Iota Sigma Pi: Aurum Iodide Chapter

Announcement for Meeting


Friday: May 5, 2017


Dr. Martina Schmeling, Loyola University Chicago

“Analysis of heavy metals in biological tissues”


Rock Bottom (Warrenville)

28256 Diehl Rd

Warrenville, IL 60555

630-836-1380


6:30 pm Social Gathering

7:00 pm Dinner

8:00 pm Speaker


All are welcome to attend!  

                        

             Dinner: Attendees will order their choice from the menu and are                             responsible for the cost of their meal.

 

                            The menu can be found at: http://menu.rockbottom.com/warrenville

 

RSVP: by Evite or to Teresa Bixby at drteresabixby@gmail.com

by Friday April 28

We hope to see you there.

Speaker Bio 

Martina Schmeling is presently associate professor of analytical chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of Loyola University Chicago. She joined the faculty of Loyola University in 1999, and obtained tenure in 2005. Before that she held postdoctoral positions at Princeton University and University of Antwerp in Belgium. Martina Schmeling received her doctoral degree from University of Dortmund in conjunction with the Institute for Spectrochemistry and Applied Spectroscopy in Dortmund. Her undergraduate degree in chemistry was awarded from the Westfälische Wilhelms University in Münster, Germany. Dr. Schmeling has authored and co-authored more than 50 publications and has mentored more than 70 undergraduate and graduate students. Her current research interests are focused on the analytical and bioanalytical chemistry of metals.

 

Abstract

Human exposure to heavy metals is ubiquitous and can be in form of food, water and air. Studies have shown that heavy metals are present in biological fluids and various tissues at elevated levels after exposure. However, little is known of how heavy metals influence visual function and ophthalmic diseases such as cataract and retinal degeneration or might serve as indicators for other diseases. Further, meaningful data describing in-vivo heavy metal deposition in eye tissues and fluids is lacking. In an effort to shed light into this topic, lens and aqueous tissue samples were collected and analyzed from patients undergoing cataract surgery. Analysis was carried out by total reflection X-ray fluorescence, which permits for quantification of extremely small sample amounts as is the case for ocular fluids. Results showed that a variety of metals covering a range of concentrations was present in the cataract surgery samples. Future work will include relationship of these metals with respect to environmental exposure and as potential indicator of other diseases.


Directions: Rock Bottom in Warrenville, IL

From Southwest Suburbs

I-88 E: Take the Winfield Road exit.  Turn right onto Winfield Rd.  Use the right lane to turn right onto Diehl Rd.  Destination will be on the right.

 

I-88 W: Take the Winfield Road exit.  Use the left two lanes to turn left onto Winfield Rd.  Use the right lane to turn right onto Diehl Rd. Destination will be on the right.


From downtown Chicago

I-290W to I-88W: Take I-290 W (14 miles) and take I-88 W following signs for West Tollway/Aurora/I-294 S/South Tollway/Indiana.  I-88W (15 miles).  Take the Winfield Road exit.  Use the left two lanes to turn left onto Winfield Rd.  Use the right lane to turn right onto Diehl Rd. Destination will be on the right.

 

From North suburbs

I-294S to I-88W: Take I-294S and use right 2 lanes to take I-88 West E-W Tollway exit toward Aurora.  Merge onto I-88W (14 miles).  Take the Winfield Road exit.  Use the left two lanes to turn left onto Winfield Rd.  Use the right lane to turn right onto Diehl Rd. Destination will be on the right.