December 2016


Experimental Toxicology
Human health risk assessment
Food Toxicology
Environmental Health

A new article of TecnATox has been included in PubMed

Trabalón L, Vilavert L, Domingo JL, Pocurull E, Borrull F, Nadal M. Human exposure to brominated flame retardants through the consumption of fish and shellfish in Tarragona County (Catalonia, Spain). Food Chem Toxicol. 2016 Nov 22. pii: S0278-6915(16)30438-0. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2016.11.022. [Epub ahead of print]

Posted on 28-11-2016

TecnATox participates at the IISPV Scientific Retreat

Several researchers recently participated in a 2-day Scientific Retreat which IISPV organized at Parador de Tortosa. During the Retreat, scientists of different research groups within IISPV presented recent findings of their own projects and research lines.

Dr. Joaquim Rovira performed a nice communication entitled "Prenatal early exposure to environmental endocrine disruptors", which is part of the HEALS project. In turn, Dr. Vikas Kumar speaked about the "Application of a PBPK/PD model to understand the neurotoxicity pathway of PFOS via microRNA", being developed in HEALS and EuroMix projects.

Posted on 17-11-2016

Hosting the 4th EuroMix consortium meeting

In November 8-10, the 4th EuroMix consortium meeting was held in Tarragona. URV hosted all the participants of this H2020 project, organizing a 3-day meeting, as well as a visit to Tarraco Archaeological Site and a gala dinner.

The EuroMix project ( is a joint effort of 22 European partners and 4 non-EU affiliated partners aimed at delivering a mixture test strategy and test instruments using novel techniques as recently proposed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. TecnATox is actively involved in the project, participating in animal experimentation studies, PBPK modeling, exposure assessment and risk evaluation.

Posted on 17-11-2016

Two new articles of TecnATox have been included in PubMed

Rovira J, Nadal M, Schuhmacher M, Domingo JL. Alternative Fuel Implementation in a Cement Plant: Human Health Risks and Economical Valuation. Arch Environ Contam Toxicol. 2016 Nov;71(4):473-484.

Nadal M, Rovira J, Díaz-Ferrero J, Schuhmacher M, Domingo JL. Human exposure to environmental pollutants after a tire landfill fire in Spain: Health risks. Environ Int. 2016 Oct 20;97:37-44. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2016.10.016.

Posted on 31-10-2016

Two new articles of TecnATox have been included in PubMed

Domínguez-Morueco N, Diamond ML, Sierra J, Schuhmacher M, Domingo JL, Nadal M. Application of the Multimedia Urban Model to estimate the emissions and environmental fate of PAHs in Tarragona County, Catalonia, Spain.Sci Total Environ. 2016 Sep 27. pii: S0048-9697(16)32093-9. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.09.163.

Bellés M, Heredia L, Serra N, Domingo JL, Linares V. Exposure to low doses of 137cesium and nicotine during postnatal development modifies anxiety levels, learning, and spatial memory performance in mice. Food Chem Toxicol. 2016 Aug 30. pii: S0278-6915(16)30306-4. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2016.08.032. 

Posted on 30-08-2016

TecnATox participates at the Scientific Coffees URV cycle

In Nov 8, at 20 h, the 3rd edition of the URV Scientific Coffees URV cycle, is going to be started again at Cafè La Cantonada, Tarragona. Dr. Jaume Folch, member of TecnATox, will present a communication entitled "Do we suffer from what we eat?" 

Abstract: Environment, diet and health. These three factors, interrelated, determine life quality in our territory. The loss of certain marine species or the air and water pollution affect the food we eat and, consequently, out health. The substitution of fatty acids from marine sources, part of the Mediterranean diet, by saturated fatty acids, has dramatic effects on human health. Actually, some scientific studies link the memory loss in elder ages with diet. In this talk we will think about the impact of life style in a city as Tarragona on the development of diseases as type 2 diabetes or Alzheimer. We will analyze how the pollution can modify how our brain works.

Posted on 31-10-2016

XXIII Scientific Course of Mediterrània-CIE

In November 2-3, the 24th edition of the Scientific Course, directed by Dr. Martí Nadal and organized by Mediterrània-Centre d’Iniciatives Ecològiques and TecnATox, was held in Tarragona. The conference, which was entitled “Water: challenge of the futre”, gathered together 8 key speakers in a wide range of fields, such as climate change, analytical chemistry and policy making, all of them related to the current and future problems of waste management.

Posted on 31-10-2016

Attendance of TecnATox at several international conferences

 In August-September 2016, a number of TecnaTox delegations was taking part in different scientific conferences.

The first delegation was  present at the 36th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (Dioxin 2016), which is held in Florence (Italy), between August 28 and September 2.


Title: Multi-component determination of atmospheric semi-volatile organic compounds in Tarragona County, Catalonia, Spain
Authors: N. Domínguez-Morueco, N. Ratola, S. Ramos, J. Sierra, M. Schumacher, J.L. Domingo, M. Nadal

Title: Temporal trends of organic substances in plasma and urine from workers of a hazardous waste incinerator in Catalonia, Spain
Authors: N. Domínguez-Morueco, M. Mari, M. Nadal, M. Schuhmacher, J.L. Domingo

In the meantime, another group of TecnATox members was attending the 5th International EcoSummit Congress, EcoSummit 2016 - Ecological Sustainability: Engineering Change, organized by Elsevier and taking place at Montpellier (France) from August 29 to September 1. 


Title: Modelling the environmental dynamics of PAHs in Tarragona County, Spain
Authors: N. Domínguez-Morueco, M.L. Diamond, J. Sierra, M. Schuhmacher, J.L. Domingo, M.Nadal

In September 4-7, the 52nd Congress of the European Societies of Toxicology (EUROTOX) took place in Seville (Spain). Some TecnATox members also attended this conference, which is one of the most important in the area of toxicology.


Title: Application of a PBPK/PD model to understand the neurotoxiciy pathway of PFOS via microRNA
Authors: R.P. Sharma, V. Kumar, M. Nadal, J.L. Domingo, M. Schuhmacher

Title: Improving the understanding of  Neurotoxicity Mechanism of metal mixture: Cytotoxicity study of metals (Pb, Cd, MeHg and As) exposure on Hippocampal HT22 Cell Line
Authors:V. Karri, D. Ramos, E. De Oliveira Cacheado, M. Schuhmacher, V. Kumar

In September 14-16, the 8th International Conferenceon Children’s Health and Environment was held in Barcelona (Spain), and some TecnATox members were also there to present new data.


Title: Prenatal Early Exposure to the Environmental Endocrine Disruptors

Authors: M.A. Martínez, J. Rovira, R. Prasad Sharma, V. Kumar, M. Nadal, J.L. Domingo, M. Schuhmacher

Title: Particulate Matter Characterisation in the Schools Located Around Petrochemical Industrial Complex: Infiltration of Particle From Outdoor to Indoor Air

Authors: F. Sanchez-Soberón, E. Badowska, J. Rovira, M. Mari, J. Sierra, V. Kumar, J.L. Domingo, M. Schuhmacher

Title: School Children Exposure to Particulate Matter (Coarse, Fine, and Quasi-Ultrafine) Around Petrochemical Complex: Respiratory Tract Dosimetry

Authors: F. Sanchez-Soberón, M. Mari, V. Kumar, J.L. Domingo, J. Rovira, M. Schuhmacher

Posted on 30-08-2016