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

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) meanwhile affects around ten percent of children worldwide. A new study led by Susan Korrick of Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), and Sharon Sagiv of Boston University School of Public Health now shows that slight mercury exposure during pregnancy could be linked to a higher risk of ADHD-related behaviors (see the news below). This is just another neurological disorder related to the strong neurotoxin mercury and its organometallic species. The high toxic potential of these compounds is one of the reason for the UNEP mercury treaty that is meant to ban the industrial use of mercury in the future. The EU is one step ahead and has now added another mercury compound (phenylmercury) to its restriction list (see the news below).

Another toxic species, namely inorganic arsenic comes often with food and drinking water. Unfortunately no global restriction is limiting the arsenic content of food. While most people believe arsenic in rice is a problem only in contaminated areas of Bangladesh or China, this may not be fully correct. The US FDA has now published the preliminary results of its screening test for rice sold in the USA and has found inorganic arsenic up to 250 ppb. At least for those who eat a lot of rice, the recommendation is to vary the diet. More studies based on speciation analysis are required to evaluate the human risk for inorganic arsenic from different foods.


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.

The behavior of Gd-based contrast agents during wastewater treatment
Only about 10% of the gadolinium released into the waste water resulting from its use as MRI contrast agent is removed from the waste water stream. This is the result of a new study done by researchers from the University in Muenster (Germany).

Prenatal mercury intake linked to ADHD
A new study shows slight mercury exposure during pregnancy could be linked to a higher risk of ADHD-related behaviors.

EU publishes new ban on phenylmercury
September 19, 2012, ECHA updated the REACH Annex XVII (Restriction List) by including phenyl mercury compounds in the list (amendment No. 848/2012).

Arsenic in Rice : First results from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
On September 19, 2012, the FDA released the first analytical results of nearly 200 samples of rice and rice products collected since in the U.S. marketplace.


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:

ANAKON 2013, March 4,2013 - March 7,2013, Essen, Germany
October 25,2012    Submission of abstracts for oral presentations
October 25,2012    Submission of abstracts for poster presentations

ISSPA 2013: 13th International Symposium on Soil and Plant Analysis
April 8,2013 - April 12,2013, Queenstown, New Zealand
October 30,2012    Submission of abstracts

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

GMS 2012: 28. Jahrestagung der GMS 2012 Gesellschaft für Mineralstoffe und Spurenelemente e.V.
Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
Date: 11.10.2012 - 13.10.2012

AsBIC-VI: 6th Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference
Location: Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, China
Date: 05.11.2012 - 08.11.2012

ISRANALYTICA 2013: the 16th Annual Meeting of the Israel Analytical Chemistry Society
Location: The David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: 22.01.2013 - 23.01.2013

European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Krakow, Poland
Date: 10.02.2013 - 15.02.2013

Location: Essen, Germany
Date: 04.03.2013 - 07.03.2013

XII International Symposium on Metal Ions in Biology and Medicine
Location: Punta del Este, Uruguay
Date: 11.03.2013 - 13.03.2013

Pittcon 2013
Location: Philadelphia,
Date: 17.03.2013 - 21.03.2012

canas 2013: Colloquium Analytische Atomspektroskopie 2013
Location: Freiberg, Germany
Date: 17.03.2013 - 19.03.2013

ISSPA 2013: 13th International Symposium on Soil and Plant Analysis
Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Date: 08.04.2013 - 12.04.2013

ElCheMS 2: 2nd International Workshop on Electrochemistry/Mass Spectrometry
Location: Münster, Germany
Date: 23.05.2013 - 24.05.2013


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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.


U.S. EPA, National Exposure Research Laboratory, Las Vegas: Detecting, Quantifying, and Characterizing Engineered Nanomaterials in the Environment
This research opportunity focuses on developing novel analytical
approaches to detect, quantify, and characterize engineered nanomaterials at environmentally relevant concentrations in real environmental matrices.




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