Testing wastewater in public health epidemiology: Pharmaceuticals, illicit drugs and the phenomenon of chirality

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Abstract

Wastewater profiling in epidemiological studies is an innovative approach which has been recently pioneered to provide near real-time measurements of public health. Although still in its infancy, this approach is currently used to determine community-wide illicit drug use trends via the analysis of urinary drug biomarkers in sewage with the usage of cutting-edge chemical and bio-analytical techniques.

This talk will introduce the concept and its rapid advances including estimation of community-wide illicit drug use trends and assessment of population health and health risk prediction through the analysis of health biomarkers. The phenomenon of chirality will be the focus of the discussion as an under-investigated but key phenomenon in wastewater analysis for chiral substances.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventThe SfAM Meeting "Control of water-borne disease: A century of the activated sludge sewage treatment process" - Manchester, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Apr 20142 Apr 2014

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ConferenceThe SfAM Meeting "Control of water-borne disease: A century of the activated sludge sewage treatment process"
CountryUK United Kingdom
CityManchester
Period1/04/142/04/14

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    Kasprzyk-Hordern, B. (2014). Testing wastewater in public health epidemiology: Pharmaceuticals, illicit drugs and the phenomenon of chirality. Abstract from The SfAM Meeting "Control of water-borne disease: A century of the activated sludge sewage treatment process", Manchester, UK United Kingdom.