Laura Trabalón will defend her doctoral thesis next Monday, 6th November 2017, at 11.30h in Sala de Graus, Faculty of Chemistry, Universitat Rovira i Virgili.
Title: "Seafood as a dietary source of emerging organic contaminants. A case-study in Tarragona County, Spain".
Supervisors: Dr. Eva Pocurull Aixalà, Dr. Francesc Borrull Ballarin, Dr. Martí Nadal Lomas.
This thesis has been performed in the framework of ECsafeSEAFOOD (2013-2017).
Dr. Vikas Kumar, director of Systems Toxicology area, will participate in the panel discussion of European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) meeting on "Toxicokinetics and read across: Finding synergies for 3Rs". The overall aim is the replacement, reduction and refinement (3Rs) of animal use in regulatory testing. It will be held in Brussels on November 21, 2017.
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:
1) call to the phone number 977 551 300.
2) sent an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) go to Mediterrània offices.
Hope see you there!
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.
Last week, Prof. Marta Schuhmacher was in the POPs management International Workshop, National Implementation Plan - NIP Review and Update of the Stockholm Convention on POPs Project. It was held in Bogotá (Colombia), on 12th and 13th October 2017. As a wide recognized expert on Environmental Risk Assessment, she gave two talks:
Risks: International Experiences on risks assessment associated with unintentional POPs.
BAT and BEP Case Studies: UPOPs risk assessment recommendations.
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.
Karri V, Kumar V, Ramos D, Oliveira E, Schuhmacher M. An in vitro cytotoxic approach to assess the toxicity of heavy metals and their binary mixtures on hippocampal HT-22 cell line. Toxicol Lett. 2017 Oct 5;282:25-36. doi: 10.1016/j.toxlet.2017.10.002. [Epub ahead of print].
Karri V, Kumar V, Ramos D, Oliveira E, Schuhmacher M. Comparative In Vitro Toxicity Evaluation of Heavy Metals (Lead, Cadmium, Arsenic, and Methylmercury) on HT-22 Hippocampal Cell Line. Biol Trace Elem Res. 2017 Oct 9. doi: 10.1007/s12011-017-1177-x. [Epub ahead of print].
Luciano-Mateo F, Cabré N, Nadal M, García-Heredia A, Baiges-Gaya G, Hernández-Aguilera A, Camps J, Joven J, Domingo JL. Serum concentrations of trace elements and their relationships with paraoxonase-1 in morbidly obese women. J Trace Elem Med Bio 48 (2018) 8-15.
Esplugas R, Llovet MI, Bellés M, Serra N, Vallvé JC, Domingo JL, Linares V. Renal and hepatic effects following neonatal exposure to low doses of Bisphenol-A and 137Cs. Food Chem Toxicol. 2018 Feb 22. pii: S0278-6915(18)30120-0. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2018.02.046
Rovira J, Nadal M, Schuhmacher M, Domingo JL. Concentrations of trace elements and PCDD/Fs around a municipal solid waste incinerator in Girona (Catalonia, Spain). Human health risks for the population living in the neighborhood. Sci Total Environ. 2018 Feb 19;630:34-45.
Francisco Sánchez Soberón, PhD candidate in TecnATox, will defend her doctoral thesis on 21st March 2018, at 11.00h in Sala de Graus, Chemical Engineering School, Universitat Rovira i Virgili.
Title: "Assessment of the human health risks and toxicity associated to particles (PM10, PM2.5 and PM1), organic pollutants and metals around cement plants".
Supervisors: Dr. Marta Schuhmacher and Dr. Joaquim Rovira.
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.
Di Paolo C, Blanco J, Cabré M, García T, Gómez M, Domingo JL. Long-term oral administration of melatonin does not improve beta-amyloid deposition, caspase, and SOD2 levels in aluminum-treated Tg2576 mice. Trace Elem. Electrolytes 2018; 35:20-31.
Our postdoctoral researcher Dr. Joaquim Rovira is the final winner of the annual Toxics Travel Award.
This year a large number of very highly meritorious applications have been presented. Nevertheless, he was identified as an outstanding candidate. You can read the full news in the following link.
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).
Alves RIS, Machado CS, Beda CF, Fregonesi BM, Nadal M, Sierra J, Domingo JL, Segura-Muñoz SI. Water quality assessment of the Pardo River Basin, Brazil: A multivariate approach using limnological parameters, metal concentrations and indicator bacteria. Arch Environ Contam Toxicol. 2018 Jan 5. doi: 10.1007/s00244-017-0493-7.
Dr. Joaquim Rovira was interviewed by Radioset. The last findings of TecnATox in textiles area were a topic of concern in the sports program called "Partido a partido" (Match to match).
You can follow the full interview here (34'45'').
Sharma RP, Schuhmacher M, Kumar V. The development of a pregnancy PBPK Model for Bisphenol A and its evaluation with the availbale biomonitoring data. Sci Total Environ 624, 55-68. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.12.023.
Dr. Joaquim Rovira, postodoctoral researcher in TecnATox, has recently appeared in several media talking about a topic of interest for the general population.
The last findings regarding to the study of "Human exposure to trace elements throigh the skin by direct contact with clothing" were the reason for these interviews. He has explained that people are exposed to a mixture of additives from textile industry through dermal contact. The harmful effects of some of them are still unknown, while others, such antimony, would be a risk for the human health in case you wear certain clothes - such as those made of polyester - uninterruptedly.
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.
Celeste Gisela di Paolo obtained the PhD degree with the highest qualitification Excellent Cum Laude. The thesis entitled: "Evualuación de los efectos de la exposición oral a aluminio a través de la dieta en ratones Tg 2576. Papel protector de la melatonina" was supervised by Dr. Mercedes Gómez and Prof. Josep Lluís Domingo.
Venkatanaidu Karri and Raju Prasad Sharma, PhD students in Systems Toxicology, attended to the 53rd Congress of the European Societies of Toxicology (EUROTOX), which was held in Bratislava from the 10th to the 13th of September, 2017. They presented the following posters:
Karri V, Ramos D, De Oliveira Cacheado E, Schuhmacher M, Kumar V. "Proteomics Approach for improving the Mechanisms associated with MeHg Toxicity in HT-22 Hippocampal Cell line".
Sharma RP, Kumar V, Schuhmacher M. "Development and Validation of PBPK model for DEHP and its Metabolites: Application to Cohort and Case-Control Studies".
Laia Guardia and Dr. Pia Basaure, PhD student and postdoctoral researcher, respectively, attended to the following conferences:
XVII National Congress of the Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC). Alicante (Spain), September 27-30, 2017.
Guardia-Escote L, Basaure P, Blanco J, Peris-Sampedro F, Cabré M, Colomina MT. "Short and long term effects of a postnatal exposure to the pesticide chlorpyrifos on learning and memory: sex and APOE genotype influences". Poster.
Basaure P, Guardia-Escote L, Cabré M, Peris-Sampedro F, Colomina MT. "Developmental effects of postnatal exposure to the pesticide chlorpyrifos and its interaction with APOE genotype". Poster.
II International Congress of Psychobiology. Ávila (Spain), July 19-21, 2017.
Guardia-Escote L, Basaure P, Peris-Sampedro F, Cabré M, Colomina MT. "Behavioral responses to toxic and pharmacological exposures are influenced by sex and APOE genetic background". Oral presentation.
Basaure P, Guardia-Escote L, Cabré M, Peris-Sampedro F, Colomina MT. "Contribution of APOE genotype on the expression of neurobehavioral effects induced by postnatal exposure to chlorpyrifos". Poster. "Special Mention Award".
The TecnATox publication Domingo JL, Rovira J, Nadal M, Schuhmacher M. High cancer risks by exposure to PCDD/Fs in the neighborhood of an Integrated Waste Management Facility. Sci Total Environ. 2017 Jul 4;607-608:63-68. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.06.272. [Epub ahead of print] is in the last press release of the URV digital newspaper. This article highlights the high concentration of dioxins in air in Sant Adrià del Besós, which is up to 5 times higher than levels reported in similar industrial areas. Consequently, there is a cancer risk 2.3 times above the acceptable level, meaning one case of cancer per million.
Sharma RP, Schuhmacher M, Kumar V. Developing integrated PBPK/PD coupled mechanistic pathway model (miRNA-BDNF): An approach towards system toxicology. Toxicol Lett. 2017 Aug 14;280:79-91. doi: 10.1016/j.toxlet.2017.08.003. [Epub ahead of print]
Heredia L, Gasol L, Ventura D, Vicens P, Torrente M. Mindfulness-based stress reduction training program increases psychological well-being, and emotional regulation, but not attentional performance. A pilot study. Mind Comp. In press. doi: 10.1016/j.mincom.2017.07.001. [Epub ahead of print]
Marquès M, Sierra J, Drotikova T, Mari M, Nadal M, Domingo JL. Concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and trace elements in Arctic soils: A case-study in Svalbard. Environ Res. 2017 Aug 10;159:202-211. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.08.003. [Epub ahead of print]
Dr. Marta Schumacher presented the results of the second study of human exposure to environmental pollutants after the tire landfill fire that occurred in Seseña. It was concluded that "there is no health risk for the population as a consequence of the fire". A full press release can be read in the following link.
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 poster exhibition session. The TecnATox member María Ángeles Martínez won the second award of the 1st year PhD students.
Domingo JL, Rovira J, Nadal M, Schuhmacher M. High cancer risks by exposure to PCDD/Fs in the neighborhood of an Integrated Waste Management Facility. Sci Total Environ. 2017 Jul 4;607-608:63-68. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.06.272. [Epub ahead of print]
Garcia T, Schreiber E, Kumar V, Prasad R, Sirvent JJ, Domingo JL, Gómez M. Effects on the reproductive system of young male rats of subcutaneous exposure to n-butylparaben. Food Chem Toxicol. 2017 May 16. pii: S0278-6915(17)30259-4. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2017.05.031.
Mari M, Rovira J, Sánchez-Soberón F, Nadal M, Schuhmacher M, Domingo JL. Environmental trends of metals and PCDD/Fs around a cement plant after alternative fuel implementation: human health risk assessment. Environ Sci Process Impacts. 2017 May 31. doi: 10.1039/c7em00121e. [Epub ahead of print].
Exposito N, Kumar V, Sierra J, Schuhmacher M, Giménez Papiol G. Performance of Raphidocelis subcapitata exposed to heavy metals mixtures. Sci Total Environ, 1 December 2017, Volumes 601–602, Pages 865–873.
The Government of Catalonia, through ACCIÓ, awarded TecnATox with the TECNIO stamp due to its involvement in the process of transfer of technology and knowledge.
Sierra J, Roig N, Giménez Papiol G, Pérez-Gallego E, Schuhmacher M. Prediction of the bioavailability of potentially toxic elements in freshwaters. Comparison between speciation models and passive samples. Sci Total Environ 605-606, 211-218.
Prof. J.L Domingo will attend the 22nd Spanish and 6th Iberoamerican conference organized by the Spanish Society of Toxicology which takes place in Valencia next June 28-29, 2017.
He will do the inaugural session of the conference with a presentation entitled: "Riesgos carcinógenos del consumo de carnes rojas y embutidos según la IARC: ¿un problema toxicológico? (Carcinogenic risks of red meat and proccessed meat according to IARC: Is it a toxicological problem?).
Last Thursday 28th June, Prof. Josep Lluís Domingo did the inaugural session of the 22nd Spanish and 6th Iberoamerican conference organized by the Spanish Society of Toxicology. He was talking about the correlation between processed and red meet consumption and cancer: "The higher the fat content of the meat is, the higher the contaminant content is". Levante El Mercantil Valenciano published a press release.
Pia Isabel Basaure Garcia, PhD candidate in TecnATox, will defend her doctoral thesis next Thursday, 22th June 2017, at 12.00h in Sala de Graus, Medicine and Health Science School, Universitat Rovira i Virgili.
Title: "Influencia del genotipo apoE en la expresión de efectos neuroconductuales derivados de la exposición postnatal a clorpirifós".
Supervisors: Dr. M. Teresa Colomina Fosch and Dr. Maria Cabré Bargalló.
Domingo JL. Concentrations of environmental organic contaminants in meat and meat products and human dietary exposure: A review. Food Chem Toxicol. 2017 Jun 17. pii: S0278-6915(17)30340-X. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2017.06.032.
Machado CS, Fregonesi BM, Alves RIS, Tonani KAA, Sierra J, Martinis BS, Celere BS, Mari M, Schuhmacher M, Nadal M, Domingo JL, Segura-Muñoz S. Health risks of environmental exposure to metals and herbicides in the Pardo River, Brazil. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2017 Jun 22. doi: 10.1007/s11356-017-9461-z.
Dr. Gemma Giménez attended to SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting celebrated in Brussels, Belgium, 7th-11th May 2017.
She participated as a chair of the session: "Fate, risk assessment and management of natural toxins: state-of-the-art, challenges and future prospectives", together with Dr. Karina Knudsmark Sjoholm and Prof. Hans Hans Christian B. Hansen as co-chairs.
The following poster was presented in the framework of the same session:
Giménez-Papiol, G and Schuhmacher, M. Uncertainity sources for a reliable quantification of Alexandrium species by molecular techniques.
Marta Schuhmacher attended to the event organized by Seseña city council to recognize the collaboration of people, companies and institutions during the tire fire of June 2016.
Montse Marquès obtained the PhD degree with the highest qualification Excellent Cum Laude. The thesis entitled: "Climate change impact on the photodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in soils" was supervised by Prof. Josep Lluís Domingo, Dr. Montse Mari and Dr. Martí Nadal.
Domingo JL, Nadal M. Carcinogenicity of consumption of red meat and processed meat: A review of scientific news since the IARC decision. Food Chem Toxicol. 2017 Apr 24;105:256-261. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2017.04.028. [Epub ahead of print] Review.
Joaquim Rovira, a postdoctoral reseacher from TecnATox, has been awarded with a grant from "Pla Estratègic de Recerca i Innovació en salut (PERIS 2016-2020)" (Strategic Plan for Research and Innovation in Health (PERIS 2016-2020)). This call is promoted by the Government of Catalonia, through the Health Department, in order to generate knowledge with impact on the health of population during the next four years.
TecnATox researchers are attending the 56th Annual Meeting organized by the Society of Toxicology (SOT), which is being held in Baltimore (MD, USA) in March 12–16, 2017.
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The Multidisciplinary European Low Dose Initiative (MELODI) is an EU Joint Programming Initiative in low-dose radiation protection research.
The Board of the MELODI Association has decided to reward annually a young researcher by offering a MELODI Award, whose announcement and rules can be found here.
Candidates can find more information on the procedure on http://www.melodi-online.eu/
The application deadline is 15.06.2017
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ECsafeSEAFOOD project assessed food safety issues related to priority contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination and to evaluate their impact on public health. The project was coordinated by the Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), Portugal, and 17 partners from 10 countries were involved. Three of these partners were Catalan: the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), the Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA), and "Rovira i Virgili" University (URV).
On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, a joint presentation of these 3 Catalan institutions was performed at the headquarters of the Catalan Agency of Food Safety (ACSA), Barcelona, where the main outcomes of the project were highlighted.
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TecnATox researchers have recently published two new articles on the potential risk of textiles for the human health. It is an emerging area, in which scientific knowledge is very limited.
Rovira, J., Nadal, M., Schuhmacher, M., Domingo, J.L. Trace elements in skin-contact clothes and migration to artificial sweat: Risk assessment of human dermal exposure (2017) Textile Research Journal, 87 (6), pp. 726-738.
Rovira, J., Nadal, M., Schuhmacher, M., Domingo, J.L. Home textile as a potential pathway for dermal expsure to trace elements: assessment of health risks (2017) The Journal of the Textile Institute, in press.
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Prof. José L. Domingo, director of TecnATox, has been included as the URV researcher with the highest h-index, according to the Ranking Web of Universities.
Furthermore, Prof. Domingo is at the top-100 of researchers in Spanish institutions, according to their Google Scholar Citations public profiles. Prof. Domingo has been exactly ranked at the 76th position (h-index=71).
TecnATox is also proud to have another researcher, Prof. Marta Schuhmacher, in the top-10 of the University.
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Bellés M, Gonzalo S, Serra N, Esplugas R, Arenas M, Domingo JL, Linares V. Environmental exposure to low-doses of ionizing radiation. Effects on early nephrotoxicity in mice. Environ Res. 2017 Mar 31;156:291-296. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.03.034.
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