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

Mercury is one of those elements that create headlines more often than others. Released into the environment by industrial processes, power production, waste disposal and incineration it is travelling around the world entering the food chain and therefore creates a health risk for man. Because of its high toxicity, governmental organizations such as UNEP, the European Commission, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the
United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) evaluate the health and environmental risks associated with mercury and have started to implement strategies to reduce the industrial use of mercury in order to reduce human exposure to mercury. Unfortunately, during the cycling of mercury in the environment, mercury might be transformed to methylmercury that is even more harmful to man and other organisms. To  understand such transformation pathways is therefore of fundamental interest. Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory now have made a discovery that ultimately could help explain the contradictory findings for the behavior of mercury in the aquatic environment (see the news below).

Despite such efforts to reduce human exposure to mercury, there is one industry that claims that it is save to directly inject mercury into the bodies of people that search to reduce their risks to catch a flu. The pool of scientific evidence describing the health risk associated with the use of mercury as a preservative in vaccines has recently received additional data from new studies indicating a strong link between Thimerosal (the mercury compound added to many anti-flue vaccines) and autism (see the news below).

Scientists, interested in the ongoing discussion about the pathway of mercury in the environment and within organisms will find a great opportunity during two conferences taking place within the next three months:

TraceSpec 2011 is focused on speciation for environmental analysis, while METALLOMICS 2011 is focused on metal(loid) species in the life sciences (including the Biosphere). Please feel invited to join us for these stimulating events. The call for papers for both conferences is at least partially still open until the end of the month !


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.

Researchers Urge the Removal of Mercury From Flu Shots
Despite recommendations made by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1999 that Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative, be removed from vaccines, the very toxic chemical is still added to the majority of flu vaccines administered to women, children, and the elderly, according to the Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs (CoMeD), a Maryland-based non-profit organization. And according to three recent studies, the symptoms of mercury poisoning are nearly identical to those of autism symptoms, which strongly suggests that mercury in vaccines is responsible for causing autism.

Direct speciation analysis by X-rays show why van Gogh paintings lose their shine
Scientists have identified a complex chemical reaction responsible for the degradation of two paintings by Vincent van Gogh and other artists of the late 19th century. This discovery is a first step towards understanding how to stop the bright yellow colours of van Gogh’s most famous paintings from becoming covered by a brown shade, and fading over time.

Natural dissolved organic matter plays dual role in cycling of mercury
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have made a discovery that ultimately could help explain the contradictory findings for the behaviour of mercury in the aquatic environment.


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.

Please also recognize that deadlines for abstract submission of the following conferences come closer:

March 31: Abstract submission for poster presentations for METALLOMICS 2011: 3rd International Symposium on Metallomics

March 31: Extended deadline for abstract submission for the TraceSpec 2011: 13th Workshop on Progress in Trace Metal Speciation for Environmental Analytical Chemistry

April 1:
Antimony 2011: 2nd International Workshop on Antimony in the Environment

April 16:
TRISP '11: Trends in Sample Preparation 2011

HERCULES 2011: Higher European Research Course for Users of Large Experimental Systems
Location: Grenoble, France
Date: 27.02.2011 - 30.03.2011

PittCon 2011
Location: Atlanta
Date: 13.03.2011 - 18.03.2011

Location: Zürich, Switzerland
Date: 22.03.2011 - 25.03.2011

TraceSpec 2011: 13th Workshop on Progress in Trace Metal Speciation for Environmental Analytical Chemistry
Location: Palais Beamont, Pau, France
Date: 18.05.2011 - 20.05.2011

ICAS 2011: IUPAC International Congress for Analytical Sciences
Location: Kyoto, JPN
Date: 22.05.2011 - 26.05.2011

CanBIC-3: 3rd Georgian Bay International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry
Location: Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada
Date: 31.05.2011 - 03.06.2011

59th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry
Location: Denver, CO
Date: 05.06.2011 - 09.06.2011

METALLOMICS 2011: 3rd International Symposium on Metallomics
Location: Münster, Germany
Date: 15.06.2011 - 18.06.2011

TEF-4: 4th International IUPAC Symposium for Trace Elements in Food
Location: King's College in Aberdeen, Scotland
Date: 19.06.2011 - 22.06.2011

AIRMON 2011: The 7th International Symposium on Modern Principles of Air Monitoring and Biomonitoring
Location: Loen, Norway
Date: 19.06.2011 - 23.06.2011


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Umea University, Sweden: Postdoctoral position (2 years) in Trace Element Speciation Analysis and Metallomics
The Trace Element Speciation Analysis research group, within the Department of Chemistry, seek a postdoctoral researcher to conduct analytical method development work and fundamental studies on, primarily, intracellular metabolism of platinum drugs in malignant cells and tissues.


University of Pau, France: Professor: Remediation of Contaminants
The professorship position will have to develop analytical methods, models and or materials to follow and/or contribute to the remediation of contaminants (metals, organometallic compouds, organics) in estuarine and coastal environments.


Full Professor position at the Institute of Molecular Sciences (University of Bordeaux 1) Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainable Green Chemistry
We are looking for a highly motivated scientist that should have a broad expertise in organic and physical chemistry and a special expertise in Life Cycle Assessment and Management. The candidate should also have a strong background in relevant physical-chemical and chemical engineering processes

Nestlé Research Center (NRC) located near Lausanne: Research Scientist in Mineral Analysis
To support its research strategy, the Quality & Safety Department at the NRC is seeking a:
Research Scientist in Mineral Analysis
who will work within the Functional Ingredients Analysis group.


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