December meeting 2023 and prize winners

Thank you to all who came along in person or online for the Christmas LTG - it was a great success with so many brilliant presentations and posters, many from young scientists. We had a total of 160 people attend the meeting! On behalf of the LTG committee, I'd like to say an extra huge congratulations to the two winners of the Brian Widdop and John Jackson prizes. Thank you to all who made the extra effort to present their oral presentations and / or posters. You all thoroughly deserve the extra thanks, and prize money for the two lucky enough to win! Pictures and details below!

Our next meetings will be in 2024, kicking off in March with our joint meeting with UKIAFT. This is currently scheduled as 8th March, but I will confirm all dates and details with you in January. Other meetings currently scheduled for 2024 are 14th June (summer Social), ?13th September (which we are currently arranging with our European Colleagues at the BLT (Belgium and Luxembourg Toxicology) as a trip to the City of Liege, and 6th December, our Christmas oral and poster presentations.

I'd like to welcome all those who have joined the LTG committee for 2024-2025: Andrew King, Caroline Copeland, Anca Frinculescu, Nicole Fernandes, Geraldine Dowling and Laura Hikin. You will soon be receiving a committee email from me calling for our usual annual planning meeting in January. Lorna Nisbet will now lead the LTG as Chairperson and thank you to Lewis for all his extra hard work over the last 2 (or is it 3 because of Covid???) years.

Brian Widdop award

Congratulations to Rachael Andrews, from Bath University, who won the Brian Widdop Prize for Best Oral Presentation. £500 will be with you soon!

John Jackson award

Congratulations to Andriana Michailidis, from University of Surrey, who won the John Jackson Prize for Best Poster Presentation. £300 will be with you soon!

On behalf of everyone at LTG, I'd like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year. See you in 2024!
Susie Davies

December 2022 prize winners and social event

Thank you so much to all involved in the very successful last meeting of 2022. We had a record attendance of 146! The quality of the short oral presentations was extremely high and thank you to all who brought so many posters.

Congratulations to Caroline Copeland, who won the Brian Widdop Prize for Best Oral Presentation.
Congratulations to Caitlin Harding, who won the John Jackson prize for Best Poster.
They were both kindly presented by our Keynote Speaker, Dr Richard Shepherd.

John Jackson award

Brian Widdop award

Merry Christmas and a peaceful new year to all.

December 2021 prize winners and social event

Congratulations to our two award winners from the LTG's Christmas meeting, dedicated to the Memory of Robin Braithwaite, which took place on Friday 3rd December 2021.
Congratulations and thank you to all those who presented oral and poster presentations.

John Jackson award

£300, went to Steven Baginski, Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, University of Dundee

Brian Widdop award

£500, went to Hassan Kurimbokus, Analytical Services International

Social Event

The following two pictures are from our evening social visit to the Old Operating Theatre in London. Brian Smith was a member who became victim to the victorian surgeon's demonstration!

Merry Christmas and a peaceful new year to all.

Next LTG cancellation

Dear all,

Firstly, I hope you are all well and coping with what ever situations you are finding you and your families in. We all appreciate everything all in the NHS and other clinical settings are doing to keep hospitals and laboratories going. It is a vital service and we know many are struggling to keep going. Others may be forced home, caring for others, shielding or furloughed, and we appreciate how hard this can be too.

It is with great sadness, but not unexpected, that we have to cancel the next LTG that was due to take place on 12th June. There are many practical reasons why this meeting can't go ahead but really, its just not right for any of us at this time. We have looked at virtual meetings, or postponing to a summer date, but all in all this just isn't practical either. The committee have decided that we shall defer all the speakers we can to future meetings, and continue with planning for 18th September and 4th December as normal. If this situation changes, then we will let you know. The social evening event which was due to take place at the Old Operating Theatre after Junes meetings has been moved to after the Septembers meeting. We will of course, keep you updated on this as we get closer to the time.

In the meantime, please stay safe and lets all hope we see each other again very soon.

Best wishes,


on behalf of the LTG committee

Personal Invitation to Attend this FREE, Non-commercial Online Symposium

Greetings to my friends, colleagues, acquaintances and past participants!

Have you registered for the free, non-commercial, web-based, international meeting for forensic scientists and forensic toxicologists?

This year, the 3rd Annual Online Forensic Symposium: Current Trends in Forensic Toxicology is hosted by the non-profit: Center for Forensic Science Research & Education (CFSRE) and organized by practitioners from the forensic community. Bringing together experts from around the world, this free symposium offers in-depth, 1-hour lectures on a variety of compelling topics, panel discussions, and a week-long poster session. In addition to the live event, all presentations are recorded for on-demand viewing and cataloged in the Symposium Proceedings e-book. All content has been reviewed by several accrediting bodies and found acceptable for submission for continuing education (CE) credit.

This year, there are three events scheduled, delivered live at your computer desktop:

  • Current Trends in Forensic Toxicology: June 8-12, 2020
  • Current Trends in Trace Analysis: July 27-31, 2020
  • Current Trends in Seized Drug Analysis: October 26-30, 2020

Registration for the Forensic Toxicology event is now open at The schedule of events for the week can be viewed here. I hope you will take the time to join us either live, or through the recorded sessions, and take full advantage of this opportunity to learn without leaving the lab!

Warm Regards,
Tom Gluodenis, MBA, PMFS, Ph.D.,
Adjunct Professor, Lincoln University
Organizer & Vendor Liaison
Online Symposium: Current Trends in Forensics & Forensic Toxicology

Decembers prize winners and 2020 meetings

Congratulations to our two award winners from the LTG's Christmas lectures, that took place on Friday 6th December 2019.
Congratulations and thank you to all those who presented oral and poster presentations.

John Jackson award

£100, went to Keeley Dunn, University of Huddersfield, for her poster entitled: Cannabinoid Identification and Cannabidiol Quantification in Electronic Liquids. Investigators: Miss Keeley Dunn and Dr. Sophie Turfus.

Brian Widdop award

£150, went to Denise McKeown, University of Glasgow, for her oral presentation entitled: 'Drug related deaths in Scotland - dark days and dark nights'

LTG 2020

Our next meeting will be held jointly with UKIAFT on 6th March 20202 at the UK Chamber of Shipping. Agenda will be published in the new year. The LTG will also hold their AGM and EGM.
Following meeting dates are; 12th June, 28th September and 4th December.

Merry Christmas and a peaceful new year to all.

We got pills, they’re multiplying: but, are we losing control?

Free Seminar Morning

One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA

22nd November 2019

Navigating the intricate regulatory pathway to bring a drug to market – starts off as an exciting challenge, but can get scary! Why not come and learn how to meet and overcome the many challenges by attending our free seminar on 22nd November: "We got pills, they’re multiplying: but are we losing control?"

For more information: download pdf

HMS Belfast drinks and BBQ following LTG June meeting

Following our last meeting in June, 55 LTG members, colleagues, sponsors and guests once again took to the river Thames, but this time firmly secured to the river bank, aboard the impressive HMS Belfast. We enjoyed a welcome drink, excellent food and chatted whilst looking over the sights of London on a lovely summer evening. Whilst others had a good chat with colleagues and made some new friends, others had a tour of the ship and museum, reading, seeing and smelling what it may have been like to work aboard a warship!

Thank you to all who came and took part in this evening event, and a special thank you to our supporting sponsor, Specialty Diagnostics.

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