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Two technologies which assess the impact of chemicals and pollutants on the lungs and skin without the need for animal testing are joint winners of the 2013 Lush Science Prize.
The 2013 winners of the Science category, with a prize of £25K each, are:
- The Lung & Particle Research Group at Cardiff University: for their development of a model of the lung using human tissue, able to show cellular damage and changes in metabolic activity in response to toxins. The model has proven to be a viable alternative to the use of animals for safety testing aerosolized health, beauty and cleaning products, pesticides, herbicides and foodstuffs.
- The QSAR & Molecular Modelling Group at Liverpool John Moores University: for their work developing chemistry-driven computational models for the prediction of toxicity of cosmetic ingredients. Their research focuses on defining the so-called Molecular Initiating Event within an 'Adverse Outcome Pathway' enabling chemical toxicity to be predicted. Recent work has looked at predicting skin sensitization potency and respiratory sensitization potential.