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Eight Drugs a Week, Episode 11 – On the road to Banff: Not a second time!

This time, it’s the right time — not a second time, but a unique time — to take the road to Banff, Canada, for the 22nd edition of the IATDMCT annual congress.

This time, following a very successful virtual edition in 2020, we are very glad to be meeting in person. And what a place to meet! – surrounded by Banff’s mountainous splendour. We are so grateful the congress organizing committee accepted the mission to make the show happen again, and we acknowledge the incredible work they’ve put behind two wonderful congresses.

We hope attendees will be inspired by the location, and we are certain it will be a very special IATDMCT meeting this year.

Joining us for the episode are organising committee heroes, congress chairs David Kinniburgh and Penny Colbourne, and Pamela Lyons, who apart from being an event organising extraordinaire, is also IATDMCT member manager, and runs our head office!

In this episode we hear ab-oo-t (pun intended!):

  • How the congress theme ties in with Banff’s history of exploration and beautiful mountain scenery.
  • How the scientific program balances traditional topics with new frontiers in TDM and CT: wastewater testing for drug use, pioneering genetic testing and AI applications, developments in keeping abreast of novel psychoactive substances.
  • The pre-congress workshop on emerging topics in clinical toxicology, including novel drug checking services and lessons learned following marijuana legalization.
  • The social program that ensures guests will be fully immersed in the Canadian Rockies experience, including hiking opportunities, a western-themed dinner, and wildlife spotting.
  • Why inspiration, creative insight and joyful collaboration are essentially guaranteed at this meeting!


About our guests:

Dave is the Director of the Alberta Centre for Toxicology, an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Cumming School of Medicine of the University of Calgary, and a Clinical Professor at the University of Alberta, located in Edmonton, Alberta.

Penny is a Clinical Toxicologist at the University of Alberta Hospital and Clinical Professor at the University of Alberta.

Pam started at IATDMCT in 1995, with our Congress in Vienna. She’s attended every Congress since! She takes care of our members and provides support to our senior leadership teams. Pam and the IATDMCT team are based at our head office in Kingston, Ontario.


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