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ESAR-Net a Spanish network for exploring the epidemiological applications of wastewater analysis

AuthorsLópez-García, Ester CSIC; Postigo, Cristina CSIC ORCID ; Valcárcel, Yolanda; González-Mariño, Iria; Bijlsma, Lubertus; Celma, Alberto; Andrés-Costa, María Jesús; Hernández, Félix; López del Amo, Juan Miguel; Marcé, Rosa María; Montes, Rosa; Pocurull, Eva; Andreu Pérez, V. CSIC ORCID ; Rodil, Rosario; Quintana, Benito
Issue Date11-Jul-2018
CitationCICTA (2018)
AbstractWastewater can be considered as a pooled diluted sample of urine and feces of a specific population. Thus, the analysis of appropriate biomarkers in wastewater can reveal information on consumption habits, the contaminant exposure or even the health status of the population through the so called “wastewater-based epidemiology” (WBE) approach. So far, the main application in this respect has been the estimation of illicit drug use by a specific population. This has been recognized as a useful tool to detect temporal and spatial variations in illicit drug use in a fast, relatively cheap and anonymous way, that is complementary to the methods traditionally employed to estimate drug use (population surveys, or the use of different indicators such as drug seizures, drug-related crimes, etc). Recently, a research network, ESARNet (www.esarnet.es) has been created to further explore the applications of WBE and disseminate the scientific and social impact of this tool at Spanish level. A total of six Spanish research groups and more than 20 researchers with years of expertise in the fields of analytical chemistry and environmental epidemiology are involved in the network activities. Among the network objectives are the development of collaborations across the Spanish territory and the promotion of coordinated works in this field of research. This poster aims at introducing the WBE approach and presenting the ESAR-Net network, in terms of its objectives, members, and planned activities.
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