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

Mercury is a global pollutant threatening the health of animals and humans. Upon initiative from the EU, in order to reduce anthropogenic mercury emission to the environment,  the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the new global treaty on mercury was negotiated and concluded in 2013. Last month the EU and seven of its member states (Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, and Sweden) ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury, thereby providing the “tipping point’’ needed to trigger its entry into force (see the news below). 

Mercury is very toxic and especially in the form of methylmercury is a very strong neurotoxin. Researchers at Washington State University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee now have shown for the first time that health problems associated with exposure to the neurotoxin are sustained for multiple generations (see the news below).

Other metal species that have found their way into the head news are gadolinium-based contrast agents. Meant to support clinical diagnosis by improving imaging contrast, several studies have indicated that these contrast agents remain in part in the body for a long time. While the European Medicines Agency recommended in March to pull linear Gadolinium-based MRI contrast agents from market because their brain retention was most pronounced, the American FDA now announced that the agency could not identify harmful effects to date with brain retention of gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRIs (see the news below). The different behavior of the two agencies demonstrate the different philosophy of their risk assessment strategies: while the EU is following the precautional approach, the US agency is waiting to collect data for scientific consensus.

Another metal species, namely technetium-99m is used in clinical diagnosis for imaging by scintigraphy. Since the radioactive isotope decays within few hours, both the preparation of imaging tracers as well as their quality control are hampered by critical timing as well as lack of stable standards. Researchers of the University of Münster now have introduced a new quantification strategy called "isobaric dilution analysis" based on internal standardization that for the first time allow for fast and accurate analysis (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.

Isobaric dilution analysis: a new calibration strategy for long lived radionuclides
Researchers from the University of Münster introduced a new calibration strategy offering accurate and precise quantification of long lived radionuclides, for which certified standards are not easily available.

Toxic effects of mercury persists for generations
Zebrafish exposed to very low levels of methylmercury as embryos not only passed on toxic effects of the chemical exposure to their offspring, but also to the third generation, according to a study that investigated both epigenetic changes – chemical modifications to the DNA – and abnormal neuro-behavior associated with exposure.

FDA identifies no harmful effects to date with brain retention of gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRIs
After a nearly 2-year review process, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not found any evidence of adverse events from the brain's retention of gadolinium after MRI that uses gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs), the agency announced yesterday.

EU ratification propels global Minamata Convention on Mercury into force
Last week the EU and seven of its member states (Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, and Sweden) ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury, thereby providing the “tipping point’’ needed to trigger its entry into force.

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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ICOBTE 2017: International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements
Date:     July 16,2017 - July 20,2017
Location:     ETH Zurich, Switzerland
July 4, 2017    On-line registration

2017 NEMC: National Environmental Monitoring Conference
Date:     August 7,2017 - August 11,2017
Location:     Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC
July 10, 2017    Registration of presenter

EMBO | EMBL Symposium: Seeing is Believing - Imaging the Processes of Life
Date:     October 3,2017 - October 7,2017
Location:     Heidelberg, Germany
July 10, 2017    Submission of abstracts
August 27, 2017: Registration

2018 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Date:     January 8,2018 - January 13,2018
Location:     Amelia Island, Florida
July 7, 2017    Submission of abstracts
July 7, 2017    Early registration at reduced rate

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

CSI XL: Colloquium Spectroscopicum Internationale XL
Location: Pisa, Italy
Date: 11.06.2017 - 16.06.2017

EMSLIBS: 9th Euro-Mediterranean Symposium LIBS
Location: Congress Palace, Pisa, Italy
Date: 11.06.2017 - 16.06.2017

HPLC 2017: 45th International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Date: 18.06.2017 - 22.06.2017

61st ICASS: International Conference on Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy
Location: Quebec, Canada
Date: 19.06.2017 - 23.06.2017

TEMA 16: 16th International Symposium on Trace Elements in Man and Animals
Location: Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Date: 26.06.2017 - 29.06.2017

ICMGP 2017: 13th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant
Location: Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Date: 16.07.2017 - 21.07.2017


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University of Pau, France: Plant, living organisms and aquatic environment and their response to environmental changes
The University of Pau (France) is offering twelve doctoral grants (outfitted with a monthly gross salary before taxes of 1685 €) over a 3 year period starting in September 2017. In addition, there would be the possibility to gain some experience in teaching if desired (with extra gratification).

Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde (BfG): Diplom-/Masterarbeit: Entwicklung von speziesanalytischen Methoden zum Nachweis und Untersuchung von metallbasierten Antifouling Bioziden in aquatischen Matrizes
Ziel der ausgeschriebenen Diplom-/Masterarbeit (Chemie, Umweltwissenschaften und verwandten Studiengängen) ist die Entwicklung komplementärer speziesanalytischer Methoden zur Identifizierung und Quantifizierung relevanter metallbasierter Biozide und Spezies der Verbindungen in aquatischen Matrizes.

SCK-CEN Belgium: Development and validation of HPLC-SF-ICP-MS methodologies for characterization of spent nuclear fuel
The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN) recently opened its call for PhD and post-doc positions (2016 campaign). Two challenging research topics on SF-ICP-MS method development are offered for this purpose by the Radiochemistry expert group.


University of Pau, France: Plant, living organisms and aquatic environment and their response to environmental changes
The University of Pau is offering four positions (each outfitted with a monthly gross salary before taxes starting from 2000 € depending on previous) over a one year period starting in September 2017.


National Research Council Canada: Research Associate, Analytical Chemistry
We are looking to fill one or more Research Associate (RA) positions to support our Measurement Science and Standards Portfolio. The RA would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.


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