Sewage Analysis CORe group Europe

Testing the Waters 2017 program

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Wastewater-based epidemiology: current applications and future perspectives

Thursday 26 October  (morning)

09:30 – 10:00 Registration

10:00 – Open session “COST Action ES1307–Sewage biomarker analysis for community health assessment – Presentation of results”

10.00 Overview of results WG1 – Sewage biomarkers analysis: methods and technology – Lubertus Bijlsma (WP chair) and other subgroup leaders.

10.45 – Coffee break

11:00  – Overview of results WG2 –  Innovative techniques for community health assessment – Alexander van Nuijs (WP chair)
11:30  – Overview of results WG3 – Integration with epidemiology and social sciences –  Malcolm Reid (WP chair)

12:00  – Lunch break
Poster setting

Thursday 26 October  (afternoon)

Conference opening

13.00 – Opening session Welcome by the chairs of the conference
13.05 – The role of wastewater based epidemiology for European drug monitoring: lessons learned and future challenges (Paul Griffiths, EMCDDA)

Plenary session 1: Routine monitoring of drugs in wastewater: state of the art

13.15 Invited speaker Teemu Gunnar “Wastewater-based epidemiology and its practical implications in Finland” (30 min)

13.50 – Kevin Thomas “The challenges of performing large-scale multi-city wastewater-based epidemiology studies” (20 min)
14.10 – Christoph Ort “Do environmental conditions in sewers influence drug consumption estimates in my catchment?” (20 min )
14.30 – Robin Udrisard “Wastewater-based epidemiology: a practical application of sewage analysis to back-calculate heroin consumption in Switzerland” (20 min)
14.50 – Álvaro Lopes “Methadone maintenance programs and wastewater biomarkers assessment in the city of Lisbon and major suburban regions” (20 min)
15.10 – Senka Terzic “The impact of a major music festival and tourist season on the drug, alcohol and tobacco consumption in a Croatian coastal city” (20 min)

15:30 – Coffee break

Plenary session 2: Synergies and complementarity: combining wastewater with other data sources or ‘Building bridges over troubled water – combining wastewater with other data sources’

14:00 – Invited speaker Frank Zobel “Using multiple data sources including waste water analysis to understand a local drug market”

16.30 – Erik Emke “The forensic side of wastewater based epidemiology” (20 min)
16.50 – Jørgen G. Bramness “An ecological study into the amounts of methamphetamine in waste water versus hospitalizations due to psychosis in a catchment area” (20 min)
17.10 – Pong Thai “Association between purity of seized drugs with their daily loads measured in wastewater in an Australian catchment from 2010-2015” (20 min)
17.30 – Chris Wilkins “Investigating new psychoactive substances (NPS) among nightlife populations in New Zealand using urinal analysis and a short survey” (15 min)
17.45 – Richard Bade “Correlation of wastewater and forensic samples: Investigating the temporal use of new psychoactive substances in South Australia” (15 min)

18.00 – End of the first day
20.00 – Conference dinner

Friday 27 October (morning)

Plenary session 3. Future perspectives: new applications of wastewater based epidemiology

09.00 Invited speaker Xiqing Li “Application of wastewater-based epidemiology in China-from wastewater monitoring to drug control efforts” (30 min)

09.30 – Dan Burgard “Using wastewater as a tool to understand legalized retail sales effects on cannabis consumption in Washington State, US” (20 min)
09.50 – José Benito Quintana “Exposure to phthalate plasticizers assessed by wastewater analysis” (20 min)
10.10 – Luigi Lopardo “ A new analytical strategy to evaluate community-wide exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals in personal care products” (20 min)
10.30 – Sara Castiglioni  “Evaluating population exposure to food contaminants through wastewater-based epidemiology: pesticides and mycotoxins as pilot studies” (20 min)
10.50 – Zhugen Yang “Monitoring genetic population biomarkers for public health with community sewage sensors” (20 min)

11.10 – Coffee break

11.30 – Frederic Been “Upscaling human biomonitoring – wastewater-based epidemiology to assess exposure to organophosphate flame retardants” (20 min)
11.50 – Jack Rice “Quantitative proteomics for molecular diagnostics of public health: the quest for biomarkers of infectious disease” (20 min)
12.10 – Foon Yin Lai “Assessing population exposure to tobacco-specific toxicants and carcinogens using wastewater-based epidemiology” (20 min)
12.30 – Noelia Salgueiro-Gonzalez “Screening new psychoactive substances in urban wastewater from different European countries” (20 min)

12.50 Lunch break
13.00-14.00 Poster session (poster prize)

Friday 27 October (afternoon)

Plenary session 4: Addressing the key scientific issues – technical advances in wastewater-based epidemiology


14.00 – Alexander Van Nuijs “Six years of interlaboratory ring-test exercises for the analysis of illicit drugs in wastewater – What have we learnt?” (20 min)
14.20 – Ben Tscharke “Spatial differences in illicit drug use in Australia’s capital and regional areas; initial results from the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program” and Gerber Cobus “Anabasine and anatabine are suitable markers of tobacco smoking” co-presentation (30 min).
14.50 – Iria González-Mariño “Assessment of MDMA consumption in three European cities from the analysis of its metabolites in wastewater” (20 min)
15.10 – Jake O’Brien “Harnessing the Australian Census to identify population and demographic markers for wastewater-based epidemiology” (20 min)

15.30 Coffee break

15.50 – Josè Baz-Lomba “The use of mobile-device-based mobility patterns to determine dynamic population normalised drug loads for wastewater-based epidemiology” (20 min)
16.10 – Jianfa Gao “Degradation of alcohol and tobacco consumption biomarkers in a real sewer” (20 min)
16.30 – Mercan Selda “Establishing a wastewater drug analysis laboratory in the greatest metropolis of Turkey: Preliminary results from Istanbul” (15 min)
16.45 – Kostantina Diamanti “Occurrence of controlled illicit drugs and new psychoactive substances in raw wastewater samples from Athens, Greece, analyzed by LC-QTOF-MS” (15 min)

17.00 – Best young researchers platform and poster prize awards.
17.10 – Conference closing