FPDP Toxicology (FPDP-T) history

Strong scientific background is an absolute prerequisite for successful work in toxicology. The establishment of EU Chemicals Agency in Finland highlights Finland’s role and visibility in toxicology teaching, training and research. Among the most important tools in the risk assessment of chemicals are toxicity tests, which are elemental for the elucidation of toxicological characteristics of chemical substances. Actually only a minority of existing chemicals produced and used to any extent have been systematically investigated. The new chemical legislation in EU requires testing of all significantly produced and marketed chemicals, new and old (the so-called REACH program). The 3R principle (reduce, refine, replace) in animal testing adopted by EU aims at replacement of animal tests by in vitro and in silico approaches whenever possible. In other cases refinement and further development of tests is hoped to reduce the number of animals used. This objective cannot be met without well-trained experts and scientists in the field of toxicology.

In FPDP Toxicology, students get strong scientific training in principles and practice of modern molecular and cellular toxicology, with emphasis on mechanisms of toxic phenomena. PhD projects within the participating teams and international collaboration, focus upon the transformation of in-depth research on in vitro and in silico approaches into practical applications, to benefit toxicological research and risk assessment. National and international collaborative arrangements with shared supervision and mutual research interests help doctoral students to develop contacts and possibilities to work abroad already during doctoral studies.