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2017 Charles Pippenger and Irvine Sunshine Award Winners

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One of the things I love about the Compass is that we often gain a glimpse as to how historically we have come to where we are in the fields of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and Clinical Toxicology. This month I revisited the December Compass where awardees from the Japan Congress reported about their experiences and life work.


Christoph Hiemke, recipient of the Charles Pippinger Award, shared the story of his involvement in demonstrating the usefulness of TDM in antidepressant management, from the start of his career as a professor in the late 80s, to chairing the publication of the latest international guideline in 2017. Alain Verstraete, recipient of the Irvine Sunshine Award likewise reflected over the last forty years of Clinical Toxicology.


Christoph Hiemke (left top)
University Medical Center Mainz, Mainz, Germany


Alain Verstraete (left bottom)
Laboratorium Voor Llinische Biologie, Gent, Belgium

The Influence of Inflammation on Voriconazole Metabolism

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This month we publish a contribution to the March Compass concerning the impact of severe inflammation on drug concentrations and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, specifically in the context of Voriconazole metabolism. Anette Veringa and Jan-Willem Alffenaar present their work, writing on behalf of the Anti-Infective Drug Committee. Their findings have implications for any drug metabolized by CYP450 iso-enzymes, and highlights the importance of knowledge of patient genotypes. Drugs with extensive protein binding exhibit a further layer of complexity in managing these patients.


Anette Veringa (far left)
University Medical Center, Groningen, Netherlands


Jan-Willem C. Alffenaar (left)
University Medical Center, Groningen, Netherlands

Interview with Manuela Neuman

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This month we hear from Manuela Neuman, who joins Maria Shipkova as co-editor of our E-News. Manuela shares about her extensive experience, and her special contribution to understanding and diagnosing drug reactions of various types. Among her contributions is the Lymphocyte Toxicity Assay, an innovative diagnostic test that helps predict the drugs patients will react to, allowing the safe selection of therapy.


Manuela Neuman

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

CEO & CSO, In Vitro Drug Safety and Biotechnology,

Banting Institute, Toronto, CA

Interview with Kamisha Johnson-Davis

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This month we hear from Kamisha Johnson-Davis, whom we welcome as the new chair of the Communications Committee. Kamisha is joined by Ofelia Noceti as vice-chair.

Best wishes to the committee who continue the wonderful work of Denise McKeown and Maria Shipkova.


Kamisha Johnson-Davis
Associate Professor (Clinical), Department of Pathology, University of Utah

Medical Director, Clinical Toxicology, ARUP Laboratories

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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