HEALS (Health and Environmet-wide Associations based on Large population Surveys) has recently launched the 7th issue of the HEALS newsletter. This issue is about: an article that reveals the risks of prenatal exposures to bisphenol A and the dynamics of metabolic reactivation, using a PBPK modeling at pregnancy; the funciton of an open platform elaborated by HEALS; the numerous documents and data files currently available in this online platform designed for external training; a paper on the human exposure to organophosphate and pyrethroid pesticides, specifically in occupationally-exposed and general populations living in rural and urban areas.
The coordinating Committee of Nanomed Spain accepted the adhesion of TecnATox on the Spanish nanomedicine platform, also called Nanomed Spain. The Platform is committed to work as efficiently as possible with the available resources to consolidate the good position of Spain in this emerging area, where it is located in the leading group at an international level.
Prof. Josep Lluís Domingo, Prof. Marta Schuhmacher, Dr. Joaquim Rovira and María Ángeles Martínez are attending to SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting, which is held in Rome from 13 to 17 May. They are presenting the following research findings:
The book is about how the new advances in the understanding of the disease allow us to determine the origin and to influence on their prevention through diet or physical exercise, among others. You can find more information in the URV digital press release.
TecnATox celebrated the annual workshop and strategic plan meeting on May 31 in the School of Medicine and Health Science.
PhD students presented their project thesis during the first half of the morning. After the coffee break, the strategic plan meeting was carried out. Upcoming objectives of the group were discussed and actions were defined.
The doctoral programme in Nanosciences, Materials and Chemical Engineering organises a day in which doctoral students have the opportunity to discuss their work and have it evaluated by a prestigious panel of experts during a platform and a poster exhibition sessions.
The TecnATox member María Ángeles Martínez presented her work in the platform session, which was entitled: "Comparing dietary and non-dietary source contribution of BPA and DEHP to prenatal exposure: A Catalonia (Spain) case study".
TecnATox practiced two field investigations in the vicinity of Besòs incineratorin 2014 and 2017. These studies pointed to an increased risk of cancer in inhabited areas near the plant, thethat more waste burns in Catalonia with about 400,000 tons per year.The concern that caused in neighboring neighborhoods, with some 56,000 neighbors, impacted on the platform Aire Net, which has denounced before the Prosecutor alleged illegalities to hide the pollution that blames the plant.The alarm has forced the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB) and the City Council of the capital -owners of the public company Tersa, which manages the installation- to commission new studies.
You can read the full press release of EL MUNDO and watch Prof. José Luis Domingo's interview on betevé.
Dr. Jaume Folch, researcher of TecnATox, has recently published a book. It is entitled "El naufragi dels records. Què hi ha darrere de malalties com l'Alzheimer?" (The shipwreck of memories. What is behind Alzheimer's disease?). This book explains, with an understandable and at the same time rigorous language, why diseases like this deprive us of memories, emotions, affection. It is also about the most surprising theories in the field of neuroscience and reveals the keys to future therapies. We live an extraordinary moment in the search for new treatments for brain disorders that will open a new era for humanity.
Dr. Jaume Folch will be signing the book in Rambla Catalunya (Tarragona) next April 23, in the framework of Sant Jordi's day.
Venkatanaidu Karri obtained the PhD degree with the highest qualitification Excellent Cum Laude.
The thesis entitled: "Integrated In vitro - Omics based approach to assess the heavy metals and their binary mixtures toxicity in hippocampal HT-22 cell line" was supervised by Prof. Marta Schuhmacher and Dr. Vikas Kumar.
Francisco Sánchez Soberón obtained the PhD degree with the highest qualitification Excellent Cum Laude.
The thesis entitled: "Assessment of the human health risks and toxicity associated to particles (PM10, PM2.5 and PM1), organic pollutants and metals around cement plants" was supervised by Prof. Marta Schuhmacher and Dr. Joaquim Rovira.
Dr. Jaume Folch is investigating the origin of Alzheimer disease in collaboration with the Universitat de Barcelona. Several studies carried out with animal models show that diet is a key factor for the occurrence of the most common type of such dementia. Specifically, the diabetes during adulthood (type 2 diabetes) would be a determining factor leading to neuronal death and the characteristic memory loss of Alzheimer.
The MELODI Board wants to reward each year one young researcher, active in the domains covered by the activities of the MELODI Association, in order to raise more attention for research in the domain of low doses of ionizing radiation in a broader sense, and to stimulate young researchers to be active and to publish in this domain of activities. You can find more information at the Announcement and Rules for administration of a MELODI Award and at MELODI'S website. DEADLINE: June 15, 2018.
María Ángeles Martínez, Raju Prasad, Dr. Joaquim Rovira, Dr. Vikas Kumar and Prof. Marta Schuhmacher have created a mathematical model to quantify the transferred amount of bisphenol A from pregnant women to fetus. This method has been tested with 100 pregnant women to know the fate and behavior of bisphenol A in their body and to study the impact on baby's health in the future.
You can read the full press release in the following links:
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).
As a part of the dissemination plan, TecnATox researchers are currently giving talks to the general population.
Francisco Sánchez-Soberón did the presentatation entitled "Has the air that we breath a good quality? How to measure and assess it" in two High Schools: IES Camí de Mar (Calafell) and IES Torredembarra (Torredembara), on November 10 and 15, respectively.
IISPV celebrated the second edition of Scientific Retreat 2017 in Poblet Monastery on October 4-5. This is an annual scientific meeting which aims to encourage the participation and interaction between the researchers of the institute, from postdoctoral to consolidated researchers from different areas.
Francisco Sánchez and Dr. Vikas Kumar attended in representation of TecnATox. Francisco gave a talk entitled: "In-vitro metabolomics to evaluate toxicity of PM".
TecnATox is managing the course Environmental epidemiology in Tarragona County, organized by Mare Terra Fundació Mediterrània. It will take place on November 16th in "sala d'actes" from "Autoritat Portuària de Tarragona".
This year is a significant milestone, since the first edition was held 25 years ago. The price of the course is 25 euros, although it is free for students and unemployed.
If you would like to attend to the XXV Scientific Workshop, please choose one of the following registration options:
Prof. Marta Schuhmacher, Dr. Vikas Kumar and Dr. Joaquim Rovira are currently participating in the HEALS annual meeting. It is taking place in the island of San Servolo, Venice, Italy, from 22th till the 25th October 2017.
There are two main goals of the meeting: 1) to follow up the research activity performed during the last year; and 2) to explain the research plan for the following year.
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.
Noelia Domínguez Morueco obtained the PhD degree with the qualitification Excellent.
The thesis entitled: "Environmental levels of PAHs and other SVOCs in a Petrochemical area. Combining monitoring and modelling tools" was supervised by Dr. Martí Nadal, Dr. Jordi Sierra and Prof. Marta Schuhmacher.
Prof. Marta Schuhmacher, Dr. Joaquim Rovira and Francisco Sánchez-Soberón have been assessing the occurrence of ultrafine particles (PM1) in schools around the petrochemical complex in the framework of ULTRAPAR project. Among the huge amount of results, the high levels of PM1 in the school of Vilallonga del Camp have been highlighted. In addition, La Canonja, Sant Salvador and La Pobla de Mafumet also showed significant concentrations. The next step to be carried out is to determine the pollution source.
You can read the full press release in the following link.
Dr. Jordi Sierra and Dr. Montse Marquès have recently collaborated with the magazine "FET a TARRAGONA" (Made in Tarragona).
These researchers of TecnATox wrote a divulgation article entitled "El sòl i el sol contra la contaminació" (The soil and the Sun against the pollution). It is about the role of the soil on the photodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and how the climate change will impact on the fate of these environmental pollutants. These findings are rellevant since changes on human health risks have been identified.
The presentation of the next FET a TARRAGONA (number 27) will be held next January 24 at 7.30 pm, in Cafè La Cantonada (Tarragona).