"We protect people and the environment with safety assessments"
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“We protect people and the environment with safety assessments"
Chemistry is becoming an increasingly integral part of human life. It's hard to imagine a world without chemicals, from basic life necessities to medicine, cosmetics and home appliances. The Korea Institute of Toxicology (KIT) is an important gateway for these chemicals and bioscientific achievements before they are transmitted to industry and everyday life.
Korea's only institution for training toxicology experts
Like any other human product, chemical technology has two sides. As was the case with a recent incident in Korea involving humidifier sterilizers, chemicals can harm as well as enrich human life. The professors and students of KIT protect people's health and the environment by analyzing and evaluating the toxicity of these chemicals.
"KIT is the nation's only safety assessment body and a training center for toxicology experts," explains Seok-ju Yoon, its representative professor. "Toxicology tests and studies are done on the effects of new bio-drugs or chemicals on humans and the environment in a preclinical manner. This requires knowledge in chemistry, biology, pathology, and animal medicine. As such, many students show an interest in KIT with a clear sense of purpose."
In three research sites in Daejeon, Jeongeup and Jinju, the 13 students and 15 professors of the KIT campus focus on the safety assessment of various chemicals and biomaterials. Lectures and field studies are actively held in laboratories under the broad categories of advanced toxicity, predictable toxicity, inhalation safety and environmental toxicity. Still, the most basic area that students need to learn about is toxicology.
"Students' determination is the secret to breaking through in such a difficult area"
Toxicology is the study of the effects of chemicals on life. Students from the three campuses of the UST Safety Assessment Institute study the specifics of toxicology in classrooms or via video lectures. Each of the professors has a specialized field of research, and by forming a team they help students learn about toxicology, which is of a multidisciplinary nature.
According to Professor Yoon, "They don't have toxicology in other universities, and it's an unfamiliar field. It can be hard if it's your first encounter, but the students' strong determination and sense of purpose motivate me in my lectures and guidance." Graduates of KIT are welcomed everywhere, in universities as well as businesses, as they have successfully completed their difficult course of study and are the only ones who have experience in toxicology research sites in Korea.
"The professors at KIT consider their students 'future colleagues' and are careful not to make them waste energy on anything other than academic and field studies," says Yoon. As human life improves and more people want to prolong their lives, more work has to be done in the field of safety assessment. We expect to see the researchers at the UST-KIT campus―the nation's only professional organization―emerge as safety guards who grow to be even more professional and skilled.