The Nervous System

A Small Dose of Neurotoxicology

  • An Introduction to the Toxicology of the Nervous System

Neurotoxicology Dossier

  • "The upsurge of interest in recent years in academia, industry, and government on the effects of toxic chemicals on the nervous system has created a new discipline of neurotoxicology." - Peter S. Spencer and Herbert H. Schaumberg, in Experimental and Clinical Neurotoxicology, 1980 (full text of book available online; accessed: 28 December 2004)
  • "You cannot reach your full genetic potential with a damaged nervous system." - S.G. Gilbert
  • What is neurotoxicity?
    An adverse change in the chemistry, structure, or function of the nervous system during development or at maturity, following exposure to a chemical or physical agent.

Neurotoxicology Chapter

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More Information and References

European, Asian, and International Agencies

  • Organization For Economic Co-Operation And Development (OECD). Chemical Safety. This OECD Site contains general information on chemical safety as well as specific testing guidelines for neurotoxic effects of chemicals.

North American Agencies

  • US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Neurotoxicology. Information on FDA and neurotoxicology.

Non-government Organizations

  • Society for Neuroscience (SFN). "SFN is a nonprofit membership organization of basic scientists and physicians who study the brain and nervous system."
  • ALS Association (ALSA). The mission of The ALS Association is to find a cure for and improve the quality of life for those afflicted with ALS.


  • Spencer, Peter S. and Herbert H. Schaumburg (Eds). Experimental and Clinical Neurotoxicology 2nd edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Dobbs, Michael R. Clinical Neurotoxicology: Syndromes, Substances, Environments. Philadelphia: Saunders, 2009.
  • Harry, G. Jean, and Hugh A. Tilson. Neurotoxicology, Third Edition (Target Organ Toxicology Series). New York: Informa HealthCare 2009.


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