University of Loughborough has organised an special event to showcase some outstanding work carried out in the framework of TOXI-triage project, which will revolutionise the way emergency services across the world tackle life threatening chemical, biological, radioactive, or nuclear (CBRN) incidents.
The Nordic Society for Radiation Protection is dedicated to the development and dissemination of knowledge and experience on protection against ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. This covers radiation protection for workers, patients being subjected to irradiation for diagnostics or therapeutic purposes and protection of the public in general. This work is mainly done through arranging general meetings (conferences) within the Nordic countries, where members can meet and exchange views and information.
The second TOXI-triage field exercise, DISPERSE, took place on 22nd May in Mikkeli, Finland.
DISPERSE scenario simulated a chemical incident in a town centre. A van parked at the Market Square starts to release a dense plume of vapour that blows across the ground and through the stalls and cafe seating located around the square.
Some people in the square are immediately overcome by the vapour and many others complain of irritation of eyes, nose and throat. Others start to report chest pain and breathing difficulties. This was the starting point of the exercise.
Three critical segments were considered where TOXI‐triage concepts and technologies are envisaged to enhance response capabilities:
This one day meeting sponsored by the Royal Society of Chesmistry Analytical Division aims to bring together academics, scientists, engineers, and industry specialists to present and discuss the research, innovative developments, and standardisation efforts in breath research.
Paul Thomas, professor of Analitical Science at Loughborough University and TOXI-triage coordinator, talked about how CBRN mass casualty triage concepts have revelaed an approach to personalised radiotherapy.
This first International Workshop, organized by the Chemical Sciences Security Group (CSSG) of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), and the Institut für Atemgasanalytik at the University of Innsbruck, brought together scientists and technologists from academia, industry and government in an informal setting to network and share recent advances in areas such as PTR-MS, ESI-MS, IMS and MS for security applications. The aim was to facilitate closer collaboration in this field and improve the exploitation of novel concepts.
The International Association of Breath Research (IABR), organizes a biennial series of international conferences on breath research. 2019 conference will take place in Leicester on 8-11 September. Attendees gather expertise in different domains ranging from breath chemical analysis and sensor instrumentation to biomarker detection and identification strategies, and belong to academia, industry and research organisations.
The CBRNe Society’s in partnership with the Brazilian Army organised the second edition of the NCT South America in Rio de Janeiro on 5-7 February 2019. This conference brings together high-level decision-makers, experts and first responders in the field of CBRNe and EOD.
On 5th and 6th December TOXI-triage consortium attended the Security Research Event (SRE) in Brussels. This event has been jointly organized by the European Commission and the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology.
The theme this year was ‘Making Europe a safer place: demonstrating the impact of EU funded security research’. Results of EU funding research and European innovation on:
The Breath Biopsy Conference 2018 took place in the Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge UK on 8th November. The event aimed to expose the untapped potential of breath analysis and bring together the brightest minds in the area of breath research.
Two members of the TOXI-triage family participated in the conference as speakers:
Imagine a CBRN crisis and blue light responders in the middle of the chaos deploying sensors, drones and using hand-held detectors to get meaningful CBRN information to enable situation awareness. Imagine these responders’ teams tagging casualties and tracking them and their medical treatments. Imagine a command and control room where all this information is retrieved and centralized for the crisis commander, enabling informed decision making, facilitating an effective response and accelerating the recovery. That all happened at TOXI-triage FOCUS exercise in Athens last October.