Program and PDF files of the lessons

Final Scientific Programme

Day 1 – Monday June 19

8.00-9.00 Registration

9.00-9.30 Welcome to the EMU 2017 school

-prof. A.F. Gualtieri (Italy), Chair

-prof. M. Saladini (Italy), Principal Chemistry and Earth Sciences Dept.

-prof. A.O. Andrisano (Italy), Dean UNIMORE

-prof. S. Ferrari (Italy), UNIMORE Vice Dean delegate internationalisation

-prof. G. Ghermandi (Italy), representative FCRM

-prof. R. Oberti (Italy), representative EMU

Chair R. Oberti (Italy)

9.30-10.00 The realm of mineral fibres and the asbestos problem – A. Gualtieri (Italy)

PDF: Gualtieri1

10.00-10.45 Serpentine asbestos – E. Belluso (Italy)

PDF: Belluso1

10.45-11.15 coffee break

11.15-12.00 Amphibole asbestos: structure, properties, history – G. Della Ventura (Italy)

PDF: Della Ventura 1

12.00-12.30 Fibrous erionite: structure, properties, history – A. Gualtieri (Italy)

PDF: Gualtieri2

12.30-13.00 Is there a unique definition of mineral fibres? – D. Halterman (USA)

PDF: Halterman

13.00-14.00 lunch break

14.00-15.00 Introduction to the optical microscopy of mineral fibres, including MOCF – D. Halterman (USA)

PDF: Halterman2

15.00 15.30 coffee break

15.30-17.00 How to do it? Practical session on optical microscopy in the microscopy rooms of the Department – D. Halterman (USA) and O. Sala (Italy)

PDF: Sala

17.00-17.45 end of the day open discussion/summary

18.00-21.00 Welcome party with performance of the CORO DELL’INDACO di Reggio Emilia


Day 2 – Tuesday June 20

Chair A. Gualtieri (Italy)

9.00-10.00 techniques: X-ray diffraction  – P. Ballirano (Italy)

10.00-11.00 How to do it? Practical session on XRPD – P. Ballirano (Italy), X-ray imaging – Fabrizio Bardelli (Italy)

PDF:  Ballirano, Bardelli

11.00-11.30 coffee break

11.30-13.00 techniques: SEM – E. Belluso (Italy)

PDF: Belluso2a, Belluso2b

13.00-14.00 Lunch break

14.00-15.00 techniques: TEM – R. Vigliaturo (Slovenia)

PDF: Vigliaturo

15.00-15.30 Visit at C.I.G.S. UNIMORE

15.30-16.30 How to do it? Practical session on electron microscopy SEM with in situ FEG-SEM of mineral fibres and asbestos bodies in organic tissues – N. Bursi (Italy) and R. Vigliaturo (Slovenia)

16.30-17.30 end of the day plenary at the Physics Department: Asbestos related diseases: classification and history – D. Bernstein f. B. Case (Switzerland)

PDF: Bernstein1, Case_Bernstein

17.30-18.00 end of the day open discussion/summary at the Physics Department

18.30-20.30 Visit at the Ghirlandina tower

20.30-22.00 Social event


Day 3 – Wednesday June 21

Chair A. Pacella (Italy)

9.00-10.00 Vibrational spectroscopy of mineral fibres – G. Della Ventura (Italy)

PDF: Della Ventura 2

10.00-11.00 Iron spectroscopy of mineral fibres – G. Andreozzi (Italy)

PDF: Andreozzi1, Andreozzi2

11.00-11.30 coffee break

11.30-12.30 Natural occurring asbestos with special attention to erionite – M. Carbone (USA)

PDF: nrc2068

12.30-13.30 Dissolution in vitro vs. in vivo and biodurability of mineral fibres – D. Bernstein (Switzerland)

PDF: Bernstein2

13.30-14.30 lunch break

14.30-19.00 field trip: visit to a quarry exploiting a green stone, possibly contaminated with chrysotile asbestos. The quarry is cava del lago Valmozzola (Borgotaro, Parma) and belongs to the GRENTI group

See the web site:

(Organizers O. Sala, A. Pelosio).

19.00-22.00 Typical emilian dinner in a traditional restaurant


Day 4 – Thursday June 22

Chair A. Gualtieri (Italy)

9.00-10.00 Surface properties of mineral fibres: measurements and interpretation – F. Turci (Italy)

10.00-10.45 How to do it? Surface properties of mineral fibres – F. Turci (Italy)

PDF: Turci

10.45-11.15 coffee break

11.15-12.15 Dissolution in vitro of mineral fibres. Examples – A. Pacella (Italy)

PDF: Pacella

12.15 Departure to Istituto Ramazzini (Bentivoglio, BO)

13.30-14.30 lunch at the Istituto Ramazzini (Bentivoglio, BO)

14.30-15.30 In vivo studies of mineral fibres – F. Belpoggi (Italy)

PDF: Belpoggi

15.30-16.30 How to do it? Determination of the cancerogenicity of mineral fibres and visit at the Istituto Ramazzini (Bentivoglio, BO) – E. Tibaldi and F. Belpoggi (Italy)

16.30-17.30 Understanding the mechanisms of asbestos related diseases – H. Yang (USA)

PDF: Yang1

17.30-18.00 in vivo end of the day open discussion/summary

18.00 departure back to Modena


Day 5 – Friday June 23

Chair F. Turci (Italy)

9.00‐9.45 Epidemiological studies of asbestos related diseases – L. Fazzo (Italy)

PDF: Fazzo

9.45‐10.15 How to do it: In vitro cellular studies ‐ A. Pugnaloni (Italy)

PDF: Pugnaloni1, Pugnaloni2a, Pugnaloni2b

10.15‐10.45 Towards a general model to predict the toxicity of mineral fibres? ‐ A. Gualtieri (Italy)

PDF: Gualtieri3

10.45‐11.15 coffee break

11.15‐12.15 Genetic factors and carcinogenesis of mineral fibres ‐ M. Carbone (USA)

PDF: Carbone_2017_Weinman_Nature_CDD, see the Nature paper at:

12.15‐13.15 Biomarkers of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma – H. Yang (USA)

PDF: Yang2

13.15‐14.30 lunch break

14.30‐15.15 How to do it: in vitro and in vivo assessment of mineral fibres carcinogenicity – H. Yang (USA)

PDF: Yang3

15.15‐16.15 Future research trends, new fronts and expectations for mineral fibres. What in the next decade? Panel discussion open to the audience. Scientific panel M. Carbone (USA), B. Case (in remote session from Canada), D. Bernstein (Switzerland), A. Gualtieri (Italy)

PDF: Case

16.15‐16.30 Closing ceremony and acknowledgments

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