Lunch @UCSF with Roy Gerona – What’s really in that street drug?

Lunch @UCSF with Roy Gerona – What’s really in that street drug?

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29 October 2017
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch @UCSF with Roy Gerona – What’s really in that street drug?

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Roy Gerona runs the Clinical Toxicology and Environmental Biomonitoring Laboratory at UCSF, where he develops mass spectrometric techniques and studies the pharmacology and toxicology of new psychoactive substances. He has helped government agencies understand mass poisonings from designer drugs, such as the synthetic cannabinoid that caused a “zombie outbreak” in New York City and the synthetic fentanyl that hospitalized 56 people in the Sacramento area, killing 15.

Gerona also uses these techniques for environmental biomonitoring, clinical toxicology, and therapeutic drug monitoring in HIV/AIDS patients. His laboratory primarily serves as an analytical core to UCSF’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) as well as other biomonitoring groups within UCSF and other universities and research institutions in the United States and Europe. In this realm, the Gerona lab is pioneering the application of high-resolution mass spectrometry to the general screening of unknown environmental chemicals in biological matrices. In working with various biomonitoring groups, Gerona and colleagues have also continuously developed innovative and sensitive liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) methods for measuring environmental chemicals (e.g., environmental phenols such as BPA, BPS and triclosan; phthalate metabolites; perfluorinated compounds; and flame retardants) in a variety of biological matrices including serum, urine, amniotic fluid, placenta, hair, and various other human tissues.

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