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

Selenium is an essential element for animals and humans, but its physiological nature is ambivalent. It can cause disease by deficiency, but it is toxic at levels less than an order of magnitude above those required for health. In this sense it is a classical example of Paracelsus' paradigm, "Everything is toxic, depending on the concentration". Acting as an antioxidant and antagonist against some toxic heavy metals such as mercury, the
World Health Organization and other organizations from the United States recommend a daily intake of selenium between 30 and 55 micrograms for adults.

The excitement about selenium began with evidence that people with very low selenium in their diet are at an increased risk for cancer that could be reduced by additional selenium intake via supplements.  Since then some companies that sell such supplements claim that higher doses of selenium have a range of health benefits, including cancer prevention. One of the questions is, in which form should the selenium be present in the supplement. Most of the supplements nowadays are yeast products, where the yeast was fed with inorganic selenium and has metabolized the selenium to a variety of organoselenium compounds including selenomethionine.  Analytical characterization of the supplements requires some standards and reference materials for the identification and quantification of such selenium species. Now LGC, a producer of such standards and reference materials announced the availability of a new selenium standard for the quality control of foodstuffs and supplements (see the News section).

However, health benefits from selenium intake above the recommended level of 30-55 µg/day are rather questionable. A new report reviewing all studies and trials concludes that there is no convincing evidence that taking high doses of selenium can prevent cancer (see the News section).

The study of the role and interaction of metals and metalloids in biological systems is one of the main topics of the new research area of "metallomics" that will be discussed at the METALLOMICS 2011 symposium, taking place next month in Münster, Germany. Scientists across the spectrum of metallomics including biologists, chemists, physicians and clinical scientists from industry, government, and academia, doctoral and graduate students are invited and strongly encouraged to take part in this scientifically exciting multidisciplinary event.

The scientific program of the METALLOMICS 2011 is available on the symposium web site.  Please feel invited to join us for these stimulating events. Last minute posters can still be accepted !

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.

Review: Selenium doesn't prevent cancer
There is no convincing evidence that taking high doses of selenium - a popular dietary supplement - can prevent cancer, according to a new review.

New reference materials for the characterisation of selenium-enriched food products
LGC, the UK’s designated National Measurement Institute for chemical and bioanalytical measurement, is supporting the food industry by producing a range of reference materials for the characterisation of selenium in bio-fortified foods. The recent development of an isotopically enriched selenomethionine reference material supports public safety.


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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TraceSpec 2011: 13th Workshop on Progress in Trace Metal Speciation for Environmental Analytical Chemistry
Location: Palais Beaumont, 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

Einführung in die Elementspeziesanalytik
Location: Helmholtzzentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ, Leipzig
Date: 25.05.2011 - 27.05.2011

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

11th International Symposium on Metal Ions in Biology and Medicine
Location: Homerton College, University of Cambridge, UK
Date: 20.06.2011 - 23.06.2011

Frontiers in Environmental Geoscience 2011
Location: Aberystwyth, Wales, UK
Date: 21.06.2011 - 24.06.2011


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LGC Teddington, UK: Researcher, Speciation Analysis
The Chemical Measurement & Calibration Team of LGC is looking for a researcher for the development and validation of species-specific IDMS methodologies for the accurate quantification of polybrominated flame retardants in whole water in support of the European Water Framework Directive.

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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