Webinar: Navigating the Current Challenges in Postmortem Toxicology

Registration: $25 for SOFT Members, $35 for Non-members - Register Here!

Date: Tuesday, December 12, 9:00 am Pacific/12:00 pm Eastern to 11:30 am Pacific/2:30 pm Eastern

Webinar Chairs:
Joe Kahl
Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Department, Toxicology Laboratory

Luigino Apollonio
Cuyahoga County Regional Forensic Science Laboratory and Medical Examiner's Office, Toxicology Unit

Sponsored by the SOFT Postmortem Toxicology Committee

Postmortem toxicology has a unique set of considerations that are often not encountered in other toxicology subdisciplines; from sample preparation to instrumentation to interpretation, there are several factors that impact the daily duties of the postmortem practitioner. The focus of this webinar, presented by the SOFT Postmortem Toxicology Committee, will be to examine case studies focused on tolerance and polysubstance usage, as well as to delve into interpretive and analytical challenges and exploring available resources and partnerships that can assist the growing needs of this work. Overcoming these challenges is crucial, as they impact the interpretation of the results, and ultimately the determination of cause and manner of death.

Learning Objective 1:
Provide a contemporary understanding of some of the challenges that are currently facing postmortem toxicologists.

Learning Objective 2:
Present case studies highlighting difficulties in interpreting postmortem toxicology results, all from a toxicologist, an investigator, and a pathologist perspective.

Learning Objective 3:
Discuss current analytical and instrumental challenges in postmortem toxicology.

Agenda (Times listed are in Eastern Time):
12:00-12:05 PM: Welcome and Introduction (Luigino Apollonio and Joe Kahl)
12:05-12:20 PM: Background of Postmortem Challenges (Joe Kahl)
12:20-12:50 PM: Complex Postmortem Interpretation (Graham Jones)
12:50-1:10 PM: Palliative Care Toxicology (Diane Moore)
1:10-1:30 PM: Analytical and Instrumental Challenges in Postmortem Toxicology (Joshua Seither)
1:30-1:45 PM: Break
1:45-2:05 PM: Challenges in Postmortem Toxicology: A Medical Examiner’s Perspective (Jan Gorniak)
2:05-2:20 PM: Non-Overdose High Fentanyl Concentrations (Sarah Buxton de Quintana)
2:20-2:40 PM: Importance of the Postmortem Investigative Process (Erin Worrell)
2:40-3:00 PM: Putting It All Together: Overcoming the Challenges of the Postmortem Toxicologist (Samantha Tolliver)
3:00-3:15 PM: Q&A (All Speakers) 


Joe Kahl
Toxicologist 3 - Quant Section Supervisor
Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Department, Toxicology Laboratory

Luigino Apollonio
Chief Toxicologist
Cuyahoga County Regional Forensic Science Laboratory and Medical Examiner's Office, Toxicology Unit

Graham Jones
Clinical Professor
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta

Diane Moore
Director of Toxicology
Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Department, Toxicology Laboratory

Joshua Seither
Defense Health Agency, Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, Division of Forensic Toxicology

Jan Gorniak
Medical Examiner
Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner

Sarah Buxton de Quintana
Supervising Criminalist I
Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner

Erin Worrell
Chief of Investigations
Office of the Denver Medical Examiner

Samantha Tolliver
Chief Toxicologist
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Washington DC, Forensic Toxicology Division