December 2016 project bulletin
- TOXI-triage explotation, business model canvas
- Diary dates for the coming year
- Introducing the UFZ team
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.
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.
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.
October 2016 project bulletin
- Evaluation of Future Technologies for CBRN Crises Management Workshop/Masterclass, Helsinki
- TOXI-triage annual project meeting
- Introducing the T4i team
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.
The TOXI-triage project is mentioned in the paper Mapping Emergency Responders’ Current Procedures in the Event of a CBRNe Incident, included in the proceedings of the Healthcare Ergonomics & Patient Safety (HEPS) conference held in Toulouse on the 5-7 October 2016. (pages 432-434)
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.
August 2016 project bulletin
- TOXI-triage at ISIMS, Boston
- TOXI-triage at CWD, London
- First patient visit for clinical trials in Edinburg