Bram Miserez obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Ghent University in 2005 and his Master’s Degree in Biochemistry from the same university in 2006, specialising in the analysis of proteins by LC-MS/MS. He went on to do a PhD at the Pfizer Analytical Research Centre (PARC) at Ghent University with Professor Pat Sandra and Professor Frederic Lynen. His research focused on the analysis of enzyme inhibitors and antioxidants by post-column reactors, coupled to LC-UV and LC-MS. He also worked on the development of new stationary phases for green chromatography. During this period, he contributed to several international scientific symposia and had two posters chosen as top 25 posters (HPLC 2011, Budapest, Hungary and HTC 2012, Bruges, Belgium). He obtained his PhD in 2012.
In April 2012, he joined the Toxicology and Metabolomics Laboratory at the University Hospital of Brussels. Working primarily on toxicology, Bram worked on several new methods, most importantly on the analysis of various alcohols in blood and implementing state-of-the-art techniques to the lab.
Currently, Bram works in London, UK, at TICTAC Communications Ltd. as an analytical chemist. He is involved in the SEWPROF project as Experienced Researcher and specialises in the analysis of drugs of abuse and the identification of new psychoactive substances in the UK. Another of his interests is the effect of regulation on the drug market and the purity of illegal substances.
Bram is a member of several toxicology groups, including BLT (The Toxicological Society of Belgium and Luxembourg), LTG (formerly the London Toxicology Group) and TIAFT (The International Association for Forensic Toxicology).
Analysis and identification new psychoactive substances and assessment of their use in the UK
This project focuses on finding and identifying new psychoactive substances on the EU and UK markets, by actively screening webshops and internet fora and analysis of amnesty bins from various sources, such as night clubs, music festivals and hospitals. The use of the new substances can be evaluated by pooled urine analysis from various venues (city centres, music festivals, parades, etc.).