Our Research Focus

The Forensic Toxicology Research Team detects and measures drugs, alcohol, toxic gases, and toxic industrial chemicals in victims of fatal aircraft accidents as a contribution to the analysis of accident causation. This team also studies the conditions which affect the accuracy and validity of such measurements, and adapts or develops improved methods for making such measurements. Clinical chemical measurements are made and analyzed to determine significant health trends in aviation personnel, and analytical service is furnished in support of other Civil Aerospace Medical Institute tasks when required.