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Vol. 30 No. 5
September-October 2008

Where 2B &Y | Announcements of conferences, symposia, workshops, meetings, and other upcoming activities.

Trace Elements in Food
1–3 April 2009, Rome, Italy

Diet is the main source of trace elements, and exposure to dietary trace elements has a direct impact on the health of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Insufficient intake of essential trace elements is a global issue. Deficiencies in iron, zinc, iodine, and selenium result in millions of people being affected by various diseases, with very serious consequences in those countries where malnutrition is widespread. At the same time, the impact of toxic element species such as inorganic arsenic and methylmercury on whole populations has become a priority for both the scientific community and health authorities.

The 3rd International IUPAC Symposium on Trace Elements in Food (TEF-3) will be held 1–3 April 2009 in Rome, Italy, organized by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità. The meeting will consist of two and a half days of oral and poster presentations. Plenary lectures will be given by invited speakers in the following areas:

  • advances in trace element analysis in food
    matrices
  • sources and transfer of trace elements in the food chain
  • toxicology and risk assessment
  • trace element nutrition and human health

The different facets of trace elements will be addressed throughout the symposium, with special emphasis on the biological effects of elements. Advances in the different areas will be discussed and special attention paid to ways of preventing adverse health effects on those individuals and populations most vulnerable to trace-element inadequacies, excesses, or imbalances.

Topics covered will include essentiality, toxicity, bioaccessibility, bioavailability, speciation, sources and transfer in the food chain, effects of processing, food fortification, supplementation, international legislation and standards, analytical developments, analytical quality assurance, and reference materials. Special emphasis will be placed on research and development efforts that have taken place in the past few years as well as on emerging issues in the area.

This meeting follows previous ones held in Warsaw, Poland in 2000 and in Brussels, Belgium in 2004. Like these meetings, TEF-3 aims at providing a forum for the exchange of new ideas and experiences among researchers in the trace element area with a view to give an evidence base for policy, advice on the development of improved foods, and information on risk-management tools to protect public health.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 December 2008, and the deadline for reduced fee payment is 15 January. Further details are available on the symposium website.

See Mark Your Calendar for contact information.

www.tef3-2009.it


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