The Eleventh Keele Meeting on Aluminium
Today, human exposure to aluminium presents even more challenges, and will continue to do so, while our use of aluminium continues at an unstoppable rate.
THE ELEVENTH KEELE MEETING ON ALUMINIUM
28th February to 4th March 2015, Lille, France
Scientists from across the globe will be gathering in Lille, France, for the Eleventh Keele Meeting on Aluminium, organised and hosted by The Birchall Centre, Keele University, DigestScience and the University of Lille 2.
Presentations at the Keele11 gathering will examine the role of aluminium in Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer and other human diseases but it will equally focus upon the toxicity of aluminium in plants and especially in relation to important crop plants throughout the world. To this end organisers are delighted that Professor Leon Kochian, of Cornell University, has agreed to present the Birchall Lecture, the only invited lecture at Keele Meetings.
The Scientific Programme for Keele Meetings is always set by the participants and their submission of the latest research in their fields. Scientific Programmes have always covered all areas of scientific research in relation to the natural history of the Earth’s crust most abundant metal. Arguably it is the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of Keele Meetings which have made them so attractive and indispensable to aluminium researchers.
Christopher Exley, Professor in Bioinorganic Chemistry at The Birchall Centre, Lennard-Jones Laboratories, Keele University in the UK, said: "We will celebrate 20 years since the First Keele Meeting on Aluminium in 1995! Great credit is due to the Aluminium Family for keeping the Keele Meetings alive and prospering during the past two decades. We do not rely upon external support for our meetings and we have certainly never received any financial support from the Aluminium Industry in hosting these important international gatherings.
"Of course, living in the Aluminium Age presents both benefits and challenges. Today, human exposure to aluminium presents even more challenges, and will continue to do so, while our use of aluminium continues at an unstoppable rate. Keele Meetings will go where other scientific meetings may be more fearful of treading! We believe that it is important to raise the controversial issues associated with living in the aluminium age.
"It is of paramount importance that aluminium is used safely and effectively in its myriad applications throughout modern living. It is absolutely essential that we raise the subject of its ecotoxicity and its role in human diseases and most notably those of the central nervous system including Alzheimer’s disease. It is equally important that we challenge the day to day use of aluminium and especially where its safety has never been tested never mind demonstrated, areas such as its use in vaccinations, immunotherapy and cosmetics.
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