Scientific Programme



The Swiss Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology (SSCPT) has recognised the 37th Congress of the European Association of Poison Centres and Clinical Toxicologists for continuous education in this discipline. 24 credits have been awarded – please see for the corresponding listing and note that the congress attendance certificate will reflect this accordingly.

Continuing Pharmaceutical Education (CPE) credit or Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit by the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology will not be available for the Basel congress.





Toxicological analysis and contribution to diagnosis and patient management in clinical toxicology - click here for details.


MAIN CONGRESS - Wednesday 17 to Friday 19 May 2017
  • Paracetamol poisoning: new insights
    Pro/Con debate: Shorter course IV Acetylcysteine for Paracetamol Poisoning – it’s time to make a SNAP decision (Dr James Dear, University of Edinburgh UK and Dr Rick Dart, Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center, Denver, USA)
    Keynote: Biomarkers for Paracetamol Poisoning - research tools or practical aids to the management of the poisoned patient (Professor Nicholas Buckley, University of Sydney, Australia)

  • Antidotes: something old, something new, something borrowed, something Blue
    Keynote: New antidotal strategies for nerve agent poisoning (Professor Horst Thiermann, Bundeswehr Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Munich, Germany)
    Keynote: Use of pre-hospital ethanol administration to improve outcome in methanol mass poisoning outbreaks: the Czech experience (Associate Professor Sergej Zacharov, General University Hospital, Prague, Czech Republic)
    Keynote: Optimal use of succimer in lead poisoning (Dr Sally Bradberry, National Poisons Information Service (Birmingham Unit), Birmingham, UK)
    Keynote: Challenges in Methylene Blue therapy (Professor Robert Hoffman, NYU School of Medicine, New York, USA)

  • Toxicology of migration - poisons crossing borders
    Plenary lecture: Public health aspects of the migrant crisis and the role of WHO (Dr Joanna Tempowski, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland)
    Keynote: Rapid Risk Assessment of chemical/toxicological incidents with cross-border threats to public health (Prof Raquel Duarte Davidson, Public Health England, Chilton, UK)
    Keynote: Incidents related to illegal importation of chemicals in the US (Dr Michael G Holland, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, USA)
    Keynote: Specific poisonings risks for migrants or caused by migrating poisons in Germany (Dr Herbert Desel, Federal Institute of Risk Assessment, Berlin, Germany

  • Toxicology of anti-convulsant drugs
    Keynote: Mitochondrial toxicity of antiepileptic drugs and implications for the treatment of mitochondrial epilepsy (Univ.-Professor Josef Finsterer, Municipality of Vienna, Austria)
    Keynote: Are new anticonvulsant drugs safer than old ones? (Professor Bruno Mégarbane, Lariboisière Hospital, Paris-Diderot University, France)
    Keynote: How to manage poisoning with anticonvulsants (Professor Florian Eyer, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technical University of Munich, Germany)
    Keynote: Too much of a good thing: Antiepileptic toxicity (Associate Professor Sophie Gosselin, McGill University Health Centre, Quebec, Canada)

  • Pre-hospital management of poisonings
    Keynote: In the urban area of a developed country: the Oslo experience (Odd Martin Vallersnes, Oslo Accident and Emergency Outpatient Clinic, City of Oslo Health Agency, Norway)
    Keynote: In the rural area of a developing country: the Bangladesh experience (Dr. Fazle Rabbi Chowdhury, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, UK and OSD, Health Directorate, Government of Bangladesh)
    Keynote: On the way to hospital with the paramedics: the US experience (Associate Professor Alex Manini, The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Division of Medical Toxicology, New York, USA)
    Keynote: On the scene with a physician-manned emergency medical service: the French SAMU experience (Professor Vincent Danel, SAMU 38 - Centre 15 de l’Isère, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, Grenoble, France)
    Keynote: With long-distance transport: the Australian experience (Dr Shaun Greene, Victorian Poisons Information Centre, Austin Toxicology Service, Australia)

  • Controversies in pesticide toxicology
    Keynote: Neonicotinoid insecticides - safe for humans? (Professor Allister Vale, National Poisons Information Service, Birmingham, UK)
    Keynote: Do neurobehavioral changes occur in humans as long lasting consequences of acute poisoning with organophosphorus insecticides? (Professor Marcello Lotti, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy)
    Keynote: Pesticides and Parkinson's disease: is there a causal link? (Professor Martin Wilks, Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology, University of Basel, Switzerland)
    Pro/Con debate: Is glyphosate a probable human carcinogen? (Dr Chris Portier, Independent Environmental Health Researcher, Thun, Switzerland and Danièle Court Marques, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy)

  • Biomarkers, clinical toxicology and translational medicine (APAMT Symposium)
    Keynote: Regulatory toxicology: are biomarkers the missing link? (Associate Professor Darren Roberts Medical School, Australian National University, Australia)
    Keynote: Use of biomarkers in laboratory-models of toxicity (Assistant Professor Klintean Wunnapuk Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Thailand)
    Keynote: Biomarkers of kidney injury: clinical research generates both questions and answers (Dr Fahim Mohammed South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka)
    Keynote: Biomarkers in snake envenomation: local data prompts broad applications (Dr Anjana Silva, Monash Venom Group, Monash University, Clayton, Australia and Department of Parasitology, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Saliyapura, Sri Lanka

  • The Virtual Toxicologist: Leveraging Social Media For Toxicology Education, Outreach and Research
    Introduction to the Mini Symposium/Introduction to Social Media Platforms (Dr Peter Chai, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA)
    Social Media in Toxicologic Disasters (Dr Timothy Erickson, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA)
    Social Media and the Global Educational Toxicology Uniting Project (GETUP) (Dr Anselm Wong, Department of Toxicology, Austin Health, Victorian and NSW Poisons Information Centres School of Clinical Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
    Twitter and Facebook groups: How we can maximize our toxicology education and engage learners (Dr Matthew Griswold and Dr Mark Neavyn, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, USA)
    The National Poisons Information Centre experience in social media for outreach (Niamh English, National Poisons Information Centre, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland)
    The Edinburgh Clinical Toxicology experience in social media (Dr Euan Sandilands, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, UK)
    Research in drug trends, substances of abuse and self-harm on social media (Dr Edward Boyer, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA and Associate Professor Alex Manini, The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Division of Medical Toxicology, New York, USA)
    Round table on social media
    Dr Mark Neavyn, University of Massachusetts Medical School (moderator)
    Dr Katharine Boyle, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School
    Dr Peter Chai, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School 
    Niamh English, National Poisons Information Centre, Beaumont Hospital
    Dr Timothy Erickson, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
    Dr Euan Sandilands, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

More oral communications, short orals, electronic and paper posters will be selected from the abstract submissions received – authors will be notified by end January if their submissions have been accepted for presentation.



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