Session 1 Chair: Maurice Whelan
European Commission's Joint Research Centre
Head of Systems Toxicology Unit and EURL ECVAM
Prof. Maurice Whelan is head of the Systems Toxicology Unit of the Institute for Health and Consumer Protec tion (IHCP) of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), based in Ispra, Italy.
He is also head of the EU Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM), an integral part of the IHCP. The focus of his Unit/ECVAM is on the development, evaluation and promotion of new integrated methods for the safety assessment of chemicals and nanomaterials that do not require testing on animals.
Whelan is co - chair of the OECD Advisory Group on Molecular Screening and Toxicogenomics that is responsible for the OECD programme on Adverse Outcome Pathways and is a member of the Steering Committee of the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA).
He holds external appointments of visiting Professor of Bioengineering at the School of Engineering, University of Liverpool (UK), and adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Un iversity of Limerick (Ireland).