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Programs of Study


  The institute established its M.S. and Ph.D. programs in toxicology in 1990 and 1993, respectively, with the objectives to train toxicology professionals for academia, industry, and government institutions, to promote toxicological teaching, research and service, and to improve public health.

 

  Toxicology is a discipline that combines the principles of biology and chemistry to investigate the underlying mechanisms responsible for the adverse effects on biological systems and to assess the probability of risk. The main results of toxicology studies will provide better understanding and help create preventive and therapeutic measures of acute and chronic toxicities associated with toxic substances of natural and artificial origins. The toxicological research activities include investigation of mechanism of toxicity; evaluation, screening and prevention of toxicity; description of carcinogenicity and teratogenicity; and characterization of metabolic, morphological, and physiological abnormalities. The recurring incidents of environmental pollution, drug abuse, and food poisoning strongly emphasize the need for an accelerated development of toxicological research to contribute in maintaining the public health and economic growth of the society. 


  Toxicological teaching, research, and service require adequate faculty, funds, and facilities. The faculty of the institute consists of six professors and associate professors, and an instructor. The faculty members are conduction research in the areas of biochemical and molecular toxicology, genetic toxicology, immunotoxicology, neurotoxicology, and environmental toxicology. These research programs are funded by twelve grants from the National Science Council, Administration of Health, and Environmental Protection Administration with a sum exceeding ten million NT dollars. The institute has published more than eighty papers and abstracts in local and international scientific journals and meetings in the past three years. The institute is well equipped and has free access to the Instrument Center, Animal Center, and other facilities provided in the College of Medicine. The institute also collaborates with toxicological researchers who research in different locations throughout the college and in other institutions.