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SOT 2015 - Q&A with Cardno ChemRisk Scientists Part II: Whitney Christian

This is the second post in a series highlighting Cardno ChemRisk staff presenting research at SOT in San Diego. You can find the previous post here.


Dr. Whitney Christian is a Health Scientist in our Pittsburgh office. At SOT, he will be instructing a continuing education course as a part of a symposium on the topic of medical device risk assessment. 


What is the title of your presentation?Whitney Christian

For my talk, it's "Risk Assessment of Orthopedic Implants—Case Study of Metal-on-Metal Hip Prosthesis". The full title of the course is "Advances in Safety Assessment of Medical Devices".


What is the scope of your class?

In order for companies to get their medical devices approved by the FDA and on the public market, they must conduct risk assessments and safety evaluations according to standard approaches/protocols delineated in the ISO 10993s. We at Cardno ChemRisk do not conduct medical device risk assessments/safety evaluations according to ISO 10993s (yet), but rather carry out post-market surveillance/crisis management risk assessments for medical devices. I will be providing instruction through a case study on metal-on-metal hip implants focusing on our Co and Cr systemic toxicity risk assessments.


Who should consider attending this course?

As listed in the SOT program, "This course should be of broad interest to toxicologists and health care professionals involved in evaluating patient risks to new treatment modalities, and in particular to toxicologists involved with evaluating the safety of medical devices and combination devices containing drugs or biologics". For more information about this course and to register, click here.


To find out more about Whitney's work, contact him here.



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Dr. Anders Abelmann is a Supervising Health Scientist and Practice Area Lead for Industrial Hygiene and Exposure Science with Cardno ChemRisk. His principal areas of training and expertise include industrial hygiene, exposure and risk assessment, and occupational safety. He has been involved in researching, measuring and reconstructing exposure, and assessing risk to consumers and workers exposed to a variety of chemicals such as carbon monoxide, ethylene oxide, propylene oxide, toluene, styrene, formaldehyde, asbestos, and diacetyl.  Dr. Abelmann completed his doctorate in Public Health Science, with emphases in industrial hygiene and occupational safety, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For his doctoral dissertation, he designed, executed, and evaluated a series of welding fume exposure experiments under laboratory-controlled conditions. A fractional factorial experimental design was used to evaluate process, environmental and physiological variables’ impacts on breathing zone concentrations. His master’s thesis research involved a life-cycle assessment of vegetable proteins, during which he evaluated the environmental impact associated with various protein substitutes in food products.

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