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Welcome to the May issue of EVISA's Speciation Newsletter.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological disease, which according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) afflicts as many as 1 in 150 children in the USA today. Beneath other possible causes, exposure to mercury is suspected to play a role (we frequently reported about this issue). Unfortunately numerous epidemiological studies came to contradictory conclusions about the major cause. A new study now indicates a link between autism and environmental pollution (see below). Much more than in epidemiological studies we do believe in the value of chemical and biological analysis.  We are therefore glad that a scientific group is going this experimental way rather than doing pure statistical desk work (see the news below).

Scientist from all over the world will discuss such issues and others related to speciation analysis and health during the 4th International Conference on Trace Element Speciation in Biomedical, Nutritional and Environmental Sciences that will take place at the Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health, Munich-Neuherberg, Germany, May 25-29. Registration is still possible...

Michael Sperling


EVISA is keeping you updated  with what is going on in speciation analysis. In this section you will find news about the most current research results, about trends, legal issues and informations from manufacturers in the field of speciation analysis.

With all the links to further information and publications the News archive is a valuable collection of "hot topics" in speciation analysis. We continuously update even former news with new links and information so that all news are actual all the time.

New study will investigate the influence of environmental factors in autism
The new study at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh will be supported by a $200,000 grant from ALCOA Foundation, as part of its Campaign for an Amazing Future. To that end, this grant will be used to evaluate the feasibility of developing an experimental room with reduced toxins and exposures — an Environmental Pediatric Room.

Autism risk linked to distance from power plants and other mercury-releasing sources
A newly published study of Texas school district data and industrial mercury-release data, conducted by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, shows a statistically significant link between pounds of industrial release of mercury and increased autism rates. It also shows—for the first time in scientific literature—a statistically significant association between autism risk and distance from the mercury source.

Human exposure to organotin compounds via consumption of fish
Fish and fish products are generally the main source of OCTs from ordinary food according to a new Finnish study.

With a list of about 50 current entries EVISA is informing you about interesting events and keeps you updated with their deadlines. By consulting our list of deadlines you won't miss the opportunity for early registration at reduced fee or the chance to submit your contribution in time.
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Please do not hesitate to inform us in case that your conference related to speciation analysis is missing in our Agenda.

ATALANTE 2008: Nuclear Fuel Cycle for a Sustainable Future
Location: Corum, Montpellier, France.
Date: 19.05.2008 - 23.05.2008

2nd Int. Congress: Arsenic in the Environment
Location: Valencia, Spain
Date: 21.05.2008 - 23.05.2008

18th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Technology and Chemistry Europe (SETAC)
Location: Warsaw, Poland.
Date: 25.05.2008 - 29.05.2008

4th International Conference on Trace Element Speciation in Biomedical, Nutritional and Environmental Sciences
Location: GSF National Research Center, Munich-Neuherberg, Germany
Date: 25.05.2008 - 29.05.2008

56th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry
Location: Denver, CO
Date: 01.06.2008 - 05.06.2008

Graduate Course on Speciation and Bioavailability
Location: Wageningen / The Netherlands
Date: 02.06.2008 - 06.06.2008

Currently there is no short course scheduled. However, EVISA and its members are able to organize short courses upon request from customers.
If you are interested in training, please directly contact EVISA.


EVISA provides information about open positions for Ph.D. students, PostDocs and permanent staff in the field of speciation. Looking to fill a vacancy or needing a new career challenge? Either way this service is FREE. Many laboratories and research facilities (from Greenland to Crete) have already found their highly educated stuff through this service by EVISA. If you would like to post an open position here, please contact us at info@speciation.net !


The National Food Institute, Denmark: Detection of nanoparticles in biological samples
The National Food Institute, wishes to appoint a ph.d. fellow with strong analytical competences to the project Establishing a cell-line based testing-system for food-safety of engineered nanoparticles (NanoTest). The position is available from June 1st 2008 to May 31st, 2011.

Trent University: Metal speciation and bioavailability in freshwaters affected by oil sands activities
Trent University is seeking 10 graduate students (Masters or Ph.D.) to work as part of multidisciplinary teams on five NSERC-funded strategic research programs in the area of Aquatic Sciences and Aquatic Ecology.

National Oceanograpy Centre, Southampton: Iron biogeochemistry and ocean acidification



University of Southern Denmark: Functionalised gel coated microsensors for dynamic metal speciation analysis
The work involves application of electrochemical techniques to dynamic metal speciation analysis with functionalized microelectrodes to obtain information on the reactivities and fluxes of metal species.


Frontier GeoSciences: Trace Metals Research Scientist
Frontier GeoSciences, Inc. is an innovative trace metals analytical and research laboratory located in Seattle, WA seeking a research scientist to manage a group of talented professionals to execute current research initiatives. Research at Frontier focuses on development of new instrumentation and methods to measure trace metals and metal speciation in unique matrices.



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More than 250 active scientists in the field of speciation analysis already joined the directory. Join this great directory that is extensively linked to all tye of other information on this site, such as homepages, conferences and literature.

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