10043 Orbassano (TO)
Contact person: Gloria Mangiapane
Role: Administrative Secretariat
Phone: 0039 0119022401
Founding Year: 2002
Employees in R&D: 0
Fields of business: Pharma / Biopharma, Nutraceutics & food safety, Medical devices / Biotech Healthcare, Healthcare (Health Care Services and Suppliers)
Toxicology, Chemistry, Doping, Clinical Biochemistry, Hematology, Preventive Medicine, Regione Piemonte.
The Regional Antidoping Center “Alessandro Bertinaria” (CAD) was founded on the occasion of the Torino 2006 XX Olympic Winter Games and the IX Paralympic Winter Games and was built within the park of San Luigi Gonzaga Hospital in Orbassano, Torino. CAD has been certified by the Region of Piemonte and appointed as the reference regional laboratory for all toxicological aspects.
It is currently the reference laboratory for public laboratories, Emergency Rooms, Police Departments, traffic police, public and private companies for alcohol and drug screening in the so-called “dangerous jobs”. Furthermore the laboratory performs toxicological detection on samples of biological liquids and tissues taken during post-mortem examinations. The most usual methods of toxicological analysis have been accredited by the Italian Accreditation Authority ACCREDIA (SINAL) according to UNI CEI ISO 17025:2005.
CAD also carries out training activities for medical staff and traffic police for the correct enforcement of regional guidelines and laws in force.
CLINICAL BIOCHEMISTRY AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE
CAD analyze blood and urine samples in order to determinate health status of customers. To do that , more than blood and biochemical routine, preventive medicine specialist exams are performed like Hormonal profile on serum ( LH, FSH, cortisol, Testosterone, TSH), steroid profile on urine, vitaminic profile ( B12, Folic Acid, vit.D, Vit.A and vit.E), Q10 coenzyme, oxidative stress, Dysbiosis test, Homa index, mineral hair analysis, salivary IgA.
DISTRICT MEDICAL COMMISSIONS FOR DRIVING LICENCES
CAD performs alcohol and drug screening on people driving vehicles. The analysis include biological markers on hair, blood and urine in order to detect occasional and/or chronic use of psychotropic substances.
ANIMAL AND ZOOTECHNICAL DOPING
CAD collaborates with Veterinary Services of the Region of Piemonte and the Experimental Zoo-prophylactic Institute of Piemonte, Liguria and Valle d’Aosta (IZS) for the development of innovative analytical methods in order to discover any fraudulent use of anabolic substances for breeding.
CAD also carries out confirmation analysis (II level) in case of any positiveness found by IZS in order to legally fight against any illicit action and to safeguard food safety. It finally carries out scientific research to support the previous activities.
CLINICAL AND FORENSIC TOXICOLOGY
CAD offers a wide range of organic molecules and pharmaceutical determination with respect to the main classes of doping, toxicological substances and drugs: antidepressants, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cannabinoids, Ketamine, scopolamine and GHB, LSD, methadone and buprenorphine, narcotics (opiates and similar), sedative and hypnotics, stimulants (amphetamines, cocaine and similar), markers for alcohol abuse screening (EDAC, CDT) and confirmation (EtG), anabolic steroids, anti-estrogenic substances, ß-blockers and ß-2-agonists, corticosteroids, diuretics, pesticides. The analysis are carried out on different samples (biological fluids, hair, pharmaceutical compositions, road findings, food supplements).
CAD represents the reference Center of the Region of Piemonte for toxicological II level analysis for the detection of alcohol and drug abuse on biological samples (blood, urine and hair).
CAD also develops research activities both for the development of methods in order to increase the range of detected substances and the analysis on non-conventional and/or alternative biological samples. A further research activity is being performed on judicial findings for scientific detection and for the development of forensic sciences. The forensic toxicological analysis include quality and quantity analysis on confiscated drugs and on post-mortem findings taken from dead bodies in order to show any possible use of toxic substances (alcohol, drugs, other xenobiotics) which might have determine death.
CAD works with the Centre for sexual abuse of Sant’Anna Hospital in Torino to perform toxicological detection on biological samples taken from victims.
CAD carries out toxicological analysis on animals, post-mortem samples and baits for IZS in order to detect any possible intentional, incidental or environmental poisoning.