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Vol. 31 No. 1
January-February 2009

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

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

The diet is the main source of trace elements for most of the world’s people. Insufficient intake of essential trace elements has a direct impact on the health of hundreds of millions worldwide. In countries where malnutrition is widespread, deficiencies of iron, zinc, iodine, and selenium leave people vulnerable to a variety of diseases, with very serious consequences. On the other hand, the impact of toxic element species, such as inorganic arsenic and methylmercury, on whole populations is also a priority for the scientific community and health authorities.

The different facets of trace elements, from essentiality to toxicity, will be addressed at the 3rd International IUPAC Symposium on Trace Elements in Food, which will take place 1–3 April 2009 in Rome, Italy. Advancements in the different areas will be discussed and special attention will be placed on preventing adverse health effects in those individuals and populations most vulnerable to trace-element inadequacies, excesses, or imbalances. The meeting will consist of two and a half days of oral and poster presentations.

The objective of this interdisciplinary symposium is to gather experts with different backgrounds to discuss all aspects of trace elements in relation to food, with special emphasis on biological effects of elements. The topics covered 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 which have taken place in the last few years as well as on emerging issues.

Previous meetings were organized in Brussels, Belgium in 2004 and in Warsaw, Poland, in 2000. As with the two previous meetings, this symposium aims to provide a comfortable forum for new ideas and experiences to be exchanged among researchers.

See Mark Your Calendar for contact information.

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