Dr. Joaquim Rovira has been invited by the AIRENET neighborhood group to give a talk about the environmental situation of the area surrounding the municipal solid waste incinerator of Sant Adrià de Besòs. The event wil take place next April 26 at 18:30 h at Sala Maria Aurèlia Capmany (Centre Cívic Pati Llimona), Barcelona. Registration is free and can be done at https://enfocats.net/2024/services/airenet-xerrada/



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Researchers of TecnATox, led by Prof. Mònica Bulló, director of the Nutrition and Metabolic Health research group (NuMeH) and TecnATox, have discovered the mechanism that links consuming a diet rich in saturated fats with Alzheimer's disease. The results of this project, made in collaboration with the Institute of Pere Virgili Health Research (IISPV), CIBERobn and the University of Barcelona, have been published in the journal Nutrients.

According to Prof. Bulló, "the results obtained in this study represent an advance in the knowledge of the mechanism that would explain the relationship between obesity, type 2 diabetes and the development of Alzheimer's [disease]. Furthermore, they offer new targets for the possible prevention and treatment of the disease”.

The full content of the article can be found at https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/16/7/955


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The Gresol Foundation presented the Gresol Jove Awards to Entrepreneurial Talent last April 18. More specifically, the Foundation awarded two researchers of the Nutrigenomics group and members of TecnATox, Prof. Begoña Muguerza and Dr. Miquel Mulero, in the category of academic talent. Other awards went to the TIC Catalunya Sud Cluster in the technological talent category, and chef Rafel Múria, in the gastronomic talent category.


The award ceremony was attended by physicist and scientist Neus Sabaté, Research Professor at the Barcelona Microelectronics Institute (IMB-CNM-CSIC), whom the Gresol Foundation recognized for her scientific work.


More information about this can be found at URV website (https://diaridigital.urv.cat/els-professors-begona-muguerza-i-miquel-mulero-guardonats-amb-els-premis-gresol-jove-al-talent-emprenedor/).

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One of our PhD students, Ana González, presented last Wednesday her monologue entitled "Unveiling the mysteries of endocrine disruptors" in the 11th edition of the scientific dissemination contest "Vols saber què investigo?" organized by the Science Communication and Dissemination Unit of the URV.

The event took place at the Bartrina Theater in Reus, where Ana explained her thesis project in a familiar and informative way to a young audience of high school students from different parts of the Camp de Tarragona region. She explained what endocrine disruptors are, what products can they be found in, and what effects they can have on the health of pregnant women.

From here we want to congratulate Ana for her participation and all the winners of the contest!

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TecnATox co-Founder and former co-Director, Prof. Marta Schuhmacher, has been selected by the Catalan Government as one of the 19 people to receive the 2023 President Macià Work Medal.
These awards recognize people who, within the world of work, have stood out for their qualities, personal merits or for the services provided for the benefit of general interests.


Prof. Schuhmacher is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Engineering at the School of Chemical Engineering at the URV, Former Director of the AGA Group,  former co-Director of TecnATox and Distinguished Professor by the URV. She was an active member of The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), being involved in a high number of national and international projects. As a result of that, she has published several chapter books and a >300 scientific publications in peer-review journals.


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ICREA Acadèmia 2023 call has selected 40 researchers from Catalan universities, one of them researcher of TecnATox. This is Prof. Eduard Llobet, head of the Microsystems Nanotechnologies for Chemical Analysis (MINOS) research group and professor of the Department of Computer Engineering and Mathematics at “Rovira i Virgili” University (URV), who has already received this recognition in previous calls (2013 and 2018). With this distinction, the Catalan Institute of Research and Advanced Studies recognizes the research work among the staff of Catalan public universities, with the aim of contributing to retaining the research talent of the territory.


Eduard Llobet is founder of the spin-offs NanoChronia and Green Smart Data and president of the Spanish Network of Microsystems and Nanotechnology (IBERNAM). From 2010 to 2014, he was director of the Materials Engineering and Micro/Nano Systems Research Center and, in 2019, URV recognized him as a distinguished professor. Since 2006, he has been head of the MINOS research group, recognized by Generalitat de Catalunya and focused on developing gas detection technologies. Prof. Llobet is co-author of more than 250 scientific articles, 40 invited lectures at international congresses and leader of >40 projects at regional, national and international level.


One year ago, Prof. Mònica Bulló, current director of the Nutrition and Metabolic Health Research Group (NuMeH) and director of TecnATox, received the ICREA Acadèmia 2022 award. Therefore, TecnATox holds 2 top researchers with this prestigious award.

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