Webinar: Advances in Toxicity Bioassays: Unleashing the Power of Real-Time Cell Analysis for Health Risk Assessment

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Health protection, one of the core public health functions, requires ongoing monitoring and surveillance of environmental media (water, air, food and soil) to assure the population is protected from the adverse effects of potentially harmful chemicals. There is an unmet need for in vitro toxicity bioassays with higher sensitivity, lower interference and better predictive value as compared to of animal studies.

Since 2004, the team in Alberta, Canada has been developing various toxicity screening bioassays for the detection and evaluation of environmental chemicals using the xCELLigence Real-Time Cell Analysis (RTCA) platform technology.

During this webinar, Dr. Stephan Gabos will cover:

1. The emerging health risk assessment paradigm in the 21st century.

2. An overview of the current public health applications including, classification of chemicals into Globally Harmonized System categories, prediction of the mode of action, water toxicity profiling, assays for nanoparticles and air particulate matter, detection of microcystin in lake waters, identification of mutagenic substances.

3. Future trends in public health toxicology and health risk assessment.

Speaker Biography

Dr. Stephan Gabos is currently a research scientist in the Division of Analytical and Environmental Toxicology at the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta. Prior to this position, he was the Senior Science Advisor, Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Alberta, Canada) till 2013. Dr. Gabos received his M.D. from the University of Medicine and Pharmaciae, Tirgu Mures, Romania in 1976, and research training in pathology and epidemiology at the University of Medicine and Pharmaciae, Tirgu Mures, Tufts University and the John Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Gabos has a broad range of scientific research interests. They include environmental toxicology and epidemiology, cytotoxicity, exposure assessment, biomonitoring, and health risk assessment. He published over 50 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, authored several cytology and histology manuals and book chapters.

He was employed in a variety of research, administrative, and executive management positions with the Cancer Board and the Ministry of Health in Alberta, Canada. His former positions include Head of Environmental Epidemiology and Director of Health Surveillance, Alberta Health, Edmonton. For his service to the Government of Alberta and his contributions in the field of environmental health, Dr. Gabos received four times the Premier’s Award of Excellence.

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