Gianpaolo Brusini, PhD
Born in Mantova, Italy. He received his degree from the University of Padova in 1985 in pharmaceutical chemistry. From 1986 to 1991 mass spectrometry application manager at FISONS instruments.
From 1991 to 1999 has worked as a researcher at the Centre of Behavioural and Forensic Toxicology of the Hospital and University of Padova, Italy. During this period he developed several informatic tools for scientific applications and has created dozens of web sites for local and international scientific societies.
From 2000 to 2011, has been the Scientific Manager of San Patrignano, the world's largest community for rehabilitation of drug addicts, where he is also managing the multimedia department.
In this office he created WeFree, an international network developed in collaboration with UN which is including hundreds of Communities, Scientific Institutions and local and international Governmental Organizations.
Gianpaolo Brusini, PhD
Via Lamarmora, 16, 10128 Turin, Italy
Alain G. Verstraete, MD
TIAFT member since 1988, he studied Medicine at Ghent University, Belgium and specialized in Clinical Biology and in vitro Nuclear Medicine at Ghent University Hospital. He obtained a doctorate in the biomedical sciences in October 1994. Since 1987, he is responsible for the Toxicology Laboratory of Ghent University Hospital. He is part-time full professor at Ghent University. His main research interest is in drugs and driving. He was advisor to the former Belgian Federal Secretary of State for Security Jan Peeters for the drafting of the legislation on drugs and driving and was coordinator of the EU projects ROSITA and Rosita-2 on roadside drug testing. He is chairman of the working group on Alcohol, Drugs, Medicines and driving of directorate-general Transport and energy of the European Commission.
He is vice-president of the Belgian Society of Clinical Biology, vice-president of the Toxicological Society of Belgium and Luxembourg, board member and webmaster of the European Workplace Drug Testing society (EWDTS) and webmaster of the International Association for Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and Clinical Toxicology (IATDMCT).
He received an 2002 AACC outstanding speaker award, the 2002 ICADTS (International council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety) Haddon award given to scientists who take research findings and make changes in public policy, the 2002 TIAFT achievement award and the 2005 Grand Prix of the French Society of Analytical Toxicology. He is member of the editorial board of Journal of Analytical Toxicology, Traffic Injury Prevention, Drug Testing and Analysis and Acta Clinica Belgica.
Alain G. Verstraete, MD
Laboratory of clinical Biology-Toxicology, Ghent University Hospital
De Pintelaan 185 - B-9000 Gent, Belgium
I am a Toxicologist and Pharmacologist, I hold a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine) in the field of Forensic Toxicology and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree from Monash University. I am an approved analyst under Section 57B of the Road Safety Act of Victoria. I have published a number of scientific papers and am an active member of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT), the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) and the Forensic and Clinical Toxicology Association of Australasia (FACTA). I am also an approved assessor for the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA) in Forensic Science.
I am employed as Manager (Toxicology) and Chief Toxicologist at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, 57 - 83 Kavanagh Street, Southbank.
I have given evidence in over 100 cases in Supreme court, County court, Committal proceedings at Magistrates Court and at Coronial Inquests in the field of forensic toxicology and pharmacology and have provided opinions on a number of other cases around Australia in relation to the pharmacology of drugs, effects of drugs in drivers, and analytical and toxicological issues.
Toxicology Section/FSS, VIFM
57-83 Kavanagh St, Southbank 3006, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
I work as a toxicologist at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) in Melbourne, Australia. My professional career started in Germany (where I was born) with the study of Pharmacy at the Ernst-Moritz Arndt University in Greifswald and the Saarland University Saarbruecken. After university, I started working as a research assistant, PhD student, and clinical toxicologist at the Department of Experimental and Clinical Toxicology of Saarland University in Homburg, Germany.
After finishing my PhD I had a calling to the other side world to work as a post-doctoral fellow at VIFM where I stayed on to work as a senior toxicologist.
I have been a TIAFT member since my first meeting in Washington 2004, a very memorable moment in my professional life. I've recently taken on the task of co-editor of the TIAFT bulletin, a very satisfying but also time consuming work.
My hobbies include rock climbing, cycling and gardening. I'm also very passionate about the botany of toxic as well as edible plants.
Institute of Forensic Medicine
Rorschacher Strasse 95 (Building 11)
CH-9007 St. Gallen, Switzerland