Synergising International Research Studies into the Environmental Fate and Behaviour of Toxic Organic Chemicals in the Waste Stream (INTERWASTE) is the title of a new Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange Project, which was started in January 2017. This is a collaborative initiative led by University of Birmingham and 26 more research centres from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia, North and South America. TecnATox is one of the partners of this program, which will be focused on developing scientific understanding of issues related to environmental contamination with toxic and/or hazardous organic chemicals (specifically flame retardants (FRs) and pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs)) arising from their presence in the waste stream.
Between February 2013 and January 2017, TecnATox has been involved in the ECsafeSEAFOOD project, entitled Priority environmental contaminants in seafood: safety assessment, impact and public perception. It was a joint joint initiative of 18 partners from 10 EU contries, funded by the 7th Framework Program.
One of the most important outcomes of the project has been the development of FISHCHOICE, a new online tool focused on minimizing the intake of chemical pollutants and maximizing the intake of nutrients, through the consumption of fish and shellfish.
FISHCHOICE is freely available at www.fishchoice.eu.
One of the core objectives of TecnATox is the applicability of its research, being this a clear example. While this kind of software may have a great interest for the consumers, it is also of help for stakeholders and policy makers, as well as scientists. Actually, FISHCHOICE has been also disseminated to scientific audiences through the publication of a new article, recently indexed in PubMed:
Vilavert L, Borrell F, Nadal M, Jacobs S, Minnens F, Verbeke W, Marques A, Domingo JL. Health risk/benefit information for consumers of fish and shellfish: FishChoice, a new online tool. Food Chem Toxicol. 2017 Feb 4. pii: S0278-6915(17)30050-9. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2017.02.004.
Apart from its scientific dissemination, FishChoice had also a notable impact on the press, including a specific piece of news at TV3 Catalan television channel:
TecnATox will be present at the Young Environmental Scientists Meeting (YES SETAC 2017), which will be held in February 16-21 in Stockholm, Sweden. The PhD students Francisco Sánchez-Soberón and Noelia Domínguez-Morueco will present their ongoing research in front of a wide audience of young students.
Noelia Domínguez-Morueco, Nuno Ratola, Sara Ramos, Jordi Sierra, Marta Schumacher, José L. Domingo, Martí Nadal. Occurrence of SVOCs in air, soil and vegetation samples from Tarragona County, Spain using a multi-component method.
Francisco Sánchez-Soberón, Matthias Cuykx, Noemi Serra, Victoria Linares, Montserrat Bellés, Adrian Covaci, Marta Schuhmacher. Untargeted metabolomics to assess in vitro toxicity of two fractions of fine particulate matter (PM2.5-0.25 and PM0.25) at environmental levels on A549 lung carcinoma cells.
In January 23, IISPV began a new series of seminars, which will take place every 3 months. In the first seminar, Dr. Joan Sabaté, Executive Director of the Center for Nutrition, Lifestyle & Disease Prevention, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University (CA, US), was invited to give a plenary lecture on "Nutritional paradigm shifts". In addition to this lecture, several IISPV researchers were also invited to give a short presentation. One of them was Francisco Sánchez-Soberón, who carried out a short conference entitled "Toxicity assessment of environmental particulate matter: current tools and future challenges".
Domingo JL, Nadal M. Per- and polyfluoro alkyl substances (PFASs) in Food and Human Dietary Intake: A Review of the Recent Scientific Literature. J Agric Food Chem. 2017 Jan 4. doi: 10.1021/acs.jafc.6b04683.
Arancon RA, Balu AM, Romero AA, Ojeda M, Gomez M, Blanco J, Domingo JL, Luque R. Mechanochemically synthesized Ag-based nanohybrids with unprecedented low toxicity in biomedical applications. Environ Res. 2017 Jan 16;154:204-211. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.01.010
Domingo JL, García F, Nadal M, Schuhmacher M. Autopsy tissues as biological monitors of human exposure to environmental pollutants. A case study: Concentrations of metals and PCDD/Fs in subjects living near a hazardous waste incinerator. Environ Res. 2017 Jan 19;154:269-274. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.01.014.
Marquès M, Mari M, Sierra J, Nadal M, Domingo JL. Solar radiation as a swift pathway for PAH photodegradation: A field study. Sci Total Environ. 2017 Jan 5. pii: S0048-9697(16)32850-9. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.12.161. [Epub ahead of print]