Dear Friends and Colleagues,
At the conclusion of the 53rd TIAFT Meeting in Firenze I would like to express my deep appreciation to everyone who participated in making the event a success.
In particular, I thank Heesun Chung, our TIAFT President, for the warm words of thanks she has written to me. It was a great pleasure to organize the meeting under her presidency. In addition, thanks are due to the entire TIAFT Board for their support during the meeting.
A special mention is necessary for the Young Scientists who presented an excellent program during their Symposium. Thanks to Sarah who substituted Jochen at the last moment. We would like to express our sympathy for his loss.
It was a pleasure to share our Renaissance traditions with all of you. I hope you appreciated us in our heavy, period costumes, despite the heat, and the exciting show in the Signoria Square. And the Salone dei Cinqucento, made available especially for our Meeting, was in its full splendor, offering a unique frame for the Opening Ceremony and the Gala Dinner, including the final première show.
Regarding the Scientific Program, I thank again the Chairs of the Scientific Committee, Donata, Hans, and Franco, and all the members for providing an excellent and high quality program. The 123 oral and nearly 300 poster presentations touched on the entire range of Forensic Toxicology topics: Toxicokinetics, Alcohol Use Markers, New Psychoactive Substances, Driving Under the Influence, Anti‐doping, Poisoning Cases in Post Mortem, In Vivo Forensic Toxicology, Hair Analysis, and New Technologies.
I greatly appreciated the opening speech by the President, especially her mention of Irving Sunshine to whom I dedicated this meeting. He was, for me, an important figure when I was a young scientist.
The opening lecture about Lucrezia Borgia by Marilyn Huestis was exceptional and I thank her for the original presentation of the historical subject.
The first lecture of the Scientific Program by Giovanni Serpelloni took us into the world of neuroscience linked with forensic toxicology, highlighting how drugs of abuse produce important changes in the human brain. The emotional closing lecture by Steven Karch which pointed to the connection between forensic pathology and forensic toxicology, and I thank him for his participation.
From the Social Program, both the Chianti excursion and the gala dinner, I was able to understand that our efforts were appreciated by all.
I look forward to attending the 2016 TIAFT Meeting in Brisbane, where my Australian colleagues will offer us an unforgettable event in their spectacular land, famous for as its modern cities and uncontaminated nature.
President of the Meeting
Here below you can find the whole Congress Book of the TIAFT meeting 2014.
It contains the scientific and social programme, welcome addresses and all of the abstracts of oral and poster presentations.
The book is a 4.8Mb pdf document
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