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Class Details

ToxTutor (also originally called the Toxicology Tutorials) was created in 1998 as a self-paced tutorial. It covered key principles of toxicology to help TOXNET users understand what they were reading. After 18 years, the tutorials needed to be updated to align with current knowledge in toxicology and related areas. NLM staff worked with subject matter experts and others to review the contents of the 1998 Toxicology Tutorials for areas to enhance and new topics to add. The updated and enhanced tutorials released in 2016 included a large amount of new information on topics like alternatives to the use of animals in research and testing, clinical toxicology, routes of exposure, and risk assessment. Additional content was added in 2018, e.g., on risk communication, environmental toxicology, and environmental health. The responsive design of the new ToxTutor lets users to access it via mobile devices.

Presenter: Pertti (Bert) Hakkinen, PhD, F-SRA
Dr. Hakkinen is the Senior Toxicologist and the Toxicology and Environmental Health Science Advisor at the (U.S.) National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine. His job includes providing leadership in the development of new resources in exposure science, toxicology, risk assessment, and risk communication, and enhancements to existing resources in these fields. In addition, he is the project leader for the Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) tool and the recently updated and enhanced ToxTutor educational resource. Further, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics in the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, and a co-leader of the Environmental Health Sciences graduate level course offered by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences at the NIH (FAES@NIH). Dr. Hakkinen earned a B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and received a Ph.D. in Comparative Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of California, San Francisco. He is a member of the Society of Toxicology, a Councilor of the International Society of Exposure Science, and a Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis. Recent publications include a) Exploring Global Exposure Factors: Resources for Use in Consumer Exposure Assessments and b) New Studies About Everyday Types of Chemical Exposures: What Readers Should Consider. He is a co-editor of an upcoming (mid-2019) book on the Practice of Consumer Exposure Assessment.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Mar 27, 2019
3:00PM - 4:00PM ET
Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator
Continuing Education Credits: 

Class Overview

NNLM Resource Picks is a collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources to increase awareness of these resources as well as encourage their integration by libraries and other organizations to more fully serve their colleagues and communities. The Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) of the National Network of Libraries are combining efforts to feature resource experts from NLM for this national webinar series. Each session includes objectives, participation of attendees through questions and opportunities to dialog, and evaluation following the presentation. All sessions are presented as online webcasts using WebEx allowing for live phone conversation and online chat. Health. All sessions are recorded with closed captioning and archived.
(1 MLA CE offered per session)


Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize featured NLM resource.
  • Know how to locate the specific resource featured.
  • Explain to others when to use the featured resource.