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2016 ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting
Bench to Bedside: Neurologic and Metabolic Toxins
March 18-20, 2016

Join us also for the Satellite Session - MRO & Beyond: Advanced Drug Testing Interpretation March 17, 2015. (click for details)

Accepting original research abstracts September 15-November 16, 2015 (click for details).

Join us at the Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, CA for the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting featuring:

  • Plenary sessions
  • Original research platform sessions
  • Poster sessions with authors
  • Professional development sessions
  • Breakout workshops
  • Fellows-in-Training special sessions

Learning objectives:

  • Identify and describe the mechanisms of metabolic and neurologic toxins.
  • Recognize metabolic and neurologic conditions that may predispose to toxicity or be mistaken for toxicologic illness.
  • Explore treatment modalities employed in the management of toxicity related to metabolic and neurologic dysfunction.
  • Discuss diagnostic tests utilized in the evaluation of poisoning with metabolic and neurologic toxins.


Friday, March 18, 2016                    

7:00-7:45am - Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:45-8:00am - Welcome and Introductions

8:00-9:00am - Platform Session 1

9:00-9:45am - Genetic Predisposition to Toxicity

Wendy K. Chung, MD, PhD, Kennedy Family Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Columbia University, New York, NY

9:45-10:15am - Stimulant Induced Hyperthermia

Daniel E. Rusyniak, MD, FACMT, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 

10:15-10:30am - Break

10:30-11:00am - Tox Mimics in the Critically Ill Patient

Ayrn D. O'Connor, MD, FACMT, Banner-University Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ 

Wendy Chung, MD, PhD, Columbia University, New York, NY
Brent W. Morgan, MD, FACMT, Georgia Poison Center, Atlanta, GA
Laura M. Tormoehlen, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

11:00am-12:30pm - Breakout Workshops: attend 2/3 sessions

1.  Management of Drug Induced Hyperthermia
Russ Kerns, MD, FACMT, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
Daniel E. Rusyniak, MD, FACMT, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

2.  Controversies in Hyperammonemia and Its Management
James Cao, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Kurt Kleinschmidt, MD, FACMT, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

3.  Lactate Hysteria: Interpreting an Elevated Lactate
Vikhyat S. Bebarta, MD, FACMT, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO
Matthew D. Zuckerman, MD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO

12:30-1:30pm - Poster Session 1: Authors with Posters

1:30-3:00pm - Fellows in Training Research Forum

3:00-5:00pm - Afternoon Break

5:00-6:00pm - ACMT Business Meeting, FIT Award Presentation & FACMT Presentation

6:00-7:00pm - President's Reception  


Saturday March 19, 2016

7:00-7:55am - Continental Breakfast

7:55-8:00am - Opening Remarks

8:00-9:00am - Platform Session 2

9:00-9:45am - Cannabinoids in the Treatment of Neurologic Disorders

Barbara S. Koppel, MD, Chief of Neurology, Professor of Clinical Neurology, New York Medical College, New York, NY

9:45-10:15am - Toxin-Induced Seizures

Barbara S. Koppel, MD, Chief of Neurology, Professor of Clinical Neurology, New York Medical College, New York, NY

10:15-10:30am - Break

10:30-11:00am - Targets and Toxicity of Newer Anticonvulsants

Laura M. Tormoehlen, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

11:00am-12:00pm - Poster Session 2: Authors with Posters

12:00-1:30pm - Professional Development Session: (attend 2/3)   

A: Teletoxicology and Wearable Devices
Peter R. Chai, MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
Aaron B. Skolnik, MD, Banner-University Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ

B: The Business of Toxicology
Bryan S. Judge, MD, FACMT, Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners, Grand Rapids, MI
Timothy J. Wiegand, MD, FACMT, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

C: How Peer Reviewing Serves Your Specialty and Your Own Scholarship
Leslie R. Dye, MD, FACMT, President, American College of Medical Toxicology
Mark B. Mycyk, MD, FACMT, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Medical Toxicology, Chicago, IL

1:30-2:30pm - Fellows-in-Training Luncheon

Global Toxicology: Opportunities for Fellows-in-Training

ACMT International Committee: Naren Gunja, MD, FACMT; Ziad N. Kazzi, MD, FACMT; Rais Vohra, MD, FACMT

1:30-4:30pm - Medical Student Track in collaboration with University of California-Irvine Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG)

Click here to view the program schedule

Organizing Committe:
Michele M. Burns, MD, MPH, FACMT, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Celia Clark, MS2, University of California-Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, CA
Ziad N. Kazzi, MD, FACMT, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Stephen W. Munday, MD, MPH, FACMT, Sharp-Rees Stealy Medical Group, San Diego, CA

4:30-5:45pm - Fellows-in-Training Open Mic Competition

Sunday, March 20, 2016

7:00-8:00am - Continental Breakfast

8:00-9:00am - Platform Session 3

9:00-9:45am - Plant Mitochondrial Toxins

Kimberlie Graeme, MD, FACMT, Banner-University Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ

9:45-10:15am - PEHSU Reproductive Environmental Health

Marya G. Zlatnick, MD, MMS, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

10:15-10:30am - Break

10:30-11:30am - Poster Session 3:  Authors with Posters

11:30am-12:00pm - Palytoxin: Human Exposures and Toxicity

Michael Levine, MD, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

1:00-3:00pm - Focus Group: Future of Medical Toxicology

 Guest Speakers

Chung125w.jpgWendy K. Chung, MD, PhD, is a Kennedy Family Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine whose research relates to the molecular genetics of obesity and diabetes in rodents and humans, the genetic basis of congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathies, arrhythmias, long QT Syndrome, pulmonary hypertension, endocrinopathies, congenital diaphragmatic hernias, cleft lip/cleft palate, seizures, mental retardation, inherited metabolic conditions and breast and pancreatic cancer susceptibility. She is the director of the Pediatric Heart Network Genetic Core, the Pediatric Neuromuscular Network Molecular Core, the New York Obesity Center Molecular Genetics Core and the Diabetes and Endocrine Research Center Molecular Genetics Core. She is also director of the Clinical Genetics Program, Clinical Cancer Genetics program, the director of the fellowship program in Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics, and supervises medical education in human genetics for Columbia University Medical School. 

Koppel125W.jpgBarbara S. Koppel, MD, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester. After graduating from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she worked with Drs. Brust and Rowland, she completed a neurology residency at the Neurological Institute of New York. In 1982 she joined the staff at Metropolitan Hospital, one of twelve Health and Hospital Corporation facilities in New York City, located in East Harlem, where she is currently Chief of Neurology and Professor of Clinical Neurology at New York Medical College. Based on the patients she serves, Dr. Koppel’s research interests include neurologic complications of substance abuse (such as cocaine, alcohol, heroin), of HIV infection, of nutritional deficiencies and other unusual conditions seen in the immigrants or uninsured who are seen at Metropolitan.

Zlatnik125.jpgMarya G. Zlatnik MD, MMS, is a professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences at UCSF, and a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist, with clinical expertise in ultrasound and the diagnosis of fetal anomalies. She has a long-standing interest in environmental toxins and their effect on pregnancy. She is a member of UCSF’s Program in Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) and the FASTEP Advisory council since 2008, as well as the associate director of UCSF’s fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine. Her research interests include obstetrical complications and environmental toxins in pregnancy. Dr. Zlatnik earned her medical degree at the University of Iowa and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology, a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine and a master's program in medical science at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.


The Waterfront Beach Resort
Huntington Beach, CA 
John Wayne Orange County Airport (SNE), 15 minutes
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), 60-75 minutes

Registration for Annual Scientific Meeting and the Satellite Session

Annual Scientific Meeting Registration Fees

Category    Discounted     Regular
ACMT Members $575 $625
Fellows-in-Training  $395 $445
Students/Residents* $175 $200
Non-Members $825 $875
Continuing education pending (CME only) $125
Discounted registration fees expire January 15, 2016
*Students/Residents must submit proof of status. Contact for details. 

Satellite Session: MRO & Beyond Registration Fees

Category    Discounted    Regular
ACMT Members $195 $220
Fellows-in-Training/SPI $110 $140
Students/Residents $70 $100
Non-Members $275 $325
Continuing education pending (CME only) $75
Discounted registration fees expire January 15, 2016
*Students/Residents must submit proof of status. Contact for details.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received in writing on or prior to January 31, 2016 are subject to a $150 processing fee. Refunds will not be granted after January 31, 2015. Please send cancellation request to ACMT at, or fax to 623-533-6520.

Organizing Committee

  • Louise W. Kao, MD, FACMT, Chair, ACMT Education Committee
  • Brenna M. Farmer MD, FACMT - Leader, 2016 ASM Planning Committee                                                            
  • Ayrn D. O'Connor MD, FACMT - Leader, 2016 ASM Planning Committee  
  • Spencer C. Greene, MD
  • Jason Hoppe, MD
  • Russ Kerns, MD, FACMT
  • Lewis S. Nelson MD, FACMT
  • Andrew I. Stolbach MD, FACMT                                                                
  • Paul M. Wax, MD, FACMT
  • Timothy J. Wiegand, MD, FACMT
  • Shan Yin MD
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