Anja Stajnko and Janja Snoj Tratnik attended the 16th International Symposium of Trace Elements in Man and Animals (TEMA 16) which was held in St. Petersburg, Russia from 26th to 29th June 2017 and was joined for the first time with the International Society for Trace Element Research in Humans (ISTERH 2017) and Nordic Trace Element Society (NTES 2017).
The symposium offered a good overview of mechanisms of trace element functioning and their role on a molecular level, with emphasis on essential elements. Their role was mostly presented in association with diverse clinical states (neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, cancer, etc). Our Department was represented by the following contributions:
A. Stajnko, »Metallothioneins polymorphisms and trace elements in pregnant females (PHIME study)«; M. Jagodic, »Maternal diet, levels of selected elements and fatty acid composition in maternal milk from two different areas in Slovenia«; A. Kroflič, »Response of chicory to foliar spraying of selenium and iodine in different forms«; and J. Snoj Tratnik, »Low level mercury exposure, neurodevelopment and genetic polymorphisms in Slovenian and Croatian birth cohorts«.