The Network

 

The objective of the Project will be pursued by an extended collaborative network, which includes Universities, and private and national research centres (contributing with expertise in chemistry, toxicology, epidemiology and psychology). This network will guarantee an integrated and multi disciplinary environment. The participating centres are from 3 EU countries (Italy, Spain, and Portugal) and an European Economic Area (EEA)/ European Free Trade Association (EFTA) country, Norway.

Some participant to the consortium are already collaborating as part of a “core group” the “European wastewater collaborative (SCORE) network”, which has recently completed a study based on wastewater analysis of controlled drugs in 42 cities of 15 European Countries (Ort C. et al., Addiction 2014, doi10.1111/add12570).

Collaboration in training and research already exists between partners also as a result of ongoing European projects (SEWPROF, a Marie Curie Project.; COST SCORE Action) and activities have resulted in significant benefits, such as exchange visits, training and increased exposure, for many young researchers working within wastewater analysis in Europe. This research training capacity in Europe will be further extended to NPS and structured through this project. The network will therefore provide the infrastructure at the European level on which ongoing training and development for researchers working in the field can be built, ensuring that the benefits of collaboration are maximised over the longer term.

IRFMN, Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, Milan, Italy

Management and Coordination of the Project


It will take care of the management and coordination of the project (WS0) and will take part to WS1 and WS3.

The MN is a non profit organization for research, education and information on biomedical sciences, and is a collaborative centre of the Italian national focal point

 

Ettore Zuccato

Key Staff IRFMN


Head, Laboratory of Food Toxicology Department of Environmental Health Sciences

Sara Castiglioni

Key Staff IRFMN


Emma Gracia Lor

Key Staff IRFMN



 

Noelia Salgueiro Gonzalez

Postdoctoral Researcher IRFMN


The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)

Associate Partner NIVA, Oslo, Norway


Norway´s leading institute dealing with all aspects related to the aquatic environment.

Along with the other applicants, NIVA has taken a lead role in developing wastewater-based epidemiological approaches for the estimation of illicit drug use.

NIVA currently chairs the COST SCORE Action (www.score-cost.eu) on wastewater-based epidemiology that all applicants are members. The SCORE Action amongst other activities coordinates annual Europe-wide surveys of illicit drugs in sewage and acts as a common point of contact to the EMCDDA and UNODC. NIVA will contribute to WS1 and WS3.

 

Kevin Thomas

Key staff


Malcolm Reid

Key staff


The University Jaume I, Castellon, Spain

Partner UJI


will lead WS1 and will also participate in WS3.
 

Felix Hernández

Key Staff


Lubertus Bijlsma

Key Staff


Faculdade de Farmacia Universidade de Lisboa

Partner FFULisboa, Lisbon, Portugal


Being part of the largest Public Academic higher education institution in the country, is a highly regarded research-oriented institution, ranking first among the Schools of Pharmacy in Portugal, will lead WS2 (risk assessment of NPS) and will take part to wastewater and urine analysis (WS1 and WS3) and to the purification and/or synthesis of NPS and metabolites (WS3)
 

Dora Brites

Key Staff


Rui Moreira

Key Staff


Maria Bronze

Key Staff


 

Cristina Sampayo

Key Staff


Instituto Nacional de Medicina Legal e Ciencias Forenses

Partner INMLFC, Lisbon, Portugal


Is a public Institute responsible at national level for the co-ordination, guidance and supervision of all activities related with forensic tasks, will perform qualitative analysis of NPS in WS1 on archived forensic urine samples and in samples from urgency hospital rooms. They will also participate in WS3 on quantitative analysis of NPS in wastewater
 

Mario Dias

Key Staff


The Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Oslo, Norway


The Norwegian Institute of Public Health
 

Ellen J Amundsen

Key Staff


Trond Nordfjærn

Key Staff


The private Institute of Health Sciences “Egas Monitz - Cooperativa de Ensino Superior

Associate partner EMCES, Lisbon, Portugal


The private Institute of Health Sciences “Egas Monitz - Cooperativa de Ensino Superior provide University courses in major areas of Health Sciences to about two thousand students, and specialized health care services, and will contribute as an associate partner to WS2, risk assessment of NPS
 

Alvaro Lopes

Key Staff


Alexandre Quintas, PhD, MSc, BSc

Director of Molecular Pathology Laboratory


Associate Professor ISCSEM
Coordinator of the Forensic and Criminal Science BSc degree
Coordinator of the ISCSEM Erasmus Mundus FrSci Master degree