In the run-up to the in-person conference, the World Mycotoxin Forum® will present virtually three one-day pre-conferences focusing on specific mycotoxin topics to keep you informed and connected:
The exposome concept is trying to capture everything to understand which, how, in what quantities, and in what circumstances environmental drivers have an effect on human health. Today, rapid advances in omics techniques, such as epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and metagenomics and systems biology, provide tools to gain unprecedented insight into the exposome concept.
The ‘human exposome’ pre-conference will introduce the concept of the exposome and the role of mycotoxins in the field. Current analytical and biological issues in exposomics will be discussed and specific methodological advances presented. This pre-conference will also look into advances in human biological monitoring of mycotoxin biomarkers. HBM is considered a good approach to obtain data that could help determine human exposure, assess risks, and identify relationships between diseases and mycotoxins.
The effects of mycotoxins on animal health have been known for many years. However, with the development of new analytical methods allowing routine detection of a large number of mycotoxins, knowledge in the field has evolved. Emerging mycotoxins for which toxic effects are not well characterised and no guidelines are available, raise new animal health issues. Also, little data is available on the impact that mycotoxins could have in combination or during chronic exposure. Finally, strategies to avoid the harmful effects of mycotoxins on animal health and performances are still being developed.
The ‘animal health’ pre-conference will consider recent studies of the impact of mycotoxins on health and performance in animals and strategies to limit the adverse effects of these toxicants.
The chemical diversity of mycotoxins and their varying concentration ranges in a wide range of agricultural commodities, food and feed pose a great challenge to analytical chemists. The different chemical and physicochemical properties of the mycotoxins require specific extraction, clean-up, separation, and detection methods.
The ‘analysis’ pre-conference will present recent developments and trends in multi-mycotoxin determination in various matrices, from emerging rapid methods to comprehensive mass spectrometry-based methods, as well as address limitations of the methodologies. Sampling and sample preparation will also be considered.