Keele 2017 will bring aluminium researchers together from over 16 countries to disseminate their research and to encourage new research in the field of aluminium and living things.
The use of aluminium in our everyday lives is burgeoning. The research presented at this meeting is essential to our ability to effectively and safely avoid possible detriments to human health as a result of Earth's most abundant metal.
Silicon and plants: more than just a “tonic”
Gea Guerriero (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg)
The advantages of silicon have been well documented in animals, but new research suggests it can also benefit plant life. Plants are not naturally dependent on silicon, but when supplied, it improves plants’ stability down to a cellular level, making them more stress resistant.
Breast cancer and the use of underarm hygiene products with aluminium-salts: A case control study
Caroline Linhart (Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria)
Unlike previous epidemiologic studies concerning breast cancer and antiperspirant, this case control study not only confirms established risk factors for breast cancer, but also points to new evidence of the role of antiperspirant application as a strong risk factor.
Transcriptomic analysis of aluminum effects on intestinal tissues from control and Crohn’s disease patients
Mathilde Body-Malapel (University of Lille, France)
Inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease, are the result of an abnormal immune response. A new study shows that environmental exposure to aluminum is a risk factor for such diseases, with ingestion of trace amounts of aluminum resulting in or worsening many of the associated symptoms.
Aluminum, mercury and microRNA (miRNA) signaling in autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Walter Lukiw (LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, USA)
A first of its kind molecular-genetic study suggests that aluminum and mercury are two environmental factors capable of altering the expression of pro-inflammatory, immune and synaptic genes that result in autism spectrum disorder.