Dr. Venkatanaidu Karri, former researcher of TecnATox, was invited as a speaker for the Multidisciplinary Seminar Program by ETSEQ in May 2022. The title of his presentation was "Toxicological Risk Assessment of Medical Devices: An industry perspective".

Dr. Karri is currently a Biosafety Specialist at Coloplast A/S Global Med Tech Company, Copenhagen-Denmark. His current role at Coloplast A/S as a Biosafety Specialist focuses on writing safety assessment reports of medical devices as per EU, and FDA regulatory compliance, REACH Chemical Compliance assessment documentation, and stakeholder management. He performed his PhD between 2015 and 2018 at TecnATox, under the supervision of Prof. Marta Schuhmacher and Dr. Vikas Kumar. His dissertation focused on the “metal mixtures neurotoxicity using proteomics approach”. After his PhD, he worked as a Post-doctoral Researcher at Karolinska Institute (KI) Sweden (2019-2021) and Maastricht University (2018-2019) – The Netherlands.

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TecnATox working group on micro- and nanoplastics continues very active. Dr. Rovira has been invited to participate in the workshop "IMPULSEM L'ECONOMIA BLAVA AMB MIRADA DE DONA", which will take place next July 25, 2022 at Centre Cívic - Montse Civit, Segur de Calafell.

More information on the workshop can be found by clicking here.

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The online newspaper "El Español" recently published a very interesting article on the impact of microplastics on Tarragona coast. Dr. Joaquim Rovira was interviewed and presented the main findings of his scientific article, co-authored by other TecnATox researchers and published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.
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In June 14, Dr. Jaume Folch and Nora Expósito, researchers of TecnATox, participated at the round table The coastal environment: challenges and opportunities of natural spaces to the limit, co-organized by URV Environmental Office, Good Karma Projects, the Catalan Society of Biology and TecnATox.

The talk of both researchers was a great success, proving that TecnATox has become a world reference group in the analysis, exposure and risks of micro- and nanoplastics.

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TecnATox is looking for a candidate to perform the PhD thesis in our Center. The provisional title of the PhD thesis is Exploring the role of chemical pollutants on the development of adverse health outcomes during pregnancy.

More information can be found at


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Dr. Joaquim Rovira has been invited as a speaker at the conference entitled Micro- and nanoplastics pollution: putting an eye on the Mediterranean area, organized by the Aquaculture Section of the Catalan Society of Biology. The aim of this conference is to create a link between the entire Catalan scientific community which, from a very broad perspective, works on the effects of micro- and nanoplastic pollution on the ecosystems and trophic chains, as well as on the human health. 

The conference will take place in 21-22 July 2022 (9h-14h), at the Pere i Joan Coromines Room of Institute for Catalan Studies (IEC). More information can be found at, while registrations can be made at

On the 21st of July, at the end of the day, there will be a trip to visit CRAM, the Foundation for the Conservation and Recovery of Animals, which has several projects focused on microplastics. Attention! The attendance is reserved to max. 25 people. Hurry up!

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Dr. Roberta Carafa, former postdoctoral reseacher of TecnATox, was awarded in the First Edition of the Awards for the Best Invention Protected by Industrial Property Rights, organized by the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (Oficina Española de Patentes y Marcas, OEPM). The ceremony was chaired by the Spanish Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Ms. María Reyes Maroto, and took place in the gardens of the School of Industrial Organization, Madrid.

Dr. Carafa received her recognition as a mention in the Utility Model category, as a result of the development of a sampling device to analyze micro and nanoplastic in oceans and rivers, of potential application in environmental management of water quality. The authors of the model are Dr. Roberta Carafa -who has received the award- together with Dr. Jordi Sierra, Dr. Jaume Folch and Nora Expósito, all of them supervised by Prof. Marta Schuhmacher.

The device was developed in the framework of the projects TOXMIC, which was funded by ACCIÓ under the TecnioSpring PLUS program (TECSPR17-1-0012, 2018-2020), and INSPECTION (2019PROD00113), financed by AGAUR and FEDER (EMC/1434/2019, 2020-2022).

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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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