Toxicological research is often complex, time-consuming, resource-intensive, and difficult to effectively share and communicate. For example, a study on a single chemical can take years to complete and cost millions. At the Dec. 3–4 meeting of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Board of Scientific Counselors, committee members learned how the NIEHS Division of the NTP (DNTP) is addressing those problems and promoting innovation.
DNTP seeks to tackle major public health challenges and enhance its scientific capabilities, as the organization moves from observational to predictive toxicology. Leaders say the group is focused on fine-tuning nonanimal research approaches, improving the design of hypothesis-driven animal studies, and more effectively demonstrating how those experiments relate to human health. Additionally, DNTP leadership is focused on improving databases to standardize how results are shared.