SETAC Europe 29th Annual Meeting

26.03.2019, From May 26 to 30 2019 the next Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) conference will be held in Helsinki, see link.  It’s a 5-day event featuring a variety of learning opportunities on emerging research, regulatory developments and the latest methodologies in environmental toxicology and chemistry. The conference will be visited by 2,000 to 2,500 scientists, assessors, regulators and managers from academia, business and government, representing an average of 60 countries. This meeting provides a unique networking opportunity and a chance for cross-collaboration long after the meeting.

Save the date: 19 June 2019: VVM Café Water pollution by medicines with Alfons Uijtewaal

31.01.2019, The Knowledge and Relationship Network for Environmental Professionals, VVM, organises an evening on water pollution by medicines: problems and solutions (in Dutch). After use, medicines and their conversion products end up in surface water via the toilet, sewage treatment plants, soil and air. Every year, enormous quantities are involved. What are the possible consequences for health and ecology? And what can water management contribute to a more effective approach? These questions guide the discussion during the VVM Café on this subject on 19 June. MEDUWA initiator Alfons Uijtewaal, Huize Aarde Foundation, will discuss the more general environmental aspects and the possible consequences for human health.

MEDUWA Innovation “plasma-activated water” supports the Green Deal “Medicines out of the water”

22.02.2019, Cathy van Beek, appointed sustainable care quartermaster by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, explains the possibilities of the care sector to tackle the third pillar of the Green Deal Sustainable Care “Medicines out of the Water”:

Medicijnen uit het water

Medicijnen uit het water (Dutch only)Cathy van Beek, door het ministerie van VWS benoemd tot kwartiermaker duurzame zorg, legt de mogelijkheden van de zorg uit om de derde pijler van de Green Deal Duurzame Zorg "Medicijnen uit het Water" aan te pakken: "de zorg kan ontzettend veel doen.[…] We hebben elkaar nodig. Je moet het samen doen: de zorgsector, de watersector hebben verschillende talen en beelden van elkaar. Zoek elkaar op". Cathy van Beek pleit voor een groen formularium en oplossingen in de hele medicijnketen: naast minder medicijnen voor te schrijven, zijn er terugbrengacties en wordt onderzocht hoe medicijnen kunnen worden afgebroken in het water. Als voorbeeld geeft MEDUWA partner en RUMC toxicoloog Paul Scheepers de MEDUWA-innovatie "plasma geactiveerd water" om medicijnen af te breken direct nadat ze in de urine en ontlasting op het toilet worden geloosd.

Gepostet von MEDUWA-Vechte am Montag, 4. Februar 2019

“The care sector can do a lot […] We need each other. You have to do it together: the care sector, the water sector have different languages and images of each other. Look for each other”. Cathy van Beek argues for a green formularium and solutions throughout the entire medicine chain: in addition to prescribing fewer medicines, there are also return actions and research on how medicines can be broken down in the water. As an example, MEDUWA partner and RUMC toxicologist Paul Scheepers gives the MEDUWA innovation “plasma activated water” to break down pharmaceuticals immediately after they are discharged in the toilet.

MEDUWA-Vecht(e) Stakeholder & Partner Meeting enters second round

21.02.2019, “Exchanging with the innovators” – With this as a guiding principle, the MEDUWA team invited this year’s participants to their Stakeholder & Partner Meeting on January 15th to the Denkfabrik Nordhorn at the lake side of Lake Vechte. Next to a presentation of the 12 innovations, further lectures and fora on the subject of medical residues and multi-resistant bacteria in the Vechte have provided food for thought on holistic solutions in practice. Read the Summary_MEDUWA-Vecht(e) Stakeholder & Partner Meeting enters second round. Listen to more impressions of the stakeholder meeting in the following (German) NDR 1 broadcast of 15 January 2019:

Read more in the press release (in German) published by University Osnabrück.

MEDUWA in the Pharmaceutic Weekblad

24.01.2019, Tackling the cycle of micro-pollutants such as medicines and resistant bacteria through soil, food, and water can only be achieved with multi-level measures in the medicine chain. With this in mind, the MEDUWA-Vecht (e) project was set up in 2017, a collaboration between 27 Dutch and German companies and institutions. This
article is also available here: Franz van den Houdt, Addressing environmental damage with interventions throughout the medicine chain, Pharm weekbl 21 December 2018; 153-51 / 52.

Read further articles (in Dutch) written by Margarita Amador en Alfons Uijtewaal Milieueffect medicijngebruik blinde vlek – Milieu 2017-6 in Tijschrift Milieu andGroene farmacie Pharmaceutisch Weekblad 20 okt 2017 Pharm weekbl 20 october 2017;152–42.

New article by MEDUWA partner Radboud University 

10.01.2019, Read Radboud University’s latest published contribution to the MEDUWA project. Download the article: Duarte, DJ, Oldenkamp, R., Ragas, AMJ, 2019, Modelling environmental antibiotic-resistance gene abundance: A meta-analysis , Science for the Total Environment.

Sustainability cafe on ‘medicines from waste water’, lecture Ad Ragas, Nijmegen

15.07.2019, On Thursday, July 5, MEDUWA partner, Prof. Dr. Ad Ragas, Department of Environmental Studies Radboud University, gave a lecture on ‘medication in drinking water’ in the Marikenhuis in Nijmegen. Read more about the special edition sustainability café: ‘Preventing excess medication in drinking water‘.


MEDUWA-Vecht(e) video

18.11.2018, Watch the MEDUWA-Vecht(e) videos to learn more about two MEDUWA innovations  – Phytoremediation and  Herbal Antibiotic Replacement

Press release 1st MEDUWA Stakeholder and Partner Meeting

08.03.2018, The complex and increasingly debated issue of contamination in the environment by pharmaceuticals and multi-resistant bacteria is the subject of a transboundary innovation project at the Vechte River watershed in Germany and the Netherlands. The MEDUWA-Vecht (e) project (MEDicine Unwanted in WAter) is a consortium of 27 Dutch an

d German companies, universities, and governmental and non-governmental organizations developing a set of complementary techniques and methods to address this issue.

The contamination of soil and water by multi-resistant bacteria is a universal problem. Therefore, solutions directed at the entire lifecycle of these substances are needed. On Tuesday this week, the MEDUWA Vecht (e) project brought, for the first time, Dutch and German stakeholders from local and regional government agencies and NGOs concerned with human and environmental health together with project partners. The meeting that took place in Osnabrück was hosted by the lead organization of this innovation project, Osnabrück University. Read the PDF version of press release.

Cross-border project to limit medicines in water MEDUWA Article in H2O

08.01.2019, Alfons Uijtewaal, founder and co-coordinator of the MEDUWA-Vecht(e) project publishes an article on how we can limit the contamination of soil and water by medicines and multi-resistant bacteria in the river Vecht. Read more (article in Dutch)

Conference Green Pharmacy, University Medical Centre Utrecht

27.10.2017, The environmental cycle of medicines and multi-resistant bacteria is a motive for innovation in the human and veterinary medicine chain. The healthcare sector is looking for solutions to this societal challenge. During this symposium concrete options for action will be presented. MEDUWA is sponsoring this event and during the plenary and the poster sessions some MEDUWA-partners (Martien Graumans, RUMC, Rik Oldenkamp and Daniel Duarte, RU; and Willem Seinen, Alloksys BV) will present their work.

Link to program