21 March 2013  Venice
Participation at the ITS-NANO Workshop

03 March 2013  Sorrento
Participation at the 3rd International Conference on Multifunctional, Hybrid & Nanomaterials

14 November 2012  Cork
Participation at the Marine Microbiology & Biotechnology 2012 Conference

02 October 2012  Primošten
Participation at CROTOX - 4th Croatian Congress of Toxicology

18 June 2012  Varese
Participation at the 8th NanoBio Europe Conference

07 May 2012  Bucharest
Participation at the Advanced Microscopy Techniques training school

19 April 2012  Zagreb
Invited presentation to the delegation and Science Ambassador of the French President

13 April 2012  New York
Participation in New Techniques and Methods in Single Molecule AFM training

27 February 2012  Rovinj
Workshop "Theory meets experiment in the study of biomolecules" held

14 February 2012  Zagreb
Accreditation for working with ionizing radiation

26 January 2012  Zagreb
Winner L'Oreal Women in Science award
These materials are based on work financed by the National Foundation for Science,
      Higher Education and Technological Development of the Republic of Croatia.
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Shellfish represent a significant part of the Croatian and global fish markets, and that their susceptibility to contamination by algal toxins, with the resulting periodic outbreak of food poisoning in humans, places their commercial value at constant risk.

The reference method used to test for marine biotoxins is the so-called 'mouse bioassay' but is controversial, not only because it is a relatively insensitive method and somewhat unreliable but also as it results in the death of the animal. Based on this, the World Health Organization and European Union have directed that the use of laboratory animals be phased out with the development of more sensitive analytical methods in its place.

Therefore the NanoBioTox project has been designed to address these food quality and safety needs through the development of novel, sensitive and highly-specific nanotechnology-based non-animal bioassays and nano-biosensors that may be used in the field to rapidly identify the presence and quantity of marine biotoxins in shellfish.

Ultimately, as the basis for this sensing technique is not solely limited to marine biotoxins may be extended to many other biological macromolecules of interest, it is envisaged over the mid- to long-term that it will find applications in biomedicine in diagnostic applications for the early detection of a range of human diseases.
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