August 2016


Experimental Toxicology
Human health risk assessment
Food Toxicology
Environmental Health

A new article of TecnATox has been included in PubMed

Domingo JL, Gómez M. Vanadium compounds for the treatment of human diabetes mellitus: A scientific curiosity? A review of thirty years of research. Food Chem Toxicol. 2016 Jul 11. pii: S0278-6915(16)30225-3. Link

Posted on 18-07-2016

Group Seminar

Dr. Alexey Kolodkin and  Dr. Andrew Ignatenko, from Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine, University of Luxembourg, gave a group seminar on biological system dynamic model with example of personalised therapy of Parkinson's disease.

Venue: 22th of June 2016, 9.30h. (Classroom 115, ETSEQ).

For more information click here.

Posted on 02-06-2016


TecnATox members took part in the SETAC Europe 26th Annual Meeting, which took place from 22-26 May 2016 in Nantes. Link



Session: Exploring links between the biodegradation of chemical contaminants, the metabolic capability of microbial communities and environmental variables (P)

Presentation Title: The role of solar radiation on the photodegradation of PAHs in soils

Authors: Montse Marquès, Noelia Domínguez-Morueco, Montse Mari, Jordi Sierra, Marta Schuhmacher, Martí Nadal, J.L DomingoPresentation Type:

Room: Exhibition Hall



Session: Contaminants of Emerging Concern in the Environment and their Management (P)

Presentation title: Application of Multimedia Urban Model to estimate the environmental fate of PAHs in Tarragona County, Spain.

Authors: Noelia Domínguez-Morueco, Montse Marquès, Jordi Sierra, Miriam L. Diamond, Marta Schuhmacher, J.L Domingo, Martí Nadal.

Room: Exhibition Hall

Posted on 23-05-2016

13th Doctoral day

Fran Sánchez and Montse Marquès, tecnATox members, won the first and third awards, respectively, of the 3rd year PhD students, in the Poster Session, that took place on May 4, within the 13th Doctoral day of the programme in Nanosciences, materials and chemicla engineering.

Posted on 06-05-2016

EGU 2016

TecnATox members took part in the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016. 


Title: Climate change adaptation & mitigation strategies forWater-Energy-Land Nexus management in Mediterranean region: Casestudy of Catalunya (Spain).

Authors: Vikas Kumar and Marta Schuhmacher

Date: Monday, 18 Apr 2016 16:15–16:30


Water-Energy-Land (WEL) Nexus management is one of those complex decision problems where holistic approachto supply-demand management considering different criteria would be valuable. However, multi-criteriadecision making with diverse indicators measured on different scales and uncertainty levels is difficult to solve.On the other hand, climate adaptation and mitigation need to be integrated, and resource sensitive regions likeMediterranean provide ample opportunities towards that end. While the water sector plays a key role in climateadaptation, mitigation focuses on the energy and agriculture sector. Recent studies on the so-called WEL nexusconfirm the potential synergies to be derived from mainstreaming climate adaptation in the water sector, whilesimultaneously addressing opportunities for co-management with energy (and also land use).Objective of this paper is to develop scenarios for the future imbalances in water & energy supply and demand for awater stressed Mediterranean area of Northern Spain (Catalonia) and to test the scenario based climate adaptation& mitigation strategy for WEL management policies. Resource sensitive area of Catalonia presents an interestingnexus problem to study highly stressed water demand scenario (representing all major demand sectors), veryheterogeneous land use including intensive agriculture to diversified urban and industrial uses, and mixed energysupply including hydro, wind, gas turbine to nuclear energy. Different energy sectors have different water and landrequirements. Inter-river basin water transfer is another factor which is considered for this area. The water-energylink is multifaceted. Energy production can affect water quality, while energy is used in water treatment and toreduce pollution. Similarly, hydropower — producing energy from water — and desalination — producing freshwaterusing energy — both play important role in economic growth by supplying large and secure amounts of’green’ energy or water where it is a scarce resource. Linkage of water & Energy to the land has been establishedthrough irrigated agriculture which has seen an increasing trend in the case study area. A detail scenario planningfor regional water-energy demand and supply in conjunction with different climate change and economic growthscenarios are considered. For each future scenario of climate change, the goal is to obtain a ranking of a set of possibleactions with regards to different types of indicators (costs, environmental etc.). The analytical method used isbased on outranking models for decision aid with hierarchical structures of criteria and ranking alternatives usingpartial preorders based on pairwise preference relations. The proposed method has several advantages such as themanagement of heterogeneous scales of measurement without requiring any artificial transformation and the managementof uncertainty by means of comparisons at a qualitative level in terms of the decision maker preferences.Result shows that such an integrated (“nexus”) approach is likely to build resilience and reduces vulnerability to thecombination of pressures acting upon the Mediterranean region’s water systems, including climate-related shocks.

Posted on 15-04-2016

Extraordinary Doctoral Award

Dr. Fàbrega will receive the Extraordinary Doctoral Award corresponding to the academic course 2014-2015 (DP  in Chemical, Environmental and Process Engineering). His thesis was entitled Physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PPBK) modeling of PCDD/Fs and PFASs in humans, and it was supervised by Dr. Schuhmacher.

Posted on 10-05-2016

Four new papers of TecnATox have been included in PubMed

Domingo JL (2016) Safety assessment of GM plants: An updated review of the scientific literature. Food Chem Toxicol. 2016 Jun 15. pii: S0278-6915(16)30193-4. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2016.06.013. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PMID: 27317828. Link

Karapiperis C, Kempf SJ, Quintens R, Azimzadeh O, Vidal VL, Pazzaglia S, Bazyka D, Mastroberardino PG, Scouras ZG, Tapio S, Benotmane MA, Ouzounis CA (2016) Brain Radiation Information Data Exchange (BRIDE): integration of experimental data from low-dose ionising radiation research for pathway discovery. BMC Bioinformatics. 2016 May 11;17(1):212. doi: 10.1186/s12859-016-1068-8. Link

Arianna Casciati, Katalin Dobos, Francesca Antonelli, Anett Benedek, Stefan J. Kempf, Montserrat Bellés, Andrea Balogh, Mirella Tanori, Luis Heredia ,Michael J. Atkinson, Christine von Toerne, Omid Azimzadeh, Anna Saran,Geza Sáfrány, Mohammed A. Benotmane, M. Victoria Linares-Vidal, Soile Tapio, Katalin Lumniczky, Simonetta Pazzaglia (2016). Age-related effects of X-ray irradiation on mouse hippocampus. Oncotarge (in press). Link

Peris-Sampedro F, Reverte I, Basaure P, Cabré M, Domingo JL, Colomina MT (2016) Apolipoprotein E (APOE) genotype and the pesticide chlorpyrifos modulate attention, motivation and impulsivity in female mice in the 5-choice serial reaction time task..Food Chem Toxicol. 2016 Apr 19. pii: S0278-6915(16)30079-5. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2016.03.029. [Epub ahead of print]. Link

Posted on 26-04-2016

10th Network Conference on Persistent Organic Pollutants

TecnATox members took part in the 10th Network Conference on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), which was held from 13 to 14 April, 2016, in Birmingham (Enlgand). Link


Autors: Montse Marquès, Montse Mari, Jordi Sierra, Marta Schuhmacher, Martí Nadal, José L. Domingo

Title: The role of solar radiation on the photodegradation of PAHs in soils: Field vs. lab testing

Day: Thursday 14th April at: 15:10 h.

Posted on 08-04-2016