2024 PEth in Mind Conference


The Society of PEth Research (PEth-NET) is thrilled to announce its upcoming 2024 conference, titled “PEth in Mind.” This highly anticipated event will be held as a two-day in-person meeting in the picturesque city of Lucerne, Switzerland. Participants can look forward to immersing themselves in a dynamic and engaging conference experience in one of the most captivating destinations in the country.

Date: 31st of May and 1st of June 2024

Location: the conference will be held at the HSLU (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts) located at Zentralstrasse 9 in the beautiful city of Lucerne, Switzerland. This central and well-appointed venue ensures convenient access for attendees, offering state-of-the-art facilities and a vibrant environment that is conducive to productive discussions and knowledge sharing.

Audience: PEth-NET members and laboratories actively involved in PEth measurement, as well as clinicians who utilize PEth in their professional practice. By catering to these two important segments, the conference aims to create a focused and collaborative environment where researchers, laboratory experts, and medical professionals can come together to exchange knowledge, share experiences, and foster advancements in the field of PEth analysis.

Language: The official language of the conference will be English. All presentations, discussions, and materials will be conducted and provided in English to ensure effective communication and inclusivity for all participants.

Format: The conference will be conducted exclusively as an in-person event, providing a valuable opportunity for attendees to network, engage in face-to-face discussions, and forge meaningful connections with fellow researchers, laboratory experts, and clinicians.

Accommodation: accommodation arrangements are the responsibility of each attendee. For your convenience, we recommend considering the following options: Hotel Waldstätterhof, Hotel Continental Park, Hotel Alpha, or Hotel Luzerner Hof.

Dinner: Join us for a unique dining experience at the Brasserie-Restaurant of the Swiss Museum of Transport, where we’ll be hosting a captivating “Beer & Wine Battle” themed dinner. Delve into the intriguing world of beverage pairing as we challenge traditional notions. Why is wine often overlooked as a pairing for salad, and why does white wine usually accompany fish? Is red wine genuinely the ultimate match for meat and cheese, or does beer offer an equally delightful pairing? Prepare for a delightful exploration and experimentation of flavors and pairings during this Beer & Wine Battle dinner.

Welcome Reception: The welcome reception will take at the rooftop of Hotel Monopol. The location is called Suite Rooftop – smallplates & cocktails (suite-rooftop.ch).

City Tour: The city tour will start at 15:00 at the big arch in front of the train station, on the 1st of June. Only participants that registered in advance are permitted to participate.

Keynote Presentations / Invited Speakers

Research and clinical uses of PEth, and future directions for broader application

Judith Hahn, Professor of Medicine in the HIV, ID, and Global Medicine Division, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

“In her plenary, Dr. Judy Hahn will review the uses of PEth in behavioral and HIV research, addiction research, and liver care, and discuss what steps and considerations are needed for broader application of PEth.”

The applicability of phosphatidylethanol (PEth) in the liver transplant setting

Susana G. Rodrigues, MD, PhD, Consultant Hepatologist, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, University of Bern

Data on phosphatidylethanol’s (PEth) applicability, use and reliability in the setting of liver disease has been limited. This lecture aims at provide an evidence-based overview on the applications, challenges and remaining open questions concerning the incorporation of PEth testing in identifying alcohol intake in liver disease patients. The focus will be on its use in the liver transplant setting.”

The application of PEth in Belgium

Christophe Stove, PharmD, PhD, associate-professor at Ghent University, heading the Laboratory of Toxicology at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

“Belgium has recently introduced the use of PEth. This lecture aims to provide an overview about the transformation process (from CDT), sampling procedures, regulatory aspects, and the legal framework for monitoring alcohol consumption behaviour with alcohol biomarkers.”

Experiences and insights into a population-based algorithm for abstinence prediction

Katleen van Uytfanghe, Quality manager and technical supervisor of the accredited reference laboratory (Ref4U) and routine laboratory at the Laboratory of Toxicology of the University of Ghent, Belgium

“This talk will focus on the use of a population-based algorithm capable of predicting abstinence while accounting for intra- and interindividual variability in PEth scores”

The window of detection of PEth after consumption of low alcohol amounts

Wolfgang Weinmann, Professor of Forensic Toxicology at the University of Bern

“This talk will discuss whether low drinking amounts can result in a positive PEth concentration above 20 ng/mL”

The role of direct ethanol metabolites in the measurement of alcohol intake – what is new and what do the German evidence and consensus-based guidelines recommend in terms of application

Frieder Wurst, Professor for psychiatry and psychotherapy at the University of Basel

“A rich body of evidence strengthens the positions of direct ethanol metabolites in the measurement of alcohol use. Besides the clear recommendations, now for a widespread use of the guidelines the implementation through various organisations is crucial. Furthermore questions in the context of clinical use and establishing cut-offs will be discussed.”

Scientific Presentations based on Call for Abstracts

The abstracts or the conference booklet are available by pressing the button below.

Conference Program

Day 1: The inaugural day of the conference will emphasize a deep dive into the technical dimensions of PEth analysis, covering methodologies, cutoff concentrations, sampling strategies, harmonization, and inter-laboratory comparisons. Two dedicated workshop sessions centered on the future of PEth research and harmonization will empower us to direct and align our upcoming projects. The day will culminate with a carefully selected conference dinner with the title “Beer and Wine Challenge” at the Museum of Transport, fostering continued exchange of knowledge and experiences.

Day 2: On the second day of the conference, the spotlight will be on the practical application of PEth in both clinical and forensic contexts, specifically highlighting areas such as driving aptitude assessment and organ transplantation screening.

Registration and Abstract Submission

Conference registration is closed since the 1st of May 2024

Location Trailer

Travel awards

PEth-NET is delighted to offer five Swiss National Fund (SNF) sponsored grants for young scientists from abroad, with each grant amounting to up to 1000.- CHF (see here for the rules). These grants are specifically designated to cover travel and accommodation expenses. To qualify, applicants must present their original research findings during the conference, and selection is based on the quality of the submitted abstract.

All travel awards have been allocated.

Conference Awards

The Society of PEth Research is excited to continue the tradition of presenting two prestigious awards: the Best Presentation Award and the Best Innovation Award.

The Best Presentation Award will honor the speaker who delivers the most impactful and captivating presentation, effectively conveying their research findings and engaging the audience. The Best Innovation Award will recognize the speaker who introduces novel and groundbreaking ideas or methodologies in the field of PEth research.

All conference speakers will automatically be considered for these esteemed awards, making it an excellent opportunity to showcase expertise and be acknowledged for exceptional contributions to the field.

Accreditation of Continuing Education

The Swiss Society of Forensic Medicine (SGRM) awards participants of this further education event one credit per hour (45 – 60 minutes). A total of 11 credits may be credited for participation in the entire scientific program.

Conference Sponsors
We sincerely thank our sponsors for their generous support.