Staying Healthy in a Toxic Environment: Poisonings, Overdoses, and Toxic Exposures

Wednesdays, February 22 – March 29, 2017
7:00pm – 8:30pm PST
UCSF’s Parnassus Campus
School of Nursing Building, Room 225
513 Parnassus Avenue
Course# MLL17012

Course Chairs

Daniel Repplinger, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, UCSF

Kathy Vo, MD
Clinical Fellow, UCSF

Course Description

Protect yourself and your loved ones from danger! Common medications, herbal therapies, and household chemicals serve to make our lives healthier, more convenient, and attractive. However, when used incorrectly, either intentionally or inadvertently, these can become life-threatening poisons and toxins. Learn about the latest designer and adulterated street drugs, toxic land and marine creatures, common household ingestions, misbegotten uses of herbal medications, and the way that we use the laboratory to solve poisoning mysteries.

Taught by experts from Zuckerberg San Francisco General and the San Francisco Division of the California Poison Control System, this course will travel from the research bench to bedside and out to the San Francisco streets to learn about the recent advances and challenges that face these patients and the creative work by doctors to prevent, diagnose and treat these conditions.

Course Topics

  • Toxins in Your Everyday Environment
  • The Toxicology Detective
  • Household Poisonings and Childhood Dangers
  • Toxic Plants, Fungi, and Herbal Supplements
  • Street Drugs
  • Toxic Creatures

Lecture Schedule

Download Program at a Glance (.pdf)

February 22, 2017
Title: Toxins in Your Everyday Environment  | Download Slides
Timur Durrani, MD, MPH, MBA, Assistant Medical Director, San Francisco Division, California, Poison Control System; Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF

March 1, 2017
Title: The Toxicology Detective: How The Laboratory Solves Unknown Cases  | Download Slides
Alan Wu, PhD,  Professor of Laboratory Medicine

March 8, 2017
Title: Household Poisonings and Childhood Dangers | Download Slides
Dina Wallin, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

March 15, 2017
Title: Toxic Plants, Fungi, and Herbal Supplements | Download Slides
Kent R. Olson, MD, Professor of Medicine & Pharmacy, UCSF; Medical Director, San Francisco Poison Control System

March 22, 2017
Title: Street Drugs: What's Out There and Just How Bad is It?
Kathy Vo, MD, Clinical Fellow, UCSF

March 29, 2017
Title: Toxic Creatures
Daniel Repplinger, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, UCSF