung from the John Hopkins University, the United States of America, is the recipient of the Björn Ekwall Memorial Award for the year 2017 in recognition of his scientific achievements in the development and evaluation of animal-free methods for risk assessment of toxic chemicals. For more information, see BEMF’s homepage BEMF Thomas Hartung.
During the ESTIV meeting in Juan-Les-Pins this October, Prof. Vera Rogiers from Vrije Universiteit received this years Björn Ekwall Memorial Award for her work in in vitro toxicology: bemf.eu/update.
Save the date! The next Ecopa-SSCT joint workshop will be held in Helsinki, June 14th-16th, 2017, with the theme “Up-to-date in vitro approaches in regulatory risk assessment and disease modelling”. More information will follow. Welcome!
Please find more information about the program and registration at:
SSCT invites all members to the Annual General Assembly 2016, which takes place on August 16th at 14:00 at
the Panum Institute Faculty Club, Building 16, 6th floor, University of Copenhagen, Nørre Alle 20, 2200 Copenhagen. Welcome!
The Yearly Report 2015 is now available: Yearly report 2015
All members are most welcome to join the General Annual Meeting of SSCT at the Bommersvik Course Center, Järna, Sweden, October 13th, 5:00 pm. The meeting will be hold in conjunction with the Swetox/SSCT Workshop: Mechanisms, markers and models – the 3M strategy in risk assessment. We hope to see many of you there! Please find the related documents below: report 2014 announcement
We are glad to announce that the Björn Ekwall Memorial Award winner 2015 is Professor Michael Balls. The award will be handed over during the SSCT-Swetox workshop in October. Please find more information at: BEM Award 2015
The SSCT annual general assembly has been held in Prague in conjunction with the 9th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Science. We would like to thank the organizers again for this very successful meeting! Now the Minutes of the general assembly, the Minutes of the new board meeting, and the updated action plan are online. SSCT GA 2014 SSCT NBM 2014 Updated action plan 2014
The BEMF board has selected Dr. Tuula Heinonen from Finland as recipient of the 2014 Björn Ekwall Memorial Award.
9th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, 24-28 August 2014, Prague, Czech Republic. For more information: http://www.wc9prague.org/
Scandinavian Society for Cell Toxicology (SSCT) is a society of individual members, associations and companies with knowledge and experience within the field of cell toxicology. SSCT promotes basic and applied research in in vitro cytotoxicology, chiefly in Nordic countries and creates possibilities for education and scientific communication by arranging workshops and conferences. SSCT was established in 1983 as a result of Dr. Björn Ekwall´s pioneer work in the field of in vitro toxicology. He performed extensive research indicating that cell cultures could be used to evaluate the toxic effects of chemicals. He formulated (1983) the “basal cytotoxicity concept” which has been important for the progress of in vitro toxicology (see http://www.bemf.eu/). In 1970s the general opinion was that `reliable toxicology` had to be fully based on animal testing. Today we know that animal experiments may, in many cases, produce results with no or only limited relevance to man. Furthermore, animal experiments are also regarded ethically questionable, and their use is restricted by some regulatory guidelines. The global vision today is that toxicity testing should be performed by using human cellbased tissue/organ models, where the toxicity is assessed by identifying and quantifying the toxic effects of chemicals on critical cellular pathways – exactly in line with Dr. Ekwall´s vision.
For a method to be taken into routine use or accepted as a toxicity test for regulatory purposes, the performance and reproducibility have to be confirmed, which results in validated solid methods. Thus, already in the mid-eighties, Dr. Ekwall initiated the international Multicenter Evaluation of In Vitro Cytotoxicity (MEIC) project, where a large number of chemicals was tested in in vitro, with the aim of evaluating the usefulness of in vitro tests for the estimation of human acute systemic toxicity.
As shown above, it can easily be concluded that SSCT has always been in the front line of the development of toxicity tests and respective research. I can sincerely assure that SSCT is a visionary society, whose significance is constantly increasing.
Everyone interested in the field of in vitro cellular toxicology is welcome to join SSCT. Membership application forms and contact information will be found on this web page.