Scottish Trace Element & Micronutrient Reference Laboratory

Scotland's specialised laboratory for trace elements and vitamins in health and disease

Recent Publications


Erythrocyte concentrations of B1, B2, B6 but not plasma C and E are reliable indicators of nutrition status in the presence of systemic inflammation. Rawia A. Ghashut, Donald C. McMillan, John Kinsella, Dinesh Talwar. Clinical Nutrition eSPEN, 2017; 17:54-62


Ghashut RA, McMillan DC, Kinsella J, Vasilaki AT, Talwar D, Duncan A. The effect of the systemic inflammatory response on plasma zinc and selenium adjusted for albumin. Clin Nutr. 2016;35:381-7.

Balmforth C, van Bragt JJ, Ruijs T, Cameron JR, Kimmitt R, Moorhouse R, Czopek A, Hu MK, Gallacher PJ, Dear JW, Borooah S, MacIntyre IM, Pearson TM, Willox L, Talwar D, Tafflet M, Roubeix C, Sennlaub F, Chandran S, Dhillon B, Webb DJ, Dhaun N. Chorioretinal thinning in chronic kidney disease links to inflammation and endothelial dysfunction. JCI Insight. 2016; 1(20):e89173

Assessment of asymmetrical dimethylarginine metabolism in patients with critical illness. Ghashut RA, Blackwell S, Ryan S, Willox L, McMillan DC, Kinsella J, Talwar D. Eur J Clin Invest. 2016 Dec 8. doi: 10.1111/eci.12710. [Epub ahead of print

Quantitative data on the magnitude of the systemic inflammatory response and its relationship with serum measures of iron status. McSorley ST, Jones I, McMillan DC, Talwar D. Transl Res. 2016; 176:119-26. doi: 10.1016/j.trsl.2016.05.004.

The predictive value of low plasma copper and high plasma zinc in detecting zinc-induced copper deficiency. Duncan A, Talwar D, Morrison I. Ann Clin Biochem. 2016; 53(Pt 5):575-9. doi: 10.1177/0004563215620821.

ANNALS EXPRESS: The Role of Calculated Non-Caeruloplasmin Bound Copper in Wilson's Disease. Duncan A, Yacoubian C, Beetham R, Catchpole A, Bullock D. Ann Clin Biochem. 2016 Oct 13. pii: 0004563216676843. [Epub ahead of print]



Duncan A, Talwar D, Morrison I. The predictive value of low plasma copper and high plasma zinc in detecting zinc-induced copper deficiency. Ann Clin Biochem. 2015 Nov 19.

Duncan A, Gallacher G, Willox L. The role of the clinical biochemist in detection of zinc-induced copper deficiency. Ann Clin Biochem. 2015; Mar;53(Pt 2):298-301.

Duncan A, Yacoubian C, Watson N, Morrison I. The risk of copper deficiency in patients prescribed zinc supplements. J Clin Path. 2015;68:723-725.

Duncan A, Taylor A, Leese E, Allen S, Morton J, McAdam J. Homicidal arsenic poisoning. Ann Clin Biochem. 2015;52:510-515.

Proctor MJ, McMillan DC, Horgan PG, Fletcher CD, Talwar D, Morrison DS. Systemic inflammation predicts all-cause mortality: a Glasgow inflammation outcome study.PLoS One. 2015 Mar 2;10(3):e0116206.


Conway FJ, Talwar D, McMillan DC. The relationship between acute changes in the systemic inflammatory response and plasma ascorbic acid, alpha-tocopherol and lipid peroxidation after elective hip arthroplasty. Clin Nutr. 2014 Jul 10.pii: S0261-5614(14)00180-0.

Ghashut RA, Talwar D, Kinsella J, Duncan A, McMillan DC. The effect of the systemic inflammatory response on plasma vitamin 25 (OH) D concentrations adjusted for albumin. PLoS One. 2014 Mar 25;9(3):e92614.

Stefanowicz F; Gashut RA; Talwar D; Duncan A; Beulshausen JF; McMillan DC; Kinsella J. Assessment of plasma and red cell trace element concentrations, disease severity, and outcome in patients with critical illness. J Crit Care. 29(2):214-8, 2014 Apr.

Kilpatrick S, Jacinto A, Foale RD, Tappin SW, Burton C, Frowde PE, Elwood CM, Powell R, Duncan A, Mellanby RJ, Gow AG. Whole blood manganese concentrations in dogs with primary hepatitis. J Small Anim Pract. 2014 May;55:241-6.


Rawia A, Ghashut, Donald C McMillan, John Kinsella, Andrew Duncan, Dinesh Talwar. Quantitative data on the magnitude of the systemic inflammatory response and its effect on carotenoids status based on plasma measurements e-SPEN Journal 8 (2013) e193 - e199.

Stefanowicz FA. Talwar D. O'Reilly DS. Dickinson N. Atkinson J. Hursthouse AS. Rankin J. Duncan A. Erythrocyte selenium concentration as a marker of selenium status.Clinical Nutrition. 32(5):837-42, 2013 Oct.

Gerasimidis K. Edwards C. Stefanowicz F. Galloway P. McGrogan P. Duncan A. Talwar D. Micronutrient status in children with IBD: true deficiencies or epiphenomenon of the systemic inflammatory response. J Ped Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013;, 56(6):e50-1.

Gabreyes AA, Abbasi HN, Forbes KP, McQuaker G, Duncan A, Morrison I. Hypocupremia associated cytopenia and myelopathy: a national retrospective review. Eur J Haematol. 2013;90(1):1-9.

Livingstone I, Stefanowicz F, Moggach S, Connolly J, Ramamurthi S, Mantry S, Ramaesh K. New insight into non-healing corneal ulcers: iatrogenic crystals. Eye. 27(6):755-62, 2013 Jun.

Ramanathan ML, Roxburgh CS, Guthrie GJ, Orange C, Talwar D, Horgan PG, McMillan DC. Is perioperative systemic inflammation the result of insufficient cortisol production in patients with colorectal cancer?Ann Surg Oncol. 2013;20(7):2172-9.

Proctor MJ, Horgan PG, Talwar D, Fletcher CD, Morrison DS, McMillan DC. Optimization of the systemic inflammation-based Glasgow prognostic score: a Glasgow Inflammation Outcome Study. Cancer. 2013; 119(12):2325-32.

McKenna LA, Drummond RS, Drummond S, Talwar D, Lean ME. Seeing double: the low carb diet. BMJ. 2013;346:f2563.

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