What's your water telling you? Urban water profiling to inform the state of the environment and public health

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Date: 13 February 2018
Venue: Room 2X242, Harvard Lecture Theatre, Frenchay Campus
Time: 18:00


The occurrence, fate and effects of pharmaceuticals, illicit drugs, personal care products and endocrine disruptors in the environment are not well understood.

New analytical methodology utilising advanced techniques such as liquid chromatography mass spectrometry has shown the possibility of identifying and quantifying these pollutants at low parts per trillion levels.

The possibility of detecting these pollutants has led to the development of new advances in public health epidemiology such as urban water fingerprinting.

Urban water fingerprinting allows for anonymised but comprehensive and objective information on the health status of a population and surrounding environment in real time as urban water collected in sewerage systems gives a representative sample of the entire population's drug consumption.

Although still in its infancy, this approach can be used to report on community-wide illicit drug trends and can be used to feed into the Europe-wide evidence based early warning system such as the European Agency for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

About this talk

This talk will introduce the topic and its rapid development. It will focus on pharmacologically active compounds in urban water and their stereochemistry in the context of environmental risk assessment.

It will also explore new avenues in the utilisation of urban water fingerprinting in the assessment of population health and health risk prediction.

Download the event flyer (pdf).

How to attend

Free to all, no need to book.

Cost: Free
Contact: Dr. Kevin Honeychurch
Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 87357
E-mail: kevin.honeychurch@uwe.ac.uk

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