MAS Toxicology 2022

Registration to individual modules

You can register to individual modules up to one month before the start of the lessons. Check the dates in the timetable (link in pink) and contact us if you have any questions.

Information

Period

September 2022 - June 2024
90 ECTS credits
483 Teaching hours
Every two years 4 semesters on a bloc schedule + e-learning and self-teaching

Language

English

Format

Blended learning

Contact

Marc Fathi and Jean Terrier
mas-toxicology(at)unige.ch

Location

Geneva

Registration

Registration deadline

31 July 2022
Modules can be followed individually

Fees:

CHF 11'000.- for the programme
CHF 1'100.- for those attending the practical part of Module 4

Special fee for individual modules

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems

Objectives

  • Provide specialized education and training in toxicological sciences and risk assessment with a focus on human toxicology, leading to a recognized academic qualification.
  • Fulfil the educational requirements of national and international professional bodies towards registration as a toxicologist.

Audience

Graduate employed in a toxicological field who wishes to obtain a recognized academic qualification in toxicology.
Graduate with a Master's degree in medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, biochemistry, chemistry, biology or a diploma deemed as equivalent.

Learning outcomes

  • 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.

Programme

Timetable

14 modules:

  • Basic Principles in Toxicology
  • Xenobiotic Metabolism and Toxicogenetics
  • Organ Toxicology
  • Analytical Toxicology
  • Biostatistics
  • Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis and Teratogenesis
  • Molecular Endocrinology
  • Risk Assessment and Regulatory Toxicology
  • Clinical Toxicology, Immunotoxicology
  • Epidemiology, Food and Industrial Toxicology
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Animal Experimentation
  • In Vitro Toxicology

Master Thesis

Director(s)

Prof. Caroline SAMER, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva

Coordinator(s)

Dr Marc FATHI and Dr Jean TERRIER, University of Geneva

Partnership

Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology (SCAHT) • Universities of Basel, Lausanne and Zürich • Centre of Competence in Analytic Chemistry and Toxicology (CCCTA) • Swiss Society of Toxicology • Swiss Register of Toxicologists • Centre Ecotox, eawag/EPFL
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.

The assessment of the potential risk of chemicals and pharmaceuticals to which humans and the environment are exposed provides the necessary basis for protection measures. This increasingly complex process has created a demand for qualified scientists in industry, academia and regulatory bodies with the appropriate knowledge, experience and professional qualification.

The MAS in Toxicology was initiated in 2010 by the Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology (SCAHT) as part of its mandate to promote education and continued professional development in this important discipline. The curriculum has been developed by the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne (Ecole de Pharmacie Genève-Lausanne). The master is part of an educational platform of collaboration with the Universities of Zürich and Basel, the Swiss Society of Toxicology, the Swiss Register of Toxicologists, the Centre of Competence in Analytic Chemistry and Toxicology (CCCTA), the Centre for Ecotoxicology (eawag/EPFL), regulatory authorities, and the pharmaceutical and chemical industry.

The curriculum is designed to comply with the regulations for toxicological training set by the Swiss Register of Toxicologists and EUROTOX. Successful completion of the course may be used towards fulfillment of the requirements for professional registration as a toxicologist. Please note that in order to achieve professional registration other conditions apply as well.

Date(s)

23 September 2022
31 October 2022
10 January 2023

Location

Geneva

Fee

1500 CHF

Speakers

Prof. Bernard Rossier (coordinator), Dr Michelle Rossier (coordinator), Dr Marie-Christine Broillet (coordinator), Prof. Thierry Buclin, Dr Stephan Kellenberger

Description

This module is given in e-learning format created and developed by HSeT (Health Sciences e-Training foundation) and in face-to-face lectures. It gives the basic concepts of general toxicology: pharmaco- and toxicokinetics (absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, bioavailability, absorption rate constant, half-life, volume of distribution, clearance, area under the curve), toxicodynamics or mechanistic toxicology (non receptor and receptor mediated mechanisms, binding, dose-response relationship, potency versus efficacy, agonism, antagonism, synergy, potentiating, tolerance, sensitization), basic principles of toxicology (administration or exposure routes, role of metabolites, accumulation, characteristics of toxic effects, toxicity targets).

Descriptive toxicology presents an overview of the effects of the main toxic agents which will be further developed in different modules.

Planning

Part A: 23 September 2022

Exam Part A: 31 October 2022

Exam Part B: 10 January 2023

The module is divided into two parts. Part A must be passed (multiple choice questions) in order to attend any other module. The evaluation of Part B is based on students’ written assignments and oral presentations (article or case). The final mark is a combination of marks A and B.

Module 1A costs 750 CHF. Module 1B costs 750 CHF.

Date(s)

1 November 2022
2 November 2022
3 November 2022
4 November 2022
5 December 2022
6 December 2022

Location

Geneva

Fee

1000 CHF

Speakers

Prof. Chin Eap (coordinator), Prof. Youssef Daali (coordinator), Prof. Caroline Samer, Dr Rao Chakradhara, Prof. Jules Desmeules, Dr Valérie Nicolas, Prof. Thierry Buclin

Description

This module describes the metabolic pathways involved in the biotransformation of xenobiotics leading to poisonous compounds, detoxification or producing toxic intermediates.

The students will learn to interpret methods to quantify or predict cytochrome P450 activities. Toxicokinetic and toxicodynamic principles and physiologically based toxicokinetic modelling will be presented.

The student will be able to understand, describe and interpret the impact of gene polymorphisms on the safety of medications, drugs and environmental agents (toxicogenetics), as well as the technologies involved in their assessment.

The present and the future use of genetic tests in pharmacogenetics / toxicogenetics will also be discussed. Finally, the role of toxicology in drug development will be described.

Planning

Course: 01-02-03-04.11.2022 and 05-06.12.2022

Exam: 06.12.2022

The evaluation of the module is based on a written exam (short open answer questions).

Date(s)

4 November 2022
7 December 2022
8 December 2022
11 January 2023
12 January 2023
13 January 2023
28 February 2023
1 March 2023
24 April 2023

Location

Geneva

Fee

1500 CHF

Speakers

Dr Olivier Sorg (coordinator), Dr Marie-Gabrielle Zurich Fontanellaz (coordinator), Prof. Dario Diviani, Dr Jacques Pralong, Prof. Laura Rubbia-Brandt, Prof. Solange Moll

Description

This transversal module is the largest module of the programme. Its content is linked to several other modules as it describes the basic physiology of liver, kidney, heart, lungs, brain and skin (this background knowledge will be delivered partly as e-learning), as well as their specific susceptibilities to toxicants. General mechanisms of toxicity, such as oxidative stress, inflammation, induction of apoptosis and necrosis, as well as mechanisms of toxicity specific to the different organs will be taught by internationally recognized researchers based on their expertise in these fields. As illustration of the adverse effects in the different organs, the toxic “signature” of some environmental toxicants or drugs will be analyzed.

Planning

Start of e-Learning: 04.11.2022

Course: 07-08.12.2022 and 11-13.01.2023

Oral Exam (presentations): 28.02-01.03.2023

Writen Exam: 24.04.2023

The evaluation of this module is a combination of oral presentations and written exam (short open answer questions).

Date(s)

13 January 2023
2 March 2023
22 May 2023

Location

Geneva

Fee

500 CHF

Speakers

Prof. Serge Rudaz (coordinator), Dr Alexander Scherl (coordinator), Dr Pierre Lescuyer

Description

This module is given in e-learning format and in face-to-face lectures.

This technical module presents some important aspects in toxicological analysis including the matrices of interest and sample preparation methods prior to qualitative and/or quantitative determination. The most important analytical techniques (spectral or separation approaches) used for determining potential toxic substances in different matrices are presented, including hyphenation with mass spectrometry. Students will be able to choose and evaluate appropriate analytical tools related to toxicological situations.

Planning

Start of e-Learning: 13.01.2023

Course: 02.03.2023

Exam: 22.05.2023

The evaluation of this module is divided into two parts. The first part consists of individual responses of thought questions related to scientific articles after the face-to face session. Questions are given on the e-learning platform (homework). The second part is an oral (individual) exam (15 minutes preparation and 15 minutes discussion) based on a critical analysis of a scientific article dealing with an analytical technique.

Date(s)

3 March 2023
25 April 2023
26 April 2023
7 November 2023
8 November 2023
9 November 2023
29 January 2024

Location

Geneva and Lausanne

Fee

600 CHF

Speakers

Dr Julien Boccard (coordinator), Dr Nadia Elia (coordinator), Prof. Serge Rudaz

Description

This course introduces the fundamentals of epidemiology and the principles of the statistical methods most frequently encountered in human toxicology. While it includes short formal presentations of concepts and techniques, emphasis is placed on their application to real data in toxicology. Seminars are held in a computer room, where hands-on sessions focus on conducting analyses and interpreting results.

After completing this course, students should be able to identify basic study designs, appreciate the concepts of bias and confounding, and understand principles of statistical methods, to interpret main results and to critically discuss the conclusions of many scientific publications in clinical toxicology. They should also be able to carry out simple data analyses using statistical software.

Planning

Start of e-Learning: 03.03.2023

Course : 25-26.04.2023 and 07-08-09.11.2023

Exam in Lausanne: 29.01.2024

The module exam consists of presentation and discussion of a scientific article, focusing on statistical aspects. Completion of homework assignments proposed during the course is a prerequisite for participation in the exam.

Date(s)

3 March 2023
27 April 2023
28 April 2023
23 May 2023
24 May 2023

Location

Geneva

Fee

600 CHF

Speakers

Prof. Muriel Cuendet (coordinator), Dr Emanuela Felley-Bosco (coordinator), Prof. Shana Sturla (coordinator)

Description

This module is given in e-learning format and in face-to-face lectures.

In this module, the students will be able to understand the cellular and molecular basis underlying carcinogenesis and the multi-stage process of carcinogenesis, as well as teratogenesis.

Moreover, they should be able to describe various factors, such as chemicals, tobacco and alcohol, radiation, viruses or the diet, which can cause/prevent carcinogenesis, as well as their mechanisms. The students will have a basic introduction to test strategies, focusing primarily on in vitro mutagenesis and in vivo models, as well as on cancer chemoprevention.

Finally, the students will practice organizing data and information from various areas of research impacting our understanding of carcinogenesis, and to critically discuss publications on these topics.

Planning

Start of e-Learning: 03.03.2023

Course: 27-28.04.2023

Exam: 23-24.05.2023

The module is evaluated through individual paper presentations.

Date(s)

25 May 2023
13 June 2023
14 June 2023
15 June 2023
16 June 2023
28 August 2023

Location

Geneva

Fee

1100 CHF

Speakers

Prof. Charna Dibner (coordinator), Prof. Michel Rossier (coordinator), Prof. S. Rudaz, Dr M. Cohen, Prof. S. Nef, Prof. V. Schwitzgebel, Dr M. Mavromati, Dr R. FitzGerald, Dr F. Sinturel, Prof. B. Wehrle-Haller, Prof. M. Foti, Prof. S. Ferrari

Description

Endocrine disruptors and reproductive disorders caused by disrupting endocrine functions are current critical concerns.

This course focuses on the biochemistry of hormones, their biosynthesis, their metabolism, their regulation, their measurement and their molecular mode of action at the level of receptors. Various endocrine systems are described in animals and humans, and physiological and pathophysiological contexts are presented, such as the consequences of given genetic mutations or of exposure to toxicants.

The following topics are discussed by experts in the field, giving the students the opportunity to interact with them: endocrinology, receptors and cellular signaling, steroid hormones, reproductive function (including pregnancy, sexual differentiation and puberty, testis and ovary functions), thyroid function, hormone-dependent cancer, lipotoxicity and diabetes, neuroregulation of energy metabolism, chronobiology of endocrine systems, endocrine disruptors.

Planning

Start of e-Learning: 25.05.2023

Course: 13-14-15-16.06.2023

Exam: 28.08.2022

The evaluation of this module is based on a written exam (short open answer questions).

Date(s)

29 August 2023
30 August 2023
31 August 2023
1 September 2023
1 October 2023

Location

Geneva

Fee

750 CHF

Speakers

Prof. Martin Wilks (coordinator), Dr Rex FitzGerald (coordinator), Dr Lothar Aicher, Dr Markus Hofmann, Dr Rainer Helbig, Dr Peter Bormann, Dr Hasan Mohajeri, Dr Angela Bearth

Description

In this module, students will learn methods of toxicological hazard and exposure assessment and how to apply them to risk characterization. Risk management, risk-benefit analysis, risk perception and communication will also be discussed. In addition, experts from federal authorities and industry will provide insights into the role of safety assessment in the regulation of human and veterinary pharmaceuticals, pesticides, cosmetics, food and food additives and industrial chemicals.

Planning

Course: 29-30-31.08-01.09.2023

Exam: 01.09.2023

Open-book report submission: 01.10.2023

The module is evaluated by a written exam (multiple choice questions) and an open-book assignment.

Date(s)

3 October 2023
4 October 2023
5 October 2023
6 October 2023

Location

Geneva

Fee

750 CHF

Speakers

Prof. Caroline Samer (coordinator), Dr Hugo Kupferschmidt (coordinator), Prof. Barbara Broers, Dr Nicole Vogt, Dr Anton Yvanyuk, Dr David Spoerl, Dr Pierre Lescuyer, Dr Frédérique Rodieux, Dr Victoria Rollason

Description

Clinical toxicology is concerned with the adverse effects of drugs and other chemicals in humans. The students will be able to understand the evaluation and treatment of acute poisoning with the relevant mechanisms of toxicity, describe and interpret qualitative and quantitative aspects of intoxications and adverse drug reactions, with specific references to the harmful effects on individuals and specific vulnerable populations, as well as on the immune system (immunotoxicology) and be able to interpret laboratory tests. Based upon the principles of toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics, the students will be able to analyze intoxications and harmful drug effects such as major clinical toxicology syndromes ("toxidromes") and to establish general preventive and therapeutic measures.

Planning

Course: 03-06.10.2023

Exam: 06.10.2023

The evaluation of this module is based on a written exam (short open answer questions).

Location

Genève

Fee

750 CHF

Speakers

Dr Nancy Hopf, Dr Didier Ortelli, Dr Alex Scherl

Description

Food safety and occupational health are major concerns. The goal of the module is to identify the problems related to these issues and to assess the toxicological risk of toxicants present in food and in the workplace for consumers and workers, respectively.

This module introduces basic concepts in occupational epidemiology and occupational toxicology, and includes discussions on the importance of routes of entry into the human body, biomonitoring concepts and programs, and dose estimates for exposure scenarios. These topics are discussed focusing on typical occupational toxicants such as particles, nanoparticles, bioaerosols, gases, and vapors.

Food toxicology encompasses nutritional toxicology, regulation and risk assessment, microbiology, natural toxins, contaminants, and toxicants resulting from technological processes. At the end of this module, students will have acquired the competencies related to the understanding of where, which, how and why toxicants are found in the workplace and in food.

Planning

Course: 09-10.11.2023 and 28-29-30.11-01.12.2023

Exam: 11-14.01.2023

The evaluation is based on practical work performed during the module and on an individual, open book written exam (on-line, short open answer questions).

Date(s)

30 January 2024
31 January 2024
1 February 2024
2 February 2024

Location

Lausanne

Fee

750 CHF

Speakers

Dr Nathalie Chèvre (coordinator), Dr Benoît Ferrari (coordinator)

Description

This module will enable participants to understand and to be able to apply ecotoxicological concepts to evaluate the risk and the impact of pollutants in the environment. In the theoretical part, they will learn about general principles of ecotoxicological testing for water, sediment and soil compartments. Statistical aspects (doseresponse curves), risk assessment of single substances and mixture as well as risk management will also be addressed. During the practical part, participants will be trained in substance toxicity testing with daphnids and earthworms. They will learn how to estimate EC50 and NOEC and how to conduct risk assessment.

Planning

Course: 30-31.01-01-02.02.2024

Exam: 02.02.2024

The module is evaluated through a presentation based on the risk assessment procedure learned during the course.

Date(s)

12 March 2024
13 March 2024
14 March 2024
15 March 2024

Location

Geneva

Fee

750 CHF

Speakers

Prof. Aurélien Thomas (coordinator), Dr Nicolas Leuenberger (coordinator), Dr Alessandro Musenga, Dr Olivier Salamin, Dr Nicolas Jan, Dr Timothée Joye, Dr Federica Gilardi, Dr Julien Déglon, Dr Marc Augsburger

Description

This module profits from the world-renowned expertise of the University Center of Legal Medicine (CURML).

Forensic toxicology (FT) deals with the study of behavioral and toxic effects of psychoactive, doping substances, harmful drugs or chemicals on humans and living systems in a medico-legal context. FT relies heavily on analytical toxicology for the screening of unknown molecules, their unequivocal identification and quantitative determination in biofluids, tissues and seized illegal narcotic substances.

This course will provide a basic knowledge of doping and forensic toxicology. The content will be divided in different sections aiming to give a broad cover of the field. Students will have an overview of the main classes of drugs that are relevant in forensic toxicology, they will learn how to perform toxicological analyses of biological samples, and how to interpret their findings.

Planning

Course: 12-13-14-15.03.2024

Exam: 15.03.2024

Students are assessed by written exam (theoretical and practical questions). They also have to discuss and interpret sample case data from routine practice in forensic toxicology.

Date(s)

15 March 2024
26 April 2024

Location

Geneva

Fee

200 CHF

Speakers

Dr Christelle Cadilhac (coordinator), Mrs Danielle Gerster (admin coordinator)

Description

This module is given in e-learning format.

This course (also called Module 1) is organized by the ResAL and follows Swiss federal guidelines regarding legislation for animal experimentation.

The 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 required for animal experimentation (anesthesia, pain assessment, diseases, allergies, identification of rodents, genetically modified animals and euthanasia). In addition, a reflection is proposed about ethics. The rules to get an authorization for animal experimentation according to Swiss legislation are also addressed.

The practical part of the module can only be followed by people involved or being involved in animal experimentation license. It allows handling of mice and rats and teaches several technical procedures described during the theoretical part, as well as perfusion and organ dissection.

Planning

Start of e-Learning: 15.03.2024

Exam in Geneva: 26.04.2024

The module is evaluated by a written exam (multiple choice questions).

 

Date(s)

28 May 2024
29 May 2024
30 May 2024
31 May 2024
30 June 2024

Location

Geneva

Fee

600 CHF

Speakers

Prof. Adrien Roux (coordinator), Dr Olivier Sorg (coordinator), Dr Elsa Meylan, Dr Armand Nensen, Dr Samuel Constant, Dr David Pamies, Dr Nicolas Toni, Dr Pierre Cosson, Dr Vincent Jaquet, Dr Yves Cambet

Description

This module introduces alternative methods to animal experimentation for toxicology studies. 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.

The module will also highlight the importance of the 3R in the different in vitro methods.

Planning

Course: 28-29-30-31.05.2024

Reports submission deadline: 30.06.2024

The evaluation of this module is based on a practical work, reports as well as a written exam (short open answer questions).

Assessment

Master Thesis 30 ECTS Credits
Prof. Martin Wilks
The master thesis involves 14 weeks of research work in one of the areas of toxicology covered by the MAS programme.
This comprises carrying out the research itself (bibliographical research and practical work, which may or may not include an experimental part), writing up a report (thesis) and attending a viva voce (thesis oral defence) at the University of Geneva.
The thesis requires an original piece of work by the student which consists primarily of defining the topic, organizing the research, contributing new information or insights adding to the sum of knowledge in the chosen field, expressing a viewpoint and presenting a clearly written text.
The master thesis is carried out under the supervision of a director from a Swiss University appointed by the Board of Directors.
Admission to a master thesis project is open to students who have obtained sufficient credits to pass Module 1 (Basic principles in toxicology).
Attending the viva requires the successful completion of all course modules.

Diploma awarded

Master of Advanced Studies in Toxicology
The only part-time curriculum in Toxicology in Switzerland compatible with the needs of scientists already on-the-job

Admission criteria

  • 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.

Steering committee

  • Prof. Gerrit Borchard, President of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva
  • Prof. Antoine Geissbuhler, Vice Rector of the University of Geneva, Faculty of Medicine
  • Prof. Serge Rudaz, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Western Switzerland, Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva
  • Prof. Caroline Samer, President of the Board, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva
  • Prof. Shana J. Sturla, Laboratory of Toxicology, ETH Zürich; Vice President of the Swiss Society of Toxicology
  • Prof. Aurélien Thomas, Unit of Toxicology, University Center of Legal Medicine, Lausanne-Geneva; Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne
  • Prof. Martin Wilks, Director, Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology, SCAHT

Scientific committee

  • Dr Marc Fathi, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Western Switzerland, Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva
  • Dr Hugo Kupferschmidt, Head of the Poisons Information Centre Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Prof. Alex Odermatt, Division of Molecular and System Toxicology, University of Basel
  • Prof. Michel Rossier, Head of Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology and Chief of Laboratories, Central Institute of Hospitals, Valais Hospital
  • Dr Jean Terrier, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva

Number of participants

Limited number of participants

Detailed fees

Module 1A CHF 750.- Basic Principles in toxicology A

Module 1B CHF 750.- Basic Principles in Toxicology B

Module 2 CHF 1'000.- Xenobiotic Metabolism, Toxicogenetics

Module 3 CHF 1'500.- Organ Toxicology

Module 4 CHF 500.- Analytical Toxicology

Module 5 CHF 600.- Biostatistics

Module 6 CHF 600.- Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis and Teratogenesis

Module 7 CHF 1'100.- Molecular Endocrinology

Module 8 CHF 750.- Risk Assessment and Regulatory Toxicology

Module 9 CHF 750.- Clinical Toxicology, Immunotoxicology

Module 10 CHF 750.- Epidemiology, Food and Industrial Toxicology

Module 11 CHF 750.- Ecotoxicology

Module 12 CHF 750.- Forensic Toxicology

Module 13.1 CHF 100.- Animal Experimentation (theory)

Module 13.2 CHF 1'100.- Animal Experimentation (practical)

Module 14 CHF 600.- Alternatives to Animal Experimentation

Schedule

8h15-12h 13h15-17h (may vary according to modules)

Collaboration

University of Basel, University of Lausanne, University of Zürich, Swiss Center for Applied Human Toxicology (SCAHT), Centre de Compétence en Chimie et Toxicologie Analytiques (CCCTA), Swiss Society of Toxicology, Swiss Register of Toxicologists, Centre Suisse d'Écotoxicologie Appliquée (Eawag-EPFL)

Remarks

We are very proud to have been awarded the ccCTA 2021 price for the promotion and development of postgraduate education in toxicology! This price aims to reward a project, a person, an initiative, or a scientific publication that has made a major contribution in the field of analytics and/or toxicology. 

Information
Dr Marc Fathi and Dr Jean Terrier
Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Intensive Care
Faculty of Medicine / Geneva University
mas-toxicology(at)unige.ch

I applied for this MAS to gain a certification in Toxicology. The program was complete, which meant I gained a solid understanding from all the areas of toxicology. The teachers are world-class and are all well re-known researchers and experts, which make the discussions during the lectures passionate. Following this MAS enabled me to apply some new way of thinking when doing my job as a risk-assessor. What I enjoy the most now is being able to refer back to some learnings in order to help me with my daily work. Additionally, you get to meet great class-mates and colleagues which is great for open discussions and networking. (Jérémie GAFNER, MAS 2018-2020 student)

I am an emergency physician working in an academic emergency department and in the pre-hospital environment. Thanks to the different modules of the MAS in toxicology taught by skilled experts as well as the interactions with other students, I was able to get a wide transversal knowledge of ​​toxicology. It permitted me to facilitate my understanding related to risk assessment and analytical issues, and better appreciate specific documents and their critical appreciation. These competencies are of great benefit in order to develop and the implementation of certain procedures and training in my department. (Dr Birgit GARTNER, MAS 2018-2020 student)

I applied for this MAS to better understand the toxicological impact of agriculture. This program was complete, allowing me to gain a solid understanding from all the areas of toxicology. The exchanges during the lectures are captivating, thanks to the world-class teachers, well re-known researchers and experts. When doing my job, following this MAS enabled me to understand how toxicity is approached in our society and to explain the concept of risk at policy makers, deputies, citizens, farmers, etc. Furthermore, risk management rules allow to reduce agricultural impact of some active substances (organic or synthetic) on the health (protective equipment, etc.) or the environment (pollinators, leaching, etc.). Now, what I enjoy the most is being able to refer back to some learnings in order to help me with my daily work. Finally, you get to meet great classmates or colleagues which is helpful for open discussions and networking. (Dr Dominique FLEURY, MAS 2018-2020 student)

I started the MAS in Toxicology of the University of Geneva, faculty of Sciences and faculty of Medicine, in 2018 and I was really pleased to see that the 14 modules proposed were covering so many interesting topics like endocrine disruptors, organ toxicity, cancer, food and forensic investigation, microbiology, analytical and clinical toxicology, xenobiotics & pharmacology interactions, environmental and occupational exposure, regulatory and risk assessments. We had great professors, really well educated in the field and we built a great network. Today as a European Registered Toxicologist, I would strongly recommend you follow this advanced course. (Gad Olivier AHARFI, MAS 2018-2020 student)

Testimonial Dr Daniel Fabian (Participant MAS 2012-2014)
Testimonial Nicolas Roth (Participant MAS 2010-2012)
Testimonial Dr Olivier Sanvido (Participant MAS 2014-2016)

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems

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