Rutgers Risk Assessment Boot Camp

January 10 & 11, 2019

Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute

On Jan 10-11, 2019, the first annual Boot Camp for Risk Assessment was held in the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute at Rutgers University. Over the two days, the lecture topics included risk analysis, systematic review, data quality, weight of evidence, hazard identification, susceptible populations, exposure pathways, point-of-departure, reference values, and more. Case studies and hands-on exercises provided real world scenarios for application of course content. Participants of the Boot Camp included graduate students, postdocs, current scientists, and consultants spanning 15 different companies. Tours of core facilities within the institute were available to attendees.

Boot Camp Instructors


Brian Buckley, PhD

Executive Director of Labs Rutgers EOHSI

Marie Fortin, PhD, DABT, ERT

Associate Director, Toxicology Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Virunya Bhat, MS, PhD, DABT

Principal Toxicologist NSF International

Kristian Fried, MS, PhD, DABT

Category Team Leader Colgate-Palmolive Co

Ila Cote, PhD

Former US EPA Associate, Risk Sciences InternationalConsultant, Cote and Associates


Participant Testimonials

The boot camp served as a great opportunity to take what I’ve learn in my courses and hear about it from those who practice risk assessment professionally.

I have already recommended this to my colleagues. Not only could it be a great refresher, but it’s very interesting to hear things from the vantage point of other industries.

The Risk Assessment Bootcamp at Rutgers was a valuable opportunity to learn the latest concepts in risk assessment.  The faculty were experienced risk assessors from diverse areas and able to give knowledgeable answers to practical questions.  There was plenty of interaction with the faculty, as well as an opportunity to tour the EOSHI facilities.

This was a great opportunity to brush up my risk assessment working knowledge in an intensive but informal environment

This boot camp allowed me to gain insight into risk assessment from many fields, from pharmacokinetics and dynamic, does response, to sampling. Overall was a very engaging and worthwhile to attend.

Sponsored by the Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology – NIH T32ES007147 & the CounterACT Program – NIH U54AR055073

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