Special Issue "Risk Assessment of Environmental Contaminants"
A special issue of Toxics (ISSN 2305-6304).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2014)
Prof. Dr. Marta Schuhmacher
Environmental Engineering Laboratory, Departament d'Enginyeria Quimica, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Av. Països Catalans 26, 43007 Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
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Interests: human health risk assessment; chemical mixtures; decision support systems; ecotoxicology; modelling of environmental pollution
Dr. Martí Nadal
Since a broad range of chemicals is released by urban communities and industries, anthropogenic activities may have an important impact for the environment and the human health. Once they reach the environment, these substances are spread and, ultimately, they enter the human body through several direct (e.g., air inhalation) or indirect (e.g., food consumption) exposure pathways. Understanding the extent to which ecosystems and human populations are exposed to environmental contaminants is essential to identify those pollutants of most concern. Environmental contaminants are ubiquitous, being present not only in
environmental matrices or foodstuffs, but also in personal care products, electronic devices, as well as many other home products. Classical approaches for assessing health risks have focused on the individual evaluation of a single source, pathway or adverse effect. Moreover, pollutants are considered independently, and their chemical interactions have not been taken into account. However, people are really exposed to multiple contaminants from a variety of sources and through different pathways. Therefore, tools to help the assessment of the co-exposure to environmental contaminants, and the associated human health risks are needed. New science-based risk assessment methods are essential as supporting tools for stakeholders of decision-making processes.
Articles selected in this Special Issue of Toxics will cover a number of timely research questions in the area of “Risk assessment of environmental contaminants”, with special emphasis on the combined exposure to chemical pollutants. This Special Issue will cover studies related with:
- Environmental and human monitoring
- Exposure and co-exposure models
- Biomarkers for health risk assessment
- Emerging pollutants in the environment
- Mixtures of environmental contaminants
- Risk management and communication
- Physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling for risk assessment
- Nanotoxicology: Risk assessment of nanomaterials
Professor Dr. Marta Schuhmacher
Dr. Martí Nadal
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Toxics is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
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- human health risk assessment
- exposure assessment
- risk management
- chemical mixtures
- PBPK modeling
- combined exposure