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Biography of the President



Professor   Robert   J Flanagan,   BSc   PhD   MCSFS ERT CChem
FRSC FRCPath HFCMHP


President of the Academy, 2013-2015
After  graduating  with  an   honours  degree  in
Biochemistry from the University of Sussex in 1970,
Bob  Flanagan  worked  at the Poisons Unit, Guy's
Hospital,  under  the  Directorship  of  Dr  Roy
Goulding.  In 2007, he  was  appointed Consultant
Clinical Scientist and Director of the Toxicology
Unit, Department  of Clinical Biochemistry, King's
College Hospital NHS  Foundation Trust.
   Particular interests have  included  analytical
methods,  especially gas chromatography and high-
performance  liquid chromatography, latterly in con-
junction with mass spectrometry, and their application
in clinical toxicology and therapeutics; treatment of
mental illness, especially as regards the use of anti-
psychotics, notably clozapine; treatment of cancer,
especially in respect of the use of tyrosine kinase
inhibitors such as imatinib; and the diagnosis of sub-
stance abuse, especially misuse of volatiles such as
butane.
   Honorary  appointments  have included: Visiting
Professor, Department  of Chemistry, University of
Loughborough;   Honorary  Professor of  Analytical
Toxicology,  Queen  Mary,  University of London;
Visiting Professor, Department of Psychosis Studies,
Institute of Psychiatry, King's  College London,
University of  London;   and  Associate Professor,
Katz   Group  Center  for  Pharmacy   and  Health
Research, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
   Publications include more  than  200  scientific
papers and lead authorship of four books, viz. Basic
Analytical  Toxicology,  Geneva:   World   Health
Organization, 1995; Antidotes, London:  Taylor &
Francis, 2001; Electrochemical Detection in HPLC:
Drugs  and  Poisons, Cambridge: Royal  Society of
Chemistry,  2005; and  Fundamentals  of Analytical
Toxicology, Chichester: Wiley, 2008. He has also con-
tributed chapters to other textbooks, notably Clarke's
Analysis of Drugs and Poisons, 4th edition. Ed. AC
Moffat  et al., London: Pharmaceutical Press, 2011,
and  Disposition of Toxic Drugs  and Chemicals  in
Man,  10th edition, RC Baselt, Seal Beach: Biomedical
Publications, 2014.
   He has advised medical professionals, police, cor-
oners, and prosecution and defence lawyers on toxi-
cological issues for some 25 years, and has also acted


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as a consultant to the United Nations Office for Drugs
and Crime  on volatile substance abuse and on drug-
facilitated crime, and   to  the  World Health
Organization, most recently in Serbia/Kosovo. A par-
ticular interest has been advising on the clinical inter-
pretation of analytical toxicology results in samples of
body fluids obtained either in life or post-mortem. He
advised the Attorney General in the inquiry into the
death of Dr David Kelly and the National Offender
Management   Service on methadone-related deaths in
prison, and has also advised on  issues before the
Court  of Criminal  Appeal  in  Scotland and  the
Court of Appeal in England and Wales.
   Finally, he led on analytical toxicology training for
the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and for the
Royal College of Pathologists for more than 10 years.
He  was  an examiner  in toxicology for the Royal
College of Pathologists and in forensic medical sci-
ence for the Honourable  Society of Apothecaries,
and   is  an   assessor  in  forensic  toxicology,
Netherlands Register of Forensic Scientists. He has
served as Chair of the London  Toxicology Group,
and of the Separation Science Group, Royal Society
of Chemistry, and has been a member of the Council
of BAFS  since 2007.
   Other interests include natural history and history
per se, especially industrial history, photography,
classical music, especially opera, and attempting to
keep fit. He has been Chairman  of the Friends of
West Norwood   Cemetery for some 25 years.

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