Department of Toxicology

Also available in: Türkçe

Scientific Research Areas
The Department of Toxicology, equipped with the latest high-tech devices and instruments, offers scientific research opportunities at the research labs and student labs under the supervision of experienced and competent academic staff. Besides, the department conducts interdisciplinary and collaborative studies and projects.Toxicology literally involves integrated education, training and research in pharmaceutical field. The underlying principle for studies is to provide medication safety for public. In fact, Toxicology is a challenging science that makes significant contributions to many fields of science in biology, chemistry and medicine. Department of Toxicology carries out collaborate studies and uses similar mechanisms with these disciplines. However, the main study area of toxicology is poisons and poisoning cases. Toxicology is a scientific discipline involving the study of structure and mechanism related to the toxic effects of chemical agents and detection of poisoning. The history of poison is as old as the history of mankind. There is no poison in the classical sense. The dose is the chief criterion regarding the toxicity of a chemical. All substances are toxic under certain conditions. Every substance has a toxic dose. Right dose and right route of administration is important. If the dose administrated over the lethal dose or by an improper route, it causes structural and functional hazards on the cells of living organisms, and it can be fatal as well. This case is accepted as toxic effect.

The most basic interest area of Pharmacy is the identification of physiologically active substances, natural and synthetic methods to derive them, to purify them from contamination and impurities, determination of their structure, to restore the impaired somatic functions, and the diagnostic and prophylactic use of them (Medical diagnosis, cure, treatment, or prevention of disease). However, it is essential to have information about the beneficial use and adverse effects of the drug before the administration. It is also important to know that the conscious or accidental overdosing can result in intoxication or can be fatal. This emphasizes the importance of risk assessment. Both people and other living beings live with Xenobitics or with other chemicals in their daily lives. Xenobitics stand extraneous against an entire biological system. Till now, in our universe all living and non living things have lived in an equilibrium and harmony and continued to exist. However, excessive industrialization and population growth are leading to deterioration in these balances and constituting infrastructure for future. As one of the basic disciplines in pharmacy education, toxicology is one of the education and research area for undergraduate, graduate and post graduate studies.

Educational Programs (Undergraduate)
Undergraduate (Bachelor)
NEPHAR 316 Toxicology
NEPHAR 320 Toxicology Lab.

Educational Programs (Graduate)
Toxicology Master programme (English and Turkish)
Toxicology Ph.D. programme (English and Turkish)