DRAGON: A Suite of Tools for Systematic Literature Review

Categorized Under: Environment, Health



In this webinar, ICF International experts discuss DRAGON, a suite of tools developed by ICF to streamline the process of the systematic review of data for hazard and risk assessments. A demonstration of DRAGON modules will be given, including those that support:

  • Literature categorization based on user-defined key words
  • Data extraction from animal toxicology studies, human epidemiology studies, and in vitro studies
  • Study quality review
  • Overall assessment management, including automatic report generation

Systematic literature review of toxicology, epidemiology, and exposure data for hazard and risk assessment purposes can require assessment of thousands of references. To inform decisions, data must be collected and evaluated, and all decisions must be transparently documented. DRAGON is used to facilitate collaboration among multiple scientists, allow scientists to transparently record their decisions and rationale, and reduce time spent on document production.


  • Cara Henning

    Dr. Cara Henning

    Senior Technical SpecialistICF International

    Cara Henning has six years of professional experience in exposure and risk assessment, air quality modeling, statistical modeling, and quantitative analysis. She has broad experience using and developing a wide range of exposure and risk modeling tools, including biokinetic and physiologically-based pharmacokinetic models (multiple models for exposure to lead, dioxin, cadmium, and perchlorate), dose-response models (BMDS), indoor air-quality models (MIASMA, designed by ICF; renovation rule indoor lead exposure model, designed by ICF), point source and area source emission models (SLAB and ALOHA), population exposure models (HAPEM and APEX), construction emission models (URBEMIS), and traffic emissions models (CALINE4). She has particular experience building model processing tools to facilitate running exposure and risk models in batch mode for applications such as probabilistic analysis or sensitivity analysis. Currently, she is assisting in the development of the cadmium IRIS documents and the dioxin reassessment. Dr. Henning's areas of expertise include physical modeling, statistical and probabilistic modeling, Fortran and VBA coding, database management, and data analysis.

    Dr. Henning has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science from Princeton University and a B.S. in Physics with Honors and Highest Distinction from the University of North Carolina.

  • Audrey Turley

    Audrey Turley

    Senior ManagerICF International

    Audrey Turley brings her experience in scientific workshop planning, training development, exposure modeling, and human health risk assessment. Ms. Turley has planned and executed several workshops, bringing together scientists to discuss a variety of topics, including goals for a nanomaterials research strategy, the interactions between climate and nitrogen, the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for lead, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) NexGen risk assessment framework. She currently leads the development of a series of training courses that describe the EPA’s approach to conducting human health risk assessment.

    Ms. Turley has an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a B.A. degree in Mathematics from Texas A&M University.

For More Information

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Event Details

Date: Jan 28, 2014
Time: 1:00PM–3:00PM (Eastern)
Presenters: Dr. Cara Henning, Audrey Turley
Place: Online

Registration Closed


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