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Society of Toxicology 2019

Systematic Review (SR) is regarded as the gold standard approach to synthesize conclusions regarding hazard and efficacy of pharmaceutical and other medical treatments from the entire body of evidence in literature. The same approach for chemical risk assessment is in its infancy and the quality has been inconsistent so far. Yordas Group are sponsoring a PhD student, Taylor Wolffe, at Lancaster University under the supervision of Paul Whaley (Associate Editor for Systematic Reviews for Environment International) and Dr Crispin Halsall with her investigation into the application of systematic evidence mapping as means of optimizing the design and performance of systematic reviews for chemical risk assessment.

Taylor will be presenting at the Society of Toxicology 2019 conference in Baltimore, USA, March 10 -14. Her presentation is entitled “Systematic Mapping as a Tool for Regulatory Risk Assessment in Environmental Health: Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) as a Proof of Concept” and investigates the value of graph databases – the technology underpinning ultra-connected platforms such as Google, Twitter and Facebook – for capturing and enabling the querying of complex relationships in large toxicological datasets. In addition, one of her supervisors, Paul Whaley, will be taking part in the continuing education course “Conducting Systematic Review: Why, when and how?
where he will present on “Reporting and Appraising Systematic Reviews: Avoiding Common Issues and Ensuring Your Review Gets Published”. He will be giving lots of advice on how to write a good Systematic Review and why many are initially rejected for publication. As he is an associate editor of a major journal in this area, this will be a very useful presentation
for anyone wanting to write a SR or to use the results of one to drive the regulatory decision making process.

Further details of the event can be found at https://www.toxicology.org/events/am/AM2019/