About Paul Borm

Toxicologist--entrepreneur in Life Sciences.

ChemWatch continues debate on PSLT

Yesterday's issue of ChemWatch dedicated an Fresh debate over rodent tests for lung cancer with PSLTs-. Based on a commentary by Danish research Group (Ulla Vogel et al), and the reply by Driscolletal_2020 in Partcile & Fibre Toxicology it became clear that the issue still raises a series of questions. Whereas [...]

By |2020-07-31T13:09:13+02:0031 July 2020|Geen categorie|

Tyre wear a significant source of airborne microplastics

A lot of focus on microplastic waste is to prevent plastic going into our environment. Tyres consist of a mix of elastomers such as rubber (natural and synthetic), carbon black, steel cord, fibres, and other organic and inorganic components used to improve their stability. Tyre wear particles are produced by shear forces [...]

By |2020-07-27T13:11:01+02:0027 July 2020|Geen categorie|

COVID and nanoparticle parallels

It does not come as a surprise that the COVID-19 virus behaves as a nanoparticle that upon inhalation can deposit in the nasal cavity and cross the one cell-layer olfactory epithelium to reach the brain and cause damage. A recent case in a radiology technician shows how MRI is able to detect [...]

By |2020-06-02T16:01:37+02:002 June 2020|Geen categorie|

ZonMW consultation on Microplastics & Health 2020

In 2019 ZonMw, a grant program in the Netherlands, launched the first international research program on Microplastics & Health. While a first series of projects has started, many questions remain unanswered. That is why ZonMw has been commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management to work on a [...]

By |2020-05-13T17:44:06+02:0013 May 2020|Geen categorie|

ChemWatch article on workshop

On March 25th 2020,ChemWatch spent an article entitled "Preliminary definition developed for titanium dioxide-type substances" based on the outcomes of the Edinburgh workshop (April 2019) and the recent publication of the workshop report in Inhalation Toxicology.ChemWatch_PSLTDef_250320

By |2020-03-27T14:49:08+01:0027 March 2020|Geen categorie|

Expert solicitation- Microplastic Particles- Human Health Impact

Microplastic particles (MPs) have traditionally been considered an issue for  marine environmental systems. However, awareness of human exposure is increasing, particularly as data on the ubiquitous distribution of MPs in indoor and outdoor air, food, drinking water and soil emerge. Despite concern, there is little evidence available on the level and [...]

By |2020-04-28T20:37:40+02:0012 March 2020|news|

Workshop report PSLT published

Happy to share that the consensus report on the PSLT workshop that Nanoconsult organized with Health Innovation Partners, is now published in Inhalation Toxicology. Open access publication can be downloaded here (Driscoll&Borm-InhalTox(2020)! Enjoy reading and sharing.. in addition the debate is also continuing predominantly via ChemWatch which has already spent two [...]

By |2020-07-31T13:18:03+02:0010 March 2020|Geen categorie|

European Plastic Pact

Great event last Friday March 6th with the official signing of the EPP. Main targets to reduce the use of plastics and stimulate the production of circular plastics: Reusability and recyclability: Design all plastic packaging and single-use plastic products placed on the market to be reusable where possible and in any case [...]

By |2020-03-08T14:48:06+01:008 March 2020|Geen categorie|

Workshop report in press

Our PSLT workshop report is in press in Inhalation Toxicology, within one year of the workshop in Edinburgh. Future references to the paper will be through the DOI : 10.1080/08958378.2020.1735581. When the article is published online, it will be available at the following permanent link: https://doi.org/10.1080/08958378.2020.1735581 . A big hand for [...]

By |2020-02-25T10:59:06+01:0025 February 2020|Geen categorie|

Microplastics particles come in all colors, shapes and materials

Last week I attended through webcast the 2-day workshop on Microplastics organized by the National Academy of Sciences in the USA in Washington DC. I was struck by the enormous drive of research groups to identify and characterise these solid materials in seas, soils and tissues. At the same time it reminded [...]

By |2020-02-02T16:06:17+01:002 February 2020|news|
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