Toxicology Research

Group Leader: Dr Jared Brown

Our research focuses on the prevention, treatment and impact of poisonings.

Our specialist staff run the busy Poisons Information Centre, a telephone service which provides public information regarding risk assessment and simple first aid. We are working to systematically analyse information collected in some 250,000 calls annually, with the aim of understanding why some people self-poison and the toxicity of drugs in different people. We influence practice by developing better treatment protocols and diagnostic tests and by trialling new antidotes.

We conduct randomised trials looking at different education interventions which aim to reduce the likelihood of poisonings. We also conduct surveillance of drug toxicity and recommend policy changes regarding the regulation of drugs.

We collaborate widely with national and international networks including the South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration, the National Poisons Information Network and the Australian Snake Bite project. Some of our research is conducted in Sri Lanka, where we are running a number of randomised trials.

Please visit the Poisons Information Centre for general and clinical information.