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Environmental Health Resources
Basic Toxicology Resources

This page contains electronic materials published by various institutions, which can be used as teaching resources. Some of the resources are general and some others specific to subjects presented in each PULSE unit.

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Hardly a week goes by without hearing that a chemical may potentially threaten our health—pesticides in the food we eat, pollutants in the air we breathe, chemicals in the water we drink, toxic dump sites near our homes. Chemicals make up everything around us. Which chemicals are really dangerous? How much does it take to cause harm? What are the effects of a particular chemical? Cancer? Nervous system damage? Birth defects? Finding scientifically sound answers to these very important questions is what toxicologists do, using the most modern molecular, genetic, and analytical techniques available. Toxicology combines the elements of many scientific disciplines to help us understand the harmful effects of chemicals on living organisms. More information on Wikipedia for Toxicology.

ToxNet has numerous databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. It is managed by the Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP) in the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). TOXNET provides free access to and easy searching of many databases.

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The National Toxicology Program was established in 1978 by Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare (today known as the Department of Health and Human Services). The need for a program like the NTP arose because of increasing scientific, regulatory, and Congressional concerns about the human health effects of chemical agents in our environment. Many human diseases were thought to be directly or indirectly related to chemical exposures; therefore, it was thought that decreasing or eliminating human exposures to those chemicals would help prevent some human disease and disability. You may view their calendar of events or learn about meetings and workshops or provide input to NTP. To view the files below you will need Adobe Reader . Click to download Adobe Reader
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Photo taken from ToxicologySource--buildings and factories

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Chemical Safety
Howard Hughes Medical Institute is a nonprofit medical research organization that employs hundreds of leading biomedical scientists working at the forefront of their fields. In addition, through its grants program and other activities, HHMI is helping to enhance science education at all levels and maintain the vigor of biomedical science worldwide. You can take a tour of the Janella Farm Research Campus located in the Washington D.C. area or check out the online resource center. They also have a page for educators and a page for students. Explore the Cool Science for Curious Kids page for K-4 grades or read about science suggestions for parents. The HHMI catalog has DVDs and other resources for FREE. Archived Annual Reports are available in PDF format.

Cool Science Curious Kids

Many of the articles in Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) can provide background material in the area of toxicology:

  • Data Quality in Predictive Toxicology: Identification of Chemical Structures and Chemical Properties PDF | HTML
  • Use of Genomics in Toxicology and Epidemiology: Findings and Recommendations of a Workshop PDF | HTML
  • Human Exposure Assessment and the National Toxicology Program HTML
  • Application of DNA Arrays to Toxicology HTML
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    The Society of Toxicology is the leading global force in advancing science to enhance human, animal, and environmental health. The mission of Society of Toxicology is to advance health through understanding of toxicology. It is a professional and scholarly organization of scientists from academic institutions, government, and industry representing the great variety of scientists who practice toxicology in the U.S. and abroad. The Society promotes the acquisition and utilization of knowledge in toxicology, aids in the protection of public health, and facilitates disciplines. The Society has a strong commitment to education in toxicology and to the recruitment of students and new members into the profession. Check out the Toxicology for Educators K-12 and the Students K-12.

    The Southwest Environmental Health Science Center at the University of Arizona has a number of resources on toxicology. For an online tutorial, go to the Toxicology Problem Set. The science connection of the University of Arizona has resources and lesson plans for teachers. The Center of Toxicology has links to NIEHS Training Grant as well as the College of Pharmacy.

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    ATSDR - Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/ based in Atlanta, Georgia, is a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ATSDR serves the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and diseases related to toxic substances. En Español

    The American Academy of Clinical Toxicology
    The American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) was established in 1968 as a not-for-profit multi-disciplinary organization uniting scientists and clinicians in the advancement of research, education, prevention and treatment of diseases caused by chemicals, drugs and toxins. In 1974, the AACT established the American Board of Medical Toxicology (ABMT) to certify physicians in the specialty of clinical toxicology. This subspecialty was recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 1992. In 1985, a second certifying board, the American Board of Applied Toxicology (ABAT) was established for nonphysician peer recognition.


    Contents on this webpage were developed by Stephanie Nardei Outreach Information Specialist, Center of Toxicology, Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center, University of Arizona.


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