TecnATox wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year full of personal and professional achivements.

We thank you for being here and wish new collaborations in 2020.

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The Catalan Water Partnership, with the suport of Institut de Recerca de l'Aigua and ACCIÓ, have organized the first edition of the Water Talks, entitled "Els microplàstics: Problemàtica, projectes actuals, reptes i tendències en el futur", in english Microplastics: the problem, current research, challenges and future trends).

Prof. Marta Schuhmacher, director of TecnATox, participated in the round table where challenges and future trends of microplastics will be discussed.

The event took place last December 11 at "Sala Antiga de Graus" of the Faculty of Physics, Universitat de Barcelona (UB).

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One more year, Dr. Noemí Serra and Dr. Roser Esplugas will participate in the divulgative talks of La Marató. La Marató is a solidarity event organized annually by the Public Catalan TV (TV3) and the "La Marató de TV3 Fundation". This year, all funds will go the research projects focused on minority diseases.

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Prof. Maria Teresa Colomina, director of the "Neurotoxicology, Psychopharmacology and Behavioral Science" area of TecnATox, together with researchers from UNED and Universidad de Oviedo, have recently conducted the following radio show: "Multiple influences that shape behavior: Psychoexposome".
The interest in health care and well-being in the European Union is reflected in the main research priorities of the Horizon 2020 Program on social challenges, in which the project Multiple influences that shape behavior: Psychoexposome. Eight research groups from different Spanish Universities participate, including TecnATox from URV, determined to deepen the study of the biological markers of risk of the appearance of life-related diseases and create strategies to reduce the risk factors, in addition of spreading such knowledge nationally and internationally.
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Herrero M, Rovira J, Esplugas R, Nadal M, Domingo JL. Human exposure to trace elements, aromatic amines and formaldehyde in swimsuits: Assessment of the health risks. Environ Res. 2019 Nov 22:108951. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2019.108951
González N, Cunha SC, Ferreira R, Fernandes JO, Marquès M, Nadal M, Domingo JL. Concentrations of nine bisphenol analogues in food purchased from Catalonia (Spain): Comparison of canned and non-canned foodstuffs. Food Chem Toxicol. 2019 Nov 21:110992. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2019.110992

Seven initiatives by researchers from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili received a grant of the Research to Bussiness program organized by the URV, through the Foundation's valorisation unit, to promote initiatives that favor the arrival to market of knowledge and technologies developed in the University.

IN-NOVAPlàstics, a proposal presented by Prof. Marta Schuhmacher aimed at integrating innovative techniques to assess the quantity of micro- and nanoplastics in environmental samples, is one out of the seven awarded projects.

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Elga Schreiber, PhD candidate at TecnATox, successfully defended her doctoral thesis the last 15th November 2019, at 12.00h in Aula Magna, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Universitat Rovira i Virgili.

Title: "Efectes de l'exposició al n-butilparabèn en el sistema reproductor masculí i l'estrès oxidatiu en testicles de rates joves"

Supervisors: Dr. Mercedes Gómez, Dr Tània García and Dr. Margarita Torrente.

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Sakamoto M, Itai T, Marumoto K, Marumoto M, Kodamatani H, Tomiyasu T, Nagasaka H, Mori K, Poulain AJ, Domingo JL, Horvat M, Matsuyama A. Mercury speciation in preserved historical sludge: Potential risk from sludge contained within reclaimed land of Minamata Bay, Japan. Environ Res. 2019 Aug 14;180:108668. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2019
FEM RECERCA! is a programme of URV to awake vocations, encouraging interest in research and its application, for university studies, as well as exemplifying its viability and importance, and the multiple applications that the knowledge offered by a degree generates in the field of research.
Part of the Ecotoxicology team of TecnATox is carrying out six sessions of the workshop "Com estudiem els rols ambientals de les microalgues" (How we study the environmental role of microalgae) adressed to high school students.
This workshop revolves around microalgae and two of their environmental roles: i) as organisms affected by environmental conditions; ii) as producers of toxic substances. In the framework of this activity, attendees will learn about the use of chromatography and pigments to study the biodiversity of the natural communities. Subsequently, an ecotoxicity test based on microalgae will be applied, and finally, they will know how to analyze reported data from molecular analysis to identify species.

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Guardia-Escote L, Basaure P, Biosca-Brull J, Cabré M, Blanco J, Pérez-Fernández C, Sánchez-Santed F, Domingo JL, Colomina MT. APOE genotype and postnatal chlorpyrifos exposure modulate gut microbiota and cerebral short-chain fatty acids in preweaning mice. Food Chem Toxicol. 2019 Oct 14:110872. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2019.110872.
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