International Association of
Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and Clinical Toxicology
Fostering education, research and practice in TDM and CT

IATDMCT Daily Compass - 2015 Congress - Monday, October 12

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  Welcome from the Congress Chair

Dear colleagues and friends,

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the 14th International Conference of the International Association for Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and Clinical Toxicology (IATDMCT) 2015.

The theme of the conference is "ALL TIME HIGH BELOW SEA LEVEL". The conference features 6 plenary lectures, 35 concurrent symposia, 50 oral and poster sessions and 25 roundtables. An ALL TIME HIGH quality program will be presented to you in an innovative and compact three day event.

Further a preconference features a "hands on" and interactive clinical toxicology symposium on "novel psychoactive substances". A post congress symposium deals with state of the art PK/PD models.

Did you know that:

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  • over 800 colleagues have registered?
  • we will celebrate and toast on our 25th anniversary?
  • we will enjoy a walking dinner in the Laurenskerk, with plenty of music and dance in ALL TIME HIGH atmospheres?
  • you may join the "Rotterdam Ambassadors" in an early morning run over the Erasmus bridge crossing the river?
  • and that all this takes place behind dykes BELOW SEA LEVEL in the beautiful city of Rotterdam?

We invite you to join us and taste the Dutch hospitality we would like to share with you.


Eric J.F. Franssen
Chair, Local Organizing Committee, IATDMCT 2015
Rotterdam, the Netherlands

  Welcome from your IATDMCT President

The IATDMCT international congresses represent a unique opportunity for all members to meet again, share their latest results and learn from others about fields covering toxicology, personalized therapeutics and analytical methods.

Pierre WallemacqIATDMCT is also a stimulating platform for young trainees to get involved in professional practice and discuss with senior scientists and diagnostic industry representatives. I've had the chance to attend almost all IATDMCT congresses (this will be my 12th meeting) and I have never been disappointed, neither by their organization nor by their scientific content.

I trust this new 2015 Rotterdam edition « All Time High Below Sea Level » will again be a success and will remain in our members memories. I want to acknowledge the local organizers as well as the sponsors for their tremendous effort, and I wish everybody a wonderful congress combining science and friendship in a pleasant atmosphere.

Pierre Wallemacq
IATDMCT President

  Today's Plenary Sessions

Nick BatemanMoP1 - When and How to Treat Paracetamol Overdoses
David Nicholas (Nick) Bateman

Paracetamol poisoning is the commonest acute poisoning in most European countries and in North America, and is the most frequent cause of acute liver injury requiring transplantation. Treatment of poisoning is based on an understanding of the mechanisms and time-frames of toxicity. The key problem is balancing the risk from the overdose to the need for treatment with acetylcysteine. There is no standard international agreement on this, and the reasons and implications of different approaches will be discussed. Finally recent work on a new treatment regimen, and novel toxicity markers will be described.

Yusuke TanigawaraMoP2 - TDM for Oncology: A New Scientific Committee
Yusuke Tanigawara

A new Scientific Committee “TDM in Oncology” has just started. This session describes the background, objectives, scope and potential activities of this new scientific committee. A number of researches have been recently reported indicating that oncology will be a promising field to apply the TDM concept. This session also reviews recent advances on the personalized dosage of oncology drugs.

  Main Program Topics Today
View the full list of sessions for today - Monday, October 12, 2015

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Giving you the opportunity to create your personalised programme at the Congress. You can do this either by searching for “IATDMCT 2015” in your App or Google Play store or simply by scanning the barcode to the right. 

  Sessions Still Available: Get Your Tickets!

Do not miss the opportunity to learn more about these hot topics and to take part in the lively discussions. To register send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TuR3 Preparation of in-house calibrators and controls
TuR7 PKPD in clinical trials in children
WeR2 How to set up a good DBS study
  IATDMCT AGM Reminder

IATDMCT Logo Blue 150x15022nd Annual General Meeting of the
International Association of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

Tuesday, October 12, 2015

Join us, in Jurriaanse Zaal, for a full report on the activities of the association. Breakfast is available for all members prior to the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday morning at 0700-0800 in the exhibit area.

  IATDMCT's Scientific Committees

Join us at one of these upcoming meetings...

Consider attending the meetings of the IATDMCT scientific committees working in your field of interest. All these meetings are open and all IATDMCT members are invited to participate, as well as to join the Committees. Representing the important areas of TDM and CT, the Scientific Committees provide an excellent opportunity for members to become engaged in the professional activities of the Association.

All meetings will be held in the Plate/van der Vorm Zaal

  • 12:00-13:00 Oncology Committee
  • 12:00-13:00 Alternative Sampling Strategies Committee
  • 12:00-13:00 Immunosuppressive Drugs Committee

All meetings will be held in the Roundtable Room

  • 12:00-13:00 Anti-Infective Drugs Committee
  • 12:00-13:00 Communications Committee
  • 12:00-13:00 Clinical Toxicology/Drugs of Abuse Committee

All meetings will be held in the Roundtable Room

  • 12:00-13:00 Young Scientists Committee (Committee members only)
  • 12:00-13:00 Pharmacogenetics Committee
  • 12:00-13:00 Pharmacometrics Committee
  25 Years of IATDMCT: An Interview with Charles Pippenger

Join us as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of IATDMCT's Founding Meeting in Barcelona, Spain.

Enjoy an interview with Dr. Charles Pippenger, one of the founders of our association and name giver of the IATDMCT C.E. Pippenger Award presented for outstanding contributions to Therapeutic Drug Monitoring.

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  Learn More About IATDMCT

Interested in joining us? Visit us at the IATDMCT Booth in the Exhibition Area.
We look forward to seeing you!

The IATDMCT is an organization formed by an international group of scientists and physicians to promote the related disciplines of therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) and clinical toxicology (CT) worldwide. IATDMCT is unique in that no other society promotes the interest of TDM and clinical toxicology internationally.

Our Aims Member Benefits
  • Foster and promote education and research in TDM and CT.
  • Improve the standards of practice and clinical interpretation of drug and toxic substance analyses and facilitate the delivery of interpretation through clinical pharmacokinetics and toxicokinetics for enhanced patient care.
  • Encourage cooperation with and between members of all professions concerned with TDM and CT.
  • Encourage the effective application of TDM to optimize clinical drug use and maximize the clinical and economic benefits.
  • Encourage progress in CT as a diagnostic tool and therapeutic aid for therapeutic drug overdoses, drug abuse, and exposure to environmental toxicants.
  • Opportunity to network with colleagues world-wide via our Social Media and Members’ Only website forums 
  • Access to unrivalled expertise in the field of TDM and CT
  • Opportunities for continuing education
  • Opportunity to serve on international IATDMCT Scientific Committees
  • Free online access to Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, the Association’s journal devoted to TDM and CT
  • IATDMCT Compass, the Association’s official quarterly newsletter, in print and downloadable (PDF, ePub, Mobi)
  • IATDMCT E-News, the Association’s monthly e-blasts
  • Access to “Members Only” website resource, including our Membership Directory, Educational Resources, Office News, Employment Notices; and much more…
  IATDMCT Young Scientist Congress Corner
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Young Scientist Member ChartIATDMCT Young Scientists (YS) Membership is at an “All Time High…” and we are celebrating this “…Below Sea Level” at the 2015 Rotterdam Congress!

IATDMCT Young Scientists (YS) - Who Are We?

  • All those 40 years and under involved in TDM or Toxicology
  • Over 275 members strong (as of July 2015)

IATDMCT Young Scientist Committee (YSC) - Who are We?

  • Nine international Young Scientists who coordinate and promote all IATDMCT YS activities

Who founded IATDMCT's Young Scientist Committee?

  • Past President Hans H. Maurer and Founding YS Committee Chair Frank T. Peters at the 9th IATDMCT Congress (2005)

Upcoming YS Congress Events

Young Scientist Lunch Invitation
Monday 12 October 2015
Roundtable Room

We invite all Young Scientists to join us for lunch. Join our Busy Bees & expand your professional network today!

Young Scientist Night Out Invitation
Monday 12 October 2015
Meeting Point: De Doelen Reception
First Venue: De Witte Aap (The White Monkey) named “Best Bar in the World, Lonely Planet 2009”. Located on Witte de Withstraat, approximately a 10 minute walk from the De Doelen.

Denise McKeownMarkus MeyerFollowing the Cheese & Wine reception meet up with your YS colleagues for an informal evening of socialising. For those who cannot join us immediately at 19.00 follow @IATDMCT on Twitter for change of venue updates.

All IATDMCT Young Scientist are cordially welcomed to join these activities organized by the YS Committee: Those interested in supporting the projects of the Committee are asked to please contact Denise McKeown (Chair) and Markus Mayer (Vice-Chair).

  2015 IATDMCT Award Winners

IATDMCT wishes its warmest congratulations to our 2015 Award Winners

Olof BeckOlof Beck
Karolinska University
Stockholm, Sweden

Irving Sunshine Award
for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Toxicology

Sponsored by Thermo Scientific

Uwe ChristiansUwe Christians
University of Colorado
Denver, CO, USA

C.E. Pippenger Award
for Outstanding Contributions to Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

Sponsored by Siemens Healthcare Diagnostic

Jan-Willem AlffenaarJan-Willem Alffenaar
University Medical Center Groningen
Groningen, The Netherlands

Victor Armstrong Young Investigators’ Award
Sponsored by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
Brussels, Belgium

Patsalos Prize
for best manuscript published in Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

Impact of POR*28 on the Pharmacokinetics of Tacrolimus and Cyclosporine A in Renal Transplant Patients

Elens, Laure; Hesselink, Dennis A.; Bouamar, Rachida; Budde, Klemens; de Fijter, Johannes W.; De Meyer, Martine; Mourad, Michel; Kuypers, Dirk R. J.; Haufroid, Vincent; van Gelder, Teun; van Schaik, Ron H. N. Less

Therapeutic Drug Monitoring. 36(1):71-79, February 2014

  Thank you to our Sponsors

IATDMCT would like to express our sincerest thank to all our 2015 Congress Sponsors for their generous support and would encourage you to visit them in the exhibit area.diamond thermo 300x182

Attend Today's Industry Workshop, brought to you by

Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
in Clinical Research and Forensic Toxicology:
 It’s time for High Resolution/Accurate Mass LC-MS
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  Social Event of the Day: Wine & Cheese Reception
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Wine & Cheese Reception
Location: Exhibit Area

Please take time to attend the reception and to meet both your colleagues from around the world and the 2015 Sponsors and Exhibitors who have generously sponsored the Congress to make this event possible.

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Daily Compass: October 12, 2015, Monday

The Newsletter of the 14th Congress of the International Association of
Therapeutic Drug Monitoring & Clinical Toxicology

Editors: Maria Shipkova & Denise McKeown
Production: Sue Burns & Pamela Lyons

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