‘There is an excellent cooperation between physicians and pharmacists in this area’
Teun van Gelder is an internist – clinical pharmacologist and professor of Clinical Pharmacology. Thanks, in part, to his efforts, Rotterdam will be, in October 2015, the setting for the 14th Conference of the International Association for Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and Clinical Toxicology. IATDMCT 2015 will be attended by around 800 hospital pharmacists, clinical chemists, physicians and other specialists from the international healthcare sector.
“The determining of the level of drugs and stimulants in blood, saliva or hair of a patient is a vital part of this. It is part of the care in, for example, a patient who has had a kidney transplant and is taking medication to prevent rejection. It can also involve a patient who is brought comatose into the emergency room and for whom the attending physician wants to know what kind of intoxication they are dealing with. That is what the conference is about. Thus, it takes place at the interface of laboratory diagnostics (the analytical part) and direct patient care (the advisory panel).
The Netherlands is ideally suited for this conference because this speciality is practised at a high level in our country. Moreover, there is an excellent cooperation between physicians and pharmacists in this area. Rotterdam was chosen because of the international reputation, the excellent accessibility and the excellent price-quality ratio of hotels, restaurants and conference facilities.”