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The 2nd International Electronic Conference on Toxins

Part of the International Electronic Conference on Toxins series
14–28 Jul 2023

Novel Plant Toxins, Animal Toxins, Insect Toxins, Microbial Toxins, Evolution of Toxins
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IECT2023 has been successfully held. Thank you for your participation.

The IECT2023 award winners are still under evaluation; we will announce it as soon as possible.

The accepted papers will be published as one dedicated volume in the MDPI journal Biology and Life Sciences Forum after the conference.

All participants of IECT2023 are welcome to submit the extended work to the Special Issue created for this conference in Toxins (ISSN 2072-6651, Impact Factor: 4.2) with a 20% discount on the article processing charge.

Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Toxins

Dear scientists, researchers, and authors,

I am particularly excited this year to announce the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Toxins (IECT2023). The reason for this exuberance is that the meeting will serve to inaugurate an additional scientific domain, Toxinology, for our journal Toxins (ISSN: 2072-6651; Impact Factor: 5.075). The meeting will be hosted online by https://iect2023.sciforum.net/ from 14 to 28 July 2023.

We believe that the addition of toxicology, the science focusing on the nature, effect and detection of poisons, to the scientific domains currently covered in Toxins will provide a synergistic dimension to the field of toxinology and our journal. We feel that having toxinology as the topic for the IECT2023 is an ideal mechanism for the launch of the concept in Toxins.

Topics for IECT2023 are organized into six sessions:

S1. Novel plant, animal, insect and microbial toxins
S2. Mechanism of action and/or pathophysiology of toxins
S3. Use of toxins as tools for research, drug discovery, and therapeutics
S4. Impact of toxins on public health
S5. Impact of toxins on agriculture
S6. Evolution of toxins

Within each topic of particular interest will be those at the interface of toxicology and toxinology.

The meeting will be organized so that scientists can share their most recent findings with colleagues worldwide in Q&A sessions, as well as participate in discussion groups that will occur online. We hope this will be an engaging format.

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the conference committee, and, if accepted, the author has the option to submit a proceedings paper or a poster, optionally along with an optional PowerPoint and/or video presentation of their work. The 2nd International Electronic Conference on Toxins is sponsored by MDPI and the scientific journal Toxins. The conference proceedings papers, posters and presentations will be available on https://iect2023.sciforum.net/ for discussion during the time of the conference, from the 14 to 28 July 2023, and will be published in the journal Biology and Life Sciences Forum.

IECT2023 offers you the opportunity to participate in this international, scholarly conference without any concerns of expenditures regarding travel—all you need is your computer and access to the Internet. We would like to invite you to “attend” this conference by presenting your latest work. There is no registration fee. Abstracts (in English) should be submitted online before 5 May 2023 at https://www.sciforum.net.

Paper Submission Guidelines

For information on the procedure for submission, peer review, revision and acceptance of conference proceedings papers, please refer to the Section “Instructions for Authors”.

Although the current pandemic has moved us to these rather novel formats to disseminate data and engage with colleagues worldwide, I think that this provides us with an outstanding and unique opportunity to interact with researchers in other fields and, as such, enrich ourselves and our science using this meeting format.

It is my wish that you will join me in participating in this unique event and play an active part in this online conference.

Sincerely,

Professor Jay W. Fox,
Chair of the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Toxins
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Live Session Recordings

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List of accepted submissions (47)

Id Title Authors Presentation Video Poster PDF
sciforum-072459 Simple analysis system for the rapid and sensitive detection of major ciguatoxin congeners

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Submitted: 30 Mar 2023

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sciforum-072717 Kinetic Characterization of ATPase of Plasmodium falciparum (PfATP4) & its Inhibition by Duttaphrynus melanostictus (Schneider) Skin Extract: An In Vitro Study

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Submitted: 27 May 2023

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sciforum-072645 Innovative method of high sensitivity and separation detection for ciguatoxin analogues by LC-MS/MS

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Submitted: 06 Apr 2023

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sciforum-072409 Synergism between food toxicants acting on sodium channels , , , , N/A Poster PDF Show Abstract
sciforum-072408 Ciguatoxins and methods of detection

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Submitted: 26 May 2023

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Keynote Speakers

Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera, Algés, Portugal

DETAILS
Talk
Marine Biotoxins in Bivalves and Spring Tides: A Dangerous Health Coincidence
Bio
Paulo Vale obtained his Ph.D. in Biology for the characterization of DSP toxins in shellfish from the Portuguese coast. He specialized in analysis of several marine biotoxins in shellfish and phytoplankton by liquid chromatography coupled with DAD, FLD and Mass Spectrometry detection. He has implemented LC methodologies for several toxin groups: dinophysistoxins, pectenotoxins, azaspiracids, domoic acid, saxitoxins. He is engaged with the Portuguese monitoring programme for marine biotoxins and related public health research. He studies cycles associated with coastal Harmful Algal Blooms and recent impacts from global change. He also studies photobiology, heliobiology and bioelectromagnetism in microalgae cultures.

Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR), Anavyssos, Greece

DETAILS
Talk
Paralytic and Diarrhetic shellfish poisoning toxins from marine dinoflagellates and their impact on zooplankton physiology: case studies from Mediterranean hotspots and laboratory experiments
Bio
Dr. Ioanna Varkitzi is a Research Scientist PhD, in the Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Greece. She obtained her Ph.D. in eutrophication pressures, Harmful Algal Bloom dynamics (HABs) and their impact on the marine benthic ecosystem, from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. Among her major research interests are field studies and laboratory experiments on the ecology and physiology of marine phytoplankton with focus on Harmful Algal Blooms; transfer of toxins from harmful microalgae and food web interactions with other planktonic and benthic organisms. She is engaged in a european network of experts for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) monitoring programs and environmental status assessment.

University of Padova, Padova, Italy

DETAILS
Talk
Drugs that accelerate recovery from the neuroparalytic paralysis caused by neurotoxic snakes

State Key Laboratory of Animal Nutrition, College of Animal Science and Technology, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China

DETAILS
Talk
Toxicokinetics of mycotoxins in male donkeys after a single oral administration
Bio
Qiugang Ma works in the College of Animal Science and Technology, China Agricultural University(CAU), Beijing, China. He obtained his Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition and Feed Science from one cooperative program between CAU and Hohenheim University (Germany) and then worked as a long-term fellow in CAU. The major research interest of his group includes the release, absorption, metabolism, and residues of mycotoxins in animals, the development of mycotoxin-degrading bacteria and the study of their degrading mechanisms to develop green and safe feedstuff additives, feed safety and healthy farming, and nutritional needs of monogastric animals.

Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

DETAILS
Bio
Prof. Ornella Rossetto received her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Pathology in 1995 and since 2014 she has been an Associate Professor of General Pathology at the Medical School of University of Padova in Italy. Prof. Rossetto participated to the discovery of the zinc-endopeptidase activity of tetanus and botulinum neurotoxins and to the identification of the intraneuronal targets and peptide bond specificity of these neurotoxins. She is presently studying the molecular mechanism of action of botulinum neurotoxins at the peripheral and central synapses. Moreover, she uses these presynaptic toxins as tools to study the peripheral synaptic plasticity induced by neuroparalysis.

Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, USA

DETAILS
Talk
Is resistance to transgenic Bt plants reversible?
Bio
Fangneng Huang is the L.D. Newsom Endowed Distinguished Professor for IPM in the Department of Entomology at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, USA. He received his Ph.D. from Kansas State University, USA. Dr. Huang’s research has focused on evaluation of transgenic Bt crops for pest management, risk assessment, monitoring, and management of insect resistance to transgenic Bt crops. Other research projects are developing effective IPM methods for managing corn and small grain insect pests.

Conference Chair

University of Virginia Medical School, Department of Microbiology, Charlottesville, United States

DETAILS
Bio
Guest Editor of Toxins (S: Animal Venoms) (SI: Snake Venom Metalloproteinases) , Editor-in-Chief of Toxins , Guest Editor of Toxins (SI: Toxins:10th Anniversary) , Guest Editor of Toxins (SI: Selected Papers from 1st International Electronic Conference on Toxins 2021) , Advisory Board Member of Medical Sciences Forum

Session Chairs

Dr. Nilgun E. Tumer

Department of Plant Biology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

Dr. Michel R. Popoff

Institut Pasteur, Unité "Bactéries anaérobies et Toxines", 25-28 Rue du Dr Roux, France

Prof. Dr. R. Manjunatha Kini

Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Prof. Dr. R. Vanholder

Nephrology Section, 0K12, Department of Internal Medicine, Ghent University Hospital, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Sarah De Saeger

1. Department of Bioanalysis, Centre of Excellence in Mycotoxicology and Public Health, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ghent University, , Belgium,
2. Faculty of Science, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

Prof. Dr. Vitor Vasconcelos

1. Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre, Portugal,
2. CIIMAR/CIMAR, Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto, Terminal de Cruzeiros do Porto de Leixões, Av. General Norton de Matos, s/n, Portugal

Dr. Marco Masi

University of Naples "Federico II", Napoli, Italy

Dr. Panagiota Katikou

Hellenic Agricultural Organization - DIMITRA, Veterinary Research Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece

Event Committees

University of Macau, Taipa, Macao

DETAILS
Research Keywords
Venom-based peptide drug; Antibody therapy; Cancer biomarker; Drug resistance; photoelectrochemical immunoassay

Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire, Université de Toulouse, France

DETAILS
Research Keywords
impact of climate changes on fungal biodiversity; fungi and indoors; modulation of mycotoxin synthesis by natural compounds

School of Pharmacy, University of Reading, Reading, UK

DETAILS
Research Keywords
venom research; sequence, structure and functional analysis of venom proteins; development of diagnostic and improved therapeutic strategies for snakebites; impact of venoms on cardiovascular system

University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy

Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera, Algés, Portugal

DETAILS
Research Keywords
marine biotoxins; phycotoxins; harmful algal blooms; liquid (LC-UV, LC-FLD) and mass spectrometry (LC-MS) chromatography; microalgae cultures; monitoring programmes; food safety; public health; global change

Catholic University, Piacenza, Italy

DETAILS
Research Keywords
Aflatoxins B1-B2 and M1-M2; Ochratoxin A; PCB and dioxins; Heavy metals of agriculture; Botulin toxins; Campylobacter toxins; Salmonella toxins; Alternario mycotoxins; Phycotoxins in seafood; Probiotic as a preventive tools against gut pathogens toxins

University of Padova, Padova, Italy

DETAILS
Research Keywords
bacterial and snake paralytic neurotoxins/ peripheral neurogeneration/ cell signalling / tetanus / botulism / snake venoms

Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

DETAILS
Research Keywords
NK cells, Cancer immunotherapy, Autoimmune diseases, Chemokines, Drugs mechanisms of action, Innate immunity

Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA

CNRS, Aix-Marseille University, Centrale Marseille, Marseille, France

DETAILS
Research Keywords
mycotoxins; fungal metabolites; antimicrobial; anticancer; antinflammatory; antioxidant

Live Session Programs

Live Session 1

20 July 2023
Time: 1:00 pm CEST

Speaker

Presentation Topic

Time (CEST)

Session Chair
Prof. Dr. R. Manjunatha Kini

Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Introduction

13:00–13:05

Invited Presentations

Prof. Dr. Cesare Montecucco

Drugs that accelerate recovery from the peripheral neuroparalysis caused by neurotoxic snakes

13:05–13:30

Prof. Dr. Qiu-Gang Ma

Toxicokinetics of mycotoxins in male donkeys after a single oral administration

13:30–13:55

Prof. Dr. Ornella Rossetto

Botulinum Neurotoxins: New Insights on the Mechanism of Action

13:55–14:20

Q&A Session

14:20–14:30

Closing of Webinar

14:30–14:35


Live Session 2

21 July 2023
Time: 1:00 pm CEST

Speaker

Presentation Topic

Time (CEST)

Session Chair
Prof. Dr. Jay Fox

University of Virginia Medical School, Department of Microbiology, Charlottesville, United States

Introduction

13:00–13:05

Invited Presentations

Dr. Ioanna Varkitzi

Paralytic and Diarrhetic shellfish poisoning toxins from marine dinoflagellates and their impact on zooplankton physiology: case studies from Mediterranean hotspots and laboratory experiments

13:05–13:30

Dr. Paulo Vale

Marine Biotoxins in Bivalves and Spring Tides: A Dangerous Health Coincidence

13:30–13:55

Prof. Dr. Fangneng Huang

Is resistance to transgenic Bt plants reversible?

13:55–14:20

Q&A Session

14:20–14:30

Closing of Webinar

14:30–14:35

Live Session Registration

The live session is FREE to participate. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar.  Registrations with academic institutional email addresses will be prioritized.

IECT 2023 | Live Session 1

Date: 20 July 2023
Time: 13:00 (CEST)

IECT 2023 | Live Session 2

Date: 21 July 2023
Time: 13:00 (CEST)

Once you have participated, you can log in to Sciforum using your registration email and easily download your Certificate of Attendance.

Instructions for Authors

Submission

Submissions should be made by authors online by registering with www.sciforum.net, and using the "New Submission" function once logged into the system.
Note: Institutional email address is requested especially for the corresponding author. Please submit the abstract with the institutional email address.
1. Scholars interested in participating in the conference can submit their abstract (about 200–300 words) online on this website until 5 May 2023. The Conference Committee will notify the acceptance of the abstract by 19 May 2023.
2. In case of acceptance, the author is optional to submit a proceeding paper (short proceedings paper, 3-6 pages) or a poster, optionally along with a PowerPoint and/or a short video presentation (max. 3-5 minutes) before 2 June 2023.
3. The manuscripts and presentations will be available on Sciforum.net for discussion and rating during the time of the conference, from 14 to 28 July 2023.
4. All submissions will be reviewed using the powerful text comparison tool iThenticate. This procedure aims to prevent scholarly and professional plagiarism. Submissions will then be peer-reviewed by conference committees based on originality/novelty, quality of presentation, scientific soundness, interest to the readers, overall merit and English level. After the conference, all submissions will be published on sciforum.net, and only the proceeding paper (3-6 pages) will be published in the MDPI Biology and Life Sciences Forum journal (ISSN: 2673-9976).
Note: Publication of proceedings paper is free of charge.
Before publication, Biology and Life Sciences Forum journal will check the plagiarism issue again. Submissions with a lack of novelty will not be published in the journal.
5. The open access journal Toxins (Impact Factor: 5.075) will publish a dedicated conference Special Issue. Conference participants are encouraged to submit a full paper to the dedicated Special Issue, and will receive a 20% discount on the Article Processing Charge (APC).
Note: The submission to the Toxins journal is independent of the conference proceedings and will follow the usual process of the journal, including peer-review, APC, etc.

Submission of Manuscripts
Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.sciforum.net by registering and logging in.

Accepted File Formats

  • MS Word: Manuscripts prepared in Microsoft Word must be converted into a single file before submission. When preparing manuscripts in MS Word, the Electronic Conference on Surfaces, Coatings, and Interfaces Microsoft Word template file (see download below) must be used. Please do not insert any graphics (schemes, figures, etc.) into a movable frame that can superimpose upon the text and make the layout very difficult.
  • LaTeX: Manuscripts prepared in LaTeX must be collated into one .ZIP folder (include all source files and images, so that the Conference Secretary can recompile the submitted PDF). When preparing manuscripts in LaTeX, please use the 1st Electronic Conference on Toxins and Applications LaTeX template files.

The 2nd International Electronic Conference on Toxins Microsoft Word template file and LaTex template file

Proceedings Paper

Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must have the following organization:

  • Title
  • Full author names
  • Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors’ e-mail addresses
  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results and Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • (Acknowledgements)
  • References

Manuscripts should be prepared in MS Word or any other word processor and should be converted to PDF format before submission. The publication format will be PDF. The manuscript should be at least 3 pages (incl. figures, tables, and references) and should not exceed 6 pages.

Presentation Slides
Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint or similar software, to be displayed online along with the manuscript. Slides can be prepared the same way as for any traditional conference. They should be converted to PDF format before submission.

Video Presentations
Authors are requested to submit video presentations accompany with extended submissions. Video should be no longer than 3-5 minutes and prepared with one of the following formats: .mp4 / .webm / .ogg (max size: 250Mb). It should be submitted with the full manuscript before 2 June 2023 (full submission deadline).

Posters
Posters will be available on this conference website during and after the event. Like papers presented on the conference, participants will be able to ask questions and make comments about the posters. Posters can be presented without an accompanying proceedings paper. However, they will not be added to the proceedings of the conference.

After acceptance, please upload a copy of the proceedings/abstract as a PDF and word, in the corresponding fields, and upload the Poster PDF in the field "Presentation PDF (optional)".

1)The poster should be in PDF format
2)The minimum size for images is 148 mm × 210 mm (horizontal × vertical) at 300 dpi.
3)The content of the poster should be a comprehensive presentation of your accepted submission.
4) No copyright issues with any elements in the poster.

Posters should have the following information:

  • Title (with authors and affiliations)
  • Introduction/Objectives/Aims
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Acknowledgments
  • Contact information

Potential Conflicts of Interest
All authors must disclose all relationships or interests that could inappropriately influence or bias their work. This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. If there is no conflict, please state "The authors declare no conflict of interest." Financial support for the study must be fully disclosed under the "Acknowledgments" section.

Copyright
MDPI, the publisher of the Sciforum.net platform, is an open access publisher. We believe that authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting a communication paper to this conference, you retain the copyright of your paper, but you grant MDPI the non-exclusive right to publish this paper online on the Sciforum.net platform. This means you can easily submit your paper to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher (if required by that publisher).

Event Awards

To acknowledge the support of the conference’s esteemed authors and recognize their outstanding scientific accomplishments, we are pleased to launch a Best Paper Award and Best Presentation Award.

The Awards
Best Paper Award

Number of Awards Available: 1

The Best Paper Award is given to the paper judged to make the most significant contribution to the conference. There will be one winner selected for this award, the winner will receive a certificate and 500 CHF.

Best Presentation Award

Number of Awards Available: 1

The Best Presentation Award is given to the submission judged to make the most significant and interesting presentation (poster, slides, or video) for the conference. There will be one winner selected for this award, the winner will receive a certificate and 300 CHF.

Live Sessions Information

During the duration of the conference, a number of live online sessions will be programmed. The live-streaming platform we are using is Zoom. During each session, the participants will have the possibility to ask questions during a Q&A session. Detailed information about the topics and dates will be shared soon.

The live sessions are free of charge. The authors who submit submissions to IECT2023 will have priority for registration (with no extra cost) to the live online sessions with our keynote speakers. If it is not completely full, registration will be open for unregistered participants. Registrations with academic institutional email addresses will be prioritized. The number of participants in the live session is limited but the recording will be made available on Sciforum shortly afterward.

We are pleased to invite you to subscribe to our conference so that you can receive email notifications when the live session program is online and open online discussions.

Conference Secretariat

Ms. Nora Zhang
Ms. Alisa Zhai
Ms. Ariel Zhang

Email: iect2023@mdpi.com

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