Project Team

Heather Ames

Senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, focusing on systematic reviews and machine learning in systematic reviews. Heather has a background from medical anthropology and qualitative health systems research. Her research has focused on communication about different health questions, the development of methods for qualitative systematic reviews, and the implementation of machine learning in systematic review processes.

Angela Bearth

Angela Bearth holds a PhD in psychology and risk research. She is a senior researcher at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and the Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology (SCAHT, University of Basel). She is partner in the company HF Partners (, which is specialised in consulting and R&D in security and safety. Her areas of expertise are human factors in the toxicological science and regulation and decision making regarding hazardous chemicals (e.g. public and expert judgment and decision-making regarding e.g. trace chemicals in consumer products, pesticide use in agriculture, genome editing). She is president-elect of the Society for Risk Analysis Europe and vice-president of the Forum for Genetic Research.

Sebastian Hoffmann

Sebastian Hoffmann, a European Registered Toxicologist, is an independent senior consultant, specialised in validation and assessment of new approach methods (NAM) and of their combination, in evidence-based toxicology and in the regulation of chemicals and cosmetic ingredients. His research activities focus on methodological challenges in the assessment of in vitro tests, the construction and evaluation of integrated testing strategies in the context of chemical hazard and risk assessment, and in exploring the application of evidence-based approaches to toxicology. He is an appointed member of the European Commission’s ECVAM Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) and a member of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment’s (BfR) Committee for Evidence-Based Methods in Risk Assessment. In the project group, he represents the Evidence-Based Toxicology Collaboration.

Trine Husøy

Trine Husøy is a Senior Scientist. She has 20 years of experience with risk assessment, and is a member of the EFSA FAF panel, and chairing a Panel of the Norwegian Committee on Food Safety and Environment (VKM). She has broad experimental experience, from cell cultures to human studies, including experience with probabilistic exposure modelling of chemicals in humans and PBPK modelling. She is leading the tasks exposure assessment and risk assessment in the EU project Ontology-driven and artificial intelligence-based repeated dose toxicity testing of chemicals for next generation risk assessment (ONTOX), and she is involved in several project in PARC involving exposure modelling, PBPK modelling, and she is a project member in the PARC project “Next generation Risk Assessment in Practice”.

Gro Haarklou Mathisen

Gro Mathisen is a Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment. She is a risk assessor and methodologist and leads health risk assessments of chemical substances in foods and personal care products. Current research interests include implementation of systematic review principles and methods in chemical risk assessments and also the development of such methods for new approach methodologies (NAMs). She leads a PARC project focusing on the creation of validity assessment tools for in vitro studies. She is also the project lead for the “Collaboration to Harmonise the Assessment of Next Generation Evidence” project. She graduated in Toxicology from the University of Oslo and obtained a PhD from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo.

Gisle Solstad

Gisle Solstad is a Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment. He is responsible for the administrative, financial and international affairs. Gisle is an experienced administrator with background from international and scientific relations. He has extensive experience dealing with public administration and scientific institutions and has been the Norwegian Focal Point representative to the European Food Safety Authority for 10 years. He holds an Executive Master of Management.

Camilla Svendsen

Camilla Svendsen is a Senior scientist at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Department for Chemical Toxicology. I am a project member in the PARC project “Next generation Risk Assessment in Practice”. Current interests include toxicology, systematic review methodology, and next generation risk assessment. Graduated in Toxicology from the University of Oslo and obtained a PhD.

Katya Tsaioun

Bio to come.

Gunn Elisabeth Vist

Gunn Vist is a Senior scientist at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Division for Health Services, and a project member in the PARC project “Next generation risk assessment in practice”. Current research interests include research on methodologies for different types of systematic reviews and maps used for different themes/questions. Graduated from the University of Oslo and with a PhD from the University of Aberdeen.

Paul Whaley

Paul Whaley, PhD, is a researcher, consultant, and academic editor, specialising in evidence synthesis methods and open science publishing practices. He has a particular interest in using systematic review and evidence mapping to make sense of research in support of policy goals, and the development and use of data standards for improving the quality, accessibility, and reusability of published research. Paul has been engaged as an External Expert by Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment (VKM) to provide methodological support for the development of the INVITES tools for evaluating the validity of in vitro studies.

Lowenna Jones

Lowenna is an interdisciplinary PhD student at the University of Sheffield (UK). She is part of the ECORISC (Ecotoxicological Risk Assessment Towards Sustainable Chemical Use) Centre for Doctoral Training funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and is a scholar of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. Broadly, Lowenna's research focuses on regulation of chemical risk, particularly within the United Kingdom (UK) following the UK's departure from the European Union (EU). Areas of expertise and research focus include issues of regulatory divergence and alignment, evidence-based methodologies and approaches, and socio-technical factors of effective science-policy.