2nd QSAR training Course

Date 05/13/2019-05/17/2019
Title2nd QSAR training Course
OrganiserAgrochemical Department, REACH24H Consulting Group
LocationHangzhou, China


QSAR, (Quantitative) Structure-Activity Relationship, has become a widely used principle in the fields of chemicals, daily chemicals, pesticides, disinfectants, etc. This model has been growing steadily in its global use due to its reduced costs as compared to traditional testing methods, its use as an alternative to animal testing, as well as its ability to accelerate the assessment process. QSAR has been increasingly utilized for the filing of data gaps along with the development of computer technology.

REACH24H Consulting Group is proud to have established a partnership with VEGA Hub to help its clients achieve full qualification in the global property evaluation of chemicals. To this end, REACH24H will hold a training session to further promote the QSAR model on the VEGA Hub platform, led by the experts Dr. Emilio Benfenati and Dr. Giuseppina Carla Gini.

Support QSAR at R&D, regulatory, risk assessment and review levels, help us promote the wider use of non-test methods at the regulatory level.

  • DATE: 05/13/19—5/17/19
  • VENUE: Huachen International Hotel, Hangzhou, China.


** The Training will be conducted in English and translated into Chinese, please be reminded to bring your personal laptop to practice.


Morning session(8:30 ~ 12:00)

Afternoon(13:30 ~ 17:45)

Day 1

Monday 13 May 2019

  • Introduction
  • Introduction to in-silico model
  • Theoretical basis: chemical format
  • Example: How to evaluate chemical information and to use online tools or chemdraw to draw a chemical and translate to SMILES, InChI, SDF, etc.
  • PS: demo for some molecules
  • Theoretical basis: chemical descriptors
  • PS: methods for evaluating and calculating descriptors
  • Example: How to calculate descriptors
  • PS: demo for some molecules, with reference to the use for the property evaluation
  • Theoretical basis: algorithms
  • Example: How to characterize and assess the different models for different purposes; practical examples

Day 2

Tuesday 14 May 2019

  • The model performance and validation
  • PS: Bias & Variance, underfitting & overfitting, R square, ROC, AUC, Internal validation, external validation
  • Example: how to validate QSAR model
  • PS: How to compare different models
  • The similarity and application domain
  • PS: similarity methods, and how to determine similarity and application domain in VEGA Hub
  • Example: how to determine application domain
  • PS: demo for some models
  • OECD principles for QSAR validation
  • QSAR Data protection
  • PS: data sources, the difference between free software, open source software, and commercial software.
  • The platform: basis, applicability, domain index, use.
  • PS: VEGA Hub, ToxRead, JANUS, EPISuite, Oncologic, T.E.S.T, OPERA, OECD QSAR Toolbox, etc.
  • Example

Day 3

Wednesday 15 May 2019

  • The application and comparison of the advantage and disadvantage of different QSAR models.
  • How to integrate the results from different models
  • How to report QSAR model in a format, like QMRF?
  • How to report QSAR results in a format, like QPRF?
  • QSAR requirements in the regulatory of industry chemicals
  • PS: EU REACH examples
  • Examples and practical exercises of models for physical-chemical properties: log kow
  • Examples and practical exercises of models environmental properties: BCF.

Day 4

Thursday 16 May 2019

  • Examples and practical exercises of models for ready biodegradability and persistence in soil, water and sediments.
  • Examples and practical exercises of models for ecotoxicological properties: fish, daphnia, and algae, acute and chronic toxicity.
  • QSAR requirements in the regulation of pesticides.
  • PS: impurity assessment, new active substance screening, residue definition for dietary risk assessments.
  • An example of assessment of impurities in pesticides
  • Examples and practical exercises of models for toxicological properties: mutagenicity, carcinogenicity, reprotoxicity and skin sensitization.
  • Example of QSAR application in biocides under EU BPR.
  • PS: an example of hygienic insecticide

Day 5

Friday 16 May 2019

  • QSAR applications in regulatory compliance for cosmetics, or other health products
  • PS: cosmetic, assessment of extractables and leachables in food contact substances, medical devices, impurity and degradation in pharmaceuticals.
  • In silico screening strategy to evaluate toxicological properties of cosmetic ingredients of plant extracts
  • Prediction in new products, impurities or degradation products before production, synthesis or preparation in drug
  • PS: ICH M7
  • Grouping. How to identify trends within a family of substances
  • QSAR development and future


Professor Giuseppina Gini

Dr. Emilio Benfenati

Head of the Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology at the Mario Negri Institute, Milan, Italy.

With a previous position of researcher at Stanford University, USA, Dr. Emilio Benfenati has specialized in toxicity and environmental modeling, molecular descriptors, QSAR, toxicity prediction, contamination and risk assessment. He is a leading R&D member of VEGA Hub, ToxRead and other models which have been used by several European institutions such as ECHA and EFSA. He has coordinated more than 20 European projects and has participated in over 50 projects, many of which involved toxicity and environmental models.

Dr. Benfenati has authored/co-authored 350 international papers, and contributed as organizer of the SETAC 2011 conference (2350 participants) and QSAR 2014 (200 participants).

Professor Giuseppina Gini

Professor Giuseppina Gini

Associate Professor, Department of Electronics, Information, and Bioengineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

Professor Giuseppina Gini has worked in Stanford University and SRI International's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Laboratory. Since 1987, she has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Electronics, Information, and Bioengineering at the Polytechnic University of Milan. Professor Giuseppina Gini's research covers a wide range of topics, including computational intelligence, knowledge representation, machine learning, mathematical modeling and its applications. She developed a free software for QSAR (SARpy) and models for various endpoints, especially mutagenicity.

Professor Giuseppina Gini is also the author/co-author of more than 280 international journal articles and is the editor of two books. Since 1985, she has served as a Principal Investigator for approximately 30 international and national research projects (from NATO, EU, CNR, MURST) and served as coordinator for one of the projects.


  • Chemical industry involved in REACH, biocides, cosmetics, agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals (ICH M7),food contact materials and other health-related products
  • Staff for (eco)toxicity profile anticipation;
  • Researchers and university students;
  • National authorities;


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Registration fee: 1,650 USD for 5 days’ training (excluding accommodation and VAT, contact us for hotel reservation if necessary)


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