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Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT

Seattle, Washington
Speaker Topic: Toxics
Medical Specialty: Toxicology
PSR Affiliation: Member, National Board
Professional Affiliation: Director, Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders
School Affiliation: Affiliate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington

Areas of Expertise:

  • Iraq war
  • Social justice
  • Medical Student Activism
Media Experience: Television, Radio, Writing (editorials, op-eds), Public Speaking

Why PSR?

I joined and support PSR because the members are leaders in working to create an environment in which the children of all species can reach and maintain their full potential free of unnecessary or hazardous chemicals and free of nuclear weapons and radiation hazards.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Steven G. Gilbert, Director and Founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND), has a Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Rochester, and is a Diplomat of American Board of Toxicology (D.A.B.T.).His book, A Small Dose of Toxicology- The Health Effects of Common Chemicals addressing everyday concerns about toxicology was published in 2004 (see www.asmalldoseof.org). His latest project is developing Toxipedia (www.toxipedia.org), a wiki based web site designed to connect science and people by placing scientific information in the context of history society and culture. This project has resulted in a series of wiki based web sites including the World Library of Toxicology (WLT, www.wltox.org), funded in part by the National Library of Medicine. He also started a web site on Integrated Pest Management (www.ipmopedia.org), in part with funding King County, WA Hazardous Waste. He recently established Health World Press (www.heallthyworldpress.org) and published its first book “Particles on the Wall” (see www.particlesonthewall.org) which united the arts and science to address issues at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. He is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington and an Affiliate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington Bothell. Dr. Gilbert is a former owner and President of Biosupport, LTD., which he sold to SNBL USA Ltd. a Japanese based corporation. For two years he continued as President of SNBL USA and SNBL USA Biosupport. These companies were involved in pre-clinical contract research, toxicology, primate research and specialized model development including, research in cardiovascular biology, and neurobiology in a GLP environment.

Dr. Gilbert at the John Snow Memorial
Dr. Gilbert at the John Snow Memorial

The Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders, founded in 1996, is a non-profit (501c3) institute dedicated to research and education in the neurotoxicology. Dr. Gilbert is the author or co-author on over 40 peer-reviewed publications as well as numerous abstracts, several book chapters, and has given almost 500 invited presentations. He has served a number of non-profit boards of directors of local and national organizations. He is currently a board member of and past president of the board of directors of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, and on the board of Resource Media. He is actively involved in the Master Home Environmentalist Program, dedicated to community education about home hazards. He is a member of the NWABR speaker’s bureau giving lectures in K-12 classrooms on toxicology, animal use in research, drug development, stem cells and ethics. He teaches at the University of Washington, most recently a course on risk assessment. He has also served on several committees for the Society of Toxicology. The majority of Dr. Gilbert’s research has focused on understanding the neurobehavioral effects of low-level exposure to lead and mercury on the developing nervous system. Efforts to make this research accessible to the public and government regulators have fostered an interest in risk assessment, risk communication and the precautionary principle. Steve brings an interesting perspective to basic toxicology having worked for the Canadian government, as leader in private industry and as a teacher and faculty member in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington.

Web sites: www.asmalldoseof.org, www.toxipedia.org, www.healthyworldtheater.org, www.wltox.org, www.IPMoedia.org, www.wanmec.org 

To request Dr. Gilbert as a speaker, please email psrnatl@psr.org or call 202-667-4260.

In the Spotlight

On Friday September 12, 2014, MdEHN, Chesapeake PSR, and ANHE co-hosted a symposium of experts to assess the findings of the study, Potential Public Health Impacts of Natural Gas Development and Production in the Marcellus Shale in Western Maryland.  There was general consensus that science is emerging that suggests health issues associated with various aspects of gas and oil well development need to be better understood, and that as a consequence, Maryland should not proceed with hydrofracturing at this time.

Publications:

A Small Dose of Toxicology: The Health Effects of Common Chemicals, 2004.

Particles of the Wall, 2011

Steven G. Gilbert (lead author) Scientific Consensus Statement on Environmental Agents Associated with Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Developed by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative. Released February 20, 2008.