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RAINBOW — Result In Brief

Project ID: 18695
Funded under: FP6-LIFESCIHEALTH
Country: Italy

Bridging the scientific divide in chemical testing

The Rainbow initiative provided a forum for discussion and communication across wide-ranging fields active in chemical testing. Efforts aimed to integrate experience and make testing systems more efficient and their results more applicable.
Bridging the scientific divide in chemical testing
Efforts to streamline research methodologies and combine tests with different strengths and weaknesses are of particular importance in animal and non-animal studies focused on testing chemical compounds. Recent developments highlight the need to integrate and standardise activities in this area so as to avoid study repetition, use public money efficiently and identify opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration.

The 'Research on animal and in vitro studies and numerical methods: Bridging opportunities through a workshop' (Rainbow) project worked to bring together diversified communities to achieve a better risk assessment (RA) of chemical compounds. The EU-funded project achieved this by integrating their experiences through a workshop.

The main objective was to provide a forum for addressing how in vivo, in vitro and in silico (computer-based methods) could be brought together for effective and efficient study of the toxic properties of chemicals. Numbering about 50 participants, the workshop hosted academics, regulators, industrial scientists, chemical industries representatives, animal welfare experts and various public organisations.

Workshop discussions aimed to cut across the barriers between scientific and societal areas, and examine how legislation impacts the integration of testing methodologies. The Rainbow project set up a website providing project details, outlining its aims and, eventually, offering information on its outcomes. Electronic communication as well as meetings also served to ensure synergies and information exchange among consortium members.

The workshop was also publicised by project members at other meetings and conferences, while dissemination efforts included the distribution of a workshop outcomes, a database and submission of papers for publication.

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