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Workshops related to HBM and research


1.   Workshop on non-invasive sampling techniques for human biomonitoring

A Workshop on non invasive human biomonitoring took place on 10 December 2010 in Brussels, as a joint initative of COPHES and the Belgian ANIMO project: (Indoor risk factors for childhood respiratory diseases: development and application of non-invasive biomarkers;

Improved chemical and molecular analytical techniques allow measuring contaminants and/or early biological changes related to contaminant exposure directly in human biological fluids and tissues. It is a promising technique to estimate internal doses in the human body bridging the gap of knowledge between external environmental exposure and health effects. The aim of the joint workshop of the Belspo project ANIMO and the EU project COPHES was to address the potential of obtaining valuable information from human samples collected by non-invasive sampling techniques. This technology opens possibilities to include vulnerable population groups such as children in human biomonitoring studies for environmental health research.

The agenda and abstracts are available to view here (pdf)

Talks from the meeting are available to download in PDF format


2.   Workshop on Bisphenol A, triclosan and parabens

In late 2011 a need for discussion of the scientific background for inclusion of Bisphenol A, parabens and triclosan in HBM was identified and allocated to the working group on HBM and related research to be discussed at a meeting arranged in collaboration with DEMOCOPHES on 01 December 2011. The workshop was part of the HBM week organised by (DEMO)COPHES in Brussels 29.11-02.12.2011.

The program of the  Bisphenol A, triclosan and parabens workshop was developed and agreed between the responsible persons within COPHES and DEMOCOPHES, speakers were invited and the workshop was announced within COPHES emphasising the COPHES perspectives in possible future uses in HBM.

Abstracts from all presentations were collected and provided to all registered participants in advance by University of Copenhagen managing the practical issues. More than 30 persons participated.

The abstracts are available to view here. (pdf)

Talks from the meeting are available to download in PDF format:


3.   Workshop on Omics and Metals

The working group on HBM and related research feeds newest results within biomarker methods development and application into COPHES, and assesses the potential of these new methods for use in HBM programmes.

Special attention is on emerging pollutants, development of effect markers and non invasive markers, and progress in the genotoxicology and -omics field, including metabonomics.

In this context a workshop on Omics technologies and metals – State of the art related to HBM and prospects for COPHES/ DEMOCOPHES was organised by the University of Copenhagen and took place in Copenhagen the 12. March 2012.

There were more than 50 participants and all presentations and abstracts were available at the COPHES website within a month after the workshop. The workshop concluded:

  1. There is a substantial potential of omics technologies for HBM, especially for unsuspected exposures and these new technologies should not be ignored but applied in targeted studies eg bridging to health effects, source identification and within mixed exposures.
  2. Omics technologies will provide additional information, currently not quatitative related to individual risk assessment and the issues of data protection and ethics call for special attention and development
  3. Discussion within the scientific world shall be continued and intensified to promote the development on all omics technologies for HBM potential and for future use.
  4. Metal exposure in utero and early childhood presents special risks which must be taken into account.
  5. Food frequency questionnaires have proven valuable in exposure assessment to methylmercury from fish intake


The agenda and abstracts are available to view here. (pdf)

Talks from the meeting are available to download in PDF format:

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  Dr. Reinhard Joas BiPRO GmbH, Munich, Germany
  Dr. Ludwine Casteleyn, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  Dr. Anke Joas BiPRO GmbH, Munich, Germany