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AIC Occasional Seminar Series

The role of toxicology in research

Dr Santiago Vazquez
74 Leichhardt Street, Griffith ACT - FREE EVENT
11:00am-12:00pm 03 December 2015

In his presentation, Dr Santiago Vazquez will explore how toxicological analysis can contribute to research. The following points will be discussed:

  • What is toxicology and how are specimens for analysis collected and analysed?
  • Future of toxicology including new and emerging techniques
  • How does toxicology contribute to research and what are the benefits and limitations of techniques.

About the presenter

Dr Santiago Vazquez is head of the Drug Toxicology Unit (DTU) part of the NSW Forensic and Analytical Science Service (FASS) which performs over 120 000 drug tests for many government departments across the state. He completed his Bachelor of Science honours degree and PhD at the University of Wollongong. His PhD investigated the role of human Lens Protein Modifications in Cataract. In 2001 he moved to the United States of America and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. In his time in the U.S. he also worked at Waters Life Sciences R & D (Boston, Massachusetts) as a Senior Research Chemist; and Pfizer Inc. (San Diego, California) as Senior Scientist in the Pharmacokinetic and Drug Metabolism Department. In 2006 he returned to Australia to work for Pathology North as Senior Hospital Scientist where he set up drug testing to the Australian standard (AS/NZS 4308:2008).

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