The biannual CORESTA Congress took place in the historic city of Quebec from 12th – 16th Oct 2014. The beautiful Château Frontenac served as the perfect venue of this congress, which was held under the theme „Building on experience to shape the future“.

Château Frontenac

Fleuve St. Laurent

Max Scherer and Nikola Pluym attended the conference on behalf of ABF.

The scientific program covered all important fields and current issues around tobacco research. Scientists from all over the world presented their recent findings in various sessions including agronomy, phytopathology&genetics, (in-vitro) toxicology, biomarkers, smoke analysis, biological studies, e-cigarettes etc.

Besides, for the first time, three workshops were organized on cigarette design, collaborative studies, and toxicity. These workshops were a good opportunity for interactive discussions between the presenters and the attendees serving as a great addition to the scientific program.

Both, Max and Nikola presented in the „Biomarkers“ session ABF’s novel applications in the fields of metabolomics and mercapturic acid analysis. First, Nikola presented the newly developed multiplex-LC-MS/MS analysis of 18 mercapturic acids and its application to urine of smokers and non-smokers identifying several suitable biomarkers of exposure to tobacco smoke. Find here Nikola´s presentation:

Analysis of 18 urinary mercapturic acids by two multiplex-LC-MS/MS methods„. Once published a link to the article will be available in the NEWS section. For more information on the assay contact us or have a look at our updated assay list.

Max followed with his talk on the untargeted metabolomic profiling in saliva of smokers and non-smokers which revealed several significantly altered metabolites from which tyramine showed by far the strongest association to smoking. The findings from the untargeted approach were successfully confirmed in a novel targeted HILIC-MS/MS method for the quantification of tyramine. You can find the presentation and the corresponding publications here:

at the Gala Dinner

The smoking behaviour and biomarkers subgroups took place one day before the start of the congress on 11th Oct. Here, Max presented the current status in the determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in various matrices:

Biomarkers for the Tobacco Smoke-Related Exposure to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH)

A very interesting talk given by Dr. William Rickert – the founder of Labstat and winner of this year´s CORESTA Prize – and the following fabulous gala dinner were the perfect ending of this very successful CORESTA congress.

We are looking forward to the Joint Meeting of the CORESTA Smoke Science and Product Technology Study Groups on Jeju Island in South Korea next year.


Nikola Pluym

Oct 22nd, 2014