EUROTOX Congress 2023, which took place in September 10-13, was the scenario where Prof. José L. Domingo, Emeritus Professor and co-Founder of TecnATox, received the 2023 EUROTOX Merit Award.

This Award, created by the Federation of European Toxicologists and European Societies of Toxicology, is presented annually to recognize professionals with a distinguished career in European toxicology. In this particular case, it was based on his professional career and his contributions in the field, as well as his extensive list of European and International publications.

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September is World Alzheimer's Month, and every year World Alzheimer's Day takes place on 21 September. A couple of days before, on 19 September, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Associació d’Alzheimer i Altres Trastorns Neurocognitius de Reus i Baix Camp and Institut Lerín Neurocognitive, will organize a meeting to highlight the impact of Alzheimer's Disease in the society and the importance to conduct research on this field.

Two researchers of TecnAtox have been invited by the organization of the meeting, which will take place at the School of Medicine (Reus). Dr. Mònica Bulló, Professor of Nutrition and Metabolism and  ICREA Academia Researcher, will present the conference Nutrition and lifestyle in the onset and progression of deterioration cognitive and dementias. Afterwards, Dr. Margarita Torrente, Professor of Psychobiology will do a conference entitled Research on risk factors in dementia: the role of the microbiota (DEMBIOTA project).


The full program can be uploaded here.

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TecnATox will lead one of the 5 technical working groups of experts associated with the Spanish Permanent Interministerial Commission for Human biological health surveillance (CIBMH).

The Technical Working Groups will be multidisciplinary and will address the complexity that human biomonitoring studies require. They will have the participation of scientific experts of recognized prestige from the autonomous communities, the academic field, public research organizations and other institutions.

More information:á-Órgano-Ejecutivo-Comisión-Interministerial-Biomonitorización-Humana.aspx

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In June 22, Elena Sánchez-Resino, PhD student of TecnATox, presented the first results of the PETRO-Fertyl project at El Morell town hall. This project, led by Dr. Montse Marquès, was the winner of the second call of the Xavi Catà Pros fellowship. In the framework of the project, metal concentrations in blood from men living in El Morell were analyzed and compared with their seminal quality. The whole blood samples and the semen quality data used belong to the cohort of the LED-FERTYL project.
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In June 16, the annual TecnATox students workshop took place at the School of Chemical Engineering. The event was an opportunity for PhD students to not only share their research but also to find potential collaborations with researchers working in other research areas within TecnATox. The event was in charge of Dr. Joaquim Rovira and the student Ana González was awarded as the winner of the 1st TecnATox PhD Student Championship.

Ana presented a summary of her PhD thesis, supervised by Dr. Montse Marquès and focused on exploring the potential role of the chemical exposome on the development of adverse health outcomes during pregnancy.

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TecnATox members, partners of the DISCERN project, participated in the transnational project meeting organised in a hybrid format, on 30th and 31st of May 2023 in Rzeszów, Poland, with the participation of the representatives of all partner organisations involved in the project. The meeting was an opportunity to review the project progress, to organise the project activities and to assign the last tasks for the remaining period till the end of the project. The Erasmus+ project: DISCERN: A customised DIgital Space to Foster Circular Economy EntrepReNeurship with SMEs (2021-1-RO01-KA220-VET-000024964) is Funded by the European Union.

More information about the project at:

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Given his impressive editorial and scientific experience, Prof. José Luis Domingo has been appointed as Emeritus Editor of a new journal: Public Health and Toxicology.

This is a new peer-reviewed open-access journal that welcomes integrated epidemiological, clinical, animal and cellular biological research to provide the scientific foundation in support of hazard identification and risk assessment, resulting from exposure to chemical or biological agents. Furthermore, the journal is interested in aspects of toxicology which may protect public health and the environment through subsequent recommendations which may abate or reduce any resulting health effects.

The Editor-in-Chief of the journal is Prof. Aristidis Tsatsakis, Full Professor of Toxicology, former Vice-President (2012-2014) and President (2014-2016) of the Federation of European Societies of Toxicology (EUROTOX). The journal has been developed by European Publishing and no Article Processing Charges apply to manuscripts published in 2022-2023.

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Our colleague Nora Exposito defended her doctoral thesis, entitled Environmental Risk Assessment by Microplastics pollution on Catalonia coastal areas, on May 25th  at Sala de Graus, ETSEQ. Her PhD thesis supervisors were Dr. Marta Schuhmacher, Dr. Jordi Sierra and Dr. Joaquim Rovira.

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

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