HESI Insights - April 2020
HESI is actively exploring new ways to support the global health community in response to COVID-19. If you have specific suggestions as to how HESI can best leverage its expertise and networks, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject header "COVID-Support."
HESI has also compiled selected COVID-19 information sources. The resources provided are offered as links to publicly accessible information from public (government, academic, clinical, and NGO) sources. Information is changing daily and we will do our best to update with new resource links as we are made aware of them. Click here to see the full resource page.
- A Society of Toxicology session on "Applying Modern Toxicology to Dietary Supplements with Ancient Roots: Botanical Safety in the 21st Century" that highlights the BSC will be held via webinar on 23 April 2020 from 1:00 to 3:45 p.m. (US Eastern). The session is open to anyone and registration is available here. Presentations will include the following:
- Introduction. Cynthia Rider (NIEHS/NTP, Research Triangle Park, NC)
- Applying Modern Toxicology to Botanical Dietary Supplements. Michelle Embry (HESI, Washington, DC)
- Chemical Analysis: The Foundation of Botanical Safety. Joshua Kellog (Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA)
- Developing and Applying In Vitro Liver Models to Address Potential Hepatotoxicity of Botanical Dietary Supplements. Amy Roe (Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH)
- Systems Toxicology Approaches to Evaluate Botanical Safety. Joseph Dever (Amway Nutrilite, Grand Rapids, MI)
- Challenges and Approaches for Using Animal and Human Data to Evaluate In Vitro Systems in Botanical Safety Assessment. Cynthia Rider (NIEHS/NTP, Research Triangle Park, NC)
- The Botanical Safety Consortium will hold an informational virtual meeting on 29 May 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (US Eastern). The meeting has the following aims:
- Providing information on the general structure, mission, objectives, and strategy of the Consortium and its technical working groups;
- Recruit new members; and
- Solicit input on current scientific challenges and opportunities related to the safety of dietary botanicals.
Information on how to connect to the meeting and the agenda will be available on the website soon. Presentations will be recorded and made available after the meeting.
- The Consortium was highlighted in the most recent issue of the NIEHS Environmental Factor, available here.
For more information about the Botanical Safety Consortium, including how to join this exciting group, please visit botanicalsafetyconsortium.org or email Connie Mitchell (email@example.com) or Michelle Embry (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The last three weeks have been unlike any other – for all of us. In many ways, both bad and good, this time has drawn us closer together as a global community of scientists, citizens, and colleagues. As are all of you, we are actively following the rapidly changing health messaging and research. We have included a page with links to available technical resources on our site. Undoubtedly, the publicly accessible scientific approaches to drug and vaccine safety, risk assessment, epidemiology, and exposure evaluation that HESI has developed and will develop will be critical foundations to addressing this global pandemic in the near to long term. I am actively encouraging all of our partners and programs to consider whether there are new opportunities to leverage our expertise and resources to support global efforts to combat COVID-19. If you have suggestions please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I wish all of you good health and give a special thanks to those who are on the front lines of combating this virus. Take care and stay in touch.
Syril D. Pettit, DrPH, MEM
HESI Executive Director