Master of Advanced Studies: Toxicology
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The Master of Advanced Studies in Toxicology provides a comprehensive educational programme recognized by national and international professional bodies as a postgraduate academic qualification in toxicology. It is designed to fulfill the needs of recently graduated students who are already in employment and potential employers in industry, academia and regulatory bodies.
Computer assisted learning, Hands-on training, Lecture
two years, part-time
-Master in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology or equivalent, or
-Bachelor in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology or equivalent + at least 3 years of professional experience in a field related to toxicology
-Letter of application including motivation to take the course
-Strong command of both written and spoken English
Students, Professionals (e.g. veterinarians), Researchers
Industry, Governmental bodies, Contract Research Organizations (CROs)
Refinement, Reduction, Replacement
Carrying out procedures on animals, Taking care of animals, Killing animals, In vitro methods, Ethics, Legislative aspects
Partial coverage (e.g. a module)
Rodents, Mice (Mus musculus), Rats (Rattus norvegicus), Guinea-Pigs (Cavia porcellus)
|Course level on animal species:||
Introductory course, Basic course
|Details on the topic or technology covered:||
There are two relevant modules in this MA. One module includes a theoretical part presenting the main aspects of the laboratory animal (anatomy, physiology, breeding, housing, enrichment and transport), as well as the knowledge and manipulations necessary for animal experimentation (anesthesia, pain assessment, diseases, allergies, identification of rodents, genetically modified animals and euthanasia). In addition, a reflection is proposed on ethics. The rules to obtain a permit for animal experimentation according to Swiss legislation are given. The practical part can be done only by students performing or planning to perform animal experimentation. It allows handling of mice, rats and guinea pigs and teaches several manipulations described during the theoretical part, as well as perfusion and organ dissection.
The other module introduces an alternative to animal experimentation: the 3D cultures. The students will acquire the basic knowledge on the different techniques and methods used to perform in vitro screening of toxic molecules and to replace classical animal experimentation. The models described are the 3D cultures as well as the stem cells (rodent/human origin), cell lines, primary cultures, slices and the Zebra fish. Such alternative methods allow a mechanistic understanding of the toxicity pathways, which will be useful for risk evaluation.
Scientific understanding of the mechanisms and consequences of adverse effects in living organisms caused by chemical exposure.
Ability to ethically apply the science of toxicology in research, product development and safety assessment.
|Accreditation body and/or authority that approved the education or training:||
University of Geneva, University of Lausanne
Master of Advanced Studies in Toxicology
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