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.

Introduction to Drug Disposition and Pharmacokinetics

Introduction to Drug Disposition and PharmacokineticsThis book is intended to fill the gap between the treatment of the subject in standard pharmacological texts and the more advanced books of pharmacokinetics. The book is for those wishing or needing to study the topic in more depth than provided by most books of pharmacology. As an entry-level text to drug disposition and pharmacokinetics the reader is taken from basic concepts to a point where those who wish to will be able to perform pharmacokinetic calculations and be ready to read more advanced texts and research papers on the topic. There is a companion web site makes the book 'expandable' and a means to keep the information up to date. The basic text and equations are in the book whilst the web site has calculations and worked examples, many of which are based on the tables and figures from the book. Powerpoint slides of the figures can be downloaded from the web site.

The use of full-colour illustrations aids comprehension, whilst mathematical calculations, exercises and questions, are confined to the companion web site, making this an 'accessible' book for those relatively new to the topic. Many of the equations applicable to toxicology require little more than back of the envelope calculations.

Should you feel that our book might be of interest to you friends and colleagues, please alert them to this new textbook.

More information here:

NHS alert concerning seizures of heroin cut with fentanyls

A contact at Public Health England has sent LTG a link to an NHS alert concerning seizures of heroin cut with fentanyls. We would like to pass this onto members so that all are aware. Please see further details through the following link

9th Euro-Global Summit on Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology

Euro Toxicology 2017 is comprised of notable keynote speakers and technical sessions on the latest cutting edge research, and designed to stimulate discussion and debate about current issues affecting toxicology globally. The Summit incorporates multiple sessions enhancing the length and breadth of the conference. These include

Food Toxicology
Nano toxicology
Genetic Toxicology and Toxicity Testing
Human & Health Toxicology
Clinical Toxicology
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Drug Toxicology
Toxicologists Meetings
Forensic Medicine
Toxicology of Metals
Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology
Occupational Toxicology
Toxicologic Pathology

Toxicology Conference incorporates plenty of new sessions and workshops in store for our participants such as the special Networking sessions, Tox talks and so on.

For more information, please visit the Conference website.

A review of the evidence of use and harm

Please find attached a document from the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs detailing 'U-47,700 - a review of the evidence of use and harm'.

Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs; 25 pages; December 20, 2016


Phytocannabinoids - A review of the generic definition

Please find attached a document from the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs detailing  'Phytocannabinoids: a review of the generic definition'.

Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs; 28 pages; December 16, 2016

BTS Annual Congress 2017 - 3rd-5th April 2017 Hilton Liverpool

The BTS Annual Congress 2017 programme has a strong speaker line-up this year which hopes to draw in excess of 200 delegates, all key members within the field of toxicology.

We have received extremely positive feedback from many of you who supported last year’s conference and for those of you who are considering attendance for the first time, we are confident that you will find an opportunity suitable for your specific requirements.

This could be the perfect platform for you to meeting key people in the industry, giving you the opportunity to market your business face to face.

You can download the latest provisional programme by clicking HERE.

You can download the Congress Flyer HERE.

For further details please contact the BTS Event Managers or visit the Meeting website:
Executive Business Support Ltd
City Wharf
Davidson Road
WS14 9DZ
Tel: +44 (0) 1543 442158

Novel psychoactive substances/NPS; clinical, pharmacological, analytical chemistry, toxicity, legislative, and criminological issues

Dear Colleague,
You may be pleased to know that, as part of the European Commission-funded “Enhancing Police Skills concerning Novel Psychoactive Substances (EPS/NPS)” project Meeting, the Psychopharmacology, Drug Misuse and Novel Psychoactive Substances Research Unit, within the Department of Pharmacy, Postgraduate Medicine and Pharmacology has organised a conference being held at the Fielder Centre, Hatfield, UK on 16 November 2016.

The one-day conference has the theme: “Novel psychoactive substances/NPS; clinical, pharmacological, analytical chemistry, toxicity, legislative, and criminological issues”.

There will be a number of speakers from partner organisations in the EPS/NPS project as well as European experts in relevant fields.

The current programme is as follows:

SESSION I: Background, epidemiology and new research directions in the NPS

  • Chairs: Owen Bowden-Jones; Mire Zloh; Ornella Corazza
  • Overview on NPS - Fabrizio Schifano (UK)
  • NPS issues; epidemiological data - John Corkery (UK)
  • The role of the deep web/darknet in the NPS spread and market chain (1) - Laura Orsolini (UK)
  • The NPS drug markets in the deep web marketplace (2) - Mara Mignone (Italy)
  • The NPS consumption patterns; results from the virtual ethnography approach - Katalin Felvinczi (Hungary)
  • NPS and legislative changes in Europe; challenges and opportunities - Pasquale Policastro (Poland)

SESSION II: Preclinical research on NPS

  • Chairs: Norbert Scherbaum; Marta Torrens; Magi Farré
  • NPS; Pharmacodynamics issues - Gaetano Di Chiara (Italy)
  • Understanding the differential effects of Spice drugs on mesolimbic dopamine function - Maria Antonietta De Luca (Italy)
  • NPS; analytical and chemical issues by using RAMAN spectroscopy - Jacqueline Stair (UK)
  • Chemical evaluation of internet products containing NPS to investigate supply/distribution chains - Jesus Calvo-Castro/Valentina Guarino (UK)
  • Q&A – discussion

Poster Session over lunch

SECTION III: Clinical research on NPS

  • Chairs: Gaetano Di Chiara; Jacque Stair
  • The NEPTUNE Project - Owen Bowden-Jones (UK)
  • Use of NPS and induced psychiatric symptoms in Ibiza: outcomes from the EIVISSA Project - Giovanni Martinotti (Italy)
  • Synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic-cannabinoid-Induced psychotic disorders - Duccio Papanti (Italy)
  • Dual disorders and NPS - Marta Torrens (Spain)
  • Abuse liability and human pharmacology of mephedrone/synthetic cathinones - Magi Farré (Spain)
  • Pregabalin and gabapentin misuse - Norbert Scherbaum (Germany)

We are inviting a limited number of guests from the law enforcement, forensic, and medical fields both within the UK and Europe.

We would be more than happy to see members of the LTG or some of your colleagues at the event.

We hope to publish the conference abstracts in a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal. In this way not only can we publicise the project but also demonstrate that UH is a leading institution in this field.

We seek now to inform the eclipse to give a better coverage to this event.

Further details about the conference can be obtained from myself, John Corkery ( or Valentina Guarino (

Kind regards,
Prof Fabrizio Schifano, Conference Chair
Professor Fabrizio Schifano, MD, FRCPsych
Chair in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Consultant Psychiatrist
University of Hertfordshire
Psychopharmacology, Drug Misuse and Novel Psychoactive Substances Research Unit
School of Life and Medical Sciences
College Lane Campus
Hatfield, Herts
AL10 9AB (UK)
telephone: +44 (0)1707-286107
fax: +44 (0)1707-284506
mobile: +44 (0)753 4915035

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