Risk Science & Toxicology 2016 Snapshot

Translational Biomarkers

Over the past year, HESI’s multi-sector scientific programs have designed and conducted numerous novel experimental activities to identify and characterize translational biomarkers of neurotoxicity; cardiotoxicity; nephrotoxicity immunotoxicity; and genotoxicity.

For more information on HESI and its diverse scientific portfolio, visit: http://hesiglobal.org

4th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

More than 200 attendees from 13 nations participated in the 4th South Asia Biosafety Conference (SABC). Organized on an annual basis by the ILSI Research Foundation and the Biotech Consortium India Limited, SABC provides a forum for an exchange of new data and best practices among an international group of scientists working in the area of biosafety.

Detailed program information and copies of presentations are available here: Biosafety Conference

RISK21 Training Globally

HESI held international training sessions on the application of its publicly available RISK21 web-based tool. Two of these hands-on training events were organized by HESI and ILSI Brasil for risk assessors in Brazil. The third was held in Canada.

For more information about RISK21, visit: RISK21

Non-Animal Safety Assessment Methods

The HESI Framework for Intelligent Non-Animal Methods for Safety Assessment Workshop brought together stakeholders from academic research organizations, government agencies, and other risk assessment groups to foster consensus on non-animal methods for safety assessment.

See HESI’s Animal Alternatives in Environmental Assessment Committee for more information: Animal Alternatives

Potential of the GE Mosquito

The ILSI Research Foundation and the Foundation of the National Institutes of Health co-organized a workshop on the use of genetically engineered mosquitoes to control mosquito-borne illness.

Event details are available here: GE Mosquito

In a pre-Olympics workshop, ILSI Brasil addressed a variety of health and safety concerns of interest to athletes and visitors, including the high-profile, mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Information on workshop, including copies of speaker presentations are available (most are in Portuguese): pre-Olympic workshop

Crop Composition Database

Version 6 of the Crop Composition Database adds data on two new corps; potato and sorghum. Visit the database at: Crop Composition Database

ERA in East Asia

The ILSI Research Foundation, ILSI Japan, and ILSI Korea hosted events in 2016 furthering longstanding collaboration on environmental risk assessment (ERA). The focus of these events was ERA under conditions of low exposure.

Learn more at the Mode of Action Workshop event page: MoA

Quality of Life During and After Cancer

The THRIVE Network is a research program established by HESI focused on improving quality of life for cancer patients and survivors. Friends of Cancer Research and the National Patient Advocate Foundation joined HESI in the initiative to make quality of life an active research priority.

Visit the THRIVE website for information on this exciting new program: THRIVE


ILSI’s very first work in 1978 focused on the toxicology and risk / benefit of food ingredients. Since then, our clinical research and translation of science into practical tools has expanded to many areas of risk science, including its application to environmental safety; food and water safety; drug safety; and consumer product safety.

How ILSI’s Work in Risk Science and Toxicology Makes a Difference

ILSI HESI’s Animal Alternatives in Environmental Risk Assessment Committee works to ensure the technical soundness of alternative test methods as a means to reduce, refine, or replace standard ecotoxicity test procedures around the globe. Their most recent publication calls for the development of an Ecological Threshold of Toxicological Concern or Eco-TTC.

Animal Alternatives in Environmental Risk Assessment Committee


ILSI Research Foundation’s South Asia Biosafety Program leverages support from the United States Agency for International Development to assisting Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan strengthen institutional governance of biotechnology.

South Asia Biosafety Program