29/03/2008
QSAR APPLICATION TOOLBOX. Barcelona 16-18 april 2008


QSAR APPLICATION TOOLBOX
BASIC TRAINING WORKSHOP for OECD MEMBER COUNTRIES and STAKEHOLDERS



BARCELONA. SPAIN 16-18 ABRIL 2008

BACKGROUND
The QSAR Application Toolbox was developed under the aegis of OECD to facilitate the use of the category approach and QSAR methods to fill data gaps in classification and labeling. Use of the Toolbox will save resources, reduce the need for animal testing, and greatly accelerate the hazard assessment process.
The Toolbox provides the ability to:

  • Make estimates of the relevant endpoints for single chemicals, linked to the CAS number or the chemical structure. Obtain summary information on the validation processes and results of the model so that the user can decide for which regulatory purpose the estimate can be used.
  • Obtain a list of analogues for a chemical, together with their experimental, or estimated environmental, toxic or health effects.
  • Obtain estimates for metabolite activation/detoxification information for the chemical.
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS OFFICIAL TRAINING?
QSAR Toolbox training is offered at two levels: Basic and Advanced. The Basic Training Course, which requires some knowledge of chemical structure, provides an overview of the Toolbox databases, modeling system, and use of QSAR methods for managing data and modeling, plus a hands-on introduction to filling data gaps for hazard assessment. The Advanced Training Course, for which the Basic Training Course is a prerequisite, is intended to provide the capability to make advanced hazard assessments for a wide variety of chemicals, along with documentation of the process in a form suitable for submission to regulatory agencies.
The Training Courses are designed for those charged with developing safety assessments for chemical manufacturers and distributors as well as for those charged with evaluating submitted assessments for new chemicals or those already in use in commerce. Those interested in or conducting research on QSAR tools and database development would also find the training useful.


WHO IS CONDUCTING THE TRAINING?
The International QSAR Foundation is coordinating the training courses with the Toolbox developer. Instructors are selected from those who were original developers of the Toolbox. Limited follow-up assistance will be provided by the instructors, or trainees can subscribe to paid support services. If you would like to see a training session in your area, contact the Toolbox Training Manager, Dr. Rosemarie Russo, at russo@qsari.org.

FEES AND REQUIREMENTS
Course registration fee is €1500 plus 16% VAT for industry trainees and €1000 plus 16% VAT for government and university trainees. This includes installation of the OECD Toolbox on each trainee’s laptop computer, all course materials, pre-training reception, two lunches, coffee breaks, and a Course Certificate. Language of the course is English. Trainees must provide their own laptop computers. Trainees make their own travel arrangements. Registration is limited and is on a first-come first-served basis. A waiting list will be maintained in event of cancellation(s). Registrants canceling with 7 days’ advance notice will receive a full refund; canceling by fewer than 7 days will receive a 50% refund; canceling by less than 24 hours will receive no refund.

ACCOMMODATIONS
Lodging accommodations are at the Catalonia Duques de Bergara, a refined hotel 15 minutes from the airport and having beautiful Modernist decor and architecture that provide an historic, aristocratic atmosphere. The hotel was renovated in 1998 and is located next to Plaça Catalunya and the Ramblas. A block of rooms has been reserved for trainees, but you must make your own confirmation directly with the hotel (state that you are part of REACH Monitor group): Catalonia Duques de Bergara Phone 93 301 51 51 Fax 93 317 34 42 Bergara 10 08002 Barcelona, Spain http://duques.barcelonahotels.it/ duques@hoteles-catalonia.es

LOCALITZACIÓ DEL CURS
The training sessions will be held at the World Trade Center – Barcelona, the city’s leading business center, located on the Mediterranean Sea at the end of the Barcelona Wharf in the historic center of Barcelona. It is 15 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes from the Catalonia Duques de Bergara hotel. Bus transport will be provided from the hotel to the World Trade Center.
World Trade Center
Moll de Barcelona s/n

Edificio Este, 1a planta
08039 Barcelona
Teléfono: 34 93 508 8000
http://www.wtcbarcelona.com/

HOW TO REGISTER
Local arrangements are being made by local coordinator Dr. Gemma Falcó Alay, REACH Monitor SLNE. REACH Monitor is affiliated with the University of Barcelona, with activity in the field of toxicology, specially focused on REACH regulation. To register, please complete the form below, save as a Word document, and E-mail it to reachmonitor@reachmonitor.org or print and fax to REACH Monitor at 00 34 93 322 34 12. Payment is due upon notification of acceptance of registration form and will be made by funds transfer to REACH Monitor. Registration is not complete until payment is received.

Dr. Gemma Falcó Alay
Fax: 00 34 93 322 34 12
http://www.reachmonitor.com/
reachmonitor@reachmonitor.org

QUESTIONS?
Please direct questions to Dr. Rosemarie Russo, Training Coordinator, at russo@qsari.org.