All substances existing in the environment are potentially poisonous when present in high levels. Toxicology is the study of poisons and their harmful effects on biological systems. Drugs are remedies for diseases but can also have harmful effects leading to toxicity and deadly injuries. Clinical toxicology tests for all potential poisons, diagnoses overdosed patients, develops new remedies, and understands how substances can cause harmful effects to people. The environment and ecosystems are constantly attacked by certain potentially hazardous chemicals, such as pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals and pollutants. Environmental toxicology is a field that screens these substances for a better monitoring of the environment.
Toxicologists are polyvalent scientists who can work in industries, specialty laboratories, universities and poison control centers.
Toxicology is also an efficient tool to diagnose genetically inherited diseases and diseases caused by toxic substances or drug of abuse, detect doping, identify the cause of death in order to solve the mystery of a crime, study the effect of pollution on individuals and on the environment, and develop new products, such as cosmetics, drugs, safe bio-pesticides and food additives.
The Specialty program in Applied Toxicology at the AUST is divided into two parts:
The first part is dedicated to familiarize participants with topics related to Applied Toxicology, such as: Medicinal Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmacodynamics, Pharmacokinetics and Instrumental Chemistry.
The second part includes a series of courses rich in applications and practical training. These courses include advanced topics in Applied Pharmacology, Environmental Toxicology, Pharmaco-Toxicology, and new trends in Applied Toxicology.
Participants can learn the analysis of various biochemical molecules, drugs, heavy metals, chemicals, pollutants, drugs and pesticides in biological fluids and tissues and explosives. Students will have a hands-on training on Gas and Liquid Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry, UV Visible, Atomic Absorption and Infrared Spectroscopy equipment.