The introductory overview
Our bodies are exposed to the uncountable hazardous or toxic chemicals and elements present in our food, water, and air. The pollution of the environment is a well-known culprit of dozens multifarious diseases, though their pathomechanisms still not always are clear. Awareness of the danger due to contamination of the environment including not only air or water but also food increases, but still there is lots of to do to improve the situation. And the situation itself becomes more and more complicated. The market is flooded by diverse food additives and diet supplements with unknown or poorly tested impact on our health. Another potential source of danger is microbiological content of food, air and water which includes new antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, recombinant viruses, other microbes and prions or even prion-like behaving proteins. A special category of dangerous and potentially even lethal agents are fake medicines and pharmaceutical products and diet additives that put our health to danger. As for the medicines, situation is somewhat special, since nobody can deny that they must be “toxic” as if by simple virtue of “drug”, and to have some, even serious side effects, which is unavoidable. Nevertheless in this case, one has to be sure that the inevitable risk of side effects is balanced with unequivocal pharmacological activity of the agent. However an enormous industry is flourishing which produce fake, counterfeited medicines and other medical products which, being equally or even more harmful that originals, show little or even no effectiveness.
To sum up, considering all the aforementioned dangers and the necessity to enhance ways of counteraction it seems to be justified to introduce a concept of “biomedical security”, which encompasses all diverse methods to identify dangers to our health, all undertakings to guard society and individuals against toxic and harmful agents and all ways of counteractivity.
We would like to make at least a little contribution into biomedical security, in particular in the struggle to diminish risk related to toxic, poisonous or in whichever way harmful constituents of food, medicines and any pharmaceutical products and to create an opportunity to gain better insight into ways and methods that can be used in unbiased assessment of the real, objective impact of toxic constituents of environment on our health organizing a conference: "BIOMEDICAL SECURITY – A MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH FOR A MULTIFACETED PROBLEM"
The particular aim of the conference is to present the current research on potentially toxic components of drugs, food products, dietary supplements and other pharmaceutical products used in medicine, dietetics, veterinary medicine and cosmetology, their impact on the environment and on the human health and to get better acquaintance of the newest methodology that is or can be employed in the struggle for better biomedical security.
We cordially invite anybody, who represents any of medical professions, various medical and pharmaceutical disciplines and health and biological sciences, who are interested in issues of broadly understood biosecurity/biomedical security, as well as all who work on whatever technology that is or can be applied in detection of poisonous, toxic chemicals to participate in our conference.
The Honored Patronage and Endorsement
The conference has been granted with an Honored Patronage by His Magnificence Rector of Jagiellonian University - Collegium Medicum prof. dr. hab. Tomasz Grodzicki and will be held under the auspices of Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy and the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Jagiellonian University.
The main organizer of the Conference is the Pharmaceutical Faculty of the Jagiellonian University, both with the Polish Pharmaceutical Society – the Kraków Branch and the Regional Chamber of Pharmacists in Kraków. The conference is a continuation of international pharmaceutical and medical science conferences, previously organized, among others in Budapest and Poprad (Slovakia).