To salt or not to salt (your bath) is the question that Kenneth Ferslew, PhD, DABFT addressed in his presentation titled, “Bath Salts, Not for Human Consumption (or bathing either!).” He visited the college as a guest of the toxicology program and was the featured speaker for the Dean’s Lecture Series on April 12.
Dr. Ferslew directs the toxicology section in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at East Tennessee State University and is part of the William L. Jenkins Forensic Center in Mountain Home, Tennessee. In his talk, Ferslew explored the forensic and legal challenges presented by synthetic compounds such as bath salts and cannabinoids.
Outside of his lecture, Dr. Ferslew shared his research interests in forensic toxicology, pharmacokinetics, drugs of abuse, and toxicity assessment with members of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. He met with Raymond D. Harbison, PhD, professor and director of the Center for Environmental/Occupational Risks Analysis & Management, Giffe T. Johnson, PhD, adjunct research assistant professor, Marie Bourgeois, PhD, adjunct research assistant professor, and toxicology graduate students to discuss ongoing research projects and potential areas of collaboration.
Dr. Ferslew’s lecture, along with previous Dean’s Lecture Series speakers, is posted online for those unable to attend.
The USF College of Public Health offers concentrations in toxicology and risk assessment that lead to MPH, MSPH, and PhD degrees. Most recently, the college launched an online graduate certificate in toxicology.