We are pleased to announce that the JAAS Poster Prize from the recent BNASS meeting on Clinical, Environmental and Nutritional Investigations of Trace Elements and Human Health has been awarded to Gillian Lord from the University of Surrey. This was a joint meeting from the RSC Atomic Spectroscopy Group and the Southern Region of the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and was held at the University of Surrey on July 4th, 2012.
Gillian is currently studying towards a PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Surrey, UK, with the principal aim of looking at water quality in relation to human health. Her research began in New Zealand through a collaborative project with Waikato Regional Council in Hamilton, to evaluate the levels of arsenic and other trace elements in geothermal waters of the Taupo Volcanic Zone. Particularly, the levels of arsenic species through the application of a novel field based technology, developed at the University Surrey, to separate the four predominant arsenic species in water at sample collection. This research highlighted a potential risk of arsenic exposure through bathing in geothermal pools containing high levels of arsenic in the form of the more toxic inorganic arsenic species. Since then her research has expanded to Argentina, working closely with two towns in the province of Santa Fe, to evaluate water quality, namely the levels of arsenic, selenium and other trace elements, in relation to local health problems, including diabetes, obesity, cancers and behavioural difficulties.
Congratulations to Gillian for her winning poster!
You may like to take a look at recently published papers in JAAS on similar topics, including the latest Atomic Spectrometry Update. These papers will be free to read for 2 weeks.
Atomic spectrometry update. Clinical and biological materials, foods and beverages
Andrew Taylor, Martin P. Day, John Marshall, Marina Patriarca and Mark White
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 537-576
Advantages and limitations of a desolvation system coupled online to HPLC-ICPqMS/ES-MS for the quantitative determination of sulfur and arsenic in arseno-peptide complexes
Katharina Bluemlein, Eva M. Krupp and Jörg Feldmann
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2009, 24, 108-113
Liquid-phase microextraction as an attractive tool for multielement trace analysis in combination with X-ray fluorescence spectrometry: an example of simultaneous determination of Fe, Co, Zn, Ga, Se and Pb in water samples
Rafal Sitko, Karina Kocot, Beata Zawisza, Barbara Feist and Katarzyna Pytlakowska
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2011, 26, 1979-1985
Trace elements in human follicular fluid: development of a sensitive multielement ICP-MS method for use in biomonitoring studies
Pamela C. Kruger, Michael S. Bloom, John G. Arnason, Christopher D. Palmer, Victor Y. Fujimoto and Patrick J. Parsons
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1245-1253