08 Jul 2024 EVENT

Imptox at FEBS 2024: Presenting Pioneering Research on Microplastics

Imptox Coordinator, Prof. Tanja Cirkovic Velickovic from the University of Belgrade takes center stage at the FEBS Congress in Milan, highlighting the critical interplay between microplastics and proteins.


From June 29 to July 3, 2024, the bustling Allianz Milano Convention Center hosted the 48th Congress of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS). This notable event, hosted by the Italian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SIB), drew scientists from around the globe to delve into the latest advancements in molecular and cellular science. The Congress underscored the biochemical community's commitment to enhancing human health and well-being amid ongoing global transitions.


Amid the array of distinguished presentations, Imptox Coordinator Prof. Tanja Cirkovic Velickovic from the University of Belgrade delivered an enlightening talk on "Microplastics and proteins interplay in food and environment" on July 1st, 2024. Prof. Cirkovic Velickovic unraveled the complexities surrounding the interactions between microplastics and proteins—a key concern for food safety and human health. She explored how microplastics in our diet, derived from additives, plastic packaging or other sources, bind with allergenic proteins, potentially influencing allergy development and allergen digestibility.


Highlighting the significance of her findings, Prof. Cirkovic Velickovic also presented key insights from the 2nd CUSP Policy Brief, emphasizing the policy implications of the research carried out in Imptox and the larger CUSP cluster. Her discussion provided a critical bridge between scientific discovery and policy-making, aiming to foster informed decisions that protect public health.


Additionally, the FEBS Congress was enriched by a poster presentation from other Imptox members from the University of Vienna and the University of Belgrade. Their research on "Trypsin digestion of protein in beef meat extract in the presence of microplastics" further underscored the pervasive impact of microplastics on food science and human health.


These contributions are part of the broader efforts under the EU-funded Imptox project, which seeks to unravel the intricate effects and toxicity of micro- and nanoplastic particles combined with environmental contaminants. Imptox is dedicated to developing advanced analytical tools to detect and analyze microplastics, facilitating a deeper understanding of their implications for allergic diseases and beyond.


The Imptox team's involvement in events like the FEBS Congress plays a vital role in broadening our understanding of microplastics and their potential effects. This participation not only enhances our knowledge but also emphasizes the ongoing need for research into environmental pollutants and their implications for health, signaling that much remains to be discovered about the extensive impact of microplastic pollution.


Imptox Coordinator, Prof. Cirkovic Velickovic presenting at the 48th FEBS Congress in Milan.