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Vol. 25 No. 3
May - June 2003

The Project Place | Information about new, current, and complete IUPAC projects and related initiatives
See also www.iupac.org/projects

Toxicology Postgraduate Research in Developing Countries

Global changes in industrialization patterns have the potential to exert major impacts on human and environmental health, particularly when problematic chemical- related industries in developed countries are relocated to developing countries for economic reasons. In these less-regulated settings, the ability to identify, monitor, and manage the adverse effects of industrial activities is hampered by a paucity of toxicological expertise.

One means of addressing this lack of expertise would be to provide scientists and regulators in developing countries with ready access to locally relevant toxicology and risk assessment methodologies. This would enable the local scientific community to build their capacity to address human and ecological health concerns caused by chemical exposures in occupational and environmental settings. The wider community will be the ultimate beneficiary of the consequent adoption of more appropriate processes for sustainable development and industrialization.

In these less-regulated settings, the ability to identify, monitor, and manage the adverse effects of industrial activities is hampered by a paucity of toxicological expertise.

This proposal by IUTOX, together with IUPAC and IUPHAR, is to develop a postgraduate research program that deals directly with local toxicological issues in developing countries and countries in transition (e.g., in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and the Pacific region). The program will be based on an existing Master in Toxicology; it will involve online coursework and postgraduate research projects co-mentored by local scientists and related to local issues.

For more information, contact Dr. A. Kallner <anders.kallner@ks.se>, president of the IUPAC Chemistry and Human Health Division.


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