Federal Aviation Administration

Colloquium Announcement
Postmortem Forensic Toxicology in Aviation

April 1-3, 2014
Federal Aviation Administration
Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center
Office of Aerospace Medicine
Civil Aerospace Medical Institute
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) is organizing a colloquium on postmortem forensic toxicology in aviation. The colloquium will be held on April 1-3, 2014 at the FAA's Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This academic research meeting will address various aspects of postmortem aviation toxicology.

The meeting will be a scientific platform for medical examiners, coroners, forensic toxicologists and other professionals, regional flight surgeons, National Transportation Safety Board personnel, and other accident investigation authorities, including FAA's Flight Standards District Offices and FAA's Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention employees.

This three-day colloquium will include presentations and discussions, and tours of the CAMI toxicology laboratories. The expected range of topics will cover general toxicology with emphasis on postmortem toxicology in relation to aviation accident pilot fatalities. This coverage will entail postmortem sample processing; importance of chain of custody of samples; analyses of samples for combustion gases (carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide), ethanol, and drugs; analytical result interpretation; significance of quality control/quality assurance; and litigation and expert testimony issues.

There is no registration fee for attending this colloquium. Individuals interested in attending may contact Arvind Chaturvedi, PhD, by the end of July 2013, to receive additional information. In your correspondence, please include your name, official title, organization, postal and e-mail addresses, and telephone and fax numbers. Your response by the end of July 2013 will help us plan for and finalize this research meeting. Dr. Chaturvedi may be contacted via email at arvind.chaturvedi@faa.gov or via mail at:


Bioaeronautical Sciences Research Laboratory (AAM-610)
FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute
P. O. Box 25082
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73125, USA

The physical address of the laboratory is:


Bioaeronautical Sciences Research Laboratory (AAM-610)
FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute
6500 South MacArthur Boulevard
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73169, USA

Telephone: 405-954-2302
Fax: 405-954-3705

Register for the Postmortem Forensic Toxicology Colloquium (PDF)

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