Mandatory Core Course

As previously stated, this course is mandatory for all CREATE trainees. 

Course name:

Toxicology and Regulation

Course Objectives:

This course will help students develop the understanding and skills to apply research results to real world needs for the management of risks posed by environmental contaminants as well as the development of regulation and policy involving such management. 


Students from the 4 participating universities will attend 11 weekly seminars/lectures either in person or by video-conferencing. Students will be required to do a short presentation and hand in a final essay that discusses how their own thesis research project is relevant to the current or future environmental regulation framework.


Lectures will be given by CREATE team members, partners and collaborators, with particular emphasis on guest speakers from government and industry including risk assessors, risk managers and policy makers.

Suggested topics:

  1. Introduction to toxicology
  2. Toxicity testing and trends of 21st century toxicity assessment methods
  3. Dose-response analysis
  4. Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology
  5. Risk Analysis paradigm and setting regulatory limits
  6. Exposure and biomonitoring
  7. Risk Characterization and regulatory decision-making
  8. Risk Management
  9. Risk Communications
  10. International uptake of new technologies and integrated testing strategies
  11. Implications of new technologies on various industries and vice versa