Last Tuesday, Dr. Montse Marquès was interviewed by Aina Mallol at SOM-HI TV program, broadcasted by TAC12, the public television of Camp de Tarragona. Dr. Marquès talked about her participation in the project PETRO-FERTYL (Impacte del complex petroquímic de Tarragona en l’exposició a metalls i la infertilitat masculina). PETRO-FERTYL, which is perfomed in the framework of LED-FERTYL, recently received the Xavi Catà Grant, promoted by El Morell City Council.

The interview is here available, being initiated at 19:15 min.

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TecnATox researchers have published a new article in the journal "Environmental Pollution", based on a study aimed at analyzing the concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in bodysuits purchased in on-line stores and local retailers of Catalonia. This article is the first publication derived from the EarlyCLOTHES project, whose target is to evaluate the exposure to different chemical additives in clothes by pregnant women, babies and toddlers.
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Herrero M, González N, Rovira J, Marquès M, Domingo JL, Abalos M, Abad E, Nadal M. Health risk assessment of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in baby clothes. A preliminary study. Environ Pollut. 2022; 119506.

In 15-19 May 2022, several researchers of TecnaTox attended the SETAC Europe 32nd Annual Meeting, which was held in the city of Cophenhagen, Denmark. The conference was a nice opportunity for all them to meet other scientists working on environmental health and start new collaborations. In addition to the scientific work, researchers could also enjoy the beauty of the city, including a visit to The Little Mermaid.

The full list of presentations is here detailed:

Indoor Concentrations of Flame-Retardants in Spanish Environments: A Multimedia Modelling Approach Joaquim Rovira, Roser Esplugas, Vikas Kumar, Montse Mari, José L. Domingo and Marta Schuhmacher.

Can Microplastics in Molluscs to Have a Potential Risks for Human Health of Catalonia Coast Habitants? Nora Expósito Lorenzo, Joaquim Rovira, Jordi Sierra, Gemma Giménez, José Luis Domingo and Marta Schuhmacher.

In Vitro Neurotoxic Effects of Emerging Flame Retardants at Non-Cytotoxic Concentrations on Neuroblastoma Cells Roser Esplugas, Victòria Linares, Montserrat Bellés, José L. Domingo and Marta Schuhmacher.

Is There Any Potential Role of Essential and Toxic Trace Elements on COVID-19 Infection? An Observational Study in Catalonia (Spain) Montse Marquès, Noemí Serra, Simona Iftimie, Jordi Camps, Jorge Joven and José L. Domingo.

Evaluation of Aromatic Amines Levels in Textile Products From Spain and Brazil Marilia Souza, Nieves González, Marta Herrero, Montse Marquès, Martí Nadal, Fernando Barbosa Junior and José L. Domingo.

Is There Any Potential Role of Endocrine Disruptors on the Development of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus? A Pilot Study of INSULIN Cohort (Catalonia, Spain) Montse Marquès, Pablo Gago Ferrero, Elena Sánchez-Resino, Rubén Gil-Solsona, Daniel Gutiérrez-Martín, Núria Taltavull, Montserrat Ingles, Miriam Romeu, Ana Megía, Adrian Covaci and José L. Domingo.

Breastfeeding Infants' Exposure to Endocrine Disruptors and Neurotoxic Substances: Earlyfood Study Joaquim Rovira, María Ángeles Martínez, Nora Exposito Lorenzo, Montse Mari, Sara Cunha, Jose Fernandes, Antonio Marques, Isa Marmelo, Martí Nadal1, José L. Domingo and Marta Schuhmacher.

Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic Model (PBPK) for Three Flame Retardants -TDClPP, TClPP, Tcep- in Animals and Extrapolation to Humans for Risk Assessment Deepika Deepika, Vikas Kumar, José L. Domingo and Marta Schuhmacher.

Early-Life Exposure to Formaldehyde Through Textile Materials Marta Herrero, Nieves González, Joaquim Rovira, Montse Marquès, Martí Nadal and José L. Domingo.

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TecnATox will be involved in a new European project to urge governments to strengthen the regulation of chemicals, under the initiative European Partnership for the Assessment of Risks from Chemicals (PARC).

Chemistry is present in our daily lives through food, packaging, electronics, clothing, etc., but also through the air we breathe. To ensure that these products are safe for health and the environment, TecnATox will be participating in the PARC project, urging governments to improve their safety regulation. PARC, which will last seven years and is coordinated by the Agence Nationale de Sécurité Sanitaire (ANSES), brings together nearly 200 institutions from 45 key countries in the field of research throughout Europe. The partnership will build on work undertaken as part of the European Joint Programme on human biomonitoring, HBM4EU (Human Biomonitoring for Europe), which will come to an end in the summer of 2022, and will broaden the scope of its of interests specifically to the assessment of environmental risks.

In Spain, TecnATox participates in the study as an affiliate partner of the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII), with Dr. Vikas Kumar acting as coordinator of the project within Tecnatox.

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SEEDS-“Substance of circular Economy concept as Efficacious Determinant for the development of Successful entrepreneurship”, a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, has released the third newsletter.

We invite you to read it in Spanish or English by clicking on this news.

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On 5th and 6th of May, a Transnational Project Meeting of the SEEDS project took place in Vienna. The SEEDS project (agreement number 2020-1-ES01-KA202-08313) is co-Funded by the Erasmus+ Programme and coordinated by URV (TecnATox). The project aims to strengthen professional development of start-uppers, young entrepreneurs and VET trainers through adoption or improving knowledge and skills in the field of implication Circular Economy to modern Entrepreneurship reality. 

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Dr. Jaume Folch and Dr. Joaquim Rovira were the representatives of TecnATox at the Good Karma Day event, which took place in April 30th at La Pineda beach (Vila-seca). Dr. Folch talked about his book "Lar mar de Tarragona", while Dr. Rovira presented the results of the study on microplastics on Tarragona coast.

More information about Good Karma Project can be found at



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The Erasmus + Project “DISCERN-A customised Digital Space to Foster Circular Economy Entrepreneurship with SMEs” has released the first newsletter. We invite you to read it by clicking on this news

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EAP El Morell and TecnATox have started a new collaborative study, entitled “Assessment of the level of effect biomarkers and exposure to air pollution in blood and urine samples of residents depending on the distance to the petrochemical complex (PETROMARKER)” and led by Dr. José Luis Domingo. The main objective of the study is to assess the levels of several biomarkers of exposure and effect in biological blood and urine samples in two groups of residents depending on the distance to the petrochemical complex of Tarragona. In early March Nuria Gayà, whose PhD thesis is performed in the framework of this project, initiated the recruitment of participants and the collection of samples from 200 residents in El Morell.
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On March 31st, David Mateo participated at the Workshop Innovation Research Interchange between PhDs from the Food Quality and Design Group at Wageningen University (The Netherlands) and members of the XIA Network, held at the Edifici Històric at University of Barcelona. 

This event served as an opportunity to present the DEM-BIOTA Project and to seek potential international collaborations.

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