Eawag researchers awarded 3RCC’s 3Rs Award 2019

Kristin Schirmer and Melanie Fischer from the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) received the 3RCC’s 3Rs Award 2019 for their outstanding research work. The researchers developed a toxicity test that uses cultured fish gill cells instead of fish, thereby saving thousands of fish lives. Normally scientists must expose fish to chemicals or water samples for four days and record death to assess toxicity. Researchers at Eawag have been working on alternatives to animal experiments to reduce and replace such tests on live fish for many years. The toxicity test the researchers were awarded for uses cell lines cultured from rainbow trout gills in the laboratory to reliably determine acute toxicity levels for fish of water samples and chemicals. For the first time ever, the researchers managed to obtain ISO certification for such a test. The award honours researchers who have made an important contribution to promoting the 3R principles. The awardees received their prize during a dedicated session at the 3Rs Day on 2 September 2019.
More info: https://academic.oup.com/toxsci/article/169/2/353/5368498