Curriculum

Synopsis

Full Professor
Legal Medicine and Forensic Toxicology
Acting Director
1. Legal Medicine Specialization School
2. S.C.-Complex Structure of Legal and Insurance Medicine
3. S.C.-Complex Structure of Forensic Toxicology and Antidoping
Vice Chairman
Department of Environmental Medicine and Publice Health
University-Hospital of Padova
Vice President
European Council of Legal Medicine
President
European Academy of Legal Medicine
Born on July 31, 1947, he received his first degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Padua in 1971. After this first degree, he continued his academic enrichment specializing in both Legal Medicine and in Toxicology at the same University. His formal education concluded with advanced training carried out at New Haven, Utah, and Yale Universities where he was involved in the development of an applied research program focusing in the Legal Medicine, Analytical and Behavioural Toxicology fields. On return from the US, he was assigned the roles of Researcher, then Adjunct Professor and finally Associate Professor at the University of Padova and the University of Ancona. He continued his career achieving the title of Full Professor in 1990 at the University of Parma. Additionally, from 1989-90 to 1996 he acted as Director of the Legal Medicine Institute at the University of Ancona as well as the Director of the Specialization School at the University of Parma.
Since 1996 he has been Full Professor at the University of Padova and contemporarily was named Director of the Forensic Toxicology and Antidoping Complex Structure of Padova University-Hospital. In 1999 he was nominated Director of the Specialization School of Legal Medicine at the University of Padova.
During his tenure in Padova, among his other duties, he has focused on the promotion and development of an International Center of Forensic and Behavioural Toxicology involved in providing clinical assistance as well as applied research. To date this Center is made up of over 25 clinicians and researchers with degrees and specialties in various areas including physics, chemistry, medicine, biology who promote research on the effects of pharmaceuticals, drugs, toxins and doping substances.
He is the author of more than 350 publications including books and articles in both national and international, peer reviewed journals. An alphabetical, not exhaustive,  list includes: Advances in Biochemistry and Psychopharmacology, Alcohol, Drugs and Driving, American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, Analytical and Quantitative Cytology and Histology, Annales de Toxicologie Analytique, Archives of Toxicology, Biochemistry and Psychopharmacology, Biological Psychiatry, Blutalkohol, British Journal of Addiction, British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, Canadian Journal of Cardiology, Clinical Neuropathology, Current Opinion in Psychiatry, European Archive of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, European Heart Journal, European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, Forensic Science International, Histopathology, International Journal of Legal Medicine, Italian Hearth Journal, Italian Journal of Anatomy and Embryology, Journal de Medicine Legale et Droit Medical, Journal of Analytical Toxicology, Journal of Chromatography, Journal of Endocrinological Investigation, Journal of Forensic Sciences, Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, Journal of the Forensic Science Society, Journal of  Mass Spectrometry, Life Sciences, Neuropsychopharmacology, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, The Drug Monitoring, The Lancet, The Pharmacologist, Veterinary Human Toxicology, Zeitschrift für Rechtsmedizin.
He has received diverse national and international scientific awards including the Widmark Award (International scientific Oscar), Australia 1995.
He has acted as Chairman, moderator and speaker in numerous International conferences/congresses in the areas of Legal Medicine, Forensic Sciences, Toxicology and other related disciplines.
He acted as consultant for the United Nations - Drug Control Programme and the World Health Organization - Division of Mental Health developing and directing social-sanitary health programs in Asia, South America and Africa in the arena of Legal Medicine and Forensic Toxicology. 
As a culmination of his scientific activities with high social impact, he developed and enacted in the Veneto region a prevention campaign regarding “Saturday night massacres” caused by the abuse of alcohol and drugs. This was the first such campaign of its genre in Italy. Considering its social importance, he was awarded the 1° Premio Nazionale del Circolo della Stampa di Milano in 1995.
Since 1990 he directs and actively manages the International Program of Proficiency Testing on Psychoactive Substances in which over 180 laboratories from 12 European countries participate. 
Since 1990 he is the  Regional Representative of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT).
From 1994 he served as Editor of the International Journal of Legal Medicine, and Member of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety.
In 1997 he was President del "35° World Congress of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT)".
From 1999-2000 he was Member of the Scientific Commission "Antidoping" of the Italian Federation of Football (FIGC).
In 2000 he was President of the “Joint Meeting ibc 2000 Medical Laboratory of physical exercise: from biochemistry to doping and analytical tests” as well as of the 2nd “European Symposium on Workplace Drug Testing”.
From 2001 to 2005 Member of the National Commission of the Ministry of Health for the “Control of Doping and Health Protection in Sporting Events”
Since 2002 Member of the National Commission in the area of “Drugs Addiction” of the Ministry of Health, Work and Social Welfare.
From 2004 to 2007 Secretary of the Italian Society of Legal Medicine.
From 2007 Vice President Vicar of the Italian Society of Legal Medicine.
Dal 2009 Vice President European Council of Legal Medicine.
From 2009 Member, Presidium Board International Academy of Legal Medicine.
From 2009 President, European Academy of Legal Medicine.

Academic Studies

1. Degree Courses in Surgery and Medicine at the University of Padova
in the institutes of
*Organic Chemistry and Biology
*Pharmacology
*Legal and Insurance Medicine
Published Graduate Thesis entitled
*“Chromatographic investigation of sperm traces”.
2. Degree in Medicine and Surgery, University of Padova
Graduated magna cum laude with a final valuation of 110/110 (19/7/71).
3. Masters Degree in Legal and Insurance Medicine, Specialization school of Legal and Insurance Medicine, Universty of Padova
Published Experimental Thesis entitled:
“Legal medical considerations in the pathology of rianimation”.

Graduated magna cum laude with a final valuation of 70/70 (22/7/75).
4. Masters Degree in Medical Toxicology, Specialization school of Medical Toxicology, University of Padova
Published Experimental These entitled:
 “Toxicological studies in the case of 15 opiate related deaths”
.
Graduated magna cum laude with a final valuation of 70/70 (20/11/77).

R
esearch and Training Stages 

 1977 - 1978
¨Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio (USA) Laboratory of Toxicology, directed by Prof. I. Sunshine.
¨Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Atlanta, Georgia (USA) State Crime Laboratory, directed by Prof. L. Slightom.
¨    Office of the Medical Examiner County of Nassau, California (USA) directed by Prof. A. Bidanset.
¨Institute of Forensic Sciences, San Francisco, California (USA) Laboratory of Toxicology, directed by Prof. C. Reynolds.
¨College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University, New York (USA) Department of Neurology, Laboratory of Neuropharmacology, directed by Prof. E. Pippenger.
¨Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (USA) School of Medicine, Department of Laboratory Medicine, directed by Prof. P. Jatlow.
¨University of New Haven, West Haven, Connecticut (USA) Forensic Science Institute, directed by Prof. C. Lee.
¨Center for Human Toxicology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City (USA), directed by Prof. B. Finkle.
¨Syva Palo Alto, California (USA) Experimental Laboratory, directed by Dr. V. Ulmann.
¨Poisonlab Division of Chemed Corporation, Denver, Colorado (USA), directed by Dr. T. Siek.
¨County of Santa Clara, California (USA) Laboratory of Criminalistics, directed by Dr. W. Brackett.
1978 - 1980
¨Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (USA), Department of Laboratory Medicine, directed by Prof. P. Jatlow.

Other Relevant Information

1. Nato-Senior Fellowship Grant 1978-80 from the Italian National Research Council to carry out experimental research at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (USA).
2. Adjunct Professor in Criminal Anthropology (1976-‘78) at the University of Padova.
3. Didactic responsabilities in Legal Medicine for varied courses and schools in the arena of Legal Medicine at the University of Padova (1979-’89; 1996-2009, CLS Medicina – Canale A), of Ancona (1989-’92), of Parma (1990-’96) and of the sattelite University in Treviso (2007-‘09).
4. Director of the SC of Forensic Toxicology and Antidoping, Padova since 1999.
5. Vice Director of the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, University of Padova since 2008.
6. Director of the SC  od Legal and Insurance Medicine since 2009.

Roles as Director or Maneger

Since the end of the 1980s he has covered managerial and directorships in diverse public institutions at both the national and international level.
Nationally
he has directed, promoted and developed the following institutions at the University of Padova, Ancona and Parma.
Specifically, in chronological order:
1. Forensic Toxicology Service, ULSS 21 of Padova, 1983 -1999;
2. Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Ancona, 1989 -1992;
3. Specialization School and Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Parma, 1991 - 1996;
4. Specialization School of Legal Medicine, University of Padova, since 1999;
5. SC of Forensic Toxicology and Antidoping, University-Hospital of Padova, since 1999;
6. Vice Director of the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, University of Padova since 2008;
7. SC of Legal and Insurance Medicine, University-Hospital of Padova since 2009.

Internationally he has worked on and developed the following programs: 
1. UNDCP-WHO National Traffic Safety Prevention and Control Programme in Pakistan, 1993;
2. UNDCP4 Centre for Behavioural and Forensic Toxicology University of Padova, 1989-2003;
3. UNDCP Master Plan for Africa Drug Prevention Programme, 1992-93;
4. International Proficiency Testing Programme for “Psycho-active Substances", University of Padova, 1989-2009.

Contact information

Via Falloppio 50 – 35121 Padova
Tel. 049/663109-663428-8272225 Fax 049/663155
Email: santodavide.ferrara@unipd.it
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