The Postgraduate Program in Toxicology, concentration area: Toxicology, started in July 2004 with the goal of training specialized human resources to study the adverse effects of chemical substances on living organisms.
Within this context, the Postgraduate Program in Toxicology has two main goals:
1) To train human resources to work with education and research in the various fields of Toxicology and who will be able to work in public and private education institutions;
2) To train or to develop human resources that can act in problem-solving and decision-making for the safe use of chemical substances and who can assume the leadership in regulatory organizations and agencies as well as in various industrial segments.
The combination of these two goals culminates in the greatest target of the Program, which is to strengthen Toxicology in Brazil, providing the country with leaders that can disseminate knowledge in the national territory and abroad.
To reach this aim, the student graduating from this Program will be able to evaluate the many aspects related to the adverse effect of chemical substances. These aspects span from the nature (mechanism of molecular, biochemical, and cellular action) to the probable occurrence of a substance. The variety of adverse effects and the diversity of chemical substances in the environment make Toxicology a comprehensive science, a fact that frequently induces the Toxicologist to specialize in three main areas, Experimental, Clinical, or Toxicological Analysis, which meet the essential purposes of Toxicology: prevention, diagnosis, and treatment after intoxication.