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Mercury has no beneficial function in living organisms and therefore is a health hazard. While the level of toxicity is heavily depending on the species present (e.g.  elemental mercury, inorganic mercury, methylmercury, ethylmercury, etc.) there is no harmless mercury. Organic mercury compounds are the most strongest neurotoxins, and the mechanisms of action are very similar whether we look at methylmercury or ethylmercury. Differences seem to be related on differences of exposure pathways and kinetics of  translocation. Anyhow, it seems not to be very logical to warn pregnant women to minimize their exposure to methylmercury by optimizing their fish consumption and then to inject thimerosal (which is releasing ethylmercury) as an adjuvant of vaccines into the bodies of the mother and the baby in order to prevent health issues.

While there is not doubt on the toxicity of mercury, epidemiologists have a hard time to prove the relation of low level exposure to mercury species and neurological damage.  One of the reason for these difficulties are so called "confounding factors" which cannot be excluded easily, since humans have to be studied in their natural living situations rather than under experimental conditions. Two new studies of Iranian researchers now report the results of their meta-analysis of existing studies. The researchers argue that a properly conducted meta-analysis “allows the reader to take into account a whole range of relevant findings from research on a particular topic” and “establish whether the scientific findings are consistent and generalizable across populations [and] settings…and whether findings vary significantly by particular subgroups.” In addition, “mathematically combining data from a series of well-conducted primary studies may provide a more precise estimate of the underlying ‘true effect’ than any individual study.”

Interestingly, the result of such meta-analysis indicate subtle differences between the concentration of mercury and other heavy metals in body fluids and tissues of autistic children in comparison to healthy children (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.

Mercury and Autism: Is there a Link ?
Two new studies by researchers from Iran investigate the link between autism and mercury (and other heavy metals) by a meta-analysis of existing scientific literature.

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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ISONOSE: International Conference and Final ISONOSE Workshop
Date:     January 8,2018 - January 11,2018
Location:     Sorèze, France
November 30,2017    Submission of abstracts for poster presentations
December 15,2017    Registration

Date:     January 23,2018 - January 24,2018
Location:     The David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel
November 15,2017    Submission of abtracts
December 4,2017    Notification of acceptance
December 28,2017    Early registration at reduced fee

HTC-15: International Symposium on Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography and Separation Technology
Date:     January 24,2018 - January 26,2018
Location:     Cardiff, UK
November 30,2017    Submission of abstracts for poster presentations

Pittcon 2018
Date:     February 26,2018 - March 1,2018
Location:     Orlando, FL, USA
December 1,2017    Submission of late abstracts
February 5,2018    Early registration at reduced fee

ESAS & CANAS 2018 & Anwendertreffen Plasmaspektrometrie
Date:     March 20,2018 - March 23,2018
Location:     Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) Berlin, Germany
November 28,2017    Submission of abstracts
December 12,2017    Notification of acceptance
January 10,2018    Early registration

As 2018: The 7th International Congress & Exhibition On “Arsenic In The Environment"
Date:     July 1,2018 - July 6,2018
Location:     Beijing, China
December 15,2017    Notification of acceptance
December 20,2017    Early registration at reduced fee
January 15,2018    Regular registration
March 1,2018    Letter of invitation for VISA
May 15,2018    On-line registration

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

5th Brazilian Meeting on Chemical Speciation
Location: Águas de Lindóia, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Date: 10.12.2017 - 13.12.2017

2018 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Amelia Island, Florida
Date: 08.01.2018 - 13.01.2018

ISONOSE: International Conference and Final ISONOSE Workshop
Location: Sorèze, France
Date: 08.01.2018 - 11.01.2018

Location: The David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: 23.01.2018 - 24.01.2018

HTC-15: International Symposium on Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography and Separation Technology
Location: Cardiff, UK
Date: 24.01.2018 - 26.01.2018

PittCon 2018: 69th Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy
Location: Orlando, FL
Date: 25.02.2018 - 01.03.2018


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University of Tasmamia: LA-ICP-MS
The University of Tamania is advertising for a 2-year postdoctoral position in LA-ICPMS.

France: Speciation and Partitioning of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) in waste- and river waters, experimental ecotox media and subcellular partitioning in biota
The Laboratoire Interdiciplinaire des Environnements Contimentaux (LIEC) and Mer Molecules Santé (MMS) are offering a post-doc position in the framework of a newly funded international project on the ecotoxicology of Rare Earth Elements in aquatic systems (ECOTREE) and within the framework of Labex Ressources 21 (www.univ-lorraine.fr/labex-ressources-21)

CEA-Saclay (Paris, France): Development of a dedicated microsystem for the selective capture of uranium-target proteins in a cell line
A Post-doctoral position is open in the Department of Physical Chemistry at CEA-Saclay (10-20 km near Paris).

Brooks Applied Labs: Post-Doc Position for Research Chemist
Brooks Applied Labs (BAL), an analytical laboratory in the Seattle area specializing in trace metals analysis and speciation, has a unique post-doc opportunity available. This position offers the opportunity to work in a commercial laboratory while pursuing individual research related to the analytical chemistry of metals and methods for the speciation of metals.


AGILENT: Application Engineer
Agilent is seeking an enthusiastic, people-oriented pre-sales Application Scientist. You will closely work with the sales organization across EMEA.


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