Dear Borkenstein Alumni and Friends of the Drug Course:
We are pleased to announce that enrollment is open for a hybrid – in-person and simultaneous live online – version of the Robert F Borkenstein Course on “The Effects of Drugs on Human Performance and Behavior” August 30th – September 3rd, 2021!
The program will run in-person at the Science History Institute in historic Center City, Philadelphia. Our instructors will be onsite and our on-site attendees will meet in the spacious Ullyot meeting hall, observing all applicable COVID-19 social distancing and PPE requirements. The event will also be accessible to our virtual attendees as the event will be simultaneously webcast worldwide. Our technology platform will allow our virtual and in-person attendees to interact with each other and with the faculty, for Q&A sessions, peer-to-peer networking in breakout rooms, and faculty panels.
The Online Version will feature a live broadcast of the presentation from the podium at the Science History Institute, with the opportunity for virtual interaction with on-site attendees and faculty through a Q&A window and chat feature. This mode is best suited to participants who are unable to travel to in-person meetings or attendees over the allowable capacity of the conference room (limited to 60 in-person attendees, plus faculty).
The In-Person Version will allow attendees to interact during breaks and at after-hours events and forums, with each other and the faculty. The program will include a welcome dinner, a wine and cheese mixer, and the opportunity to enjoy after-hours networking in historic Center City Philadelphia. The Science History Institute is a five-minute walk from Philadelphia’s landmark Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall, site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It is in Philadelphia’s famed restaurant district with outdoor and inside dining options available.
Guaranteed hotel room rates at adjacent hotels are available through agreement with the Science History Institute.
Reservations can also be made by calling 1-800-Kimpton and referencing the group code NF8.
Join our customary world-renowned faculty members, along with some new content for the course that has set the standard for preparing toxicologists, chemists, analysts, law enforcement officers, and traffic safety professionals, to have the most relevant and up to date information on the fundamentals of drugs and their relationship to traffic safety and driver impairment.
This course on the effects of drugs on driving and the state of knowledge of drugs on human performance and impairment was founded by Dr Barry K Logan as a companion course to the Borkenstein Alcohol Course and has been running since 2002.
It provides a primer on the pharmacology of drugs most frequently involved in suspected impaired driving cases, covering opioids, stimulants, CNS depressants, Hallucinogens, Novel Psychoactive Substances, (NPS), and the latest information on the impacts of cannabis on driving. The course also discusses recommendations on testing procedures, scope and cut-offs, as well as guidance for effective testimony in these challenging cases. Our instructors are internationally recognized for their leadership in this area, presenting, testifying and publishing extensively and excited about sharing this knowledge with our participants.
Our instructors are among the best-known names in this field from the US and around the world, and all are involved in investigation, research and testimony on drugs and traffic safety topics. We continually update our course content to ensure it reflects the issues of concern and interest to our students. Visit our faculty pages to see the current lecture topics, summaries and resource documents.
The Course will be delivered on the D2L/Brightspace learning environment, hosted by the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education (CFSRE) that allows a mix of live and pre-recorded content, participant-faculty interaction, and class interaction through Chat and meeting rooms.
Robert F Borkenstein Course on Alcohol and Highway Safety: Testing, Research and Litigation
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