Online Forensic Symposium


Monday, May 8th, 2023 from 8:45am ET - 12:00pm ET
Tuesday, May 9th, 2023 from 8:45am ET - 12:00pm ET
Wednesday, May 10th, 2023 from 8:45am ET - 12:00pm ET
Thursday, May 11th, 2023 from 8:45am ET - 12:00pm ET
Friday, May 12th, 2023 from 8:45am ET - 12:00pm ET

Program Chairs: Dr. Robert Kronstrand (National Board of Forensic Medicine, Sweden), Dr. Sabra Jones (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), and Dr. Lorna Nisbet (University of Dundee)

Welcome to the 2023 Current trends in Forensic Toxicology,

The theme this year is “From Research to Implementation” and we thought it would be a timely and important theme when the scientific foundations of our procedures and expertise are increasingly asked for.

As forensic toxicology providers, we often rely on scientific findings from universities and research organizations, whose main purpose is research. However, it is important that each forensic toxicology provider also engage in research to facilitate implementation and to foster an understanding of scientific method. When only a minor part of your budget goes into research it may also be necessary to apply for external funding. This year’s symposium touches upon these aspects.

During the first day we will learn about funding opportunities from different perspectives whereas the remaining days will take us through different topics and how research has been implemented into the daily work of the forensic toxicologist. Further, we will learn how standardization may help us stay on the scientific pathway when performing analyses and giving testimony. The finale is a look into post mortem metabolomics and the potential use of possibilities to use high resolution mass spectrometric data in the forensic investigations.

In addition to the live speakers, there will be posters, which provide another great opportunity to learn about the latest research in your field, connect with colleagues from around the world, and discover new ideas and perspectives. By visiting the Poster Session, you will not only gain valuable insights into the latest developments, but you will also be supporting the hard work and dedication of our presenters. Their research and ideas deserve to be heard, and your engagement with their posters will help them to share their work with a wider audience. So, I encourage you to take some time to explore the posters during this conference. You never know what you might discover and who you might meet.

We hope that you will join us for an exciting week with lots of opportunities to learn!

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The event is free of charge! The Current Trends in Forensic Toxicology course content has been reviewed by the ABFT and ABC and determined to be acceptable for submission to the ABFT and ABC for continuing education credit.

Dr. Robert Kronstrand - CHAIR
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Robert Kronstrand is a toxicologist at the National Board of Forensic Medicine in Sweden. He received his degree in analytical chemistry from the University in Linköping and his doctorate in human toxicology from the same university. With more than 30 years in forensic toxicology he has a broad knowledge and experience in postmortem toxicology, impaired driving, violent crimes, and drug testing in different matrices. Dr Kronstrand has held positions as research chemist, production manager, chief of research, chief toxicologist, and research strategist. With more than 100 published papers he is a recognized and awarded researcher and practitioner. Dr Kronstrand has been a director of the board in several professional organizations over the years and is presently the President of the Nordic Association of Forensic Toxicologists.

Dr. Sabra Jones – CO-CHAIR
Sabra Jones is a board-certified Forensic Toxicologist with a focus on transportation safety. Sabra is the Regional Toxicology Liaison for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s region 5, serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Sabra earned her Master of Science degrees in Drug Chemistry and Forensic Toxicology from the University of Florida, undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma, and received her PhD from Oklahoma State University, Center for Health Science in Forensic Science. She is the immediate past- Chair of the National Safety Council’s Alcohol, Drugs, and Impairment Division and Vice-Chair of the Academy Standards Board’s Toxicology Consensus Body.

Dr. Lorna Nisbet – POSTER-CHAIR
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Lorna Nisbet is currently a Senior Lecturer and Principal Investigator in Forensic Toxicology at the Leverhulme research Centre for Forensic Science, University of Dundee. She obtained her BSc (Hons) in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, before completing her MSc in Forensic Toxicology at the University of Glasgow. Lorna then went on to obtain her PhD in Forensic Toxicology at the University of Glasgow focusing on the detection of new psychoactive substances in biological matrices. As part of her PhD Lorna spent 15 months carrying out research at the Fredric Rieder’s Family Renaissance Foundation in Philadelphia, USA.

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