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Plenary Speakers

Published on 17 June 2020


  1. Preliminary title : Reducing the burden of testing nanomaterial safety via grouping and read-across - The GRACIOUS Framework

  2. Vicki Stone

Director of the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK.

Vicki Stone is also an Honorary Principal Scientist at the Institute of Occupational Medicine.  Vicki is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  She was the holder of the Royal Society of Chemistries Toxicology Award (2015-16) and the Editor-in-chief of the journal Nanotoxicology ( for 6 years (2006-2011). Vicki has also published over 165 publications pertaining to particle toxicology over the last 25 years.  Between 2015 and 2018 Vicki was recognised by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) as one of the top 1% of all researchers in the world for the most cited publications in the field of Pharmacology and Toxicology.  

Vicki is currently involved in three new large EU funded projects 

GRACIOUS (for which Vicki is coordinator) will generate a framework for streamlining the risk assessment by facilitating grouping and read-across of nanomaterials.  PATROLS will generate advanced alternative models for assessing the hazards of nanomaterials to humans and other species.  BIORIMA will generate a risk assessment framework for nanomedicines.  Other current funding includes UK Research Councils (BBSRC and NC3Rs) and industry (Byk/Altana).