Session Organizers: Karolina Mellor, Yale University; Phillip Coish, Yale University
In the recent years, chemical safety related to chemical products has become a topic of concern for scientists, business leaders and public sphere. In response, there has been a significant effort to identify biological mechanisms that can lead to adverse outcomes to human and environmental health and to develop guidelines and models for chemical designers to allow them to develop products which are functional but do not pose a threat to human and environment. Advancements in the design and development of safer chemicals and products can only come through interdisciplinary effort by chemists, engineers and toxicologists. Despite ongoing efforts to cross-pollinate the these fields, significant further progress is necessary. This session aims to facilitate cross-pollination by engaging leading experts from industry, academia and government in mechanistic and predictive toxicology, as well as molecular design for safety. The experts will engage chemists and engineers at the conference by translating their contributions into tangible and practical knowledge that can be applied to designing new products and evaluating existing ones. The session will facilitate interaction through a panel discussion, short presentations and interactive discussions of best practices in research and industry.