The National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology, Entox, strives to provide leading-edge science to improve human health through a healthy environment.

Entox is a joint venture of the University of Queensland and the Queensland Department of Health.

Our mission is to improve the health of people and ensure an environmentally sustainable future by:

  • generating new knowledge on the sources, fate, exposure, and effects of environmental contaminants, and to apply this knowledge to environmental and human risk assessment;
  • providing education and training in environmental toxicology and risk assessment in an environment where students and staff can grow and fulfil their aspirations; and
  • engaging with academia, industry, government and the general public.

Research in environmental toxicology is conducted at Entox within a risk assessment framework, which is composed of hazard identification, followed by parallel exposure and effect assessment to result in risk characterisation and strategies for risk reduction

Risk Assessment Framework

Fundamental research in mechanistic toxicology, which applies cell biology and genetic methods as well as research on toxicokinetic and toxicodynamic processes, informs hazard assessment. Studies on the sources, fate and effects of chemical and physical stressors inform exposure assessment. Chemical stressors encompass organic chemicals, metals and metalloids as well as natural toxins, mixtures of all the above and transformation products. Physical stressors include temperature, salinity, UV and other radiation.

To support understanding on how humans and ecosystems are exposed to environmental stressors, improved monitoring tools need to be developed- they include both analytical and bioanalytical tools for monitoring of chemicals in a variety of matrices, from water, air, soil, sediment, food to the biota and people.

Ultimately the research conducted in these areas will allow more accurate prediction and assessment of the environmental and human health risks through integrating the above and combining it with population health studies.


Research goals of existing research groups  

The five existing research groups at Entox are formed across the five major research themes and cover typically one or more of the areas. They are closely intertwined with the following research goals of the individual groups developed in a consensus process with the Entox Research Committee.

The Strategic Research Plan may be downloaded from here

Annual Reports for the previous years may be downloaded from here:

Annual Report 2014 

Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2012

Annual Report 2011

Annual Report 2010

Annual Report 2009

Annual Report 2007

Annual Report 2006

About Us section

Entox Vision and Mission Statement

Centre Vision As Australia's National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology, we st...

History of Centre Operations

The NHMRC National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology (Entox) was established in 1991 to address the need for research in human environmental toxicology in Australia.  Subsequent ...
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