6/3/20 - Ask a RIFM Scientist: What is skin sensitization, and why study it?

Skin is the largest organ of the body, and skin health is critical to our overall health and quality of life. Mihwa Na, PhD, leads RIFM’s skin sensitization team.

5/28/20 - RIFM Publishes Groundbreaking New Paper on Fragrance Ingredient Clustering and Read-across

Ground-breaking study presents a novel way of clustering a chemical inventory and defines a tiered approach to identify read-across analogs for filling data gaps.

5/13/20 - Ask a RIFM Scientist: Can an egg save animal lives?

Award-winning scientist Yax Thakkar, MS, leads RIFM’s genotoxicity testing program. This week, we talked with Mr. Thakkar about exciting new research using chicken egg models.

5/5/20 - Ask a RIFM Scientist: What is genotoxicity, and why study it?

Post-doctoral researcher Holger Moustakas, PhD, is part of the genotoxicity team at RIFM that evaluates the potential genetic impact of fragrance ingredients.

4/29/20 - Ask a RIFM Scientist: Can artificial intelligence help evaluate safety?

In last week’s Ask a RIFM Scientist, we hinted at the impact that artificial intelligence is beginning to have on our understanding of chemicals. This week, we take a deeper dive.

4/22/20 - Ask a RIFM Scientist: Why is organizing fragrance materials so important?

A process called “clustering”—or organizing chemicals into structurally similar groups—has helped scientists at the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM) assess thousands of ingredients without having to test them on animals.

4/14/20 - Ask a RIFM Scientist: How is fragrance safety evaluated?

As science and our understanding of the ethical treatment of animals has evolved, RIFM has moved away from in vivo (animal) testing, pioneering the use of rigorous and now globally accepted animal-alternative methodologies and scientifically proven computer models to ensure consumers that they can safely enjoy their favorite fragranced products.

4/2/20 - A Resource Powerhouse: How the RIFM Database keeps science moving forward

While New Jersey shelters in place and neighboring New York takes a PAUSE, the Research Institute for Fragrance Material’s scientists continue work from their homes, evaluating the safety of fragrance ingredients and carrying out related research. The RIFM Database makes this possible.

3/10/20 - Sharing the Science Behind Fragrance Safety

In January of this year, RIFM held an “information exchange,” or INFOX, in New Delhi, India, where RIFM staff and members of the Expert Panel presented cutting-edge fragrance safety–related science to an audience of 100 fragrance industry professionals, academics, and government oversight officials.

2/26/20 - Ask a RIFM Scientist: If I Can Smell It, Is It Safe?

Last week, the New York Times asked the question What’s the World’s Worst Smell? The riveting article opens with an introduction to Monell Chemical Senses Center’s Pamela Dalton, whose experiments on bad smell led her to discover that people don’t always agree on whether a particular odor is good or bad.

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