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

This month once again mercury is in the news. In the form of an ethyl mercury containing compound called thimerosal, mercury is part of most swine flu vaccines. While health organizations such as CDC always affirm that the use of thimerosal in vaccines is safe, many toxicologists have obtained different alarming results. The organomercury compound is blamed to cause besides other effects, neurological disorders such as the autism spectrum disorder (ASD). One study often cited by the Center of Disease Control (CDC) for the safety of vaccines is now questioned: one of the authors has vanished with almost $2 million dollars meant for research. (See the news below !)

World-wide millions of people were meant to receive a thimerosal containing shot during the swine flu vaccination campaign in the last few months. However, a big part of the ordered doses of the vaccines were not used, simply because people were questioning their safety. Unused vaccines expire these days and therefore have to be disposed. According to EPA rules, the expired vaccines containing mercury above the critical concentration have to be handled as "hazardous waste". (See the news below !)

The question is, whether we should be glad that many people have not accepted to get the vaccine dumped into their bodies. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) faces mounting charges that it overreacted to the pandemic.
Nevertheless, WHO has launched an internal review of its response and announced that a committee of 29 outside experts would conduct an independent assessment.

Anyhow, the question of the safety of organomercury compounds in vaccines should not be answered by politicians nor by judges but through scientific studies.  Analytical scientists together with toxicologist and biologists could play a major role in such studies.


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.

Antimony mine disaster
The world's largest antimony mine has become the world's largest laboratory for studying the environmental consequences of escaped antimony -- an element whose environmental and biological properties are still largely a mystery.

Unused swine flu vaccine turns into hazardous waste
Stuck with thousands, of unused swine flu shots, local health care providers are faced with the problem to discard flu vaccine for the first time in recent memory.

Researcher Behind CDC Vaccine Safety Claims Disappears with $2M
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. reports in The Huffington Post that Dr. Poul Thorsen, a key researcher from Denmark whose studies have been used to support CDC’s claims that the MMR vaccine and vaccines containing thimerosal (a mercury-based preservative used for years in multi-dose vaccine vials) were perfectly safe for use on children, has vanished with almost $2 million dollars meant for research.

Publication on the separation of Gd-based contrast agents awarded
The Eberhard-Gerstel Award, for the first time presented during the Analytica 2010, was given to Dr. Jens Künnemeyer from the University of Münster for his outstanding contribution in the area of speciation analysis. The young scientist had published a new method for the separation and determination of Gd-based contrast agents in water samples by means of an hyphenated technique using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC).


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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Graduate Course on Speciation and Bioavailability
Location: Wageningen/The Netherlands
Date: 12.04.2010 - 16.04.2010

EGU2010 session IG5 - Isotope Geoforensics: Principles, Techniques & Applications
Location: Vienna, Austria
Date: 02.05.2010 - 07.05.2010

EnviroAnalysis 2010: The 8th Biennial Conference on Monitoring and Measurement of the Environment
Location: Toronto, Canada
Date: 10.05.2010 - 13.05.2010

As 2010: 3rd International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment
Location: Tainan, Taiwan
Date: 17.05.2010 - 21.05.2010

58th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Date: 23.05.2010 - 27.05.2010

5th Nordic Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Loen, Norway
Date: 06.06.2010 - 09.06.2010


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University of Liverpool: Iron speciation and humic substances in seawater
It is proposed that the student in this project makes a detailed study of the chemical speciation of iron and the concentration of iron-binding HS. Previous work has demonstrated the presence these ligands in Liverpool Bay and the Irish Sea. We will now concentrate on the estuary of the Mersey as a source of these ligands. The work may be extended to the Irish Sea. Samples will be collected during cruises with the University research vessel or the Environment Agency.


Raleigh, NC, USA: Speciation, Dissolution, and Toxicity of Fly Ash
This basic research is funded by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) through Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) to determine the fate and effects of trace elements associated with coal fly ash released into terrestrial and aquatic environments.



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