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Fred Berman DVM, PhD

My role is to direct the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences' Toxicology Information Center (TIC). The TIC provides a vital outreach function to citizens and professionals by responding to their inquiries about the potential hazards from exposure to chemicals and other agents. The goal is to provide up-to-date, unbiased information in a form that is understandable and useful to the patron. I also serve as consultant to the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Analytical and Response Center (PARC), which is legislatively mandated to address pesticide-related incidents in Oregon that have suspected health or environmental effects, and am a co-investigator with the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-sponsored project operated cooperatively with Oregon State University. NPIC provides objective, science-based information about pesticides and pesticide-related topics to enable people to make informed decisions about pesticides and their use.

Dr. Berman obtained his DVM from Washington State University in 1982. He practiced farm and companion animal medicine for 9 years before returning to Oregon State University to obtain his Ph.D in toxicology. Dr. Berman joined the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia in 1997 as an Assistant Research Scientist, where he conducted studies on the neuropharmacology of novel opiate, cannabinoid and adenosine receptor agents, performed original research on the neurotoxicology of marine algal toxins, and taught pharmacology to second year veterinary students. He joined the Institute in 2001 as a Research Associate and Director of the Toxicology Information Center (TIC).

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  • B.S., Oregon State University 1982
  • D.V.M., Washington State University 1982
  • Ph.D., Oregon State University 1997


  • Berman F.W. and Murray T.F. (1996) Characterization of glutamate toxicity in cultured rat cerebellar granule neurons at reduced temperature. J. Biochem. Tax. 11 (3): 111-119   

  • Berman F.W. and Murray T.F. (1996) Characterization of (3H)MK-801 binding to N-methyl-d- aspartate receptors in cultured rat cerebellar granule neurons and involvement in glutamate-mediated toxicity. J. Biochem. Tox. 11(5): 217-226  

  • Berman F.W. and Murray T.F. (1997) Domoic acid neurotoxicity in cultured cerebellar granule neurons is mediated predominantly by NMDA receptors that are activated as a consequence of excitatory amino acid release. J.Neurochem. 69(2): 693-703

  • Berman F.W. and Murray T.F. (1999) Brevetoxins cause acute excitotoxicity in primary cultures of rat cerebellar granule neurons. J. Pharmacol and Exp. Ther. 290(1): 439-444  

  • Berman F.W., Gerwick W.G. and Murray, T.F. (1999) Antillatoxin and kalkitoxin, icthyotoxins from the tropical cyanobacterium Lyngbia majuscula, induce distinct temporal patterns of NMDA receptor-mediated neurotoxicity. Toxicon 37(11): 1645-1648  

  • Berman, F.W. and Murray, T.F. (2000) Brevetoxin-induced autocrine excitotoxicity is associated with manifold routes of Ca2+ influx. J. Neurochem. 74(4): 1443-1451

  • Berman F.W., LePage K, and Murray T.F. (2002) Domoic Acid Neurotoxicity in Cultured Cerebellar Granule Neurons is Controlled Preferentially by the NMDA Receptor Ca2+ Influx Pathway. Brain Res 924(1): 20-29  

  • Rischitelli DG, Berman F, McCauley LA. (2005) Occupational and Environmental Medicine in the 21st Century: The New Frontier in Genetics and Health. AAOHN Journal 53(12): 522-528  

  • Buhl KJ, Berman FW, Stone, DL. Reports of metaldehyde and iron phosphate exposures in animals and characterization of suspected iron toxicosis in dogs. JAVMA. 2013 May;242(9):1244-1248.  

  • Lurker PA, Berman FW, Clapp RW, Mager Stellman J (2014) Post-Vietnam military herbicide exposures in UC-123 Agent Orange spray aircraft. Env. Research 130: 34-42

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