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GIAS ONGOING Nº 3 - JANEIRO 2016

Editorial In this issue:

A new challenge was accepted! Our newsletter will be written in English from now on

Editorial

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Achievement

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One of us! New members in GIAS Highlighted Curiosities ONGOING projects Scientific outputs

For this first newsletter of the year I would like to use a statement from the author Gary W. Miller in his recent publication entitled Young investigators in toxicology: is there a crisis? “Those that retain their enthusiasm for the science are much more resilient, and ultimately

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Case study

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2016 that results from our ongoing research and international collaborations.

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National and international network Future Events

to reach a bigger audience within the scientific community. This is a new challenge for

more successful.” Well, in GIAS we believe this is true!

Susana Viegas (GIAS Coordinator)

Achievement Project Keywords: The

 Dust

Portuguese

Conditions

(ACT)

Authority

for

Working

(http://www.act.gov.pt/)

funded the project “Occupational exposure to

 Fungi

dust, fungi and mycotoxins and health effects in

 Mycotoxins

the production of bread and cookies”, in

 Occupational exposure  Bread and cookies production

exposure to the risk factors;

Viegas). The project goals are:

related with exposure to aflatoxin B1;

Completion

of

educational

and

informative manuals that intend to clarify employees and workers about

Characterization

of

exposure

to

particles, fungi and mycotoxins;

Identification on genetic polymorphisms that can influence the health effects

58 575, 33 euros. The project will be coordinated by the GIAS coordinator (Susana

Study of health effects related with

Identification of tasks with higher exposure;

the risk factors and the prevention and protection measures.


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One of us! Tania Becker-Algeri – PhD student in Food

(“Doutorado sanduiche”), under the co-

Engineering and Science – Grant Holder of

supervision of Dr. Susana Viegas from

“Doutorado sanduiche” from CNPq (Conselho

ESTeSL, a project that has been approved by

Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e

CNPq. In this project, the research is focused

Tecnológico, Brasil).

on the contamination of milk samples by food

Aflotoxin M1 and B1. More specifically, it

contamination by mycotoxins during her

addresses the influence of milk fermentation

graduated studies in Dairy Technology at

by lactic acid bacteria in bioavailability,

“Universidade

toxicity, genotoxicity and cytotoxicity of

Tania

Tania Becker-Algeri Aluna de Doutoramento em Engenharia e Ciência de Alimentos - Bolseira do CNPq

started

her

studies

Tecnológica

in

Federal

do

Paraná” – UTFPR – Brasil. In these studies, she

mycotoxins.

evaluated the incidence of Aflotoxin M1 as

Since 2010, Tânia has participated in

well as antibiotic residues in milk samples

research

destined to human consumption.

contamination

During her master studies in Food Engineering

(mycotoxins) approved and funded

and Science, developmed at “Universidade

federal and state entities. She has published

Federal do Rio Grande – FURG – Brasil” she

in a number of reputable journals and

became an expert in methods used to detect

presented her work on these topics in several

and quantify mycotoxins in food, namely in

national and international meetings. She

high performance liquid chromatography

collaborates as a reviewer of international

(HPLC). She also evaluated the effect of

journals and participates in events related

temperature treatment at the contamination

with the filed of “food”.

levels by Fumonisin B1 in rice samples

Her main research interest is the search for

destined to human consumption, in its natural

toxic compounds in food and the potential

form as well as after cooking and digestion.

damage they might cause in humans upon

Tania is currently doing her PhD in the field

ingestion. She intends to conclude her PhD in

of Food Engineering and Science by FURG, in

this field and pursue her research objectives

collaboration

with a post-doctoral training.

with

UTFPR

and

ESTeSL

projects by

related fungi

with

and

food

chemical by

New Members in GIAS We welcome the new members of our group: Ana Margarida Costa, Ana Monteiro, Carla Lança, Liliana Aranha and Hugo Osório! Their expertise will be of upmost value to our research

projects.

All

of

them

were

challenged to answer the following question:

Ana Margarida Costa

“Why GIAS?” and here is their opinion:

Ana Margarida Costa (AC FM, ESTeSL) “The motivation to join GIAS is based on personal and professional interests and I am mostly interested in participating in GIAS projet “Occupational exposure to cytotoxic drugs”, fitting both the objectives and research lines of this group. In particular, I would be interested in studying the risk


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New Members in GIAS

Ana Monteiro

factors that may jeopardize human health

promote research with colleagues from

(patient

professionals),

ESTeSL and other institutions, whit the

establishing cause-effect relationships and

engagement of students. My expertise lies in

prevention of disease in populations.

the

Regarding the Group's activity plan, I hope to

microparticulate delivery systems for mucosal

contribute to the three areas: research,

immunization purposes, focused on passive

teaching and service to the community. I

immunization against tuberculosis, both in

consider it is a privilege to join this group

humans and cattle.

that, although young, has shown to be very

Taking

dynamic, with several completed projects,

research fields, I think my work with vaccines

other ongoing and numerous publications on

and tuberculosis prevention in human and

the main lines of research that the group

cattle

offers.

Environment Health (PEH) and Occupational

Ana Monteiro (AC SA, ESTeSL)

Health

and

health

To me it makes perfect sense to be part of GIAS, not only for the areas covered/ under

Carla Lança Liliana Aranha

study but also for the members that belong to the group, as we share the same interests! In fact I have already participated in research

of

into

can

the

development

consideration

be

(OE),

framed whereas

experience

in

Pharmacy

contribution

in

different

for

instance,

involving,

GIAS'

in

of

main

Public

my

and

broader

enables research the

my work

chemical

monitoring of drugs and other substances in relevant media.

projects with this team before I integrated

Hugo Osório (INSA)

GIAS, so this is a way to formalize this

My decision to become member of GIAS was

partnership. From GIAS I hope a lasting and

based on the interest to introduce in the

reciprocal relationship of knowledge sharing.

scope of GIAS the assessment and control of

Carla Lança (AC ORT, ESTeSL)

vector arthropods, and those environmental

This was a great opportunity to join a team and do collaborative research. No researcher is able to work alone and this group has different individuals with potentiality to explore and merge different areas of knowledge. I hope to do a good work and help GIAS disseminating research results in the best way I can. Liliana Aranha (AC FM, ESTeSL) I am delighted to integrate GIAS. The idea of my participation is to contribute with the developed work during my PhD and to

Hugo Osório

field

factors that can potentially affect their distribution and role as vectors of disease. This is a multidisciplinary field of science, which

requires

collaborative

efforts

to

develop projects and come up with ideas, as also

researchers

with

multidisciplinary

valences that I'm sure to find in the GIAS. Briefly, I'm expecting to develop new projects and ideas in collaboration with GIAS in the field of medical entomology concerning public health and environmental quality.


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Highlighted Scientific paper published by GIAS members with an enlarged international network

Beach sand and the po-

Two GIAS members (Carla Viegas e Raquel Sabino) had the opportunity to be part of an

tential for infectious dis-

enlarged international network to write a scientific paper with the following goal “In an effort to

ease transmission: Ob-

provide specific recommendations for sand sampling programs, we outline published guidelines for

servations

beach monitoring programs, which are currently focused exclusively on measuring microbial levels in

mendations

and

recom-

water. We also provide background on spatial distribution and temporal characteristics of microbes in sand, as these factors influence sampling programs.” In this same paper 28 co-authores were engaged belonging to 7 different countries (Portugal, United States, United Kingdom, Holland, Slovenia, Canada and Israel). Regarding Portugal there were 10 different academic and governmental entities to join. ESTES-IPL (Carla Viegas) and Instituto Nacional de Saúde Dr. Ricardo Jorge (Raquel Sabino) were 2 of these 10 entities. The press release of this paper was followed in some countries considering the relevance of the topic: Press Release in Germany

Press Release at Miami University

Press Release at ESTeSL

GIAS members in an article at Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 11 agost 2015

Two GIAS researchers won grants Mateus dos Santos won the best student award from Environmental Health Undergarduated Course Grant (the last one on the right)


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Vanessa Mateus has won a scholarship for her PhD

Workshop about GIAS: the present and the future GIAS presented some of the ongoing projects during a Workshop prepared for the VII Encontro Nacional das Ciências e Tecnologias (http:// sites.estesl.ipl.pt/vii-encts/), held in Lisbon School of Health Technologies (www.estesl.ipl.pt) during the days 12, 13 and 14 of November.

It was an excellent experience and future workshops will be prepared shortly!!

The workshop aim was to present the projects and the scientific outputs obtained until now promoting in this way discussion. It was also our intention to let the audience know what are the main areas of research and the partnerships that have already be accomplished.

Curiosities Undergraduate Environmental Health trainee Since

September

until

the

December

Orlando Neves was in GIAS doing his internship to finish his last year as an undergraduate

student

in

Environmental

Health Course. He was engaged in several projects participating in several activities including field (sampling and measuring environmental parameters) and also bench work (samples inoculation, slides preparation

for

fungal

identification,

among

others

activities). “The internship in GIAS was a great opportunity for my personal and professional life. This was an experience where I could put into practice some knowledge and learn at the same time new skills and develop appropriate working methods.” Orlando Neves

Orlando Neves


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OnGoing Projects:

Microbiome assessment in optical shops

The project started in July 2015 and its main

contribution of our national network namely

goal is to make the assessment of fungal and

Sandra

bacteria burden and to characterize the

Tecnológico e Nuclear, Instituto Superior

contribution

Técnico from Lisbon University

of

several

environmental

Cabo-Verde

from

Campus

parameters such particle matter to this contamination. Currently there are no data regarding fungal and bacteria contamination in optical shops

Slit lamp biomicroscope sampled in the assessed optical shops

and this lack of information has been hindering the application of preventive measures. This project was possible due not only to several GIAS researchers (Ana Monteiro, Carla Lança, Mateus dos Santos, Raquel Sabino, Susana Viegas), but also to the

Scientific Outputs — 2015

Scientific Outputs 2015

For 2016 the aim is to keep increasing

the

publication

numbers, focusing in articles in international peer-review journals with higher impact factor journals.

Articles in international peerreview journals Articles in national peer-review journals Papers in international proceedings Books

Grupo de Investigação em Ambiente e Saúde (GIAS) 1st 2nd 3rd 4th quarter quarter quarter quarter 2

Posters in international congress

4

2

4

1

1

2

5 1

4

1

1

2

2

2

2

6

1

2

3

6

2

5

9

16

Posters in national congress Total

11 0

Book Chapters Oral presentations in international congress Oral presentations in national congress

3

Total

0 12

13

16

11

52


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National and international network AMBERGO, Lda have been a valuable

contaminated settings (focus on Projects

partner not only providing the aerosol

Ongoing Newsletter nº1)

monitor TSI® DustTrak II model 8532 to perform several occupational exposure assessments, but also giving an excelente tecnhical support that allow us to potentiate our research. Many projects have been enhanced due to this partnership, increasing the outputs from occupational exposure to fungi and particulate matter in highly

Case Study A research project related with occupational

ESTeSL-IPL

exposure assessment to cytostatic drugs was

assessment with a lower cost allowing the

started in 2010 funded by Portuguese

contamination monitoring of the workplaces

Authority for Working Conditions. Lisbon

surfaces

School of Health Technology (ESTeSL-IPL) and

information

Escola

two

management. We hope in this way to give an

institutions that developed this study. The aim

important contribute to reduce occupational

of the project was to assess workers exposure

exposure to the targeted chemical agentes.

Nacional Pública

were

the

by knowing the surfaces contamination with cytostatic drugs and for that an analytical method

was

determination

developed

to

do

of

3

different

cyclophosphamide,

5-

fluorouracil

the drugs: and

paclitaxel. The method implied the use of HPLC-DAD equipment and ESTeSL-IPL was the first institution having this method implemented. Until then, when Hospitals intended to do this assessment, they had to contact a foreign institution to do the analytical procedure. This involves time and high costs and probably this was the main reason for most Portuguese hospitals do not having ensured proper monitoring of this exposure. Nowadays,

can

and for

provide

this

providing risk

the

exposure

needed

assessment

and


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Future Events

ICOEH2016 http://conferenceoeh.com/

ECMM Educational Symposium on Ecology and Mycology https://www.ecmm.info/news/updated-program-ecmm-educationalsymposium-on-ecology-mycology-14-16-feb-2016_20_43.html

7th Advances Against Aspergillosis: http:// www.advancesagainstaspergillosis.org/2016/index.htm

SHO2016 http://www.sposho.pt/sho2016/

38th Mycotoxin Workshop http://www.mycotoxin-workshop.de/ index.php

ICOETox 2016 http://www.icoetox2016.com/

ISES 2016 http://ises2016.org/

ICEH2016 - 18th International Conference on Environment and Health https://www.waset.org/conference/2016/07/zurich/ICEH


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Incubated air plate from a swine industry from fungal burden assessment intervention

Until the next issue in June 2016

Editorial GIAS ONGOING - biannual - nº3 Newsletter of the Environment and Health Investigation Group Email: susana.viegas@estesl.ipl.pt; investigação@estesl.ipl.pt Site: http://www.estesl.ipl.pt/investigacao/grupos-deinvestigacao/grupo-de-investigacao-em-ambiente-esaude-gias

Editorial Staff: Carla Viegas Maria da Luz Antunes Susana Viegas Márcia Meneses Mateus dos Santos Tiago Faria Anita Gomes Design: Paula Seguro de Carvalho

ESTeSL Address: Av. D. João II Lote 4.69.01 1990 - 096 Lisboa Telef: (351) 218 980 400 Email: estesl@estesl.ipl.pt Site: www.estesl.ipl.pt

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