International Congress and Workshop of Forensic Toxicology

 

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The 2nd International Congress and Workshop of Forensic Toxicology – “Industrial and Environmental Toxicology” will be held at the Ankara University, Faculty of Pharmacy, 50. Yıl Auditorium, Ankara/TÜRKİYE between 26th and 30th May, 2016.

Dear Participants,

On behalf of the Ankara University, De Montfort University, ÇASGEM, Society of Forensic Toxicology and Ankara University Institute of Forensic Sciences it is our great pleasure to invite all of you to the 2nd International Congress and Workshop of Forensic Toxicology .

This Congress is aimed to bring together forensic toxicologists from different countries and to share and enhance knowledge on latest international researches on the subject. However, topics will not be limited only to forensic issues, and will cover industrial toxicology, occupational diseases and toxicology, heavy metals and toxicology, genetic toxicology, post-mortem toxicology, ethical and legal requirements in clinical research and daily life and toxicology. There will be various interactive poster sessions and a trade exhibition.

The program features the latest developments in forensic sciences and in other toxicology related areas.

The Congress venue is in the capital Ankara with various accommodation opportunities, restaurants, museums, pubs and cafes. Beside its historic buildings, the city has many peerless museums such as War of Independence Museum (The First Grand National Assembly of Turkey), Republic Museum (The Second Grand National Assembly of Turkey), Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and Ethnographic Museum, Augustus Temple and Roman Baths, and other landmarks including Mausoleum of Atatürk (Anıtkabir), Hacı Bayram Mosque and Ankara Castle.  We do of course hope that will also avail yourselves of the beautiful meeting venue and all that it has to offer and take this opportunity to interact with other colleagues and students.

We are looking forward you to join us in Ankara in May 2016.

Let’s meet in 2nd ForeTox!

 
Zeliha KAYAALTI President of Congress
Ankara University
Parvez HARIS President of Congress
De Montfort University
Engin TUTKUN President of Congress
Ankara Occupational Diseases Hospital


PROGRAMME OUTLINE

27 May 2016 28 May 2016 29 May 2016
9:00 AM
Registration
Registration
9:00 AM
10:30 AM
Sessions
Session 5
9:00 AM
10:30 AM
Sessions
Session 9
9:00 AM
10:30 AM
9:15 AM
9:30 AM
9:45 AM
10:00 AM
10:15 AM
10:30 AM
Opening Speeches
Opening Speeches
10:30 AM
11:15 AM
   
10:45 AM
Sessions
Session 6
10:45 AM
12:15 PM
Sessions
Session 10
10:45 AM
12:15 PM
11:00 AM
11:15 AM
Sessions
Session 1
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
11:30 AM
11:45 AM
12:00 PM
12:15 PM      
12:30 PM
Sessions
Session 2
12:30 PM
1:30 PM
Break
Lunch
12:30 PM
1:30 PM
Break
Lunch
12:30 PM
1:30 PM
12:45 PM
1:00 PM
1:15 PM
1:30 PM
Break
Lunch
1:30 PM
2:30 PM
Sessions
Session 7
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
SessionsSessions
 
Sessions
Session 11
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
1:45 PM
2:00 PM
2:15 PM
2:30 PM
Sessions
Session 3
2:30 PM
4:00 PM
2:45 PM
3:00 PM    
3:15 PM
Sessions
Session 8
3:15 PM
4:45 PM
Sessions
Session 12
3:15 PM
4:45 PM
3:30 PM
3:45 PM
4:00 PM  
4:15 PM
Sessions
Session 4
4:15 PM
5:45 PM
4:30 PM
4:45 PM    
5:00 PM    
5:15 PM    
5:30 PM    

27 May 2016

  • Registration
    9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Opening Speeches
    10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Sessions
    11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Sessions
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Break
    1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Sessions
    2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Sessions
    4:15 PM - 5:45 PM

28 May 2016

  • Sessions
    9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Sessions
    10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Break
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Sessions
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Sessions
    3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

29 May 2016

  • Sessions
    9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Sessions
    10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Break
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Sessions
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Sessions
    3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
 

 



 

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

 

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE
MARCH 15TH, 2016

 

50 students whose posters accepted by the Scientific Committee will not be charged.

Topics

  • Drugs of Abuse and Alcohol Forensic Specimens
  • Non-traditional Forensic Toxicology Analyses
  • Forensic Analytical Chemistry
  • Forensic Death Investigation
  • Factors Affecting Interpretation of Forensic Toxicology Data
  • Instrumentation and Methodology
  • Drug Facilitated Sexual Assaults
  • Drugs and Driving
  • Herbal and Dietary Supplements
  • Postmortem Distribution and Redistribution of Drugs and Metabolites
  • Illegal or prescription drugs
  • Occupational Cancers
  • Exposures and Autism
  • Neurodevelopmental Toxicology
  • Enviromental Toxicology and Human Health
  • Medicolegal Aspects in Occupational Toxicology
  • Food Toxicology and Safety
  • Agriculture Health and Pesticide Toxicology
  • Occupational Exposures and Chronic Diseases
  • Doping Agents
  • Individual Susceptibility to Xenobiotics
  • Environmental Contaminants
  • Chemical Warfare Agents
 
 

Abstract Submission Guideline

  • Abstract should be submitted electronically via the Congress web site. Submissions by email, mail or fax will be refused.
  • Abstracts should be prepared in a specific file on computer in MS Word according to the following instructions:
    • Abstract should be prepared both in English and Turkish for domestic participation.
    • Abstracts must contain data and meet international ethical standards.
    • Abstract title should be concise, informative and as short as possible.
    • All authors’ names and surnames with full addresses of institutions should be listed. The name of correspondence author should be indicated using an asterisk.
    • Maximum acceptable length is 250 words, and no graphs, pictures or tables are allowed.
    • Please use Times New Roman, with font size 12.
    • 4-5 key words should take place under the abstract.

The decision for acceptance or rejection will be communicated to correspondence author by e-mail.

 
 

A scientific poster should include:

  • Title: project title
  • Authors: your name, faculty advisor’s name, names of collaborators, and department
  • Purpose (or Objectives or Introduction)
  • Methods
  • Results or Findings
  • Discussion
  • Summary/conclusions
  • Acknowledgments: include any sources of funding your received

Printing Features

  • Poster size must be 50cm x 70cm (Portrait).
  • Posters must be readable from 1,5 meters away.

All abstracts will be evaluated by the scientific reviewers.

 



 

Speakers

 

Ahmet BASARAN

Professor at Department of Pharmacy, Hacettepe University, Ankara

Head of  turkey doping control center,

Large Delegates Congress of the Ankara Chamber of Pharmacists.

Ministry of Health, Social Security and the Ministry of Agriculture makes membership in various committees.

 

Ali Akbar MALEKIRAD

PhD in Physiology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Posdoc in Neuropsychology and Environmental Toxicology, Chief

Executive Officer of Mohit Palayesh Aria Company, Payame Noor University

Pharmaceutical Sciences Research; Tehran University of Medical Science, Tehran, Iran

Ali Akbar Malekirad studies have focused on clinical studies, oxidative stress, phosphodiesterase inhibitors, pesticides and cognitive.

 

Ali UNLU

Medical Biochemistry Department, Faculty of Medicine, Selçuk University, Konya, Turkey.

He has Clinical Labarotory Experience and Management from 1998 to 2016. His studies focused on High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC); Mass Spectrometry, Cell Culture techniques; Animal and ELISA studies; Radioactivity; RT-PCR; Light Cycler Studies; Immunohistochemistry and Some Spectrophotometric studies.

 

Alper BABA

Professor Alper Baba, born 1970 in Turkey, holds a degree in geology and a doctorate in the field of hydrogeology from the Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir. He has about 20 years work experience in hydrogeological and environmental geology problems in different part of the world. Since 2010 he has been a professor at Izmir Institute of Technology as a director of Geothermal Energy Research and Application Center. He is teaching and conducting research in the field of groundwater contamination, geothermal energy and hydrogeology. He has coordinated a variety of national and international R&D projects in co-operation with research institutes and companies among them NATO funded projects. Dr. Baba was awarded the Successful Young Scientists Award of Turkish Academy of Science and the Turkish Geological Engineering Association Gold Medal Award. Dr. Baba is author of several peer-reviewed scientific publications and contributions to international conferences. Dr. Baba is editor of the book “Groundwater and Ecosystems” and “Climate Change and its Effects on Water Resources, Issues of National and Global Security” (all NATO Science Series. Springer).

 

Ali Rıza TUMER

Associated Professor and Head of  Department of Forensic Medicine, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Türkiye.

Director of project “Measurement of ethyl glucuronide in vitreous humor with liquid chromatography- mass spectrometry”.

 

Ann C OLSSON

Dr Ann Olsson is scientist in the Environment and Radiation section (ENV) headed by Dr Joachim Schüz at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), WHO’s specialized cancer agency situated in Lyon, France. Ann obtained her PhD in medical science 2010 from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. Her main research interests concern occupational cancer epidemiology and she’s been involved in the coordination of several large studies in this field. Before arriving at the IARC, she worked as a specialized nurse at the University hospital in Örebro, Sweden and was engaged with the International Committee of the Red Cross and The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in missions as project coordinator in former Yugoslavia. She enjoys teaching epidemiology and participates in the IARC summer school as well as in university courses in Sweden, France and Switzerland.

 

Aristidis Michael TSATSAKIS

Department of Forensic Sciences & Toxicology, President Hellenic Society of Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece

The main research interests of Aristidis Michael TSATSAKIS are biomonitoring of various xenobiotics in a variety of biological samples and linking of chemical chronic exposure at low doses with health problems and diseases, and risk assessments.

 

David OSSELTON

Director of Forensic Toxicology Services and Head of Forensic and Biological SciencesBournemouth University, UK

Prof. David Osselton has been involved in a number of high profile cases for the defence and prosecution both in the UK and overseas. He is internationally known for his research interests in toxicology and lectures widely at conferences around the world as a plenary and keynote speaker.

 

Dilek YONAR

Postdoctoral Research Associate of Department of Biological Sciences, Molecular Biophysics Laboratory, Middle East Techinal University, Ankara

Yonar’s researches focused on biophysics, nanotechonolgy, drug delivery, liposomes, ERP, FTIR, UV-vis, cluster analysis and principal components analysis.

 

Elizabet PAUNOVIC

Dr Elizabet Paunovic is the head of WHO European Centre for Environment and Health. She is holding degrees from the Medical Faculty in Belgrade (Serbia) as the medical doctor, and postgraduate degree from Medical Faculty in Ljubljana (Slovenia), specialization of occupational health as well as postgraduate degree in environmental protection from Academic Alternative Educational Network in Belgrade.

Her working experience is covered by more than 30 years of experience in occupational and environmental health, as the main researcher in numerous projects related to occupational and environmental impacts on health. Dr Paunovic was serving as the chief coordinator of occupational and environmental health service in the biggest Serbian Electric Power Plant “Nikola Tesla”, as the Secretary Deputy for Environment in the City of Belgrade and in the Ministry of Health of Serbia on different posts, between others as the State Secretary for Health.

 

Emanuela CORSINI

Department of Pharmacological Sciences, University of Milan, Italy

Dr. Corsini’s researches involve immunosenescece, the refinement of alternative in vitro tests to identify and discriminate contact allergens from irritants and respiratory sensitizers, based on the use of DC-like cells and keratinocytes, and to classify allergens according to their potency, molecular level the mechanism of action of immunotoxic/immunomodulatory compoundson innate and adaptive immunity.

 

Emanuela TESTAI

Senior/ Executive Scientist at Istituto Superiore di Sanità (National Institute for Health) Rome, Italy

Emanuela Testai’s researches covers molecular mechanisms of toxicity; toxicokinetics and toxicity of xenobiotics (environmental pollutants, pesticides, natural toxins); enzymology of drug-metabolizing systems in hepatic and extrahepatic tissues; metabolic biomarkers of individual susceptibility to toxic compounds; application of mechanistic and toxicokinetic data to risk assessment; molecular epidemiology; risk assessment associated to exposure to cyanotoxins and study of cyanobacterial communities.

 

Ertugrul KAYA

Asistant Professor, Department of Pharmocology, Düzce University School of Medicine, Düzce.

Kaya’s research fields are toxicology, mushrooms and mushroom poisoning toxins, development of new drugs.

 

Ersi KALFOGLU

Professor at Department of Forensic Medicine, Yeniyüzyıl University, İstanbul.

Kalfoğlu has been focused on STR analysis, polymorphisms and forensic sciences.

 

Feride SEVERCAN

Professor at Department of Biology Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Ankara

Severcan’ researches are on spectroscopic (ESR, FTIR, UV/Visible) and calorimetric investigation of Structure and Function of Biological Membranes ,Drug-Liposome Interactions ,Protein Structure, Function and Stability.

 

Grigorios LEON

Grigorios LEON, MD, MSc, PhD, is the President of the Hellenic Society of Forensic Medicine. As a certified Forensic Pathologist and a sole trader he maintains one of the few private medico-legal consulting practices in Greece. He is a graduate (MD) of the Medical School of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, where he also obtained two Master Degrees (MSc). In 2009 he received his PhD from the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has trained and worked in the Department of Legal Medicine and Toxicology at the University of Athens, in the Children’s hospital “Agia Sophia” as well as in the Office of Medical Examiner and trauma services of Broward County in the State of Florida, USA. He is a Professor of Forensic Pathology at the Police Academy of Greece. His research interests are in the areas of Forensic Pathology, Medical Deontology and Bioethics. For his scientific work he has been awarded scholarships from, amongst others, UNESCO and the European Committee.

 

Gokhan ERSOY

He works as Associate Professor in Forensic Medicine and Specialist in Pathology at Institute of Forensic Medicine, Istanbul University. He performed 3000 postmortem examinations between 2001 and 2007. He deals as a voluntary witness expert for Istanbul Medical Chamber, on the files of Human Right allegations and also carries out general secretariat of Turkish Assocition of Forensic Medicine Specialist, since 2013. He has two lectures with the titles of Identification at Forensic Medicine and Forensic Pathology, since 2007.

 

Habibul AHSAN

Louis Block Professor, Depts. of Health Studies, Medicine and Human Genetics Director, Center for Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention; Associate Director of Population Research, U of C Comprehensive Cancer Center; Associate Director of Research, U of C Center for Global Health; Chief Executive Officer, U-Chicago Research Bangladesh Ltd ; University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Professor of Clinical Epidemiology; Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York

Habibul Ahsan has been focused on integrates the environmental, nutritional and life-style factors with measures of host factors and modern molecular genomics to understand the etiology, pathogenesis, prognosis and prevention of cancer and other disorders of national and international public health significance on his researches.

 

Halit Sinan SUZEN

Professor at Depertmant of Toxicology, Ankara University, Faculty of  Pharmacy, Ankara

Süzen has been focused on  the elucidation of the role of genetic differences between individuals in the development of disease and adverse drug reactions. Also of therapeutic drug monitoring (TII).

 

Harri ALENIUS

Harri Alenius has carried out extensive research related to immunology and nanotoxicology about 25 years. He did his postdoctoral training at Children’s Hospital, at Harvard Medical School. He has published about 170 articles in the international peer-reviewed journals. He is director of the Systems Toxicology Unit and vice-director of the Nanosafety Research Centre at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH). His main research interest cover issues related nanotoxicology, allergy and microbiome research. He is coordinating EU funded FP7 projects MAARS (6M€) and NANOSOLUTIONS (10 M€) and also participates in several large FP7 projects (NANODEVICE, SUNPAP, MARINA) and Horizon 2020 project (LIFEPATH).

 

Heidi FOTH

Institute of Environmental Toxicology, Martin-Luther University Halle, Germany

Prof. Dr. Heidi Foth especially make researches about assessing the risks that chemical substances pose for people and the environment as well as pharmaceuticals, risk factors, the effects of chemicals, toxicology and ecotoxicology.

 

Ilgaz AKATA

Associated Professor, Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Ankara University.

Member of European Mycological Association (EMA) and International Society for Fungal Conservation.

Ilgaz Akata has been focused on mycology, biodiversity and conservation, taxonomy, fungal biology and biotechnology, phypathology.

 

Isıl BAVUNOGLU

Işıl Bavunoğlu is an Associate Professor at Department of Internal Medicine and has been working in Istanbul University, Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty since 1989. She was the head of emergency department (Internal Medicine) between 1995-2012 years. She is the institutor member of Academic Emergency Department in Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty. She is also the lecturer in the Institute of Forensic Science in Istanbul University. Bavunoglu researches on cardiology, internal medicine and diyabetology as well as acute intoxications and clinical toxicology.

 

Jelle VLAANDEREN

Dr. Jelle Vlaanderen is a Junior Assistant Professor at the Institute of Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

His research focuses on quantitative risk analysis in environmental and molecular epidemiology. Dr. Vlaanderen has contributed to date to 21 peer-reviewed publications focused primarily on occupational and environmental risk factors of cancer. He participated in the EU FP-7 project ECNIS, and is currently active within the EU FP-7 project EXPOSOMICS. Within the EXPOSOMICS project Dr. Vlaanderen is developing approaches for the incorporation of OMICS data in quantitative risk analysis.

 

Jordan MINOV

Head of the Department for Physiology of Work at the Institute for Occupational Health of R. Macedonia – WHO Collaborative Centre and GA2LEN Collaborative Centre.

Professor at the Medical Faculty, University “St. Cyril and Methodius” Skopje.

Specialist in internal medicine,

Specialist in occupational medicine,

Subspecialist in pulmonology and allergology.

 

Kanaki KATERINA

Kanaki KATERINA, MD, PhD, is the Leader Forensic Pathologist at the Department of Forensic Sciences, of the University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete. She followed postgraduate studies at the Forensic Department of Lihigh Valley Hospital, Allentown Pennsylvania USA, as well as at the Forensic Department of Glasgow University, Great Britain and at  the Forensic Department, Iasi Romania. Her book “Basic Forensic Pathology” was donated to Hellenic Police Academy, and represents the main police students and post-graduate police students book since 2010. She collaborates scientifically with a lot of Forensic Departments worldwide, with the Department of Medicine and Genome Sciences, University of Seattle, USA, as a research associate and other Medical departments. Her research interests include suicide research, deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents, drowning cases, fatal firearm’s cases, deaths caused by pointed and sharp-edged weapons and others.

 

Lode GODDERIS

Prof. dr. Lode Godderis is associate professor at the Centre for Environment and Health of the University of Leuven. He is head of the division Laboratory of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. The lab analyses air and biological samples of workers using state-of-the-art equipment to assess the occupational exposure. He is also director Knowledge, Information and Research at IDEWE, External Service for Prevention and Protection at Work; where he leads a team of researchers, specialized in the development of new techniques, questionnaire studies and analysis of medical and exposure data. He investigates the impact of work on health in workers by unraveling the underlying toxicological mechanisms and also the reverse how health can affect work (dis)ability. His research is essentially integrated in his academic task to transfer knowledge to the society. In this context, he has already carried out several projects for the Belgian Federal Public Services and he gives frequently advice to the Government, National Health Council and European Scientific Committees. He is the current chair of Modernet; an international network for development of techniques for discovering trends in work-related diseases and tracing new and emerging risks. He is also management committee member of EU COST action Dimopex: Diagnosis, Monitoring and Prevention of Exposure-Related Non-Communicable Diseases. An overview of projects and publications can be found on: http://www.kuleuven.be/wieiswie/en/person/00005874

 

Miral DIZDAROGLU

NIST Fellow Biomolecular Measurement Division, MML

Doctor of Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat.)
Doctor Honoris Causa (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland)
Doctor Honoris Causa (Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey)

The main research interests of Miral DİZDAROĞLU are DNA damage and repair. His projects and publications can be found on: http://www.nist.gov/mml/bmd/miral_dizdar.cfm

 

Muhittin SERDAR

Dr. Muhittin A. Serdar attended medical school at Gülhane School of Medicine (GATA) and received his medical degree in 1990. He then went on to complete a Medical Biochemistry residency and has been working as a clinical laboratory manager since 1996. He became an Associated Professor in 2003 and is currently a Professor of Medical Biochemistry at Acıbadem University. For over 20 yearshe has been both working and lecturing on development and validation of home-brew methods. In addition to his experience in laboratory statistics, method verification/validation, data mining and various essential softwares; he has recently (for 10 years) focused on developing in-house methods for mass spectrometric analyses. Since 2013, he is also working on a government-funded project on production of quality control materials. Dr. Serdar has published nearly 180 peer-reviewed research articles.

 

Mukaddes GURLER

Associate Professor, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Director of Forensic Toxicology Laboratory, Department of Forensic Medicine, Hacettepe University, Medical Faculty, Ankara, Turkey

Gürler’s research interests are focused on forensic toxicological analysis and developing validated methods especially for abused substances such as alcohol, legal or illegal drugs, synthetics and pesticides in various biological samples and linking the results with clinical findings.

 

Munevver ACIKKOL

Munevver Acikkol is an analytical chemist and forensic scientist with more than 30-year experience. She worked in Ministry of Justice, The Council of Forensic Medicine for 18 years as Research Director and specialist in Analysis Specialization Department. She has been working in Istanbul University Institute of Forensic Sciences since 2003 and she is the head of science department having practical skills of analytical techniques. The main fields on her research are psychotropic drugs, physical evidences, evidence collection and storage, analytical techniques using in forensic toxicology.

 

Nursen BASARAN

Professor at Pharmaceutical Toxicology, Department of Pharmacy, Hacettepe Univesity, Ankara

Başaran’s research interest are immunotoxicity, cytotoxicity and genotoxicity.

 

Osman DOLU

Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Gaziosmanpaşa University, Turkey

DOLU’s researches involve criminal justice, missing children investigations, crime prevention, drug-crime relationship, fear of crime, cybercrime, juvenile justice and deliquency. In additon, survey development, statistical applications in social sciences get into his research area.

 

Parvez I. HARIS

Head of Biomedical and Environmental Health Group, School of Allied Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University.

Haris has been focused on application of diverse biophysical tecniques, development of spectroscopic and bioinformatics tools for application in the fields of proteomics, metabolomics, disease diagnosis, screening and treatment, structure-function studies of novel antimicrobial agents, based mainly on peptides and proteins, to counter antibiotic resistance, role of metals in health and disease, understanding the complex relationship between diet, exposure to pollutants, nutrition, life-style, ethnicity and health through human biomonitoring studies improving human health and the environment and studies of migrant health with particular focus on the relationship between health and practices such as betel quid chewing, geophagy.

 

Paul SHATTOCK

President of World Autism Organization, Chairman of Education and Services for People with Autism Director of Sunderland University and Chairman of ESPA (Education and Services for People with Autism, UK)

Mr. Shattock’s research interests include rights and models of service provision for people with autism, biomedical and environmental factors implicated in autism, and the use and abuse of medication for autism.

 

Pu Chang-En

Director, Division of Forensic Science, MJIB, Taiwan
Vice President of Taiwan Academy of Forensic Science

Inspector of Taiwan Accreditation Foundation
Member of Executive Committee of ICCST (International Carnahan Conference of Security Technology)
Editor of Forensic Science Journal Taiwan
Editor of BIOMEDICINE Taiwan
Editor of Journal of Advanced Technology and Management

 

Rafig GURBANOV

Postdoctoral Research Associate of Department of Biological Sciences, Middle East Technical University, Ankara.

Gurbanov’s researches focused mainly on environmental microbiology, membrane biochemistry and development of novel pattern recognition techniques for microbial communities. Besides, his investigations cover thermal and infrared analyses of bacteria, DNA methylations in microorganisms, biocementation, bioremediation along with metagenomics.

 

Sadik TOPRAK

After studying medicine in Istanbul University (1993), he received his PhD in Public Health in the same university (1999). Later he specialized in Forensic Pathology (2003). Dr Toprak works as a lecturer and researcher in Forensic Medicine Department at Bulent Ecevit University, Turkey. Sadık Toprak has been focused on forensic pathology, clinical and forensic toxicology, crime science investigation, drug analysis, law of medicine and war crimes.

 

Sanaa Ishag Ahmed Elrasheed

Faculty of public and Environmental Health, Khartoum University, Sudan.

 

Sedat ABUSOGLU

Medical Biochemistry Department, Faculty of Medicine, Selçuk University, Konya, Turkey.

He graduated from Chemical Sciences Faculty of Celal Bayar University, Manisa at 2002. He had the master of science and doctoral degrees in Department of Biochemistry of Celal Bayar and Selcuk University Faculty of Medicine, respectively. He is biochemistry specialist since 2010 and working in Selcuk University Faculty of Medicine as assistant professor.

 

Selda MERCAN

Selda Mercan is a forensic scientist with more than 10-year experience in molecular genetics, forensic pharmacogenetics, and forensic toxicology. She has been working in The Institute of Forensic Sciences at Istanbul University since 2005. She is the head of the Forensic Toxicology Laboratories having practical skills of analytical techniques such as ICP-MS, LC-MS/MS, GC-MS, Real Time-PCR, Conventional PCR, sample preparation, gel electrophoresis techniques, DNA isolation etc. The main fields on her research are forensic pharmacogenetics, analytical techniques using in forensic toxicology, toxic metals in relation with DNA damage, and epigenetics.

 

Sreeparna BANERJEE

Department of Biological Sciences, Middle East Technical University

Associate Editor, Turkish Journal of Biochemistry

Member of Editorial Board, Carcinogenesis Journal

Member of Editorial Board for Solid tumors Atlas of Genetics and Cytogenetics in Hematology and Oncology.

Banerjee’s researches is interested in understanding the importance of various inflammatory pathways in development of colorectal cancer as well as in cellular differentiation.

 

Tulin SOYLEMEZOGLU

Retired Professor of Forensic Toxicology, Forensic Science Institute of Ankara University.

The main research field of T. Söylemezoğlu is effect of gene polymorphisms on metal toxicity , her research interests were oxidative stress and drug analysis , she has experience in analytical toxicology also.

 

Vesna MATOVIC

Department of Toxicology “Akademik Danilo Soldatović” Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Vesna Mattovic’s researches involves toxicology and ecotoxicology of metals, interactions between heavy metals and bioelements, toxicology and ecotoxicology of persistent organic pollutants, mechanisms of toxicity, oxidative stress induction and toxicology of mixtures.

 

Wang Chung-Feng

Special Agent, Division of Forensic Science, MJIB, Taiwan.

His specialities, abused drugs analysis/ urine testing/ hair testing/ mass spectrometry science/ molecular structure confirmation/ organic synthesis/ polymer science/ material science/ gas chromatography–mass spectrometry/ liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry/ organic diodes emitting diods (OLEDs)/ organic photovoltaic (OPV)/ atomic force microscope (AFM)/ scanning electro microscope (SEM)/  optical spectroscopies/ Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy

 

William SHAW

Director of Great Plain Laboratory, Advisor of CDC and Smith Kline Laboratory

William Shaw helps to improve the lives of people with autism, AD(H)D, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, bipolar disorder, chronic fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia, immune deficiencies, multiple sclerosis, OCD, Parkinson’s disease, seizure disorders, tic disorders, Tourette syndrome, and other serious conditions. Mr. Shaw has two famous book about autism (Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD and Autism: Beyond the Basics).

 

Yu CHEN

Associate Professor, Departments of Population Health and Environmental Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, USA

Yu CHEN’s research focuses on how host and environmental factors are related to chronic diseases, especially cardiovascular disease.

 

Zeynep TURKMEN

Zeynep Türkmen had the Bachelor of Science from Faculty of Education, Hacettepe University in 2000 and received her MS degree from Istanbul University, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of General Chemistry in 2004. She received her PhD degree from Istanbul University, Institute of Forensic Sciences in 2011. She is a chemist and forensic scientist with 10-year experience on analytical techniques using in forensic toxicology. She is the coordinator of the Illicit Substance Analysis in Forensic Toxicology Laboratory. The main fields on her research are psychotropic drugs, toxic substances encountered in emergency services, herbal intoxications, isolation and purification of any substance from biological matrices and determination of related compounds in analytical instruments such as HPTLC, HPLC, GCMS, LC-MS/MS and NMR.



 



 

An aside: I have always been interested in Forensic Toxicology as it relates to hair. Hair analysis gives a broad and thorough history of a subject’s toxicology, due to its large window of detection. It is non-invasive and it’s almost impossible to fake a hair sample, as the analyst can collect the sample themselves. How many movies and detective books have you read where hair analysis was an important aspect of discovering information about the victim or the perpertrator? On the other hand, surface materials such as hair dye or bleach may contaminate a sample, invalidating any findings. In addition, prescription drugs or birth control may also alter findings. Therefore to conduct a thorough analysis, multiple hair samples often are tested, or used in conjunction with other methods of examination. I find it ironic as a forensic toxicologist working in a lab that analyzes samples collected by forensic pathologists or by crime scene investigators, that I happen to wear both synthetic and human hair wigs, due to my having alopecia. I never have a bad hair day, considering I don't have any hair to begin with, since I keep my eye out for Raquel Welch wigs on sale. This particular wig manufacture offers gorgeous styles. Many of the folks I work with are totally unaware that I am wearing a wig. I would like to to a murder mystery story in which both victim and murderer wore wigs which confounds the detectives investigating the case. The breakthriugh coming from a forensic toxicologist who recognizes the clue to the hair fibers, of course. But beyond my literary fantasties, hair analysis has many useful applications.

  • Hair analysis is very useful for drug testing, especially when looking at long-term usage. You may be surprised but it is often used to test for the presence of marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, and heroin. In some cases it is even be able to detect chronic alcohol abuse.
  • Private companies may use hair analysis to test employees for drug use, although urine samples remains the most common way of testing for drugs.
  • Courts may also order screenings of hair in child custody cases in order to determine if the children were exposed to drugs used by their parents.
  • Hair can reveal exposure to dangerous chemicals and heavy metals, as in the case of environmental poisoning. In a class action lawsuit, for example, hair samples from multiple subjects are used to indicate the presence of illegal toxins in the victims' everyday environment.
  • Hair analysis can be used to determine if someone was drugged which is especially useful in cases of date rape .

Well I could go on and on. I haven't attended an International Congress and Workshop of Forensic Toxicology yet, but I am working on my boss. Considering the large metropolitan area where our lab is located, plus the fact we have a reputation that results in our receiving many request from across the country for various toxicology analysis, I think attending one of these international conferences would be great for not only learning about the latest international researches on the subject, but also networking.
UPDATE: I will be attending the next International Congress and Workshop of Forensic Toxicology, along with two other colleagues.

 

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