Jennifer McPartland, Ph.D., is a Health Scientist.
Readers of this blog are acutely aware of the dearth of data available for tens of thousands of chemicals in U.S. commerce today. This state of ignorance reflects legal and resource constraints as well as the “challenge” of continuously integrating advancements in our scientific understanding of human health and disease into the way we assess chemical toxicity.
Fortunately, federal efforts to develop new chemical testing approaches, such as the high-throughput screening programs ToxCast and Tox21, offer a great opportunity to narrow the data gap while also helping to shine light on how environmental chemicals can impact our health. But realizing the full potential of these new approaches will take a village.
Today in Environmental Health Perspectives we have published a commentary that calls for greater and more diverse engagement of the basic research community in developing and using the new federal chemical testing data. We also provide recommendations that we believe would help facilitate and improve such engagement. Read on to learn more. Read More