Prof. Thomas Y.K. CHAN, BBS, JP
Professor, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine,
the Chinese University of Hong Kong


Professor Chan is the Director of Prince of Wales Hospital Poison Treatment Centre and Centre for Food and Drug Safety, Faculty of Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a consultant physician and clinical pharmacologist of the Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong. Since 1989, he has specialised in drug safety, food safety and clinical toxicology. The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR appointed him a Non-Official Justice of the Peace (as from 1 July 2009) and awarded him the Bronze Bauhinia Star (on 1 July 2013) in recognition of his outstanding services over a long period of time.



Successes and Challenges in Strengthening Poison Control and Prevention in the Asia Pacific Region


P. Gopalakrishnakone is presently Professor of Anatomy and Chairman of the Venom and Toxin Research Programme at YLL School of Medicine, National University of Singapore.

He is also a consultant to the Defence Science Organization in Singapore and Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at the Defence Medical Research Institute. He is an Honorary Principal Fellow at the Australian Venom Research Unit, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Professor Gopal’s research studies includes structure function studies ,toxin detection, biosensors, antitoxins and neutralization factors, toxinogenomics and expression studies,  antimicrobial peptides from venoms and toxins and PLA2 inhibitors as potential drug candidate for inflammatory diseases.

The techniques he employs include quantum dots to toxinology, computational biology, microarrays and protein chips. 

He has more than 160 international publications, 4 books, about 350 conference presentations and 10 patent applications.

He has been an active member of the International Society of Toxinology (IST) for 30years and the founder President of the Asia Pacific Section of IST, Council member of IST as well as in the editorial board of TOXICON.

His research awards include the Outstanding University Researcher Award from the National University of Singapore (1998); Ministerial Citation, NSTB Year 2000 Award in Singapore; and the Research Excellence Award from the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore (2003).

His awards in teaching include, Faculty Teaching Excellence Award 2003/4 & NUS Teaching Excellence Award 2003/4. He also received the Annual Teaching Excellence Award at University Level in 2010 and Faculty level 2010.

He was the President of International Society on Toxinology (I.S.T) till 2012.

In July 2014, he was awarded the Emeritus Professorship by NUS in recognition of his sustained contribution in terms of distinguished scholarship and conspicuous service to the university.


Dr. Fei Lung Rick LAU
Hong Kong Poison Information Centre
Clinical Toxicology Department
United Christian Hospital
Kwun Tung, Kowloon, HONG KONG

Gastric Decontamination in Asia: Beyond the Position Statements


Dr Lau Fei-Llung, Rick is known as one of the pioneers in the development in Emergency Medicine(EM ) and clinical toxicology in Hong Kong and Asia.

After obtaining his MBBS degree in 1981 fromHong Kong University, Dr Lauwas trained in internal medicine and EM in United Christian Hospital (UCH)and obtained MRCP (UK ) in 1987 and FRCS (A&E) in 1992. He was appointed as consultant in ED in 1993 and became the Chief of service in the Emergency Department of UCH in 1995. He was award FHKAM(Emerg Med) as a founding fellow of Hong Kong College of EM( HKCEM )in 1997. He was also awarded FRCP(Edin) in 2003 for his outstanding achievement .

Dr Lau was vital in the development of the Hong Kong Society of EMsince its formation and serving as its president from 1996 to 1999. He has been the councilor of HKCEM since its formation, and served as vice-president from 2002 to 2005. On the other hand, Dr Lau was one of the few founders of Asian Society of EM and was elected as its president from 2004 to 2007.

Noticing the under-development of clinical toxicology in Hong Kong, Dr Lau trained himself and his team in clinical toxicology in the States and established the Hong Kong Society of Clinical Toxicology in 2005 as the founding president. He was later appointed the founding director of the Hong Kong Poison Information Centre in the same year and established the Toxicology Training Centre in UCH in 2010 providing systematic toxicology training program to local and overseas health care workers. In 2012, he set up a charitable toxicology training fund in HKCEM to sponsor doctors from Greater China to be trained in clinical toxicology in Hong Kong. He is currently a board member of Asian Pacific Association of Clinical Toxicology. In 2016, he helped HKCEM to set up the clinical toxicology board and would chair the board to develop the clinical toxicology fellowship program in Hong Kong.

Dr. Lau had published more than a hundred papers mainly on clinical toxicology, edited many training manual for EM. His main academic interest is in food & metal poisoning and drug & drunk driving.



Prof. Ashish BHALLA
Department of Internal Medicine,
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research,
Chandigarh, India

Tox Education in India: What’s Next

Prof. Bhalla works as a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. He is researching in the fields of Toxicology (acute), Toxicology (acute), Tropical infections and Refractory ascites. Prof. Bhalla has authored over 100 publications.


Prof. Paul DARGAN
Consultant Physician and Clinical Toxicologist, Clinical Director,
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust; and
Professor of Clinical Toxicology,
King’s College London

Prescription medicine misuse in the UK and Europe

Paul Dargan is a Professor of Clinical Toxicology at King’s College London and a Consultant Physician and Clinical Toxicologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London. He has an active research and teaching programme with a focus on recreational drug toxicity, new psychoactive substances, prescription medicine misuse and heavy metal toxicity. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers and numerous book chapters. He sits on the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) and is a Member of the Scientific Committee of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drugs Addiction (EMCDDA). He is an expert adviser to a number of other bodies including the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

  Prof. Michael EDDLESTON
Professor of Clinical Toxicology and Lister Research Prize Fellow in the Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics Unit of the University/BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science, University of Edinburgh

Do OP or Pyrethroid Insecticides Cause Diabetes?

Michael Eddleston is a Professor of Clinical Toxicology and Lister Research Prize Fellow in the Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics Unit of the University/BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science, University of Edinburgh, and Director and Consultant Physician at the National Poisons Information Service – Edinburgh unit, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He trained in medicine at Cambridge and Oxford, with an intercalated PhD at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla. While a medical student he became fascinated by self-poisoning in rural Sri Lanka and took a year off to work in two Sri Lankan hospitals and to write the Oxford Handbook of Tropical Medicine. Following basic medical training, he returned to Sri Lanka for four years as a Wellcome Trust intermediate fellow before moving to Edinburgh to complete specialist medical training His research’s major aim is to reduce deaths from pesticide and plant self-poisoning in rural Asia, a cause of over 350,000 premature deaths each year and the number one global means of suicide. To do this, he performs clinical trials in South Asian district hospitals to better understand the pharmacology and effectiveness of antidotes and community-based controlled trials to identify effective public health interventions. This work is complemented by translational studies of antidotes in minipig models of poisoning in a large animal intensive care facility that he has established in Edinburgh, work with sociologists and anthropologists to understand better the meaning of self-harm, and works with the World Health Organisation to aid implementation.


Prof. Robert S. HOFFMAN
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medicine
Director, Division of Medical Toxicology
New York University School of Medicine
Affiliate Clinical Professor
Department of Clinical Pharmacy Practice
St. John’s University
College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions
Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine
Bellevue Hospital Center      

From Beer to Hips - Diagnosis and Treatment of Cobalt Toxicity

Prof. Robert S. Hoffman received his MD and completed a 3-year internship and residency in Internal Medicine followed by a Fellowship in Medical Toxicology all at NYU School of medicine. He achieved and maintains Board Certification in Internal Medicine, Medical Toxicology, and Emergency Medicine. In 1989 Dr. Hoffman became the director of the Fellowship in Medical Toxicology at the New York City Poison Center, and in 1994 he became the Director of the New York City Poison Center. In 2014 he became the Director of the Division of Medical Toxicology at NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Hoffman has authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications in various aspects of toxicology. He has been an editor of Goldfrank’sToxicologic Emergencies for the last 6 editions. He has held offices in all 3 American Toxicology Societies, and is currently the past president of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology.


Prof. Geoff ISBISTER
University of Newcastle, Australia

Laboratory and Bedside Diagnosis in Snakebite

Dr Isbister is a clinician researcher in clinical toxicology and his research has focused on understanding poisoning and envenoming in patients and undertaking studies to determine the effectiveness of antidotes and antivenoms in treatment of these conditions. He heads the Clinical Toxicology Research Group at the University. He has published over 250 original research publications and holds an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship as well as being Chief Investigator on an NHMRC Program Grant and an NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence on Translational Venom and Antivenom Research. The benefits of the research include improving our understanding of the pathophysiology of both envenomation and poisoning. Much of his research challenges long held views about the treatment of poisoned and envenomed patients, including whether antivenom works. He has made clinicians re-look at what evidence there is for various treatments and why we use these treatments.


Dr. David WOOD

Consultant Physician and Clinical Toxicologist
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Use of E-cigarettes to Vape Recreational Drugs and New Psychoactive Substances

Dr. David is consultant physician and clinical toxicologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s Health Partners, London, UK and in clinical toxicology at King’s College London, London, UK.  He has a clinical, research and academic interest in the epidemiology and patterns of use of and acute/chronic harms related to classical recreational drugs and novel psychoactive substances (NPS).  He has published extensively in this area and co-edited the textbook ‘Novel Psychoactive Substances’ published in 2013. He has established a network of specialist European centres to monitor the acute harms associated with recreational drug/NPS use (the European Drug Emergencies Network (Euro-DEN)), which continues as the Euro-DEN Plus project.  He is a co-opted member of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and expert advisor to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.


Dr. C. C. YANG
Professor & Chair (Institute of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan) and/or Attending Physician & Chief (Division of Clinical Toxicology & Occupational Medicine, Department of Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan)


Cardioactive Steroids Related Poisoing in Taiwan




Prof. Nick Buckley, MD FRACP

Head of Clinical Pharmacology
Discipline of Pharmacology, The University of Sydney, Australia

Multiple choices for multiple choices (Free internet-based Educational Software)

Professor Nick Buckley is President of The Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the Sydney Medical School, a consultant clinical toxicologist at the NSW Poisons Information Centre and admitting toxicologist at RPA Hospital Sydney, Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Australian Medicines Handbook, and Research Director of the South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration (SACTRC-


Dr Betty CHAN

Dept of Emergency Medicine & Clinical Toxicology
Prince of Wales Hospital, Australia






Dr. Joanne Sheot Harn CHAN

Health Sciences Authority, Singapore

An Overview of Toxins and Toxicants in Our Foods






Dr. Wui Ling CHAN
Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Emergency Department

Prescription Medicine Misuse in Asia





Dr. Chulathida CHOMCHAI
Associate Professor
Mahidol University International College, Thailand

The diversification of Medications in Thai adolescents, Will We Ever Catch Up


Prof. Andrew DAWSON
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Australia

Wikitox Course by Distance

Professor Dawson is the Director of the National Poisons Register and Clinical Toxicology at RPA Hospital in Sydney, Australia and the Clinical Director at the NSW Poisons Information Centre, Sydney. He is the Program Director of the South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration. He is a past president of APAMT and the course director of the Wikitox Toxicology Distance Learning Course.




Oslo University Hospital, Norway

Acute Dysnatremias in Clinical Toxicology

Dag Jacobsen MD, PhD is a certified specialist in Toxicology, Clinical Pharmacology, Internal medicine & Cardiology. He is the Director and Professor of the Department of Acute Medicine at Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway. Besides working in the Medical Intensive Care Unit, he has been the Medical Director for the National Poisons Information Centre in Norway for 30 years and is still on call for this Centre. He has published more than 150 peer reviewed original papers within Clinical Toxicology & Intensive Care Medicine and has given lectures on these topics in many International congresses. He has also authored several book chapters on the same topics in International textbooks




Prof. Indika Bandara GAWARAMMANA
MBBS (Peradeniya), MD (Colombo, 2003),MRCP (UK), FRCPE (UK, 2010), PhD (Australia, 2012)    
SACTRC, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Snakebite and Antivenom Development

Professor Indika Bandara Gawarammana – MBBS (Peradeniya), MD (Colombo, 2003),MRCP (UK), FRCPE (UK, 2010), PhD (Australia, 2012) – is a Consultant Physician at theProfessorial Medical Unit, Teaching Hospital Peradeniya and Professor at the Departmentof Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya. He is also Director of Researchfor the South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration, an internationalcollaboration of clinicians and researchers studying the treatment of acute pesticide self-poisoning and working to reduce suicide and morbidity. Granting bodies in the UK,Australia and Sri Lanka are among the benefactors towards research conducted by Prof.Gawarammana and his teammates at SACTRC. He himself has over 40 published researchpapers and six books under his belt. Numerous medical journals including “Journal ofClinical Toxicology”, “American Journal of Physicians”, and “Critical Care Medicine” countProf. Gawarammana among their reviewers. He has received many awards for his work,including Presidential Awards and the Australian Leadership Award (Sri Lanka). In 2011,Prof. Gawarammana presented the ‘Prof. K. Rajasooriya Oration’ before a similargathering of the Ceylon College of Physician




Centre Antipoison du Québec & McGill University Health Centre, Canada

Dialysis in the Poisoned Patient - When, Who and How






Dr. Shaun GREENE
Clinical Toxicologist
Victoria Poisons Information Centre, Australia

Recognition and Management of Over the Counter Medicine Abuse


Dr Greene is an Clinical Toxicologist and Emergency Physician based at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne. He is Director of the Victorian Poisons Information Service and Austin Toxicology Service. Dr Greene's interests include harm recreational drug toxicity and prescription opioid analgesic related harm.


Dr. RJ Hoffman
Sidra Medical and Research Center, Qatar
Outsourcing Toxicology Education—What are the options?

Dr. Hoffman is a medical toxicologist at the Sidra Medical and Research Center in Doha, Qatar. Dr. Hoffman is a fellow of the American College of Medical Toxicology and the American College of Emergency Physicians, and is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Dr. Hoffman has been actively engaged in developing emergency medicine training programs and clinical toxicology services in the GCC for the past 5 years, initially in the United Arab Emirates and currently in Doha, Qatar.





Dr. Knut Erik HOVDA, MD, PhD
The Norwegian CBRNE Centre of Medicine, Dept of Acute Medicine, Oslo University Hospital, Norway

Methanol Poisoning Diagnosis Made Easy – The Formate Bedside Strips: New Data of a Novel Method

KEH works at the Norwegian CBRNE Centre of Medicine and Department of Acute Medicine as a clinical consultant and a senior physician. He also has an appointment as a clinical consultant for the National Poison Control Centre. He has his PhD in Clinical Toxicology, and has a particular interest in toxic alcohols, intensive care toxicology, acid-base disturbances, epidemiology and toxicology in the developing world.

For the last few years, he has been working as an expat with Doctors without Borders (Medécins sans Frontiéres/MSF) aiming at building an international capacity for methanol poisonings in the developing world through The Methanol Poisoning Initiative (MPi). He has also had a focus on innovation (e.g. a formate dip-stick for a bedside diagnosis of methanol poisoning, and patient isolation unit for highly infectious diseases (http:/ /






Dr. Ahmad Khaldun ISMAIL
Consultant Emergency Physician & Senior Lecturer
Department of Emergency Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Remote Envenomation Consultation Service - The Malaysian Experience

Dr. Khaldun is a Medical lecturer and Consultant Emergency Physician in Department of Emergency Medicine, Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Heis the President of Malaysian Society on Toxinology (MST) and Founder & Consultant of Remote Envenomation Consultancy Services (RECS). His area of interest is in the fields of Clinical Toxinology particularly on snake and marine envenoming/poisoning, Emergency Medicine, Prehospital Care and Special Events Medical Services (SEMS). He holds the authorship of a number of publications in various peer reviewed and indexed journals. His other interestsare nature, travelling and spending time with family and friends. His full CV can be viewed at!ArjXBiSSPJUSgZomFh9Ep7BVv4X9kw





Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand

Venomous Spiders in Thailand: New Discovery and Paradigm Shift in Network and Collaborationsd






Prof. Hwee Ling KOH

Adulteration in Botanical Products





Dr. Weng Keong LOKE
Programme Director, Defence Medical & Environmental Research Institute
DSO Laboratories
Management of Nerve Agents Poisoning - Role of Field Triage Kit and Field Administered Antidotes



Dr. Yen-Chiao MAO
Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan

Glufosinate Herbicide Poisoning - A Review


Paris-Diderot University


Refractoriness of Poisoning with Cardiotoxicants to Antidotes: Definition and Management?






Dr. Gene ONG
Senior Consultat
KK Women's and Children's Hospital
Role of High Fidelity Simulation in Toxicology Teaching


Dr Timothy Pastoor, PhD, DABT, ATS
Pastoor Science Communications, LLC


Toxicity, Risk, and Decisions: What the Clinician Needs to Know About Pesticides

Dr. Pastoor obtained his PhD in toxicology from the University of Michigan, is certified by the American Board of Toxicology (DABT), andis a Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences (ATS). Dr. Pastoor is president of the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI), and is a Board member for the International Life Sciences Institute and the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH).Dr. Pastoor retired in 2015 from Syngenta as Principal Scientist and founded the company Pastoor Science Communications, LLC that is centered around his passion for sound science, communicated well.

Dr. Pastoor has over 30 years of international experience in fundamental toxicity testing, mode of action research, and human health risk assessment.  For the majority of his career, including positions with DuPont, ICI, Zeneca, Novartis, and Syngenta, Dr. Pastoor led toxicology and risk assessment experts in the conduct of safety, health, and environmental studies to assess risk to humans and the environment. In those roles, he was involved in toxicological research projects and product development and was frequently asked to interact with media, community groups, legislators, and regulatory agencies.  He is a frequent lecturer on toxicology and risk assessment subjects. 

In his “retirement” Dr. Pastoor has remained actively engaged in science, toxicology, risk assessment, and science communication. He is also finding time to help the University of North Carolina develop the Professional Science Masters program in toxicology.  As founder and CEO of Pastoor Science Communications, he is leading global groups from academia, government, and corporations in developing consensus on difficult scientific issues.  In addition, he is president of the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI), a Washington, DC based non-profit organization dedicated to engaging scientists from academia, government, industry, research institutes, and NGOs to identify and resolve global health and environmental issues.

Tim is an avid flyfisherman and photographer, and hopes his knees allow him to continue playing tennis for many years to come.



Dr. Darren ROBERTS
Staff Specialist
The Canberra Hospital, Australia


Novel Antidotes for Amanita Ahalloides Poisoning

Darren Roberts is a clinical toxicologist, pharmacologist and nephrologist in Australia. He completed a PhD in clinical toxicology through the ANU in 2008 following extensive clinical work in hospitals in Sri Lanka. Subsequent research is in the broader fields of clinical toxicology, pharmacokinetics, therapeutics, nephrology and evidence based medicine. He holds multiple academic appointments and positions of responsibility on peak hospital, state, national and international committees. He is the incoming Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of APAMT, Chair of the Clinical Pharmacology Interest Group of ASCEPT and Co-chair of Scientific Review Committee of AACT. Darren is a course convenor and tutor of a postgraduate course in clinical toxicology.





Emergency Physician and Clinical Toxicologist, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Challenges of Environmental Lead Poisoning in Children

Dr. Trakulsrichai is a board-certified specialist in Internal medicine, Emergency Medicine and Clinical Pharmacologyand Toxicology.  She works as an Attending Physician at Emergency Department and Clinical Toxicologist atRamathibodi Poison Center, Ramathibodi Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand. Her areaof interest and researches focuses on plants and herbs; especially Kratom,heavy metals and pesticides including paraquat.



Dr. Man Li TSE
MBChB(CUHK), FHKCEM, FHKAM(Emerg Med), PgDip Medical Toxicology (Cardiff)
Hong Kong Poison Information Centre, Hong Kong

New Mushroom Poisoning Syndrome in China

Dr Tse Man Li is an Emergency Physician from Hong Kong. He is currently the consultant and deputy director of the Hong Kong Poison Information Centre. He is an honorary visiting professor to the School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University and an honorary clinical associate professor to the LKS Faculty of Medicine, Hong Kong University.DrTse is elected to be the Secretary General of APAMT since 2015 and he also serves as council members in the Hong Kong Association of Clinical Toxicology and the Hong Kong Society for Emergency Medicine and Surgery. He has published more than 50 peer-review papers relating to clinical toxicology.


Dr Anselm Wong
Toxicologist and Emergency Physician
Austin Health, Australia

Updates on the Global Educational Toxicology Uniting Project (GETUP)

The Global Educational Toxicology toolkit (GETKIT)

Dr Wong is a clinical toxicologist at the Victorian Poisons Information Centre and Austin Toxicology Service in Victoria, Australia and a consultant to the NSW Poisons Information Centre in Sydney. He is currently undertaking his PhD on the management and risk assessment in paracetamol overdose. He is the Director of the Global Educational Toxicology Uniting Project supported by the American College of Medical Toxicology.


Dr. Raymond WONG
Consultant Toxicologist
Prince of Wales Hospital Poison Treatment Centre, Hong Kong

Herbal Treatment and Sub-acute Arsenic Poisoning - Vigilence, Management and Lesson Learnt




Dr. Min–Ling WU
Taipei Veterans General Hospital and Taiwan National Poison Control Center, Taiwan

Mushroom Poisoning - The Taiwan Experience

Dr. Wu works as an attending physician and clinical consultant in the Division of Clinical Toxicology & Occupational Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at Taipei Veterans General Hospital since 2000.She has been involved as co-investigator in National Poison Control Center on poisoning, antidote network, and associated with National Yang-Ming Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan. Management of poisoning cases is her every-day practice, and she has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications in various aspects of toxicology. Dr. Wu received a bachelor's degree in medical technology from National Taiwan University, a master's degree in preventive medicine, and trained in medicine at National Yang-Ming Medical University, Taipei, and she has a particular interest in herbal and plant poisoning, heavy metal toxicology and analytical toxicology.





Dr. Yi Ju YAO
Division Director, Analytical Toxicology Division
Health Sciences Authority

Abuse and Detection of New Psychoactive Substances in Singapore