Workshops & seminars

Biomonitoring of Human Exposure to Mycotoxins
Dr. Mark Sumarah(Agriculture Canada)

Friday, October 20, 2017
2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Dr. Mark Sumarah


This event is free



Hingston Hall, wing HC
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Room HC-157



AbstractFungal contamination of agricultural crops leads to worldwide economic losses but more importantly, can result in serious health issues due to mycotoxin exposure. Aflatoxin is the mycotoxin of greatest concern due to its toxic effects, especially in Africa. Mycotoxin contamination is an inevitable problem that must be managed though monitoring of crops. Recent advances in LC-MS/MS instrument technology have allowed for the development of methods capable of detecting trace amounts of mycotoxins not only in crops but also in human blood and urine. We have applied mass spectrometry methods for biomonitoring of mycotoxin exposure to two populations that are at high risk of exposure: Nigerian children with severe acute malnutrition and child bearing women from Rwandan.

Biography:  Dr. Sumarah is a Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in London, Ontario and an Adjunct Research Professor at both Carleton and Western University. He is originally from Halifax where he obtained his undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s University. He then completed his graduate and post-doctoral studies at Carleton University with Prof. J. David Miller. Dr. Sumarah is an analytical and natural products chemist with expertise in the isolation, structural elucidation and analysis of small organic molecules from complex biological matrices using LC-MS and NMR. The majority of his current research is focused on the development and implementation of better tools using mass spectrometry for the detection and monitoring of mycotoxins in the food production.


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