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Participation of young researcher in international conferences


Young researcher Polona Brezovšek from Environmental Engineering Institute (IEI) has participated in four international conferences in year 2013. In the conferences she presented current results of their research about the effects of selected cytostatics on algae and cyanobacteria in the form of posters and lecture. For the participation in the 49th Congress of the European Societies of Toxicology
she has been granted a fellowship.

The concern about pharmaceutical residues as new pollutants in the environment is increasing for the last years. Over the past two decades, a number of studies have been performed, referring to this problem. However, many questions still remains unanswered, like can drug residues present a risk for the environment or humans? And if it does – how can drug concentrations in the environment be monitored or how can their presence there be reduced? What will be the costs of reducing drug residues and who will cover the costs? Residues of which drugs are particularly dangerous and where the risk appears to be higher? What are combined effects of mixtures of many drug residues or mixtures of drug residues together with many other chemicals present in the environment? Many questions like these still do not have definitive answers. Therefore, international meetings are of major importance, since many discussions are provoked to open the communication between professionals.


Mentors of research work:

Željko Blažeka, director IEI

prof. dr. Metka Filipič, head of scientific- research unit  of Department of Genetic Toxicology and Cancer Biology, NIB

dr. Tina Eleršek, research associate,  Department of Genetic Toxicology and Cancer Biology, NIB

International conferences:

7th Conference on Experimental and Translational Oncology
Portorož, Slovenia

5th Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School Students' Conference
Ljubljana, Slovenia

International Conference: Pharmaceutical Products in the Environment: Is There a Problem?
Nimes, France

49th Congress of the European Societies of Toxicology
Interlaken, Switzerland


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