Dr. Montse Marquès is delving into the impacts of harmful chemical exposure on pregnant women, with a focus on endocrine disruptors. This study, currently implemented in Columbia University and funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships, aims to link these exposures to gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Utilizing advanced spectrometry and mathematical models, the project will analyze biological samples from the INSULIN cohort. The final phase includes a pilot prevention program at Joan XXIII Hospital to raise awareness among pregnant women about chemical exposures.

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Prof. Mònica Bulló, director of TecnATox, has been elected as a new member of the Executive Committee of the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) to lead the Working Group on Nutrition for the next 3 years.

Congratulations for this new achievement!

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TecnATox made waves at the recent 34th SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) held in Sevilla from 5 to 9 May, with groundbreaking research shedding light on the chemical exposome and its impact on human health.

Dr. Montse Marquès chaired the session titled "Unveiling the Chemical Exposome: Insights From Human Biomonitoring and Its Influence on Adverse Health Outcomes”, and she also presented two pivotal posters:

  1. Holistic determination of the prenatal exposome for a comprehensive overview of placental barrier: This research provides a holistic view of the prenatal exposome, offering valuable insights into the intricate dynamics of the placental barrier and its interaction with environmental factors.
  2. Identification of exogenous organic compounds in blood plasma, seminal plasma, and urine, and their association with human semen quality: This study delves into the association between exogenous organic compounds and human semen quality, offering crucial insights into potential impacts on reproductive health.
Ana González-Ruiz, a PhD student of the TecnATox, made significant contributions with her flash presentation entitled: Potential Association of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals with Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia: A Case-Control Study. González's research sheds light on the potential link between endocrine-disrupting chemicals and Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia, presenting a compelling case-control study that underscores the need for further investigation into this area.
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Dr. Joaquim Rovira was 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 took place in April 26 at 18:30 h at Sala Maria Aurèlia Capmany (Centre Cívic Pati Llimona), Barcelona.



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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”.

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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 (

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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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We invite you to participate in the III Nutraceutical Days organized by the Nutrigenomics Research Group, as part of the activities of the Uriach Chair of Nutraceuticals at the Rovira i Virgili University.

The conference will take place at the Tarraconense Center El Seminari in Tarragona.

During these two days, we will explore the latest advances in the field of nutraceuticals, with informative sessions and presentations by experts. It is a unique opportunity to first hand learn about the latest research in nutraceuticals.

REGISTER FOR FREE until the next March 4, 2024.


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