Prof. Josep Lluís Domingo has recently been interviewed by eitb (Euskal Irrati Telebista). He was invited to talk about pollutants and fish, which is a topic of concern for the general public. Prof. Domingo highlighted that fish is a save healthy food item widely present in our diet. However, we have to be aware of which species are the most polluted, according to some charactersitics, such as their level in the trofic chain or location.
You can watch the full interview in the following link.
Dr. Joaquim Rovira, postdoctoral researcher in TecnATox, has recently been interviewed by "La Vanguardia" regarding to the study "Human exposure to trace elements throigh the skin by direct contact with clothing".
"La Vanguardia" highlights that some clothes, specially those of polyester and usually used to practice sports, own antimonium levels above the standards. These findings are extremely of concern since antimony trioxide is a possibly carcinogenic metal according to the International Agency of Research on Cancer.
The full press release has been published today, December 12, and can be read in the following link.
As a part of the dissemination plan, TecnATox researchers are encouraged to communicate their last findings to both scientific and general population.
Francisco Sánchez-Soberón, PhD student in TecnATox, performed the presentatation entitled "Has the air that we breath a good quality? How to measure and assess it" in the High School "IES Narcís Oller", on last December 5.
TAC 12 TV, the Public TV of Tarragona County, has recently interviewed Dr. Joaquim Rovira. The interview is focused on the last findings regarding to the study of "Human exposure to trace elements throigh the skin by direct contact with clothing", which is a topic of interest for the general population. You can watch the full video in the following link.
Sakamoto M, Chan HM, Domingo JL, Koriyama C, Murata K. Placental transfer and levels of mercury, selenium, vitamin E, and docosahexaenoic acid in maternal and umbilical cord blood. Environ Int. 2017 Nov 14. pii: S0160-4120(17)31561-1. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2017.11.001.
On November 21st, the EPAA partners met to build synergies on the development and acceptance of Toxicokinetics and read‐across. Held at the Renaissance Brussels Hotel, the EPAA Partners Forum brought together 33 expert participants from industry and EC, along with selected representatives from regulatory agencies and invited researchers from two large EU‐funded projects (EuroMix and EUToxRisk). Dr. Vikas Kumar from University of Rovira I Virgili (Spain) represented the EuroMix project in this meeting. Dr. Kumar presented “Toxicokinetics and read across in EuroMix” and discussed how research in EuroMix is helpful for the wider stakeholders and why collaboration is necessary for the society. The Partners Forum held on 2st of November 2017 was part of the EPAA undertakings to address one of 6 challenges as a priority: to Improve intra and inter sectorial collaboration and coordination.
EPAA is a very relevant platform to build synergies across sectors, given its multi‐sectoral structure encompassing different business sectors. Besides exchanging information between sectors about their respective research agendas and activities in the sectorial flagship initiatives, the event was meant as an opportunity for the partners to identify possibilities for synergies, table feedback and scientific input in EPAA. Discussions revolved around 4 balanced sessions aiming at covering the whole spectrum of stakeholders working on TK and read‐across: regulators, the regulated, method developers and downstream users.
At the end of the day, a scientific consensus was achieved on the following four items:
• TK data play an important role in risk assessment across all industry sectors and are subject to significant research effort by all relevant stakeholders
• TK data strengthen the read across weight of evidence; TK data should ideally be anchored towards human relevance, preferably generated using in silico and in vitro tools
• Identification and characterization of Metabolism is a key component of TK assessment in readacross
• The forum expressed confidence that significantly more progress in TK can be made if collaboration between sectors is enhanced and synergies are captured.
Specifically, the participants recommended 3 actions to tackle the use of TK and read‐across methods:
– ACTION 1: Advocate for a TK speciality section within Eurotox
– ACTION 2: Produce and manage a shopping list of open tools (open source, EPAA controlled)
– ACTION 3: Support the dissemination and training event on RVIS planned in early 2019 with TK stakeholders
The participants’ discussion was captured by a scientific writer and a scientific publication is currently under preparation.
Noelia Domínguez-Morueco, PhD student in TecnATox, is currently attending to the 8th European Meeting on Environmental Chemistry (EMEC). She will perform an oral presentation entitled: "Combining monitoring and modelling approaches for BaP characterization over a petrochemical area" on November 27, 2017.
Prof. Marta Schuhmacher and Dr. Montse Marquès will attend to the kick-off meeting of SEAFOODTOMORROW project, which will be held in Lisbon (Portugal) on November 21-23.
The main goal of SEAFOODTOMORROW is to strengthen the seafood production and processing industry in Europe by providing validated market-driven and consumer-responsive eco-innovative sustainable solutions that contribute to food security, mitigate production hazards, contribute to employment and increase consumer awareness of seafood quality and safety. The role of TecnATox will be focused on Risk Assessment (WP3), Life Cycle Assessment (WP4), and the improvement of Fishchoice: a consumer benefit-risk communication tool already developed in ECsafeSEAFOOD project (WP6).