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September | AeroConnections Breakfast Seminar

CSI without blood: What is the role of a toxicologist? with Richard C. Pleus, Ph.D. - chief toxicologist/pharmacologist, founder and president of Seattle-based scientific research and consulting company Intertox, Inc, and co-founder of Intertox Decision Sciences.

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September | AeroConnections Breakfast Seminar
September | AeroConnections Breakfast Seminar

Time & Location

Sep 11, 2019, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

AIM Aerospace Renton, 705 SW 7th St, Renton, WA 98057, USA

About the event

Date: September 11, 2019

Time: 8am-10am


AIM Renton Operations

705 SW 7th Street

Renton, WA 98057

CSI without blood: What is the role of a toxicologist? 

Chemicals are all around us. Chemicals are a part of our everyday life. How do toxicologists keep us safe? What are the compounds unique to the aviation industry? What are the regulations or chemical standards? It can be hard to keep up. Dr. Pleus will explain what toxicologists do and how they evaluate chemical exposures to people in the aerospace industry. In a CSI format, we will review several cases and understand the work of toxicologists. 


Richard C. Pleus, Ph.D., is chief toxicologist/pharmacologist, founder and president of Seattle-based scientific research and consulting company Intertox, Inc, as well as the co-founder of Intertox Decision Sciences. Dr. Pleus has over 25 years of experience assessing the risk for humans exposed to chemical and biological agents via food, consumer products, medicinal and nutritional agents, therapeutic agents and the environment as well as over 15 years of experience focusing on potential exposures in the aviation and aerospace industry. He has conducted at least 600 chemical assessments – from those that are relatively benign, to chemical warfare agents. He has worked internationally with public and private stakeholders in aviation including major airlines and working groups. His expertise in the field of aviation includes risk assessment as it relates to the operation and maintenance of aircraft; assessing human exposure to bleed air in aircraft cabin environments; the toxicology of various chemicals including jet engine oil and hydraulic fluid; and much more. Dr. Pleus is currently a member of the Aerospace medicine, physiology, and toxicology clinical review team for the Root Cause Corrective Action (RCCA) Team for Naval F/A-18 and T-45 aircraft, established in 2018. He earned a Ph.D. in environmental toxicology from the University of Minnesota, where he had earlier completed his M.S. in environmental health. Dr. Pleus’ undergraduate work was at Michigan State University, where he graduated with honors in physiology. He conducted his post-doctoral training in neuropharmacology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. 


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