Toxicology and Societies Speaker Series - Markus Hecker
Title: Next‐Generation Tools to Prioritize Chemicals and For Environmental Management: EcoToxChip
The EcoToxChip project represents an effort by researchers at McGill University, the University of Saskatchewan, and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), along with a broad coalition of partners in government and industry whose needs drive the work, to develop, test, and validate a novel toolbox to address some of the limitations of traditional chemical risk assessment. Specifically, the objective of the EcoToxChip project (www.ecotoxchip.ca) is to develop, test, validate, and commercialize quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) arrays (EcoToxChips) and a data evaluation tool (EcoToxXplorer.ca) for the characterization, prioritization, and management of environmental chemicals and complex mixtures of regulatory concern. In addition to providing new tools, the project aims to provide guidance to regulators and other end-users (e.g., within industry or academia) with regard to the adoption of toxicogenomics testing tools in ways that support current risk assessment activities and chemicals management programs.
You can view the presentation on-demand through the WWU Alumni site.
About the Speaker: Markus Hecker, University of Saskatchewan, Toxicology Centre and School of the Environment & Sustainability
Markus Hecker is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Predictive Aquatic Toxicology, with 24 years of experience in conducting research in ecotoxicology and chemical hazard assessment. He is considered a global expert in environmental risk assessment, ecotoxicogenomics, hazard characterization of contaminants in native fishes and amphibians, and development of alternatives to live animal testing. Dr. Hecker is a member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada, and a visiting/guest professor at Xiamen University, China. He is the co-Editor-in-Chief of Aquatic Toxicology and has been a member of the board of directors of the Society of Toxicology and Chemistry (North America) for the past three years. Dr. Hecker served as an advisor/expert to several national and international organizations including Environment and Climate Change Canada, Health Canada, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the European Food Security Agency and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Markus has authored or co-authored over 190 peer-reviewed papers, review articles, editorials and book chapters over his career.