Toxicology Tools for Chemists at the Green Chemistry and Engineering Annual 2011 Annual Meeting

blue beakers leafWhat makes a molecule biologically active? What dose sizes are relevant? What about chemical mixtures?

AGC and Environmental Health Sciences have organized a special series of sessions to explore these issues and more at the 15th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 21 – 23rd, 2011 in Wash, DC.


Toxicology tools for chemists I:  Where we are now and where we are headed?
Inherent in the definition of green is designing materials that eliminate or reduce hazard.  What guidelines can the field of toxicology offer to help achieve that goal? This session is a primer on the environmental health sciences, from basic understanding to cutting edge approaches, presented with chemists in mind.

Introduction:  John Peterson Myers
Speaker: Lynn Goldman, Dean, George Washington School of Public Health

Toxicology tools for chemists II:  New tools to avoid hazard.
In designing the next generation of materials, green chemists need to minimize the risk that their new materials will be inherently hazardous.   This session will explore a series of new tools in development to assist chemists make choices in their design process.

Introduction: Karen Peabody O’Brien, Ph.D.
Adelina Voutchkova, Yale University
Ray Tice, Environmental Protection Agency, National Center for Computational Toxicology
Thaddeus Schug, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Toxicology tools for chemists III: New challenges from the environmental health sciences New discoveries in the environmental health sciences are revealing a new series of challenges that green chemists will need to learn to design against.  This session will involve presentations on important recent discoveries that should inform synthetic chemists as they work to design against hazard.

Peter Defur, Virginia Commonwealth University
Bruce Blumberg, U.C. Irvine
R. Thomas Zoeller, U Mass Amherst

Toxicology tools for chemists IV: The case of bisphenol A.
One of the most controversial chemicals in public debate today is bisphenol A.  This session will explore the science underlying this controversy from leading scientists in industry, government and academia.

Steven Hentges, American Chemistry Council
Kris Thayer, National Toxicology Program
Laura Vandenberg, University of Missouri