Molecular Toxicology





Chair: Hilmi Orhan, Ege University
Email: horhan[at]

Secretary: Angela Mally, Wurzburg University 
Email: mally[at]

The Molecular Toxicology speciality section is interested in the molecular mechanisms whereby chemicals cause toxicity. There are several reasons for this interest. Firstly, mechanisms of toxicity can reveal fundamental aspects of biology. Thus, toxins such as cyanide and rotenone were used to reveal the existence of the Krebs cycle, a central component of cellular energy metabolism. Secondly, understanding of mechanisms of toxicity is essential for meaningful extrapolation of results obtained in experimental systems, for the risk assessment of human exposure to chemicals. Thus there are examples where the extrapolation from high dose to low dose requires a non-linear model on the basis of knowledge of a mechanism, and there are examples where extrapolation from species-to-species requires detailed knowledge of mechanisms. Finally, the application of novel molecular biology methods offers fantastic opportunities for enhancing our understanding of toxicology.
The Molecular Toxicology group therefore is committed to embracing a dynamic and expanding vision of the future of toxicology, and is seeking to expand its membership, and the relevance of its mission for the membership of Eurotox. We actively seek engagement with the membership, and a mailing list is available for all those who wish to participate

Anyone who wishes to engage with the group may also contact the chair directly.

The annual face to face meeting takes place during the annual EUROTOX congress. Please join us!

To learn more, download our presentation here.

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The EUROTOX Molecular Toxicology Specialty Section organised an inaugural course on molecular toxicology at Ege University, Izmir, Turkey, June 26-28. Recent developments in science and feedback from various parties made this educational meeting a much anticipated and well attended event. Izmir hosted 14 invited lecturers a group of 32 course attendees from Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Estonia, Poland, Serbia and Turkey.

During the course, PhD students and PhDs from various disciplines tackled contemporary issues in molecular toxicology in an interactive format which allowed the opportunity to discuss scientific topics covered (or not) by the course, as well as share their personal experience. The course was co-financed by EUROTOX.