25 No. 3
May - June 2003
Postgraduate Research in Developing Countries
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.
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.
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.
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.
information, contact Dr. A. Kallner <[email protected]>,
president of the IUPAC Chemistry and Human Health Division.
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