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Welcome to the June issue of EVISA's Speciation Newsletter

Many research projects devoted to "the global pollutant" mercury try to answer the question how mercury emitted to the environment is entering the food chain, finally creating a human health risk. Bioaccumulation and biomagnification along the trophic levels within the food-web lead to high concentration in the ppm-range in carnivore fish at the higher end of the food-chain. A  new study of researchers from the University of San Francisco now shows that dissolved organic matter (DOM) significantly suppress accumulation of methylmercury (MeHg) by algae as a part of the beginning of the food-web (see the news below).

The UNEP mercury treaty tries to limit the anthropogenic emission of mercury in order to reduce the mercury entering the food chain. In view of the known toxicity of mercury it is not easy to understand that especially the WHO tries to reach an exemption for mercury in vaccines.  New research now shows how Thimerosal, a mercury containing preservative used in some vaccines, causes brain damage (see the news below).


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.

Vaccine ingredient causes brain damage; some nutrients prevent it
New research shows how Thimerosal, a preservative used in some vaccines, causes brain damage. Despite its well known toxicity, still some vaccines contain thimerosal. Supplements and nutrients could prevent the damage.

Factors Affecting Methylmercury Accumulation in the Food Chain
Dissolved organic matter (DOM) significantly suppressed accumulation of methylmercury (MeHg) by algae as a part of the beginning of the food-web.

EFSA calls for scientific data on chromium speciation and nickel levels in food and drinking water
The Scientific Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM) of the European Food Safety Athority (EFSA) decided to assess the dietary exposure to Ni, Cr, and Cr+6. In addressing exposure, EFSA calls for scientific input from all stakeholders.


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 recognize the following deadlines:

IICS 2012: 24th International Ion Chromatography Symposium, September 17,2012 - September 20,2012
June 20,2012    Submission of abstracts for oral presentation

ESAS 2012: European Symposium on Atomic Spectrometry, October 7,2012 - October 12,2012
June 30,2012    Submission of abstracts

8th AACD: 8th Aegean Analytical Chemistry Days, September 16,2012 - September 20,2012
July 6,2012    Submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations

IMSC 2012: 19th International Mass Spectrometry Conference, September 15,2012 - September 21,2012
July 10,2012    Early registration at reduced fee

ICHMET 2012: 16th International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment, September 22,2012 - September 27,2012
July 15,2012    Early registration at reduced fee

11th International Symposium on the Synthesis and Applications of Isotopes and Isotopically Labelled Compounds, September 9,2012 - September 13,2012
July 30,2012    Registration (to be included in the conference booklet

Please do not hesitate to inform us in case that your conference related to speciation analysis is missing in our Agenda.

HPLC 2012: 38th International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques
Location: Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, California, USA
Date: 16.06.2012 - 21.06.2012

Spectr'Atom 2012
Location: Pau, France
Date: 19.06.2012 - 22.06.2012

11 EWLA: 11th European Workshop on Laser Ablation
Location: Gijón, Spain
Date: 19.06.2012 - 22.06.2012

NEMC 2012: National Environmental Monitoring Conference
Location: Hyatt Regency, Washington, DC
Date: 06.08.2012 - 10.08.2012

11th International Symposium on the Synthesis and Applications of Isotopes and Isotopically Labelled Compounds
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Date: 09.09.2012 - 13.09.2012

ISC 2012: 29th International Symposium on Chromatography
Location: Torun, Poland
Date: 09.09.2012 - 13.09.2012

IMSC 2012: 19th International Mass Spectrometry Conference
Location: Kyoto International Conference Center, Kyoto, Japan
Date: 15.09.2012 - 21.09.2012

8th AACD: 8th Aegean Analytical Chemistry Days
Location: IZTECH campus, Izmir, Turkey
Date: 16.09.2012 - 20.09.2012

IICS 2012: 24th International Ion Chromatography Symposium
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: 17.09.2012 - 20.09.2012

ICHMET 2012: 16th International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment
Location: Rome, Italy
Date: 22.09.2012 - 27.09.2012


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University of Warwick: Extreme Performance Mass Spectrometry of Metallodrugs
Two Warwick Collaborative Postgraduate Research PhD Scholarships are available from October 2012 in the groups led by Professor Peter Sadler FRS and Professor Pete O’Connor using ultra high resolution mass spectrometry to study the mechanism of action of organometallic and photoactivatable metal anticancer complexes.

University of Pau, France: Cellular imaging of metal stress in fungi and/or algae by synchrotron XRF and NanoSIMS
This doctoral thesis will be performed in the context of a recently obtained excellence project (EQUIPEX MARSS) at the University of Pau where one axis of the project is the acquisition of a NanoSIMS.



Umweltgeochemie, Universität Bayreuth: Assistent im Bereich Speziesanalytik
In der Umweltgeochemie der Universität Bayreuth wird zur Verstärkung des jungen, motivierten Teams von Umweltwissenschaftlern ab dem 1.04.2012 ein analytischer Chemiker, Umweltgeochemiker oder Geowissenschaftler mit starkem analytischen Background und praktischer Erfahrung in der Massenspektrometrie (ICP-MS, ESI-MS) sowie der Methodenentwicklung mit HPLC-ICPMS Kopplungen im Bereich anorganischer oder metallorganischer Speziesanalytik gesucht.


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