History of Centre Operations
The NHMRC National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology (Entox) was established in 1991 to address the need for research in human environmental toxicology in Australia. Subsequent to competitive bids for its establishment by various parties throughout Australia, the winning bid by The University of Queensland and Queensland Health established the centre in the well-appointed Coopers Plains laboratories of the Queensland Health Forensic Scientific Services in Brisbane (previously QHSS), Queensland. Appointed as the first Director of Entox, Professor Alan Seawright led the Centre through its establishment.
In 1994, Griffith University became a partner in the centre organisation and subsequent to NHMRC approval, Professor Michael Moore was appointed Director. In 2000, the Queensland University of Technology also became a partner. New laboratory facilities were constructed within the QHSS and were occupied in August 2000. In February 2007 plans were finalised to construct new administrative facilities on the Queensland Health Scientific Services Site. Staff moved into these new offices in October 2007.
With the support of all its partners, the National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology – Entox, built upon its strengths until in 2006 a new operating agreement was formed between Queensland Health and The University of Queensland, when once again they decided to solely fund the Centre. Under this arrangement the Centre is administered as University Centre by the University of Queensland, Faculty of Health Sciences, based at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Herston, Brisbane. Staff are generally University of Queensland employees, and competitive grants are sought through the University of Queensland and in partnership with other universities. Queensland Health is additional funding a competitive research project scheme.
From 1 January 2009, Professor Michael Moore was succeeded in the position of Director by Professor Matti Lang and the new position of Deputy Director was created and filled by Professor Beate Escher. A new strategic plan was developed for the period 2009 to 2011 and can be downloaded here (Entox 2009-2011 Strategic Plan). This plan was revised in 2011 with the 2012 to 2016 plan released in 2012.
Governance of the centre is by a Board of Policy and Management (BOPM) consisting of representatives of the University of Queensland, Queensland Health, and science, industry and government representatives. The BOPM is chaired in sequence by the signatories to the agreement. The current chair is Mr Greg Shaw, Director of Queensland Health Forensic Scientific Services. A Research Advisory Committee, chaired by the Centre's Director, consists of expert external researchers, government and industry representatives providing guidance on research activities.
Entox has been achieving its research goals through the development of research groupings with expertise in specific areas. These groups include scientists employed by the Centre collaborating with researchers from other institutions throughout the world. Industry linkages have been fostered and a number of cooperative industry partnerships have been and are continuing to be supported by ARC Linkage grants.