OECD QSAR ToolBox training
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.
About the course
12.5 hours split into five sessions run over three and two consecutive days for two weeks plus a 30 minute one-to-one tutorial after the course is complete.
April 2021 Course (Course Full)
14:00 - 16:30 (UK time zone) every day on:
20, 21, 22, 27 and 28th April
November 2021 Course
14:00 to 16:30 (UK time zone) every day on:
2, 3, 4, 9, 10th November
Early bird registration fee: £660 + VAT (deadline 2 week before chosen course)
Full registration fee: £760 + VAT
Breaking down the whole course into short sessions over consecutive days allows you to consolidate what you have learned before the next session and to better elaborate questions. The timing of the course allows for at least 30 minutes of questions per session.
In addition to the attendance on the live streaming, you receive a copy of the recording for your personal use and all the material related to the course. Finally, the trainer is available at any time during the session or afterwards to answer your course-related questions.
A certificate of attendance is also available upon request.
Optimal involvement and interactions between the trainer and the trainees are ensured by limiting the number of attendees to 5 per class. The trainees are encouraged to interact, ask and answer questions with the other trainees and trainer.
The trainer, Dr. Elena Fioravanzo, is a qualified chemist and an experienced tutor. Elena is a well-recognized scientific investigator in computational chemistry and computational toxicology. Elena has more than 20 years of experience both as a trainer and as a consultant using in silico methods in real life cases.
Her ability to clearly explain concepts in the language of toxicology and chemistry provides immeasurably more value than just demonstrating software.
To ensure the quality of the training and to allow all the participants to meet their goals the number of attendees is limited to 5 per class. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
To reserve your place or ask for information, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Molecular descriptors I
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