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  • Thu, May 12, 2022 2:27 PM | Aria McCall (Administrator)

    Please read the OSAC guidelines for alcohol calculations.  This version will be released by ASB for public comment soon, so please submit any comments you may have when it is released.  

    Click the following link to review the guidelines. 

    OSAC 2020-Guidelines for Performing Alcohol Calculations.pdf

  • Mon, February 21, 2022 12:08 PM | Michael Frontz (Administrator)

  • Fri, November 05, 2021 10:17 AM | Michael Frontz (Administrator)

  • Fri, August 06, 2021 4:31 PM | Michael Frontz (Administrator)

    The next SAT Conference will be held in Georgetown, Texas on November 10-12, 2021. Dana Baxter and Sheryl Peyton are both Forensic Scientists with the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin Texas and they are inviting you to submit your abstracts for papers and presentations to them for consideration. Help us fill up this meeting with reports of regional toxicology trends from your lab’s location. Do you see a lot of PCP, Xanax, or other designer Benzos, Methamphetamine, THC, Cocaine, Heroin, or prescription drugs in your driving cases? Let’s compare and share! Do you have a case study or two you would like to present regarding post-mortem toxicology findings and homicides, suicides, or accidental deaths? Perhaps you have some groundbreaking research on a new analytical technique that you developed for your lab and that you are ready to present.  Are you providing regulatory testing for racehorses or dog racing? Tell us about it!  Or maybe you can contribute to a panel discussion on alcohol and toxicology testimony for driving cases, sexual assaults, or homicides.  This is your chance to send us your proposals and turn this meeting into a valuable experience for communicating shared experiences in our SAT community!

    Please email abstracts to: Sheryl.peyton@dps.texas.gov and dana.baxter@dps.texas.gov

    or use our online form (added 9/11/21)

  • Thu, March 18, 2021 10:05 AM | Aria McCall (Administrator)

    Information on the MATT 2021 virtual meeting has been added above.  If you are interested in registering and/or presenting, please check it out via the links provided. 

    Upcoming news on our annual SAT meeting will be coming SOON! 

  • Thu, April 16, 2020 8:27 AM | Aria McCall (Administrator)

    The 2020 Online Forensic Symposium will be June 8-12th, 2020.  Some of the details are as follows: 

    • The Symposium is now a series of weeklong events:  Forensic Toxicology (week of June 8th), Trace Analysis (week of July 27th) & Seized Drugs (week of October 26th)
    • The Scientific program each week was established by Program Chairs from the community.  The program for Forensic Toxicology (attached) was set by Simon Elliott & Nik Lemos (bios located here if you are not familiar with their work: (https://www.forensicscienceeducation.org/forensic-education/courses-and-workshops/online-toxicology-symposium/)
    • The event will be hosted by the Center for Forensic Science, Research & Education (CFSRE). This will enhance overall ease of use and symposium registration.
    • This year’s event has been officially endorsed by the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) stating that “the NFI considers this initiative an excellent opportunity to increase the forensic capability in sister organizations worldwide and fully supports this initiative”.

    And of course certain things will never change

    • Invited speakers are internationally known experts in their field – this year representing 7 countries across 3 continents
    • The hour long invited presentations are scientific, non-commercial and vendor neutral.  The shorter (15 min) sponsored talks are clearly denoted as such.
    • A 30min panel discussion concludes each day to allow for direct interaction with each day’s invited speakers
    • The ABFT has reviewed the material and deemed it appropriate for submission for CE credits
    • A weeklong poster session highlights submissions from those that would like to present their work but who were not selected as part of the oral program (there is still an open call for posters on the symposium website www.forensicsymposium.org if any of your members would like to make a scientific contribution).
    • The event is recorded for on-demand viewing should time zone differences or schedules present a conflict and the Symposium proceedings will be published in an e-book at the conclusion of the week

     Online-Tox-Symposium-Schedule 4_6_20.pdf

  • Mon, March 16, 2020 11:26 AM | Michael Frontz (Administrator)

    Greetings Members, Vendors, Speakers, and Presenters,

    The SAT & MATT boards and meeting hosts have been working hard behind the scenes to address the COVID-19 issues that we are all facing.  Considering the current status of various agencies, and vendors with travel restrictions, and the newest CDC recommendation of no gatherings of 50 people or more, the boards of each organization have decided to cancel our upcoming joint meeting in Kansas City.  

    Our hope is that the cancellation notification will allow people the time needed to cancel hotel and air reservations, and allow agency managers to use these budgeted training funds towards a future meeting or class.  

    The Boards will still need a bit more time to sort out some of the details.  The Sunshine-Wong and Garriott travel awards will be discussed. Information about refunds for people who have registered for the Kansas City meeting through Eventbrite will be sent out soon.  We ask people to be patient while we work through their questions. 

    We regret to have to cancel our first chance to meet with our neighboring regional Associations and we thank each of our host representatives for all the hard work that they have done in preparing for this meeting.  Our hope is that we will get a chance to meet together in the future. 


    SAT President, Aria McCall &
    MATT President, Jennifer Hobbs

  • Thu, February 06, 2020 8:48 AM | Aria McCall (Administrator)


    We are currently developing the scientific program for the 2020 Joint Conference of the Midwest Association for Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (MATT) and the Southwest Association of Toxicologists(SAT)in Kansas City and want your input and ideas!

    All topics will be considered. If you have information to share regarding historical drugs of abuse, novel psychoactive substances, case reports, development/validation of analytical methods, running a cost effective laboratory, managing scientific staff, and/or instrumentation in the 21st century, please submit your proposals. 

    Please encourage your fellow laboratory technologists, technicians, and scientists working in the discipline of toxicology, or students working on a BS, MS, or PhD in a related field, to submit a presentation and apply for the Sunshine Wong Travel Award by February 28th, 2020. The winner will receive a $1000 award to put toward travel, lodging, and meeting registration for 2020 Conference as well as a one-year membership to MATT! Contact us for more information. We look forward to seeing you in Kansas City!

    Submit an abstract – podium
    Submit an abstract – poster

  • Tue, September 17, 2019 7:50 AM | Michael Frontz (Administrator)

    The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA’s) Civil Aerospace Medical Institute is again organizing the Arvind Chaturvedi Colloquium on Postmortem Forensic Toxicology in Aviation to be held during April 7-9, 2020 at the FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.

    Hosted by the Forensic Sciences Section, the meeting will be a scientific platform for medical examiners; pathologists; coroners; forensic toxicologists, academics, and students; aerospace medicine scientists and specialists; regional flight surgeons; National Transportation Safety Board personnel and other accident investigation authorities, including employees of the FAA's Flight Standards District Offices and Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention.

    The program will cover important topics such as sample processing; importance of chain of custody of samples; analyses of samples for combustion gases, ethanol, and drugs; analytical result interpretation; significance of quality control/quality assurance; prevalence of drugs in aviation accident pilot fatalities; postmortem drug pharmacology; and litigation and expert testimony issues.

    If you are interested in attending, please respond by January 31, 2020. For more information and registration, please visit this Web site: https://cami-colloquium.eventbrite.com/

  • Thu, April 18, 2019 9:13 AM | Aria McCall (Administrator)

    DUID and Oral Fluid Workshop

    Oral Fluid Workshop - From the Roadside to the Courtroom

    May 16-17, 2019, Dallas TX


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