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North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology Chicago, IL • October 25 - 29, 2018
Hyatt Regency

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The North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology (NACCT) is the largest clinical toxicology meeting in the world. This event provides ongoing education in clinical toxicology for more than 700 of the world’s leading clinicians, scientists, poison center staff, and executives. Attendees include clinicians and research scientists from poison centers, industry, academia, and regulatory agencies.

Sponsored By:

  • American Academy of Clinical Toxicology
  • American Association of Poison Control Centers

With Content Provided By:

  • American Academy of Clinical Toxicology
  • American Association of Poison Control Centers
  • American Board of Applied Toxicology
  • American College of Medical Toxicology
  • Canadian Association of Poison Control Centres
  • Eurpoean Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists
  • Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology
  • Society of Toxicology

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Conference Highlights:

  • ECMO & other advanced techniques for treating organ failure from poisoning
  • The evidence for herbal alternatives, including kratom and ibogaine, for opioid dependency
  • Toxicology in child maltreatment
  • 50 years of AACT and NACCT
  • The latest on bioterrorism
  • Exposure dermatitis: comprehensive testing & counseling
  • Presentations from AACT Sections
  • Sessions for Fellows-in-Training and Specialists in Poison Information and much more

ACMT Pre-Meeting Symposium, October 25, 2018:

Performance and Enhancing Agents 360

Sure, you’ve heard of doping. But what does that actually mean? Who’s using what and why? What’s the science behind it? Aren’t some things allowed so elite athletes, military special operations personnel, and high performance professionals can safely optimize their results? What do their physicians think about performance enhancement? How does drug testing impact management of underlying conditions and acute medical issues in these individuals? How does high profile use of performance enhancing agents influence the rest of us - from those with great aspirations to those just trying to get through the day? This exciting symposium will answer your questions with expert speakers from sports toxicology, sports medicine, military medicine, veterinary medicine, analytical testing, sports law, supplement development, and event planning. Join us to hear the different perspectives and learn what every toxicologist needs to know about performance and enhancing agents!

AACT Pre-Meeting Symposium, October 26, 2018:

50 years of Drug Abuse

In honor of the 50th anniversary of NACCT, this session will explore five decades of illicit drugs of abuse. Over the last 50 years, these substances have not only evolved structurally, but the supply, manufacturing and distribution have also transformed. Toxicologists continue to be challenged by outbreaks of contaminants, adulterants and novel agents that lead to severe clinical outcomes. This session will provide historical context and information relevant to today’s practicing toxicologist for the following drugs of abuse: LSD, sedative hypnotics, marijuana, cocaine, inhalants, amphetamines, cathinones, MDMA, synthetic cannabinoids, novel psychoactives, natural products of abuse, and opioids. We will also have a representative from the DEA discussing how drug trafficking has transformed in the last 50 years.


The mobile app for NACCT 2018 is ready to download to your iOS or Android mobile device! The app can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play markets. Simply search "NACCT," download, and install – it is that easy! If you have a previous version of the NACCT app from a prior NACCT meeting, tap the “settings” icon on your device, and select, “Back to All Events”. Then, select “NACCT 2018” from the list. Make sure to enable push notifications after you download the NACCT 2018 content in the app. Push notifications provide up-to-the-minute alerts of upcoming events, deadlines, and specific meeting information, both before and during the NACCT conference.

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Known as a "city of neighborhoods," Chicago has 77 diverse communities bursting with their own distinctive vibe, culture, attractions, and cuisine.

International visitors appreciate the city's distinct art, history, and languages. Chicago has one of the largest Chinatown neighborhoods in the country. Andersonville has a bustling commercial area with a strong Swedish and LGBTQ presence. Lincoln Square and Ravenswood offer German flair with old-fashioned shops and hip restaurants while Pilsen houses Mexican-American culture in the form of vibrant street murals, art galleries, and authentic eateries.

2018 NACCT Objectives

  1. Develop an approach to the use of non-pharmacologic management of addiction.
  2. Review the pathophysiology and treatment of allergic contact dermatitis.
  3. Develop an approach for the use of modern technology such as non-invasive mechanical ventilation, high-flow nasal cannulae, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation to treat organ failure in the poisoned patient.
  4. Understand the pharmacology of Mitragynia species (Kratom) and the clinical symptoms produced by its intoxicating effects.
  5. Review the potential adverse health effects from carbon air releases and the relationship of potential biomarkers and health effects in cabin fume fever.
  6. Review the most up-to-date data on the effects of ionizing radiation on children and fetuses, and develop an approach for risk communication in potentially affected patients.
  7. Develop a working knowledge of the critical components to starting an expert consulting business in toxicology.
  8. Identify high-risk cases where poisoning was used in the maltreatment of children.
  9. Learn the government regulations that have shaped the previous 50 years of poison centers, and how government will play a role in poison centers in the future.
  10. Compare and contrast the signs, symptoms, and treatment in vitamin D poisoning in humans and different animal species.
  11. Discuss the history of bioterrorism in the United States.
  12. Review important peer-reviewed articles for the practice of medical toxicology from journals not typically read by toxicologists.
  13. Review the contribution of the Grassy Narrows paper mill incident to the understanding of environmental mercury poisoning.
  14. Explore the relationship between health policy, public health, and cannabis use in an era of rampant state legalization of recreational marijuana.
  15. Learn kinetic principles that underpin both risk assessment and treatment duration.


John J. Binder (PhD, University of Chicago, 1983) has been researching organized crime in Chicago for more than 25 years. He is the author of two books on the subject, including Al Capone’s Beer Wars: A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago during Prohibition (Prometheus Books, 2017), and various academic journal articles. He has appeared in interviews on and served as an expert consultant for some three dozen documentaries on the mob that appeared on the A & E and AMC cable networks and on the Discovery Channel and the History Channel and/or were shown outside the United States. John has worked with the Chicago History Museum on crime history and serves as a consultant to the Vegas Mob Museum. He is currently associate professor emeritus of finance in the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has also served as an associate dean and as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs.

One of the best conferences ever -- especially with regard to hotel location, social events and timing of lectures and topics.

Conference Program

Thursday, October 25


8:00 AM

ACMT Pre-Symposium: Performance and Enhancing Agents 360 (Part 1)

12:45 PM

ACMT Pre-Symposium:Performance and Enhancing Agents 360 (Part 2)

Friday, October 26


8:00 AM

AACT Pre-Symposium: 50 Years of Drug Abuse (Part 1)

12:45 PM

AACT Pre-Symposium: 50 Years of Drug Abuse (Part 2)


ACMT Medical Toxicology: 20th Annual Clinical Pathologic Competition (CPC)

Saturday, October 27

During each Concurrent Session, topics are presented simultaneously in separate rooms.


8:30 AM

NACCT Keynote Presentation: Organized Crime in Chicago During Prohibition


Exhibits & Poster Session I


Authors with Posters



EAPCCT Scientific Symposium: Toxin Induced Organ Failure

ACMT Practice Symposium: God and Man at the Bar: Addiction, Sobriety and Spirituality

PEC Health Literacy:Best Practices for Effective Eductional Messages



AACT Tox History Section: The Past 50 Years

Lightning Orals Abstracts

ABAT Scientific Symposium

PEC: Health Information Seeking in the Digital Age

1:30 PM

Platform Session I



SPI Roundtable

AACT Herbals Section Symposium:Herbal Alternatives for Opiod Dependency, Kratom and Ibogaine

AACT Radiation Special Interest Section Symposium: Radiation and Pregnancy - Important Updates for Clinical Toxicologists



ACMT Fellows in Training Roundtable - The Role Of Medico-Legal Consulting In Your Medical Toxicology Career


Quiz Bowl

Sunday, October 28

During each Concurrent Session, topics are presented simultaneously in separate rooms.

8:30 AM


AACT Scientific Symposium:Unexplained Somatic Complaints: Differential Diagnosis and Clinical Strategies for Toxicologists

AAPCC SPI Clinical Practice Symposium:Navigating the Gray Areas of Acetaminophen Toxicity

PEC Swap and Share


Exhibits & Poster Session II


Authors with Posters



ACMT Scientific Symposium: Hypersensitivity Issues in Occupational Exposures

AACT Forensics Section Symposium: Witness for the Prosecution: Honoring Your Toxilogical Expertise as an Expert Witness

PEC: The Data You Don’t Know You Need (Including Qualitative Research)

Lightning Orals Abstracts



AACT Career Achievement Award

AAPCC Veterinary Symposium: What’s the big “D”eal with cholecalciferol overdoses? Comparing human and animal overdoses

1:00 PM


PEC Substance Misuse & Abuse: Best Practice for Reaching Tweens & Teens

Platform Session II

CAPCC Scientific Symposium: Canadian Toxicological Epidemics

SPI Swap and Share



AACT Acute/Intensive Care Symposium: Case Studies

AACT Occupational/Environmental Symposium: Air quality in commercial aircraft cabins: Investigating the health implications of chemical contaminants and ventilation

PEC Opiod Crisis: Misperceptions & Evidenced-Based Solutions



AACT Year in Tox Literature Review 2018

APAMT Scientific Symposium: Application of Pharmacokinetic Studies

AAPCC SPI Best Practices: Cultivating and Encouraging a Research Environment Within the Poison Center

PEC Partnerships with First Responders (Partnerships, Training & Outreach Opportunities)

Monday, October 29

During each Concurrent Session, topics are presented simultaneously in separate rooms.

8:30 AM


AAPCC Scientific Symposium: "Bioterrorism: 30 years of Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases”

Society of Toxicolog:“Mitochondrial neurotherapeutics: past, present and future”

PEC: E-Cigarettes & Vaping: A Public Health Challenge


Exhibits & Poster Session III


Authors with Posters



AACT Debate: THC - Friend or Foe

Lightning Orals Abstracts

PEC HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) Updates


AACT Tox History Section: Chicago Tox History

12:30 PM


Platform Session III

AACT Pediatric Special Interest Section/ACMT Pediatric Section: Child Maltreatment & Toxicology

PEC: Marijuana: Public Health, Health Policy and Law



ACMT Visiting Professor’s Lecture: Pursuing A Research Career As A Medical Toxicology Fellow: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Response to Synthetic Cannabinoids and LAARs in Illinois



AACT Sports Section: 50 years of Performance Enhancing Drugs

PEC Online Tools for Health Information (Helpline Chat & Text Tools, PEC Online Tools for Health Information (Helpline Chat & Text Tools, Online Training and Education for both the general public & healthcare professionals)

AACT Fellows-in-Training Oral Platform Session


SPI Jeopardy

Conference Faculty


Accreditation Statement - This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and polices of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT), the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) and the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT). AACT is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Credit Designation Statement - American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) designates this live activity for a maximum of 34.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Pharmacists - The American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Successful completion of this program qualifies for up to 34.5 contact hours. UANs: 0225-9999-18-201-L04-P through 0225-9999-18-253-L04-P. Each pharmacist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Application for nursing credits has been submitted to the California Board of Nursing. Credit hours are preliminary and subject to final approval.

Application has been made to the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc (NCHEC)



Known as a "city of neighborhoods," Chicago has 77 diverse communities bursting with their own distinctive vibe, culture, attractions, and cuisine.

International visitors appreciate the city's distinct art, history, and languages. Chicago has one of the largest Chinatown neighborhoods in the country. Andersonville has a bustling commercial area with a strong Swedish and LGBTQ presence. Lincoln Square and Ravenswood offer German flair with old-fashioned shops and hip restaurants while Pilsen houses Mexican-American culture in the form of vibrant street murals, art galleries, and authentic eateries.

Chicago's 26 miles of uninterrupted lakefront is nestled against undoubtedly one of the most magnificent skylines. Along Lake Michigan are 15 miles of sandy beaches and an 18-mile stretch of bike trails where cyclists, boaters, sunbathers, and volleyball players abound. Your meeting attendees can take advantage of the city's sprawling spaces by picking up an iconic baby-blue Divvy rental bike from one of hundreds of stations around the city.

Millennium Park, located in the Chicago Loop, is home to Cloud Gate (affectionately known as The Bean), which is the city's number 1 attraction. In addition, Millennium Park is also home to an unparalleled public art and architecture collection. Throughout the year, locals and visitors will gather to concerts, exhibitions, and tours.

Additionally, Chicago has hundreds of beautifully maintained parks like Grant Park downtown or Lincoln Park to the north.

Viewing Chicago via boat is a can't-miss activity. Host an intimate and entertaining outing on one of Chicago's many available architecture tours by boat. Vessels depart from the river docks beneath Michigan Avenue, on the Chicago Riverwalk, and from Navy Pier.

When you visit Chicago, no matter where you are from or where you go, you'll feel at home.



Click Here to reserve your room at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Or Call 888.421.1442 and inform the representative that you are attending NACCT. Request a confirmation number and written confirmation of your reservation. Reservations must include first night’s deposit.

$259.00 USD
Single or Double Occupancy

Rates are per room and subject to prevailing taxes and fees. Rates available from October 24-31, 2018.


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Arrangements have been made with Hertz to be the official car rental agency for the NACCT. Special rates will be in effect throughout the congress, as well as one week before and after the meeting. To obtain the special rates, please call the Hertz Meeting Sales Desk at 800.654.2240 and provide discount code CV #03000265.


Registrations must include full tuition payment to be accepted. Registrations faxed without payment will not be processed. Conference communications are sent via email. When registering please provide attendee's best email address as some emails are filtered and blocked. Since conference registration and hotel rooms are limited, early registration is advised.

Registration must include full payment in US Funds to be processed. A $30 fee is charged for any returned check or declined credit card.

Purchase Orders: Purchase Orders must be received with registration by the conference date and include the P.O. number, invoice address, tuition, approval signature, and contact name, e-mail address and phone number.

Confirmation of registration will be sent via email.

Cancellations received after September 20, 2018 will be assessed a $150 processing fee.

Spouses and significant others may not attend the Opening Reception unless the Guest fee has been paid. If you have a disability requiring an auxiliary aid or special service while attending this meeting, please call 925-361-4813, no later than October 8, 2018.

Registration Fees • NACCT Main Congress • October 27 - 29, 2018

  Early Bird on or before 9/20/18 Advance 9/21/18 - 10/24/18 On Site 10/25/18
General Registration $900 USD $1,000 USD $1,150 USD
AACT/AAPCC $600 USD $680 USD $825 USD
SPIs/Educators $425 USD $475 USD $500 USD
Fellows-in-Training* $425 USD $475 USD $500 USD
Active Duty Military Personnel** $425 USD $475 USD $500 USD
Residents/Students $350 USD $400 USD $450 USD
Guest (Opening Reception) $60 USD $60 USD $60 USD
CE Credit $200 USD $200 USD $200 USD
50th Anniversary House for Blues Dinner & Live Music $40 USD $40 USD $40 USD
Chicago Prohibition Era Crime Tour $40 USD $40 USD $40 USD


Registration Fees • Affiliated Programs • October 25, 2018

ACMT Pre-Meeting Symposium  
General Registration $345 USD
ACMT Members $250 USD
AAPCC Members $300 USD
Fellows-in-Training* $225 USD
Active Duty Military Personnel** $225 USD
SPIs/Educators $225 USD
Residents/Students $225 USD
CE Processing Fee $80 USD


Registration Fees • Affiliated Programs • October 26, 2018

AACT Pre-Meeting Symposium  
General Registration $345 USD
AACT Members $250 USD
AAPCC Members $300 USD
Fellows-in-Training* $225 USD
Active Duty Military Personnel** $225 USD
SPIs/Educators $225 USD
Residents/Students $225 USD
CE Processing Fee $80 USD


* Includes both physician and non-physician (e.g., PharmD, PhD) currently enrolled in a medical/clinical toxicology fellowship program
** Armed Forces of the United States of America (US Army, USN, USMC, USAF, USCG)

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Poster Preparation

If your abstract has been accepted for poster presentation at NACCT 2018 these guidelines will help you to maximize the presentation of your data to those attending.
Advantages of Posters
The advantages of a poster presentation are that:
(i) The exchange of ideas with those who are interested in your work is enhanced
(ii) The presentation is less confrontational and stressful, especially for first-time presenters or those who are attending NACCT for the first time
(iii) There is a permanent record for use in your home department, or at other meetings, etc.


Please bring everything needed to mount your poster. Velcro or pushpins will work on the boards’ surfaces. Each board is two-sided and the bottom edge is supported by legs that will put it approximately 3’ off the ground. No tables or chairs will be allowed next to or under the boards during the poster session to avoid congestion.
Overall size should be less than 6 feet wide, 4 feet tall


  • The objective is to show your data so that they can be read easily from four feet away.
  • Keep text to a minimum. To do this, edit your material down to essential words, using tables, lists, figures, and diagrams to avoid the use of too many words.
  • Use short bulleted sentences rather than lengthy paragraphs.
  • Put the material in the structure of the abstract: Introduction, Methods or Case Report, Results or Case Discussion, and Conclusions.
  • There is no need to include the original abstract on the poster, but you may if you like.
  • A bibliography is optional. You may wish to print up a few bibliographies to be handed out to those with special interest.

The Title Panel

All printing is bold. All lines should be centered and the title placed at the top of the board. It may extend the full width.
Title: 60 points (72 points is best), upper case.

Authors: 48 points, lower case.

Institution: 36 points, lower case.

October 27, Platform I, 1:30-3:30
October 28, Platform II, 1:00-2:00
October 29, Platform III, 12:30-1:30
Lightening Orals, 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Lightening Orals, 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Lightening Orals, 10:30 am – 11:00 am


Poster Session Set Up Session Time Author with Posters Tear Down
October 27th
1 - 5 pm
9 am – 4 pm 9:30 am – 10:30 am 4 – 4:30 pm
October 28th
4:30 – 5:30 pm
9 am – 4 pm 9:30 am – 10:30 am 4 -4:30 pm
October 29th
4:30 - 5:30 pm
9:30 am – 2:45 pm 9:30 am- 10:30
2:45-3:15 pm

Click here to view Accepted Abstracts.

Special Events

House of Blues

October 28 • 6:30pm - 11:00pm • $40.00

Come celebrate our Past, Present, and (Back to The) Future at Chicago’s World Famous ‘House of Blues’! the House of Blues is a home for live music and Southern inspired cuisine in an eclectic environment celebrating the African-Americans cultural contributions of blues music and follk art. What’s happening, Hot Stuff?! Snap out of it! Don’t let anybody put you in the corner! No need to travel 106 miles! Phone home, escape in your 1961 Ferrari 250GT, and take your DeLorean 88 miles per hour to the House of Blues! Dress up, roll up, or just show up! Pay tribute in costume, or just come as you are, if that’s the Secret to your Success! Material Girls, Blues Brothers, Outsiders, Brains/Athletes/Basket Cases/Princesses/Criminals, Geeks, Nerds, Flashdancers, Footloosers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Jake Ryan are all welcome! Enjoy cocktails, and be Excellent to each other! Sit down for a tubular dinner with friends, and you don’t have to be the Sausage King of Chicago to get in! Moonwalk down the Danger Zone, take these Broken Wings, and kick off your Sunday shoes, with Chicago’s best 80’s tribute band ‘The Breakfast Club’, as they spin you right round to all the radical sounds, styles, and way cool dance steps from the 1980’s! It’s 1.21 Jigawatts of totally righteous awesomeness! We’re never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down! Sign up early! Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it!

Chicago Prohibition Era Gangland Tour

October 29 • 4:00pm - 6:30pm • $40.00

Author and historian John J. Binder leads this in-depth tour of Chicago’s Prohibition and related crime history. Visit notorious sites related to Al Capone, his North Side gang rivals, other bootlegging mobs, and John Dillinger, including where gang hits such as the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre took place. Binder is the author of Al Capone’s Beer Wars and The Chicago Outfit and has served as a historical consultant on various television documentaries and to the Vegas Mob Museum. Limited to the first 42 people

"Organized Crime in Chicago During Prohibition." The presentation covers the history of organized crime in the Windy City, with emphasis on the products that the mobsters provided, some of which were rather toxic, and their lethal world.