Forensic Toxicology and Chemistry Unit

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Main research areas of the UTCF :

  1. Study of new approaches and techniques in the field of analytical and forensic toxicology. Development of coupling techniques with mass spectrometry (GC/MS, GC/ITMS, GC/MS-MS, LC/MS, LC/MS-MS, ICP-MS). Particular attention will be paid to fast techniques and the development of new media for sampling and extraction.
  2. Study of new markers and their role in different pathologies (e.g. atherosclerosis) and in drug use. Analysis of these markers in different biological matrices (blood, urine, hair, saliva).
  3. Study of the effects of drugs and medicines on behaviour and performance with respect to their kinetic profiles in the organism.
  4. Epidemiological studies in relation to road safety problems and drug and medicine use.

Courses offered by the UTCF :

The staff in our unit teaches courses on Toxicology and Forensic Chemistry at the following establishments :

  • School of Medical Laboratory Assistants, CEFOPS, Geneva
  • Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne / Faculty of Science, University of Geneva
  • School of Criminal Justice, University of Lausanne
  • Faculty of Law, University of Lausanne
  • Police Institutes and Academies in French-speaking cantons
  • Swiss Police Institute, Neuchâtel
  • Swiss Judicial College, Neuchâtel
  • Francophone School of Criminal Judiciary, Neuchâtel

Theses in progress :

  • François Versace (2010 - ) : "Development of fast techniques of search for poisons in biological matrices by tandem mass spectrometry methods"

Recently completed Ph.D :

  • Marie Fabritius (2010 - 2014) : "Controlled administration study of cannabis and kinetic profiles of the cannabinoids in biological fluids"

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