FUNDAMENTAL OF TOXICOLOGY
Fundamental of Toxicology is a new subject in the Grade of Food Science and Technology. The concepts in Fundamental of Toxicology are important and moreover it is necessary find all sorts of helpful information to incorporate into specific content. This first year for getting this goal we are going to try to add “links” of each specific competence. In this section the students will find lists of interesting websites which can visit for activity ideas or obtain more in-depth information about specific subjects. Toxicology combines the elements of many scientific disciplines to help us to understand the harmful effects of chemicals on living organisms. The program is focus on areas such as carcinogenesis, endocrine, developmental and reproductive toxicology, ecotoxicology, neurotoxicology, regulatory affairs and risk assessment which is determining the likelihood those harmful effects will occur under certain exposure circumstances. If the risks are real, then we must be able to deal with them effectively. If the risks are trivial, then we must ensure that valuable public resources are not spent ineffectively. Such important decisions must be made with responsibility of the toxicologist: develop new and better ways to determine the potential harmful effects of chemical and physical agents and the amount (dosage) that will cause these effects. An essential part of this is to learn more about the basic molecular, biochemical and cellular processes responsible for diseases caused by exposure to chemical or physical substances; design and carry out carefully controlled studies of specific chemicals of social and economic importance to determine the conditions under which they can be used safely (that is, conditions that have little or no negative impact on human health, other organisms, or the environment); and assess the probability, or likelihood, that particular chemicals, processes or situations present a significant risk to human health and/or the environment, and assist in the establishment of rules and regulations aimed at protecting and preserving human health and the environment. With this outline of our objectives we have to get the student participation. They will have to resolve problems related to several items which are in the web and explain the results during the class. It is essential to provide experience by working in a laboratory or completing a student research project that can be very important in increasing their skills and helping them to determine the kind of science career that suits their interest and skills. Engage in activities that improve team-building aptitude, as well as those that improve hand-eye coordination.