The Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo) investigates potentials and risks of modern work on the basis of behavioral and life sciences. The results lead to principles of beneficial and healthy design of the working environment.
Our Core topics
Working humans in technical environments
Challenge of work and ageing
Outer and inner factors for wellbeing and performance at work
Safe handling of chemicals in modern working environments
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Painting the future animal-free safety assessment of chemical substances
A €50 million European public-private partnership (PPP) has paved the way to a new era of assessing chemical safetywithout using animals. SEURAT-1 -Towards the Replacement of In VivoRepeated Dose Systemic Toxicity Testing -showcases its achievements during a final symposium on 4 December 2015. (mehr...)
EU-ToxRisk - An Integrated European 'Flagship' Program Driving Mechanism-based Toxicity Testing and Risk Assessment for the 21st Century
In a large (30 Million €) H2020-supported collaborative project, academia joins forces with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), large industry, contract research organisations (CROs) and regulatory bodies to achieve a paradigm shift in toxicology towards a more efficient and animal-free chemical safety assessment. (more...)
Blueprint for stem cell differentiation into liver cells
Stem cell research gets more and more important because these cells can be directed to differentiate into practically all mature cell types. This represents a potential solution for therapeutics of severely damaged organs and also an alternative to animal drug and toxicity testing. Nonetheless an essential question still remains: How similar are differentiated stem cells to the desired mature cells, e.g. liver cells? (more...)
Improving the welfare of animals: Researchers develop computer-aided models to replace animal testing
Every year, October 4 is all about the protection of animals. On World Animal Day, animal welfare organisations around the globe advocate the respectful treatment and welfare of animals. One of the central demands of the animal activists is to abolish animal testing and to use alternative testing methods instead. Also scientists of the IfADo are here actively involved (more...)
Impact of solvent mixtures on neurobehavioral performance
The IfADo-meta analysis about the impact of solvent mixtures on neurobehavioral performance (review: Meyer-Baron et al., 2008) raises actual interest and became the most downloaded article of the journal Neuro Toxicology in 2013 (more...).
The organophosphate Monocrotophos
as cause of the India school lunch deaths
An editorial to be published in Archives of Toxicology by members of the ESNATS consortium (mehr...).