Would you like to improve your chances of detecting new psychoactive compounds (NPS) by applying different sample preparation techniques? If so, this presentation will show you how to make slight tweaks to existing methods to enhance the detection of NPS in biological matrices.
The number of NPS available on the recreational drugs market has continued to grow, with two new compounds identified by the European Monitoring Centre for Drug and Drug Addiction each week. This poses a challenge for forensic toxicologists who now have an ever-expanding range of substances to test for. This presentation will introduce the attendee to techniques and steps they can easily take within their own laboratory to enhance their chances of detecting a wide range of new psychoactive substances in biological matrices using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The presentation will cover sample preparation, derivatisation and instrumental analysis.
To find out more Separation Science is hosting a presentation by Lorna Nisbet of Anglia Ruskin University, UK who will be speaking about optimizing existing techniques to enhance the detection of new psychoactive substances in biological matrices as part of its upcoming 'Advances in Forensics & Toxicology' eSeminar this month. Simply register for the eSeminar to access the presentation.
About the presenter
Lorna Nisbet obtained her BSc (Hons) in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, before completing her MSc in Forensic Toxicology at the University of Glasgow. Lorna then went on to obtain her PhD in Forensic Toxicology at the University of Glasgow under the supervision of Dr Karen S. Scott and Dr Fiona M. Wylie focusing on the detection of new psychoactive substances in biological matrices. As part of her PhD Lorna spent 15 months carrying out research at the Fredric Rieders Family Foundation in Philadelphia, USA.
Lorna has presented at various conferences during her studies including the UK & Ireland Association of Forensic Toxicologists annual conference where she was awarded the analytical methods poster price for her work on the in-vitro conversion of GHB, GBL and 1-4-BD and again for her work determining the optimum derivatization methods for new psychoactive substances. Lorna has also been awarded the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Toxicology section best poster award for the stability of mephedrone in bovine blood. This work also led to Lorna receiving UCT’s SPE excellence award in 2014. In 2016 Lorna was awarded the Education Research Award by the Society of Forensic Toxicology.
Lorna is currently employed as a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University where she lectures on both the BSc (hons) Forensic Science and Crime and Investigative Studies courses.
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