Invited Speakers

Prof. Ashish Bhalla

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. Nick Buckley


Prof. Buckley is Professor and Head 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, a past President of The Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology, and Research Director of the South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration (SACTRC- SACTRC has been funded for 15 years by the NHMRC and Wellcome Trust with the major focuses being clinical and public health research on pesticides, plant & pharmaceutical poisoning, snakebite, translation into practice, neurotoxicity and kidney biomarkers. In Australia, his research has largely been systematic reviews, and clinical, epidemiological and pharmaco-epidemiological studies on analgesic and psychotropic drug poisoning & misuse. Read More

Dr. Michele Burns


Dr. Burns is Medical Director of the Poison Control Center for Massachusetts & Rhode Island, Harvard Medical Toxicology Fellowship Director/Chief of the In-Patient Toxicology Program and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Dr. Rose Cairns


DDr Rose Cairns is a Senior Poisons Specialist at the NSW Poisons Information Centre in Sydney, Australia. She is also a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Sydney in the Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology research group. She has a BPharm and PhD from the University of Sydney. Her research interests include poisoning epidemiology, substance abuse and toxicovigilance.

A/Prof . Betty Chan


A/Prof. Chan is an Emergency Physician & Clinical Toxicologist. Currently she is the head of the clinical toxicology unit at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. She also a VMO toxicologist at the New South Wales Poisons Information Centre. Her current research interest include digoxin, methotrexate, dihydropyridine, and sodium channel blocker toxicity.

Dr. Binila Chacko


  • MBBS1, MD (Gen Med)1,DNB, FCICM2
    1. Christian Medical College and Hospital
    2. College of Intensive Care Medicine, Australia
  • Professor, Medical ICU, Christian Medical College Hospital
  • Fellow of the College of Intensive Care Medicine, Australia
  • Coordinator of the Very BASIC and CaRe courses associated with the Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Editor of the Indian Journal of Respiratory Care

Dr Angela Chiew


Dr Chiew is a Clinical Toxicologist and Emergency Physician who works at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney and for the NSW Poisons Information Centre. She is currently undertaking a PhD into paracetamol in particular massive and modified release paracetamol overdose and new biomarkers including paracetamol metabolites and paracetamol adducts.

Prof. Andrew Dawson


Andrew Dawson has worked as a clinical toxicologist for 30 years. He is currently the Clinical Director of the NSW Poisons Centre and Director of Clinical Toxicology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. From 2004 to 2009 he lived in Sri Lanka to establish the South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration He is supported by an NHMRC practitioner fellowship and has ongoing clinical research work in Australia and Sri Lanka. Current research is focused upon translation of research into practice and toxicovigilance.

Prof. Michael Eddleston
Prof. Eddleston is a Professor of Clinical Toxicology in the Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics Unit in the University of Edinburgh, and Consultant Physician at the National Poisons Information Service, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He trained in medicine at Cambridge and Oxford, with an intercalated PhD at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla.

His primary research aim is to reduce deaths from pesticide and plant self-poisoning in rural Asia, a cause of as many as 200,000 premature deaths each year and the number two global means of suicide. To do this, he performs clinical trials in South Asian district hospitals to better understand the pharmacology & effectiveness of antidotes and community-based controlled trials to identify effective public health interventions. This work is complemented by translational studies of antidotes in porcine models of poisoning in the Wellcome Critical Care Laboratory for Large Animals in Edinburgh. Professor Eddleston recently established the Centre for Pesticide Suicide Prevention at the University of Edinburgh to drive research into and implementation of pesticide regulation (

Prof. Abul Faiz


Prof. Faiz Obtained PhD from University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK based on his work on ‘Neuromuscular Effects of the Venom of Russell’s Viper’, a Professor of Medicine, is a former Principal Dhaka Medical College, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Dhaka and was Director General of Health Services of the Govt. of Bangladesh. Has long experience of working in medical institutions with resource limitations, was a member of Joint Coordination Board, TDR, and the World Health Organization Malaria Treatment Guideline Committee. He is contributor of a paper which got the BMJ award of research paper of the year 2010, and first paper of top ten 2014 (Malaria Nexus). He is a member of the Regional Technical Advisory Group, Malaria, SEARO, WHO, Member DNDi Board of Directors, Vice -chair of Bangladesh Country Co-ordinating Mechanism (BCCM) and Chair of the Research Activity Committee of Bangladesh Medical Research Council. He has been involved as principal investigator in key clinical studies on malaria, snake bite, poisoning, and associated with Mahidol Oxford Research Unit, Bangkok, Thailand.

Dr Sophie Gosselin


Dr Sophie Gosselin completed her training in Emergency Medicine at McGill University and medical toxicology fellowship with the Quebec Poison Control Centre and the Newcastle Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Australia, the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh and St-Thomas, London from 2003-2005. Currently she is a consultant medical toxicologist for the Quebec and Alberta poison control centers as well as an emergency physician to the MUHC. She has a small practice in opiate substitution therapy at Clinique OPUS in Montréal. She is a co-chair of the EXTRIP workgroup, chair of American Academy of Clinical Toxicology scientific committee and chair of the international Clinical Toxicology Recommendations Collaboration steering committee. She received Fellow status of the American College of Medical Toxicology and was the 5th Canadian to receive the Fellowship award of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology.

Prof. Hossein Hassanian-Moghaddam


Prof. Hassanian-Moghaddam has been a clinical toxicologist for almost 18 years, in the biggest University affiliated hospital poison center in the world. His educational background has given him a broad base from which to approach many social dilemmas. Pesticides, opioids, toxic alcohols, heavy metal toxicity as well as pharmaceutical poisoning are his every-day practice, which are reflected in more than 200 published English abstract and article in scientific journals and international congresses.

Prof. Robert S. Hoffman


Prof. 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. He is the Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medicine and Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Bellevue Hospital Center.
Dr. Hoffman has authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications in various aspects of toxicology. He has been an editor of Goldfrank’s Toxicologic Emergencies for the last 6 editions. Dr. Hoffman is the proud recipient of both the Ellenhorn and Louis Roche awards. He has held offices in all 3 American Toxicology Societies, and is currently on the Board of Trustees and Scientific Review Committee of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology.

Dr Knut Erik Hovda


Dr. Hovda is a clinical consultant and a senior physician at the Norwegian CBRNE Centre of Medicine and Department of Acute Medicine, Oslo University Hospital, Norway. He is also a clinical consultant for the National Poison Control Centre. He has a PhD in Clinical Toxicology, and 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. Sudheera Jayasinghe


Dr. Sudheera jayasinghe is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna. she is a Post-doc researcher in the South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research collaboration. She holds memberships in international Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology and Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology. She has published 24 Research papers and presented 40 abstracts in national and international forums.

Dr. Dushan Jayaweera


Dr. Jayaweera graduated from the university of Colombo, Sri Lanka with honours. He trained as an emergency specialist in Westmead hospital in Sydney Australia and completed training as a clinical toxicologist at the Western Sydney Toxicology Service.

His current appointments are as an emergency physician and clinical toxicologist at Westmead and Blacktown hospitals, consultant to the Poisons Information Centre in New South Wales, Australia and a senior conjoint lecturer at the Western Sydney University

Dr. Thanjira Jiranantakan


Dr.Jiranantakan received her M.P.H. (Environmental Science) from the University of California Berkeley, Diploma of American Board of Preventive Medicine (Occupational Medicine), Clinical Fellowship in Medical Toxicology from the University of California San Francisco, and Diploma of Thai Board of Internal Medicine from Mahidol University. She has broadened her experience through working with the World Health Organization (Headquarters and SEARO), Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA, USA) and many other government bodies and NGOs. She is a member of Thailand’s Occupational and Environmental Medicine Committee. She is an instructor and a treasurer of the Thai Society for Simulation in Healthcare (Thai-SSH). Her interest focuses on mushroom poisoning, occupational toxicology and the applications of technologies including simulation in toxicology education and multidisciplinary training.

Dr Lorraine Mackenzie


Dr Mackenzie, a former NHMRC Peter Doherty Research Fellow is currently the Centre Manager for the Therapeutics Research Centre (TRC) at UniSA and the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Research at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide. She is also the Operations Manager for SA as part of the Translational Australian Clinical Toxicology (TACT) program. With an interest in electrical cellular communication she undertook her PhD in Medicine (neuroscience) at Flinders University and postdoctoral training in cardiac electrophysiology at Adelaide University, Dr Mackenzie was Vice President for Science and Research and then Head Australia, Asia-Pacific for a preclinical testing Commercial Research Organisation, vivoPharm.

Prof. Bruno Megarbane


Prof. Mégarbane is Professor of critical care medicine at Paris-Diderot University and directs a research team at INSERM UMRS-1144. He is the Head of the Department of Medical and Toxicological Critical Care at Lariboisière Hospital, Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris, in Paris, France. He is the current President of the European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists (EAPCCT). He conducted several clinical and experimental studies in clinical toxicology, mainly regarding mechanisms of opioid-related respiratory toxicity, prognostic factors of life-threatening poisonings, and management of refractory cardiotoxicant poisonings using ECMO.

Dr. J.V. Peter


Dr. Abu Shahin Mohammed Mahbubur Rahman


  • DOB: 23rd Dec 1976
  • Year of graduation: 2001 from Chittagong Medical College, Chittagong, Bangladesh
  • Post Graduation: FCPS (Medicine) from Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons on 2008, MRCP (UK) from London College of Physicians on 2013.
  • Working institute: Rajshahi Medical College, Rajshahi, Bangladesh
  • Designation: Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Field of interest: Tropical medicine and toxicology
  • Working on: Paraquat poisoning, harpic (Hydrochloric acid) ingestion, snake bite
  • Publications: 10 domestic and two international

A/Prof. Darren Roberts


Dr. Roberts is a clinical toxicologist, pharmacologist and nephrologist in Australia. He completed a PhD in clinical toxicology while treating poisoned patients 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 Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of APAMT, Chair of the Clinical Pharmacology Interest Group of ASCEPT and International Course Coordinator for a postgraduate course in clinical toxicology at University of Colombo.

Prof. Mike Sedgwick


Prof. Sedgwick was Professor in Clinical Neurophysiology at the University of Southampton, UK where he investigated diseases of neuromuscular transmission and the effects of organophosphates. Now he is honorary Professor of Physiology at the University of Peradeniya and studies OP poisoning and snake envenoming. He introduced single fibre jitter measures to Sri Lanka as the most sensitive method to measure neuromuscular transmission instability. He also studies Sri Lankan history and culture.

Dr. Anjana Silva


Dr. Silva is a senior lecturer attached to the faculty of Medicine and allied Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. He obtained his MBBS and M.Phil from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and the PhD from Monash University, Australia.
He is a toxinologist who combines clinical studies and experimental pharmacological studies to understand the pathophysiology of snake envenoming. In addition, Anjana is a taxonomist who has discovered more than 10 new species of snakes, lizards and freash water fish from Sri Lanka.

A/Prof. Suchai Suteparuk


A/Prof. Suchai Suteparuk is currently work as the Head, Division of Toxicology Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University Thailand. He is a Consultant of Animal Toxin Clinic, Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute,The Thai Red Cross Society and also the President of The Thai Society of Clinical Toxicology. He is specially interests in the fields of snakebites, snake venoms and antivenoms Orphan drug program in Thailand.

Dr David Wood


Dr Wood is Consultant Physician and Clinical Toxicologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s Health Partners, London, UK and a Reader 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 established recreational (illicit) drugs, new psychoactive substances (NPS) and misused prescription medicines.

Dr. Klintean Wunnapuk


Assistant Professor Dr. Klintean Wunnapuk received her PhD in Toxicology from School of Medicine, The University of Queensland. She is now working at Toxicology Unit, Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University. Her research interests is in the area of environmental toxicology especially in pesticide toxicity.

Dr. Nasim Zamani


Dr. Nasim Zamani is an assistant professor of clinical toxicology in the biggest University-affiliated hospital poison center in the world. She was trained as a fellowship of clinical toxicology in Shahid Behehshti University of Medical Sciences. Her fields of interest are toxic alcohols, opioids, and heavy metal poisonings and reflected in more than 100 published articles in these fields as well as other fields of clinical toxicology.