The call is open to eligible scientific organisations for a research proposal into molecular approaches for identifying and characterising microbial foodborne pathogens, specifically using whole genome sequence (WGS) analysis.
Using WGS to generate new data could help risk assessors to better understand bacterial genetic diversity, assess epidemiological relationships and identify markers about the potential to cause disease in humans.
Novel means of analysing data and putting into ‘plain language’ reports that can be used for public health action are also needed.
It is also available to research that tries to develop and apply read across methodologies to the hazard assessment of chemicals in the food safety area.
Modern methods for identifying and characterising chemical hazards are re-shaping the “toxicology paradigm” from an empirical testing approach to a mechanistic one.
Predictive tools and risk assessment frameworks are being developed that bring a systems toxicology perspective using Integrated Testing Strategies (ITS).
To find out more about the proposal and how to apply click here.