Donald A. Fox, Ph.D., ATS Fellow, ARVO Fellow

Donald A. Fox Ph.D., ATS Fellow, ARVO Fellow

Toxicology & Pharmacology Expert

Dr. Fox is a highly credentialed internationally-recognized toxicology researcher, educator and lecturer with broad training, expertise and experience in the disciplines of toxicology, neurotoxicology, ocular and retinal toxicology, environmental and occupational toxicology, pharmacology and neuropharmacology, alcohol and drugs of abuse, and human health assessment. He has spent 35+ years studying and consulting on the adverse effects of chemical, biological and physical agents on living organisms. Dr. Fox applies his expertise towards causation analysis, resolving disputes relating to exposure to chemical, environmental and occupational toxicants; adverse prescription, drug-drug and nutraceutical events; adverse recreational drug events; and adverse alcohol events.

Dr. Fox earned his Ph.D. degree in Environmental Health with specializations in toxicology and neurotoxicology from The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Department of Environmental Health (Kettering Labs) and completed post-doctorate training at the University of California Davis in neurotoxicology and retinal cell biology. He was a Professor of Vision Science, Biology and Biochemistry, Pharmacology, and Health and Human Performance at the University of Houston where he taught and conducted basic science and toxicological research for over 30 years. He is a certified toxicologist and Fellow in the Academy of Toxicological Sciences (ATS), and an inaugural Fellow in the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). He has received numerous teaching, research and career awards such as: the Inaugural Lifetime Career Achievement Award from the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Ocular Toxicology Specialty Section, Frank R. Blood Award from SOT for best paper published in a SOT journal, University of Houston Research Excellence Award, University of Houston Prominent Teaching Professor Award, and a City of Houston Proclamation for Outstanding Service to the University.

He lectured for 20 years on neurotoxicology and ocular toxicology at the Mid-American Toxicology Course, which is the premier course that prepares professionals for diplomat certification in toxicology. He is an active member in many professional societies including: SOT, where he was an elected member of SOT Council, and elected President of the SOT Neurotoxicology Specialty Section; ATS, where he serves as an elected member of the Board of Directors; International Neurotoxicology Association (INA), where he served as elected President; International Union of Toxicologists (IUTOX), where he served as an elected Councilor; and ARVO, where he served as elected Chair of Retinal Cell Biology Program Committee. Dr. Fox served on numerous national and international scientific advisory committees including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Toxicology Program, National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He serves or has served as Associate Editor for several different toxicology, environmental health and vision/ocular science journals and as an Editorial Board member of several toxicology and vision/ocular science journals. Dr. Fox has published 100+ peer-reviewed research papers, book chapters, proceedings, reviews and scientific technical reports, and received numerous research grants from NIH, NIOSH and other agencies that supported his research efforts.

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