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

Since 2005, we from EVISA have reported about the strange habit to feed chicken with an organic arsenic compound called "Roxarsone" and to expose the consumer by that way with a low but completely avoidable amount of a carcinogen.  Now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that Alpharma, a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc., will voluntarily suspend U.S. sales of Roxarsone, a product used by poultry producers since the 1940s. While we believe that this move is a step in the right direction, we would like to see all
arsenic containing compounds to be banned from any animal feed.

This is only one example for the long lasting process to ban a profitable product from the market that is threatening human and environmental health. Other examples include but are not limited to tetraethyl lead or tributyl tin. Tetraethyl lead was introduced to the market in 1921. While toxicologist were arguing about its toxicity from the very beginning, it took 55 years to 1976 until phasing out was started and is still ongoing. Since 1931 we have Thimerosal (an organic mercury compound) in some vaccines, ready to be injected directly into the human body. We here at EVISA are wondering when one of the strongest neurotoxin known is withdrawn from medical applications. Seems to be a long way....

Toxicity is only one aspect for some metal species. Many metal species play a fundamental role for life. Such aspects are discussed during the symposium METALLOMICS 2011 taking place June 15 - June 18 in Münster.


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.

U.S. sales of widely used drug "Roxarsone" for chickens to be suspended
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Wednesday that Alpharma, a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc., will voluntarily suspend U.S. sales of the animal drug 3-Nitro (Roxarsone), a product used by poultry producers since the 1940s, in response to FDA data.

European Commission announces ban on cadmium in plastics
Plastics manufacturing firms may have to adjust their processes ahead of the introduction of a new law concerning cadmium. In a move to better protect the health of EU citizens and reduce pollution, cadmium will be banned in plastics and jewellery products from December 2011 under new rules laid out by the European Commission.

Oral ingestion of hexavalent chromium through drinking water and cancer mortality
Elevated cancer mortality in the Oinofita area of Greece supports the hypothesis of hexavalent chromium carcinogenicity via the oral ingestion pathway of exposure.

Does Selenium Prevent Cancer? It May Depend on Which Form People Take
A controversy over whether selenium can fight cancer in humans might come down to which form of the essential micronutrient people take, scientists are reporting. It turns out that not all “seleniums” are the same — the researchers found that one type of selenium supplement may produce a possible cancer-preventing substance more efficiently than another form of selenium in human cancer cells. Their study appears in the ACS’ journal Biochemistry.


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:

June 15: CSI XXXVII: Late poster contributions
June 15: 7th ICASS: Submission of abstracts
June 30: CIA 2011: Submission of abstracts
July 11: Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry: Submission of abstracts

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

TRISP '11: Trends in Sample Preparation 2011
Location: Graz, Austria
Date: 26.06.2011 - 29.06.2011

ICOBTE 2011: 11th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements
Location: Florence, Italy
Date: 03.07.2011 - 08.07.2011

ICFIA 2011: 17th International Conference on Flow Injection Analysis
Location: Krakow, Poland.
Date: 03.07.2011 - 08.07.2011

BNASS 2011: 16th Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium
Location: University of Surrey, Guilford, UK
Date: 12.07.2011 - 14.07.2011

ICMGP 10: 10th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Date: 24.07.2011 - 29.07.2011


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 !


University of Pau, France: Analytical chemist
The "Laboratoire de Chimie Analytique Bio-Inorganique et Environnement", Institut Pluridisciplinaire de Recherche sur l’Environnement et les Matériaux (IPREM), CNRS UMR 5254, University of Pau, FRANCE offers an open position for a doctoral fellowship in analytical chemistry.

The scheduled project aims at the analytical development of separation and detection techniques for the 2D molecular and conformational analysis of organic pollutants, organo-metallic compounds and their metabolites in biological and environmental samples.



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.

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.


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