Global Approaches to Local Issues in Forensic and Analytical Toxicology
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Science matters, especially in times of crisis. As history clearly shows, we often rely on science to help solve some of the most pressing technical challenges and identify solutions that address major public health crises, including the Spanish flu, polio, and HIV/AIDS. In the ongoing struggle to safeguard humankind, science has been a reliable constant. This year, as the world faced yet another challenge, scientists mobilized in unprecedented ways through global collaborations and innovative technologies, to bring to every village, tribe, town and city of the world the best chance of beating COVID-19. On December 14, 2020 as the first batch of a federally approved coronavirus vaccines were administered to health care workers across the USA, science emerged victorious once again.
Just like in the case of COVID-19, the issues and challenges that forensic and analytical toxicologists face on a daily basis in their own local communities around the world can be addressed by the Online Symposium on Current Trends in Forensic Toxicology, now in its fourth year. This global toxicology collective presents scientific methods, innovations and approaches that have been developed, optimized and validated by scientists whose efforts to expand and share knowledge are represented in our five-day online event.
The scientific program of this year’s symposium reflects our global community’s best efforts in detecting and restricting intoxicants and drugs in many aspects of our daily lives including sport, work, travel, and driving to name just a few, and draws from the expertise of local experts with global reach. We will learn about the efforts of one nation to keep an Olympiad performance-enhancing-drug-free, as well as the efforts of an entire continent to monitor the drug situation in their 27 member states. We will examine analytical toxicology methodologies and techniques which permit the detection of an ever-increasing number of substances at ever-decreasing concentrations in a variety of biological specimens and types of cases including postmortem, driving and alleged doping and drug facilitated crimes.
Our aim for this year’s Symposium is to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and exchange of information among the global scientific community which can then be more easily transferred and used to satisfactorily address local issues and challenges faced by analytical and forensic toxicologists around the world.
As Chair and Co-Chair of the 2021 Online Symposium on Current Trends in Forensic Toxicology we are honored and humbled to be your hosts and facilitators and we wish you all an educational and enjoyable week.
Prof Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD – Chair
Karen S. Scott, PhD – Co-Chair