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OECD QSAR ToolBox training
This course is recognized by EUROTOX as providing 12.5 hours of education for continuing professional development (CPD)
The focus of this course is on the functionality of the OECD QSAR Toolbox and how to use it for higher tier toxicological endpoints. This course is for attendees who have either attended our "Understanding QSAR and read-across" course or who are already familiar with the theory of QSAR and know how to build a read-across strategy.
The OECD QSAR Toolbox is software co-owned by the OECD and ECHA and is designed to support hazard assessment of chemicals as well as to increase mechanistic and other knowledge on chemical substances in a cost-efficient way. As a freely available computational tool, it promotes the use of assessment methods alternative to animals and minimizes unnecessary animal testing without reducing the safety of human health and environment. It is intended to be used by governments, chemical industry and other stakeholders.

Objectives of the course

Specifically the course will:

  • Demonstrate the main features and functionality of the OECD QSAR Toolbox

  • Show how to navigate and use the software for read across

  • Use hands-on activities on selected case studies to put theory into practice.

Registration fee: £750


Important Announcement

It has been decided to migrate this course to the Tutor-assisted eLearning platform.
This will be 
completed before the end of March 2023.

We believe this platform is superior to video-streamed delivery for these reasons:

  • Everyone has a day job and it was not unusual for an emergency to turn up mid-course. This platform avoids the issue of missing a scheduled video session.

  • The platform provides us with a method to regularly update the course and deliver it to the participants. Whereas “live” delivery is an information "snap-shot" of when the course was delivered.  For example, there is a new version of the Toolbox released every year.  When this happens, new demonstrations will be added to the course.  With a subscription, you get the updates.  We shall email you when updates are published.

  • Allows us to set exam quizzes and home assignments using software with automated marking to test your knowledge.

  • Much better navigation to find resources as reference material. You don't need to laboriously search a long recorded video (usual for a video-streamed delivery) to find a specific piece of information.  If you don’t use in silico toxicology every day, it is easy to forget. The navigation in the Course Player allows you to find the relevant information for revision very easily.

  • Allowed us to provide a useful resources database, community message board forum for in silico toxicology and a technical blog.

The one thing we didn't want to sacrifice from our original courses was tutor guidance. So we have added two one-to-one sessions that can be scheduled with the tutor, provide email support throughout the course and we also provide access to a monitored message board  forum for the course.





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To ensure the quality of the training and to allow all the participants to meet their goals the number of attendees is limited to 20. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. 

Session 1 - 2 hours - Searching for chemical data and evaluate structural similarity

  • Substance, chemical structure, identifiers

  • Databases

  • Molecular descriptors I

  • Structural similarity


Practical examples will be demonstrated using: ChemSpider, OECD QSAR ToolBox, COSMOS DB, ChemTunes•ToxGPS©, AMBIT


At the end of this session you'll be able to:

  • Search chemical databases using a identifier, a chemical structure or a chemical substructure

  • Calculate molecular descriptors

  • Calculate structural similarity

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