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Biological toxins of potential bioterrorism risk: Current status of detection and identification technology

Abstract
Biological toxins are a heterogeneous group of compounds that share commonalities both with biological and chemical agents. Based on their availability, toxicity, and the lack of medical countermeasures as well as their known history of military research, toxins such as ricin, botulinum neurotoxins, staphylococcal enterotoxins, and saxitoxin are classified as toxins of bioterrorism risk.

5th Meeting of the Community of Users on Safe, Secure and Resilient societies (Brussels)

10/Oct/2016

The TOXI-triage project was presented at the 5th Meeting of the community of users on safe, secure and resilient societies - Focus on CBRN on 10th October 2016 in Brussels.

Strengthening capacities in disaster risk and crisis management and improving resilience in CBRN-E (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive) and natural and man-made disaster management represent key EU policy and research challenges.

Volatile organic compound markers of psychological stress in skin: a pilot study

Abstract
The forehead was studied as a possible sampling site for capturing changes in volatile organic compound (VOC) profiles associated with psychological-stress. Skin-VOCs were sampled with a polydimethylsilicone (PDMS)-coupon and the resulting VOCs were recovered and analysed with two-stage thermal desorption gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

International Association of Breath Research (IABR) Breath Summit (Zurich)

14/Sep/2016

The TOXI-triage project was presented at the the IABR breath summit, organized by the International Association of Breath Research. This event took place from 14th September to 16th September 2016 at the ETH Zurich Honggerberg campus in Zurich, Switzerland. The summit covered areas like gas phase analysis - bacterial cells, infections, pathogens, Electronic nose, Engineering solutions, Cellular and molecular level in vitro studies.

Mental health surveillance after the terrorist attacks in Paris

The terror events in Paris in November, 2015, and elsewhere remind us of the substantial consequences that violent events can have for a population's mental health. Although effective approaches exist for treating these consequences, no systematic attempts have been made to identify populations at risk early on to expeditiously mitigate them. Social media could help identify populations in need during and after disasters.

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