International Conference on Food Contaminants 2021

27 / 28 September 2021

INSA

Welcome

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we are glad to invite you to participate in the virtual International Conference on Food Contaminants (ICFC) 2021 on the subject “Challenges on early-life exposure”, which will be held online on the 27th and 28th of September, 2021.

The Food and Nutrition Department of the National Institute of Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge (INSA) ➤ started the ICFC in 2015 and is now organizing its 4th edition. This multidisciplinary congress provides a forum for both internationally established and young researchers to exchange advanced knowledge on Food Contaminants and Human Health. The congress will include keynote lectures given by world-renowned scholars, in addition to oral and poster presentations. The sessions will cover developments and new challenges on early-life exposure.

ICFC 2021 welcomes the submission of abstracts for original contributors to the field of food contaminants and human health. The registration and the online abstract submission are open to all experts and valuable contributors.

We hope you can join us at this event!

Paula Alvito ➤

National Institute of Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge (INSA), Lisbon, Portugal
Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM)/ University of Aveiro (UA), Aveiro, Portugal

Conference Secretariat

Nita Pinho

Porto de Ideias, Porto, Portugal
info@icfcportugal.com

Inês Serrenho

INSA, Lisbon, Portugal
icfc@insa.min-saude.pt

Deadlines

Registration

24 September 2021

Abstract submission

12 September 2021

Acceptance notification

17 September 2021

Poster submission

22 September 2021

Scientific Committee

Armando Venâncio

University of Minho (UM), Braga, Portugal

Artur Alves

University of Aveiro (UA), Aveiro, Portugal

Carla Martins

NOVA National School of Public Health (ENSP), Lisbon, Portugal

Carlos Oliveira

University of São Paulo (USP), Pirassununga, Brazil

Elsa Vasco

INSA, Lisbon, Portugal

Hans Steinkellner

EFSA, Parma, Italy

Isabel Castanheira

INSA, Lisbon, Portugal

Maria João Silva

INSA, Lisbon, Portugal

Marthe de Boevre

Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Paula Alvito

INSA, Lisbon, Portugal
CESAM/ University of Aveiro (UA), Aveiro, Portugal

Ricardo Assunção

CESAM/ University of Aveiro (UA), Aveiro, Portugal

Susana Loureiro

University of Aveiro (UA), Aveiro, Portugal

Organizing Committee

Carla Martins

NOVA National School of Public Health (ENSP), Lisbon, Portugal

Elsa Vasco

INSA, Lisbon, Portugal

Inês Serrenho

INSA, Lisbon, Portugal

Paula Alvito

INSA, Lisbon, Portugal
CESAM/ University of Aveiro (UA), Aveiro, Portugal

Ricardo Assunção

CESAM/ University of Aveiro (UA), Aveiro, Portugal

Invited Speakers

Ana Cristina Santos ➤

Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto (ISPUP), Porto, Portugal

Cláudia Marques ➤

NOVA Medical School (NMS)/ CINTESIS, Lisbon, Portugal

Christophe Rousselle ➤

ANSES, Maisons-Alfort, France

German Cano-Sancho
German Cano-Sancho ➤

INRAE, Nantes, France

Hans Steinkellner ➤

EFSA, Parma, Italy

Luís Pereira da Silva ➤

NOVA Medical School (NMS), Lisbon, Portugal

Manuela Ferreira ➤

University of Coimbra (UC), Coimbra, Portugal
Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

Marta Esteban López ➤

Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII), Madrid, Spain

Conference Programme

27 September 2021

Session 1    13h30 to 17h00 / 1.30 PM to 5 PM (WEST)
From chemicals exposure to the risk of vulnerable populations

Keynote lectures
Chairs: Paula Alvito (INSA, CESAM/ UA, Portugal) and Marthe DeBoevre (Ghent University, Belgium)
Speakers
13h30 Opening session
14h00 EFSA risk assessments of contaminants – Consideration of vulnerable groups Hans Steinkellner
EFSA, Italy
14h30 European Partnership for the Assessment of Risks from Chemicals – PARC Christophe Rousselle
ANSES, France
15h00 A novel landscape in chemical risk assessment called Exposome: current applications and opportunities German Cano-Sancho
INRAE, France
15h30 Coffee-break and musical moment
15h45 Exposure of vulnerable populations to mercury: the HBM in Spain Marta Esteban López
ISCIII, Spain
Oral communications Speakers
16h15 Exposure to mycotoxins in spanish children through the analysis of their levels in plasma samples Beatriz Arce-López
Brest University, France
16h30 Mercury exposure in Portuguese adolescents Sónia Namorado
INSA, Portugal
16h45 Biomonitoring of metals and minerals in urine of Portuguese school-aged children: from levels to multi-element patterns Diogo Pestana
NMS/ CINTESIS, Portugal

28 September 2021

Session 2    13h30 to 17h00 / 1.30 PM to 5 PM (WEST)
Health effects of early-life exposure to chemicals

Food for thought Speaker
13h30 Early-life exposure to food contaminants: a real public health concern? Ricardo Mexia
INSA, Portugal
Keynote lectures
Chairs: Elsa Vasco (INSA, Portugal) and Carlos Oliveira (USP, Brazil)
Speakers
14h00  Adverse effects of mycotoxin exposure in the first 1000 days of life Luís Pereira da Silva
NMS, Portugal
14h30 Interplay between food contaminants and intestinal microbiota: effects of early-life exposures on health Cláudia Marques
NMS/ CINTESIS, Portugal
15h00 How maternal exposure to aflatoxina B1 impacts the development of progeny intestinal immune system? Manuela Ferreira
UC/ Champalimaud Foundation, Portugal
15h30 Coffee-break and musical moment
15h45 Cohort studies to assess early-life exposure: Generation XXI cohort study Ana Cristina Santos
ISPUP, Portugal
Oral communications Speakers
16h30 Children are exposed to higher levels of the dietary mycotoxin deoxynivalenol and are less capable of mycotoxin detoxification than adults – evidence from urinary biomarker studies Silvia Gratz
Aberdeen University, UK
16h45 Toxicological interactions on gastric human cells between mycotoxins co-occurring in infant and children foods Soraia Sá
FFUP/ LAQV-REQUIMTE, Portugal
17h00 Closing session and Best Poster Award

Registration

The registration form is now closed

Informations

The registration is free.

Registration is mandatory for Abstracts submission.

Poster submission is mandatory for abstract inclusion in the Book of Abstracts.

Certificate of Attendance

All registered participants attending the event will receive an electronic Certificate of Attendance by email once the event is concluded.

Abstracts

We invite the scientific community working on Food Safety and Health to submit abstracts for oral (12 min.) or poster communications. All scientific contributions are subject to a peer review process, and authors selected for oral communications will be notified by the 17th of September, 2021. All abstracts must be submitted via the online form before the submission deadline.
The abstract submission form is now closed

Timeline

12 September 2021 — Deadline for the submission of abstracts
17 September 2021 — Communication of the submission results to the authors
From 27 September to 3 October 2021 — Book of Abstracts available for viewing

Useful information

Registration is mandatory for Abstracts submission.

Only abstracts submitted through the online form below will be considered.

Abstracts should deal with at least one of following ICFC 2021 topics:

  1. From chemicals exposure to the risk of vulnerable populations
  2. Health effects of early-life exposure to chemicals

The abstract, written in English, should include: title, authors (indicating the presenting author), affiliation, keywords and main text.

The main text should summarize in separate paragraphs: introduction, methodology, results, conclusions and relevance.

Abstract submission

Use the submission form above to submit the abstract. Your abstract must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document (.docx) and NOT as a PDF file.

Page margins must be set as follows:

  • Top: 2,5 cm
  • Bottom: 2,5 cm
  • Left: 2,25 cm
  • Right: 2,0 cm

Use the Times New Roman font for all text, including headings.

Title: 14 points, bold, sentence case (capitals for proper nouns only).

Authors’ names: 11 points; initials of the first name should come after the family name for each author; the presenting author should be underlined; use superscript capital letter to indicate different affiliations.

Authors’ affiliations: 11 points, sentence case (capitals for first letter and proper nouns only); provide the email address of the first or presenting author and each affiliation defined by a superscript number.

Abstract text: 12 points, maximum of 350 words, excluding spaces.

Include within 3 to 5 keywords.

Communications Formats

Oral Presentations

The time for a presentation is limited to 15 minutes, including discussion.

We recommend using 12 minutes for the talk portion and the remaining 3 minutes for discussion.

Poster Communications

Maximum poster size is limited to 80 x 120 cm and vertical orientation is preferred.

Poster submission until the 22th of September, 2021 is mandatory for abstract inclusion in the Book of Abstracts. Please send the PDF file of the poster to the Organizing Committee via email (info@icfcportugal.com).

The posters will be available for viewing until the 3rd of October, 2021.

Conference Awards

Best Poster

In order to qualify for this award, please send the PDF file of the poster to the Organizing Committee via email — info@icfcportugal.com — until the 22th of September, 2021.

The winner of the Best Poster Award will be available for viewing until the 3rd of October, 2021.

Other Editions

In 2015, the National Institute of Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge (INSA) organized the 1st International Conference on Food Contaminants (ICFC 2015), which was held in Lisbon, Portugal. The main goal of this conference was to gather research scientists, health and food professionals, regulatory entities, industry representatives and students that were involved in food safety, especially in the ongoing hot topic of chemical mixtures —Chemical mixtures and impact on human health. The deliberations of this conference were published by INSA ➤.

In 2017, and following an invitation from INSA, the University of Minho organized the ICFC 2017 on the 13th and 14th of July, in Braga, Portugal. This conference, organized in close collaboration with INSA, was focused on another ongoing hot topic concerning climate change and its impact on food safety and human health — Climate changes and food safety: Challenges in the near future. The book of Abstracts was published by University of Minho ➤.

In 2019, and following an invitation from INSA, the University of Aveiro organized the ICFC 2019 on the 26th and 27th of September, in Aveiro, Portugal. This conference, organized in close collaboration with INSA, was focused on another ongoing hot topic — Challenges on risk assessment. The book of Abstracts was published by INSA ➤.

These three previous conferences together welcomed more than 400 participants in a very productive scientific atmosphere, promoting the establishment of scientific networking.

Group photo at ICFC 2015, 13-14th April, Infarmed, Lisbon, Portugal

Group photo at ICFC 2015, 13-14th of April, Infarmed, Lisbon, Portugal

Group photo at ICFC 2017, 13-14th July, Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

Group photo at ICFC 2017, 13-14th of July, Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

Group photo at ICFC 2019, 26-27th September, Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal

Group photo at ICFC 2019, 26-27th of September, Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal

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Funding

This conference is funded by FCT/MCTES through national funds to earlyMYCO (PTDC/MED-TOX/28762/2017).

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)

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