WORKSHOP TO EVALUATE ALTERNATIVE TESTS FOR PERTUSSIS VACCINES
The NC3Rs is hosting a workshop to bring together scientists from government, industry, academia, and research institutions to discuss and evaluate alternative methods to the murine histamine sensitization test (HIST) for monitoring of residual pertussis toxin activity in acellular pertussis vaccines.
NICEATM is providing administrative support for the workshop. The workshop, titled "In Search of Acceptable Alternatives to the Murine Histamine Sensitization Test: What Is Possible and Practical?" will be held in London, England, on March 4-5, 2015.
Workshop participants will review and discuss data from an ongoing study of a cell-based assay proposed as a replacement for HIST, issues associated with alternativs validation, and recent relevant scientific advances. Registration is free but advance registration by February 6, 2015, is required. Additional information and a link to registration is available at