Benchmark Dose Software (BMDS)
Benchmark Dose Modeling – Basic Methodologies
Organizers: J. Allen Davis
Instructors: J. Allen Davis, MSPH, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Jeff Gift (EPA); Jay Zhao, MD, MPH, PhD (EPA)
Registration Fee: TBA
Preliminary Date: December 8th, 2013
The objective of this full-day course is to provide participants with interactive training the use of the U.S. EPA’s Benchmark Dose Software (BMDS) and its application to risk assessment. This interactive training workshop will consist of instructor presentations covering the basic science and theory of BMD modeling (including determination of data adequacy, model fitting and comparison, and selection of a benchmark response level), a demonstration of EPA’s BMDS 2.4, and individual and group class modeling exercises. Of particular focus will be the use of the Excel-based BMDS Wizard templates that are provided in the BMDS 2.4 install package. The BMDS Wizard streamlines BMD analyses by allowing users to build BMDS inputs in Excel, run BMDS, and import results into an Excel file. In addition to importing all results, it is capable of recommending best-fitting models using customizable decision criteria.
Participants are not required to have any previous BMD experience, but it is recommended that they familiarize themselves with basic concepts through the online tutorial and training materials provided on the EPA BMDS website (http://epa.gov/ncea/bmds/training/index.html).
Participants need to bring their own laptops to the workshop with BMDS 2.4 installed (with necessary administrative rights). The latest version of the software program can be found at: http://epa.gov/ncea/bmds/.
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