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The 1st International Electronic Conference on Toxics

20–22 Mar 2024
Event's Timezone: Central European Time

Toxicological Methods, Toxicological Mechanisms, Organ Toxicity, Predictive Toxicology, Risk Assessment, Toxicity Reduction and Remediation
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[IECTO 2024] Conference closed

On behalf of the conference organizing committee of the 1st International Electronic Conference on Toxics (IECTO 2024), we would like to express our appreciation to all of the participants for their contributions. From all accounts, the meeting was a success.

Best Oral Presentation Awards and Best Poster Awards of IECTO 2024 have been evaluated. Please refer to the Winner Announcement.

Winner Announcement

On behalf of the chairs of IECTO 2024, we are pleased to announce the winners of the Best Oral Presentation Awards and Best Poster Awards.

The Best Oral Presentation Awards have been awarded to
- sciforum-084381, "Spatiotemporal gradients of PAHs in Greek urban environments and subsequent health impacts", Irini Tsiodra, Kalliopi Tavernaraki, Georgios Grivas, Kyriaki Papoutsidaki, Despina Paraskevopoulou, Eleni Liakakou, Constantine Parinos, Alexandra Gogou, Aikaterini Bougiatioti, Nikoalos Mihalopoulos.
- sciforum-084591, "Unveiling the LncRNA–miRNA–mRNA regulatory network in arsenic-induced nerve injury in rats using high-throughput sequencing", Fang Chu, Chunqing Lu, Zhe jiao, Wenjing Yang, Xiyue Yang, Hao Ma, Hao Yu, Sheng Wang, Yang Li, Dianjun Sun, Hongna Sun.
- sciforum-084419, "A historical drug or a current problem? Determination of methaqualone and its analogs in biological material via UHPLC-QqQ-MS/MS", Kaja Tusiewicz, Marcin Zawadzki, Paweł Szpot.
- sciforum-085045, "Up-the-pipe solutions: A best-practice framework to engage communities in reducing chemical contamination in waste", Louis Tremblay, James Ataria, Ian Challenger, Jacqui Horswell, Virginia Baker, Lisa Langer, Alan Leckie, Olivier Champeau, Alma Siggins, Grant Northcott.

The Best Poster Awards have been awarded to
- sciforum-085719, "In Silico Discovery of Hemolytic Peptides Through a Novel Approach Based on Network Science and Similarity Searching Methods", Kevin Castillo-Mendieta, Yovani Marrero-Ponce, Guillermin Agüero-Chapin, Mariela Perez Cardenas.
- sciforum-086091, "Exploring marine-derived fungal preussin toxicity to MDA-MB-231 cells cultured in 2D and 3D", Rosária Seabra, Fernanda Malhão, Alexandra Correia, Carla Costa, Anake Kijjoa, Eduardo Rocha.

Welcome from the Chair

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the MDPI journal Toxics (ISSN: 2305-6304; Impact Factor: 4.6) and its Scientific Committee, I am pleased to invite you to participate in the 1st International Electronic Conference on Toxics. This meeting will be held online from 20-22 March 2024.

The aim of this platform is to bring together students, researchers, and scientists from around the world to present their work and exchange ideas on the exposure, effects, and risks of chemicals and materials on humans and the natural environment, as well as on the development of new approaches to assess and/or manage the toxicological and ecotoxicological risks of chemicals and materials. The topics are organized into six sessions, corresponding to the following journal Sections:

1. Environmental Contaminants and Health.
2. Drugs Toxicity and Safety.
3. Toxicological Mechanisms of Toxicants.
4. Identification and Quantification of Toxicants.
5. Novel Methods in Toxicology Research.
6. Toxicity Reduction and Environmental Remediation.

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the conference committee and, if accepted, authors can choose to submit proceedings papers or posters, potentially alongside a PowerPoint and/or video presentation of their work. All accepted abstracts will be published as one dedicated volume in the Proceedings journal (ISSN: 2504-3900).

The 1st International Electronic Conference on Toxics offers you the opportunity to participate in this international, scholarly conference without having the concern or expenditure of travel fees. We would like to invite you to “attend” this conference by presenting your latest work. Abstracts (in English) should be submitted online before 20 November 2023.

Kind regards,
Dr. Demetrio Raldúa
Department Environmental Chemistry, IDAEA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

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Event Chairs

Department Environmental Chemistry, IDAEA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

Dr. Demetrio Raldúa (IDAEA-CSIC, Spain) is specialized in various aspects of vertebrate physiology and toxicology. After working for some years in thyroid disruption, his current research interest is the understanding of the molecular basis of the neurotoxic effects of environmental pollutants and drugs, using zebrafish as an experimental model. This work contributes to the building of new adverse outcome pathways (AOPs) of neurotoxic compounds by linking molecular pathways to adverse effects at the neurobehavioural level.

Session Chairs

Prof. Dr. Qixing Zhou

College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nankai University, Tianjin, China

Dr. Natalia Garcia-Reyero

Environmental Laboratory, US Army Engineer Research & Development Center, Vicksburg, USA

Prof. Dr. Yankai Xia

School of Public Health, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China

Prof. Dr. Youssef Sari

Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Toledo, Toledo, USA

Prof. Dr. Virgínia Cruz Fernandes

Instituto Superior de Engenharia, Politécnico do Porto, Porto, Portugal

Event Committee

Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, China

Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Denmark

College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

ISEP-School of Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Porto, Portugal,
Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

Cawthron Institute, Nelson, New Zealand,
School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

School of Public Health, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China

Department of Chemical Engineering (ADEQ), Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa (ISEL), Lisbon, Portugal

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, USA

Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China

Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, Milan, Italy

National Centre for Environmental Health, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Madrid, Spain

IMT Nord Europe, Douai, France

School of Ecology and Environment, Hainan University, Haikou, China

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Malta, Msida, Malta

School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Department of Toxicology, Peking University, Beijing, China

College of Environment and Safety Engineering, Qingdao University of Science & Technology, Qingdao, China

Department of Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Alcala, Alcalá de Henares, Spain

Helmholtz Munich - German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany

Department of Chemistry, Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Keynote Speakers

Division of Environmental Health & Risk Management, School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Research Keywords
environment and human health; air pollution; emissions through atmospheric chemical; exposure and effects on human health; PM2.5 and chemical composition; traffic pollution; climate

Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Therapeutics, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, USA

Research Keywords
drug-induced liver injury; acetaminophen; acute liver failure; hepatic ischemia-reperfusion injury; obstructive cholestasis

Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Denmark

Research Keywords
epidemiology; biomarkers; reproductive toxicology

Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, Milan, Italy

Research Keywords
In silico models; read across; regulatory application; computational toxicology; prioritization; weight of evidence

Invited Speakers

School of Public Health, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China

Research Keywords
Reproductive development endocrine; neuroendocrine toxicology and progeny health

CINTESIS@RISE, Nova Medical School, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

Research Keywords
basic, clinical and population studies; diet and environmental exposure to toxic chemicals; endocrine disruptors; human biomonitoring; human health; obesity and metabolic-related pathologies; risk–benefit analysis

College of Environmental and Resource Sciences, Zhejiang University, China

Research Keywords
endocrine-disrupting chemicals; environmental toxicology; environmental health

Department of chemical engineering and environment, China University of Petroleum, Beijing, China

Research Keywords
anammox, nanoplastics, wastewater, biological treatments

Cherokee Nation System Solutions, contractor to the U.S. Geological Survey- Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Gainesville, FL USA

Research Keywords
ecotoxicology, marine mammals

US EPA, Office of Research and Development

Research Keywords
computational toxicology,developmental neurotoxicity

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IECTO 2024 Program

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20 March 2024 (Wednesday)
Opening Ceremony
Session C. Toxicological Mechanisms of Toxicants

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Speaker Title
9:30-9:35 16:30-16:35 Welcome from the conference chair—Dr. Demetrio Raldúa
9:35-10:05 16:35-17:05 Keynote Speaker
Prof. Dr. Roy M. Harrison
Air pollution and health, past present and future
10:05-10:35 17:05-17:35 Keynote Speaker
Prof. Dr. Emilio Benfenati
Read-across: Today and tomorrow
10:35-10:45 17:35-17:45 Break
10:45-11:05 17:45-18:05 Invited Speaker
Prof. Dr. Jing Liu
Effects of pyrethroid insecticides on glucose homeostasis and gestational diabetes mellitus
11:05-11:20 18:05-18:20 Selected Speaker
Margarida Ribeiro Vilaça
Unravelling the effects of benzo[k]fluoranthene and temperature on the expression of detoxification genes in the rainbow trout liver RTL-W1 cell line
11:20-11:35 18:20-18:35 Selected Speaker
Fang Chu
Unveiling the LncRNA–miRNA–mRNA regulatory network in arsenic-induced nerve injury in rats using high-throughput sequencing

Session B. Drugs Toxicity and Safety
Session E. Novel Methods in Toxicology Research

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Speaker Title
14:00-14:10 21:00-21:10 Welcome from the session chair—Prof. Dr. Youssef Sari
14:10-14:40 21:10-21:40 Keynote Speaker
Prof. Dr. Hartmut Jaeschke
Acetaminophen hepatotoxicity: Novel mechanisms and therapeutic approaches
14:40-14:55 21:40-21:55 Selected Speaker
Archange Michel Emmanuel MBOUNGOU MALONGA
Neurotoxicity of valproic acid in wistar rats: Effects on memory
14:55-15:10 21:55-22:10 Selected Speaker
Karolina Nowak
Self-poisonings by use of ‘suicide kits’ and a ‘home-made’ multi-xenobiotics mixes: Are they a growing problem in forensic toxicology?
15:10-15:20 22:10-22:20 Welcome from the session chair—Dr. Natalia Garcia-Reyero
15:20-15:40 22:20-22:40 Invited Speaker
Dr. Maite De Maria
Impacts of glyphosate on in-vitro T-lymphocytes in florida manatees
15:40-16:00 22:40-23:00 Invited Speaker
Dr. Kelly Carsten
New approach methods for developmental neurotoxicity: A per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) case study
16:00-16:15 23:00-23:15 Selected Speaker
Jingjie Zhang
Evaluation of the genotoxic potential of a flavored oral nicotine pouch product using integrated approaches
16:15-16:30 23:15-23:30 Selected Speaker
Martina Palomino-Schätzlein
ProtoPRED: An innovative platform for the prediction of toxicological properties of small molecules and nanomaterials

21 March 2024 (Thursday)

Session D. Identification and Quantification of Toxicants
Session F. Toxicity Reduction and Environmental Remediation

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Speaker Title
9:30-9:40 16:30-16:40 Welcome from the session chair—Prof. Dr. Virgínia Cruz Fernandes
9:40-10:00 16:40-17:00 Invited Speaker
Dr. Diogo Pestana
Nutrition, environment & endocrine disruptorsA translational approach
10:00-10:15 17:00-17:15 Selected Speaker
Tieqing You
Target analysis and suspect screening of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in tap water samples throughout Chinese cities
10:15-10:30 17:15-17:30 Selected Speaker
Kaja Tusiewicz
A historical drug or a current problem? Determination of methaqualone and its analogs in biological material via UHPLC-QqQ-MS/MS
10:30-10:40 17:30-17:40 Welcome from the session chair—Prof. Dr. Qixing Zhou
10:40-11:00 17:40-18:00 Invited Speaker
Dr. Yuxia Liu
Impacts of microplastics on performance and assembly of anaerobic ammonium oxidizing (anammox) bacteria
11:00-11:15 18:00-18:15 Selected Speaker
Louis Tremblay
Up-the-pipe solutions: A best-practice framework to engage communities in reducing chemical contamination in waste
11:15-11:30 18:15-18:30 Selected Speaker
SBIAA Salah Eddine
Green and high-performance magnetic catalysts for the toxicity-catalytic reduction of nitroarene
11:30-11:45 18:30-18:45 Selected Speaker
Juan Adrian Ramos Guivar
Ecotoxicological behavior of functionalized magnetic nanohybrids in water flea Daphnia magna and their recovered physicochemical properties
Poster Session

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Speaker Title
14:00 - 15:30 21:00 - 22:30 Poster Session The Poster Sessions will take place in Zoom break-out rooms.
The list of names and titles of the posters can be found here.
The Zoom link can be found here.

22 March 2024 (Friday)
Session A. Environmental Contaminants and Health

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Speaker Title
9:30-9:40 16:30-16:40 Welcome from the session chair—Prof. Dr. Yankai Xia
9:40-10:00 16:40-17:00 Invited Speaker
Dr. Di Wu
The detection of microplastics in biological samples and their potential health effects
10:00-10:15 17:00-17:15 Selected Speaker
Minjian Chen
A metabolomic study on spermatogenesis failure induced by heavy metal exposome
10:15-10:30 17:15-17:30 Selected Speaker
Francis Manyori Bigambo
Impact of temperature and relative humidity variability on children’s allergic diseases and critical time window identification
10:30-10:45 17:30-17:45 Selected Speaker
Antonio Peña-Fernández
Environmental exposure of children to silver in Alcalá de Henares (Spain): Risk assessment due to its presence in topsoils
10:45-11:00 17:45-18:00 Selected Speaker
Sandra Lavandeira
The impact of occupational exposure on workers’ respiratory microbiota
11:00-11:15 18:00-18:15 Selected Speaker
Mingzhi Zhang
Neonatal cytokines: Mediators and indicators of PM2.5 exposure during early pregnancy and childhood eczema
11:15-11:30 18:15-18:30 Selected Speaker
Teetawat Santijitpakde
Oxidative potential as a health risk estimation of ambient PM2.5 in Chiang Mai City, Northern Thailand: A study in 2021
11:30-11:45 18:30-18:45 Selected Speaker
Stefania Gheorghe
Ecotoxicological effects of polystyrene particles on Cyprinus carpio: A laboratory assessment
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Speaker Title
14:00-14:10 21:00-21:10 Welcome from the committee—Dr. Jose V. Tarazona
14:10-14:40 21:10-21:40 Keynote Speaker
Dr. Gunnar Toft
Prenatal exposure to endocrine disrupting compounds and offspring reproductive function
14:40-14:55 21:40-21:55 Selected Speaker
Shaohan Zhang
Human exposure characteristics of liquid crystal monomers (LCMs) and their mechanisms to cross the skin barrier
14:55-15:10 21:55-22:10 Selected Speaker
Bhavana Sivakumar
PM2.5-induced declined cardiac tolerance to ischemia-reperfusion injury can be ameliorated by hydrogen sulfide
15:10-15:25 22:10-22:25 Selected Speaker
Chayan Munshi
Arsenic-induced neurotoxicity: A study on the brain–behaviour circuit
15:25-15:40 22:25-22:40 Selected Speaker
Monica Torres-Ruiz
Effects of acute nanoplastic exposure on thyroid hormone axis and behavior in zebrafish larvae
15:40-15:55 22:40-22:55 Selected Speaker
Pedro Espitia-Pérez
Genetic damage and multi-elemental exposure in populations in proximity to artisanal and small-scale gold mining areas in North Colombia
15:55-16:10 22:55-23:10 Selected Speaker
Irini Tsiodra
Spatiotemporal gradients of PAHs in Greek urban environments and subsequent health impacts

Instructions for Authors

Procedure for Submission

The 1st International Electronic Conference on Toxics will accept abstracts only. The accepted abstracts will be available online on during and after the conference.

Important Deadlines

1. Deadline for abstract submission: 20 November 2023 20 December 2023.
2. Announcement of oral and poster abstract results:20 December 2023 22 January 2024. You will be notified of the acceptance of an oral/poster presentation in a separate email.

Abstract Submission
Abstract submissions should be completed online by registering with and using the "New Submission" function once logged into the system. No physical template is necessary.

1. The structure abstract should include the introduction, methods, results, and conclusions sections of about 200–300 words in length.
2. All accepted abstracts will be published as one dedicated volume in Proceedings journal (ISSN: 2504-3900). If you wish to publish a full-length proceedings paper, please refer to the “Publication Opportunities” Section.
3. All abstracts should be submitted and presented in clear, publication-ready English with accurate grammar and spelling.
4. You may submit multiple abstracts. However, only one abstract will be selected for oral presentation.

Detailed Requirements:
1. The submitting author must ensure that all co-authors are aware of the contents of the abstract.
2. Please select only one presenter for each submission. If you would like to change the presenter after submission, please email us accordingly.

We only accept live presentations.

Oral Presentation and Slides Submission
The slot for the oral presentation is 15 mins. We advise that your presentation lasts for a maximum of 12 mins, leaving at least 3 mins for the Q&A session.
Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint or similar software.
Poster Presentation
  • Should include the title, authors, contact details and main research findings, as well as tables, figures and graphs where necessary.
  • File format: PDF (.pdf).
  • Size in pixel: 1,080 width x 1,536 height–portrait orientation.
  • Size in cm: 38.1 width x 54.2 height–portrait orientation.
  • Font size: ≥16.

Examples of successful submissions can be viewed here at the following links: (1), (2), (3)

You can use our free template to create your poster. The poster template can be downloaded here.

The Poster Sessions will take place in Zoom break-out rooms. The rooms will be called after your surname. You will automatically be assigned to your break-out room, however, you will be responsible for your own room, i.e. sharing your screen by yourself, handling the comments in the chat if there are any, etc. People will then be able to visit your room and discuss your poster with you. Please make sure you have the Zoom Desktop client or mobile app, version 5.3.0 or higher.
We will reach out to you closer to the dates of the conference with more information.

Publication Opportunities
1. Toxics Journal Publication
Participants in this conference are cordially invited to contribute a full manuscript to the conference's Special Issue, published in Toxics ( ISSN: 2305-6304, Impact Factor 4.6), with a 20% discount on the publication fee. Details of the special issue will be announced here later. Please note that no other discounts are applicable. All submitted papers will undergo MDPI’s standard peer-review procedure. The abstracts should be cited and noted on the first page of the paper.

2. Proceeding Paper Publication
You are welcome to submit a proceeding paper (4-8 pages) to Environmental Sciences Proceedings journal (ISSN: 2673-4931) after the conference.
Publication of the proceedings will be free of charge.
Authors are asked to disclose that it is a proceeding paper of the IECTO2024 conference paper in their cover letter.
Proceedings submission deadline: 10 May 2024
Carefully read the rules outlined in the 'Instructions for Authors' on the journal’s website and ensure that your submission adheres to these guidelines.

Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must be formatted as follows:
  • Title.
  • Full author names.
  • Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses.
  • Abstract.
  • Keywords.
  • Introduction.
  • Methods.
  • Results and Discussion.
  • Conclusions.
  • Acknowledgements.
  • References.
Potential Conflicts of Interest

It is the authors' responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state "The authors declare no conflicts of interest." This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. Any financial support for the study must be fully disclosed in the "Acknowledgments" section.


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

Event Awards

To acknowledge the support of the conference's esteemed authors and recognize their outstanding scientific accomplishments, we are pleased to announce that the conference will provide 6 awards including Best Oral Presentation Award and Best Poster Award.
There will be six winners selected for this award. The winner will receive a certificate and 200 CHF each.

The Awards
Best Oral Presentation Award

Number of Awards Available: 4

The Best Oral Presentation Award is given to the paper judged to make the most significant oral contribution to the conference.

Best Poster Award

Number of Awards Available: 2

The Best Poster Award is given to the submission judged to make the most significant and interesting poster for the conference.

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