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Dr Alan Goldberg Ph.D.


Professor of Toxicology, Department of Environmental Health Sciences , The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health


Dr. Goldberg received his bachelor’s degree at the Long Island University-Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy in 1961 and his PhD from the University of Minnesota, Department of Pharmacology in 1966.  After postdoctoral work in microchemistry and a faculty appointment at Indiana University, he moved to the Johns Hopkins University in 1969, where he became Professor in 1978, and was an associate dean (research and technology transfer) from 1984-1999.  As a professor of toxicology, his area of focus was the nervous system, with his major contributions in fundamental aspects of cholinergic biology and radio-enzymatic assay for the measurement of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.  In the late 1970s, Dr. Goldberg’s work began to focus on in vitro systems.  In 1981, he founded the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing.

The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing is focused on working with industry and government to incorporate the latest technologies and the most humane science in decision-making.  The Center supports the development of new in vitro methods and refinement alternatives that contribute to basic research, product development, and regulatory decisions.  It also provides education to scientists on how one practices the most humane science, aka – the 3Rs of alternatives – refinement, replacement, reduction.

As a Dean at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr. Goldberg was responsible for technology transfer, conflict of interest, and working with the private sector.

Dr. Goldberg actively serves on the IACUC of the Fresh Water Institute, is a consultant to Mary Ann Liebert Publishers, Epithelix and IonTox, an in vitro CRO. In the not-for-profit sector, he is a member of the Advisory Board of Faculty for the Department of Institutional Review Ethics and Administration in Nicholas Cardinal Cheong Graduate School for Life, The Catholic University of Korea, (South Korea); the Alexandra Foundation (Monaco); the Board of Directors of the Institute for Scientific Communication (ISC).

He is a leading authority on the creation, development, and validation of alternative toxicological methods and has served on numerous committees for national and international organizations charged with protecting public health. He is the recipient of several awards, including the inaugural Russell and Burch Award in 1991 from the Humane Society of the United States, the Society of Toxicology’s Ambassador of Toxicology Award in 1998, the Society of Toxicology’s 2001 Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award, and the 2001 Doerenkamp-Zbinden Foundation Award. He is the author of more than 150 scientific articles and editor of numerous books.

During the last several years, Dr. Goldberg was a member of the Pew Commission on the Impact of Industrial (US) Farm Animal Production (www.pcifap.org), on issues of public health, environment, animal welfare and social justice.  In the food area, he is currently exploring issues of ethical (fair) foods, and in toxicology, working with IonTox he assists companies in developing in vitro strategies for product safety.

Contact Details

Website: http://caat.jhsph.edu

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