Aerial view of the Jefferson Laboratories of the FDA campus. The campus houses all NCTR operations, as well as the Arkansas Regional Laboratories (ARL), an FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) Southwest Region laboratory.

The National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR)[1] is the branch of the United States Food and Drug Administration which conducts research to define biological mechanisms of action underlying the toxicity of products regulated by the FDA. Its director is William Slikker, Jr., PhD.

NCTR scientist processing a microarray to measure and assess the level of genes found in a tissue sample.

The FDA toxicological research facility is geographically adjacent to the Pine Bluff Arsenal. The research center is located off Interstate 530 in Jefferson, Arkansas. It is the only FDA center located outside the Washington, D.C. area, and its campus takes up approximately 1 million square feet. NCTR was established by executive order in 1971.[2]


  1. ^ FDA NCTR
  2. ^ Ramesh C. Gupta (4 April 2011). Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology. Academic Press. pp. 76–. ISBN 978-0-12-382033-4.

Coordinates: 34°22′00″N 92°06′43″W / 34.366607°N 92.112036°W / 34.366607; -92.112036

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