Welcome to the Toxicology Education Foundation!

Our mission is to encourage, support, and promote educational activities that increase the public understanding of toxicology.

What is Toxicology?

The Science

Toxicology is the study of the adverse effects of chemical, physical or biological agents on living organisms and the ecosystem, including the prevention and amelioration of such adverse effects. We are made up of chemicals and they are a part of everything we do. Whether naturally occurring or man-made, our bodies are constantly interacting with chemicals in our food, products, and environment.

TEF's Goal

Everyone is exposed to chemicals.  While some types of exposure are beyond our control, we as individuals, and collectively through government, have the power to accept or reject certain exposures .  That is, we (as a society) can have a say in the type and amount of certain chemicals to which we choose to be exposed or entirely avoid.  TEF provides the public with access to reliable scientific information in order to make informed decisions about chemical exposures.

Two free TEF-cosponsored public events in March offered in San Diego, California

No reservations needed

Pick Your Poison: A Close Look at the Toxicants Surrounding Us

Saturday, March 21, 10:30 AM–12:30 PM Macy’s Mission Valley, 1702 Camino del Rio North, Third Floor, San Diego, CA 92108 Organizers: Toxicology Education Foundation, Southern California Regional Chapter of the Society of Toxicology, OASIS

This free course will offer an easy to understand, informative, and eclectic tour of toxicology, the science of poisons. (Hosted by: OASIS, http://www.oasisnet.org/SanDiegoCA.aspx)

The Truth about Food: How the Sustainer of Life Can Also Be Poison

Monday, March 23, 6:30 PM–8:00 PM Callahan’s Pub and Brewery, 8111 Mira Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92126 Organizers: Reuben H. Fleet Science’s Center Suds and Science Series, Toxicology Education Foundation, Southern California Regional Chapter of the Society of Toxicology

It is commonly known that some foods are better for you than others, but did you know that even foods and beverages normally considered healthy can have additives or contaminants that can make them unhealthy, hazardous and even life-threatening? Speaker will be Roger Clemons, adjunct professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Southern California and an expert in food toxicology.

In Spanish

“¿Es Seguro?” Video - Español

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Is it Toxic?

"All substances are poisons: there is none which is not a poison. The right dose differentiates a poison and a remedy." - Paracelsus (1493-1541)

In Japanese

“Is It Safe?” Video - English with Japanese subtitles

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TEF In the Classroom

Our Goal

Toxicology Education Foundation seeks to help build the public's understanding of the principles of toxicology and has developed materials suitable for classroom use at all grade levels.  Find our free toxicology resources available on this website, or contact us for additional information.  

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Educating the public about toxicology in our world since 1990.
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