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Welcome to PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute, where we ask questions -- then we ask the experts to answer them. Join us as physicians, health professionals, and environmental health experts share their ideas, inspiration, and analysis about toxic chemicals and environmental health policy.


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Steven G. Gilbert, PhD DABT

Dr. Steven G. Gilbert, Director and Founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND), has a PhD in Toxicology from the University of Rochester, and is a Diplomat of American Board of Toxicology (DABT). INND, founded in 1996, is a non-profit (501c3) institute dedicated to research and education in the neurotoxicology. Dr. Gilbert’s book, A Small Dose of Toxicology: The health effects of common chemicals, addressing everyday concerns about toxicology, was published in 2004. His latest project is developing Toxipedia, a wiki based web site designed to connect science and people. This project has resulted in a series of wiki based web sites including the World Library of Toxicology, funded in part by the National Library of Medicine. He also started a web site on Integrated Pest Management, in part with funding from King County, WA, Hazardous Waste Management Program.

Dr. Gilbert 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 is the author or co-author of over 40 peer-reviewed publications as well as numerous abstracts, and several book chapters. He has given more than 400 invited presentations. He was on the Editorial Board of Toxicological Sciences, is Past-President and member of the Board of Directors of the Northwest Washington Association of Biomedical Research (NWABR), was an advisory board member of the Institute for Children’s Environmental Health, and is a board member of the Washington Toxics Coalition. He is currently 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 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.


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