April 23, 2017Webinar: Drinking water quality and health studies – examples and possibilities in Denmark
Presented by Dr Jörg Schullehner
May 4, 2017: Time to be announced
Drinking water quality can affect our health both positively and negatively because of our long-term, constant exposure to it. In Denmark, drinking water originates from groundwater and its quality is mainly defined by human inputs (such as nitrate) and geological inputs depending on local geochemistry. Drinking water infrastructure in Denmark is highly decentralized with around 2,700 waterworks supplying the population of around 5.7 million. Drinking water quality has been registered in a national geodatabase for many decades.
Next to registration of drinking water quality, health-related data of the whole Danish population on an individual-level is available. This allows us to connect drinking water quality exposure to a variety of health outcomes. In this webinar you will learn about our approach to link drinking water quality data and health outcomes. You will hear about the challenges that we encountered and see some of the preliminary results of our ongoing work with focus on nitrate in drinking water and colorectal cancer.
Short CV: Jörg Schullehner is an Environmental Engineer from ETH Zurich and the Technical University of Denmark. He obtained a PhD in Medicine for his work on drinking water quality and health outcomes with a focus on nitrate and its association to colorectal cancer. This work is the base for a number of new projects looking at drinking water quality and health, exploiting the Danish registers on drinking water quality, civil registration and health. He is currently working as a Postdoc at the National Centre for Register-based Research at Aarhus University and the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland.
March 10, 2017Medical Geology Newsletter 28 is now available in the member section.
GeoHealth Newsletter Vol. 14, No. 1 – 2017
The IMGA meeting presentation by Nelly Mañay and Carla Patinha at the ISEH 2016, ISEG 2016 & Geoinformatics 2016 conference in Galway, Ireland is available. It can be downloaded from the member site.
Abstracts are currently being accepted for the 7th IMGA Symposium MedGeo2017 (http://www.medgeo2017.org) to be held August 28 – September 1, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. The deadline for abstract submission is December 16, 2016. Sessions include:
September 25, 2016
of trace elements and their concentrations in clay balls: problem of geophagia in Ghana
All members are invited to attend! Active IMGA members will have access to this webinar by accepting the invitation sent by Maria Armienta from Anymeeting.
I Workshop on Medical Geology in Spain: "Medical Geology: an emerging discipline"
El capítulo español de la IMGA, en colaboración con el Instituto Geológico y Minero de España (IGME), y la Universidad de Salamanca organizan la primera jornada de Geología Médica en España, bajo el título 'La Geología Médica, una disciplina emergente'. La inscripción es gratuita. Para formalizar la inscripción escribir un correo electrónico a IMGA-Spain@hotmail.com indicando nombre completo y afiliación. El anuncio del evento está disponible online.
Business Meeting at ISEH 2016, ISEG 2016 & Geoinformatics 2016
GeoHealth Newsletter Vol. 13, No. 1 – 2016
Conference on Climate is Changing: Food and Agriculture Must Too
Asian Clay Conference (ACC 2016)
More Local Chapter reports
Some Chapter reports (Mexico,Russia/NIS, and Uruguay) did not make the last Medical Geology Newsletter. These reports are available on their respective Chapter pages.
to the Russia-NIS Chapter! The MedGeo2017 conference website is up and ready to go at http://www.medgeo2017.org.
Conference on Water for People, Water by People
June 22, 2016
Local Chapter reports
reports for Local Chapters (Brazil,
Colombia, Nigeria, Sweden,
available on their respective pages.
Abstracts Deadline | May 9
There's still time to submit your abstract (by May 9) for the 2nd European Mineralogical Conference to be held September 11-15 in Rimini, Italy. Theme 14 of the conference is "Environmental and Medical Mineralogy": http://emc2016.socminpet.it/programme/themes/107-themes/133-theme-14-environmental-and-medical-mineralogy.html.
Geology: Impacts of the Natural Environment on Public Health
A reprint of the 2014 Geosciences special issue is now available for download as a 258-page PDF at http://www.mdpi.com/books/pdfview/book/182.
for Abstracts | Abstract deadlines have been extended
The abstract deadline has been extended to March 31 for ISEH 2016 and ISEG 2016 and March 20 for Geoinformatics 2016! The joint international conference of ISEH 2016 (The 3rd International Symposium on Environment and Health), ISEG 2016 (The 10th International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry) and Geoinformatics 2016 (The 24th International Conference on Geoinformatics) provides an historic opportunity for international experts working in the closely related areas of environment, health, GIS, and agriculture to meet and share the latest understanding of the ever growing challenges between Homo sapiens and our changing environment. The joint conference will be held on the campus of NUI in Galway, Ireland, August 14-20, 2016.
IMGA members pay discounted rates: http://www.nuigalway.ie/iseh2016/registration.html
February 22, 2016
The February IMGA e-news has been sent out to members. It can also be downloaded from the member site.
for Abstracts | Deadline March 6, 2016
ISEG 2016 (The 10th International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry) will be held as a Joint International Conference with ISEH 2016 (The 3rd International Symposium on Environment and Health) and Geoinformatics 2016 (The 24th International Conference on Geoinformatics) in Galway, Ireland, August 14 - 20, 2016.
IMGA members pay discounted rates: http://www.nuigalway.ie/iseh2016/registration.html
discover how blue and green clays kill bacteria
Read more about the NSF-supported research at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=137239&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click. We thank counsilor Ester Sztein for sending this information.
Postdoc Planetary Health positions at Harvard
The Planetary Health Alliance at Harvard University has created The Rockefeller Foundation Planetary Health Fellows program to enable recent doctorate recipients to tackle complex planetary health issues. Two positions are advertised on ResearchGate at https://www.researchgate.net/job/862705_Rockefeller_Foundation_Planetary_Health_Fellows_Program_at_Harvard_University.
Concord has expanded leadership
The IMGA China-Ireland Concord has expanded the members of the co-chairs and appointed a secretary general of the Concord. Let’s warmly welcome Prof. Yanxin Wang and Dr. Yamin Deng on board! The contact details of the new Concord members are available here.
A December report for the Sweden Chapter by new Chapter Leader Robert Wålinder is available in the Chapters section.
Obituary: Prof. Abimbola Akinlolu Festus
Medical Geology family in Nigeria, and indeed, globally, has lost a founding member of IMGA from Nigeria and Africa. Until his demise last year, he worked hard for the establishment of an IMGA Chapter in Nigeria. These efforts led to the inauguration of a Chapter, two years ago at the University of Ibadan, where he was elected the first Chairperson. Prof. Abimbola Akinlolu Festus was also the Vice Chairperson for the evolving Africa Division of the International Medical Geology Association. The IMGA family globally condoles with his family and wishes him a peaceful rest in the great beyond.
Opportunities: US Food and Drug Administration
November 16, 2015
International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment
abstract deadline has been extended for As2016. Please visit their website for more information.
November 7, 2015
2016 | 2nd International Conference on Atmospheric Dust
The Associazione Italiana per lo Studio delle Argille (AISA) and the Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analyses (IMAA-CNR) invite the submission of abstracts for DUST 2016. Please visit the conference web site for details and address your abstract to one of the 44 sessions listed at this link. Online abstract submission closes 16 November 2015.
November 5, 2015
New Local Chapters and reports
extend a warm welcome to the new IMGA Local Chapters in Spain, led by Dr. Elena Gimenez Forcada and in Nigeria, led by Dr. Femi Akinade Shadrach Olatunji. The Spanish and Nigeria Local Chapters were approved by the IMGA Executive Committee at the October 2015 board meeting.
reports for Local Chapters (Argentina,
Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, Iran,
Russia-NIS, Sweden, UK,
Uruguay) and the China-Ireland
Concord are available on their respective pages.
Geology Newsletter 26 is now available in the member section.
November 2, 2015
ISEH 2016 & Geoinformatics 2016 joint conference
are now being accepted for the IMGA co-organised ISEH 2016 and Geoinformatics 2016 conference, to be held at National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway, Ireland, during August 14 - 20, 2016. The joint international conference of ISEH (International Symposium on Environment and Health) 2016 and Geoinformatics 2016 provides a historic opportunity for international experts working in several closely related areas of environment, health, geographical information system (GIS) and agriculture, to meet and share the latest understanding of the ever growing challenges between humans and our changing environment. ISEH is an internationally leading conference series in environment and health held every two years. Geoinformatics is the annual conference of the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS). The joint international conference is organized by NUI Galway (Ryan Institute GIS Centre and School of Geography and Archaeology) and CPGIS.
IMGA members are given the member rate for the conference. Information is available on the registration page of the conference website.
October 29, 2015
International Medical Geology Symposium
We're a little late hearing about the 2nd International Medical Geology Symposium in Konya, Turkey. It's November 12-15, 2015 but there is still time to register for what promises to be an interesting symposium. Visit their website at medicalgeology2.org.
Sweden, China-Ireland, NIS and Argentina
October 27, 2015
International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment
The second circular is now available for the 6th International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment, themed Arsenic Research and Global Sustainability (As2016), to be held in Stockholm, Sweden in June 2016. The abstract submission and registration portal is now open at the Congress website at http://www.as2016.se/.
October 19, 2015
IMGA Chapter Stimulus Contest – Deadline 31 May 2017
In 2013, IMGA was pleased to establish a Chapter Stimulus Contest to help support the activities of Local Chapters. The contest is run every two years in conjunction with the MEDGEO conference series. IMGA makes a US$1000 prize available to support a project carried out by a Local Chapter to promote medical geology in their country. The competition is open to all IMGA Local Chapters with at least 5 paid members of IMGA. The next Chapter Stimulus Contest will be run in conjunction with the MEDGEO2017 conference and the winner will be announced at the conference in Russia in 2017. The details of the competition are on the Local Chapters page in the member section.
October 15, 2015
WHO calls for urgent action to protect health from climate change
The World Health Organization calls on the global health community to add its voice to the call for a strong and effective climate agreement, that will save lives, both now and in the future. Download the campaign notice and visit the WHO Road to COP21 page at http://www.who.int/globalchange/en/.
September 27, 2015
September 3, 2015
IGC Early Registration Opens
Early registration is now open for next year's International Geological Congress (35th IGC). This major IUGS sponsored event will take place at Cape Town at the International Convention Centre from 27 August to 4 September 2016.
Find out all about the Congress field trips, registration information, and abstract submissions here: http://www.35igc.org/.
August 6, 2015
New member site access
The member site login page has been updated and credentials have been e-mailed to all members. If you have not received an e-mail with your new password, please e-mail the webmaster (firstname.lastname@example.org).
See the full description below. If you have not received an e-mail invitation from “anymeeting” please contact IMGA Co-chair Maria Aurora Armienta (email@example.com).
July 19, 2015
Medical Geology - What we need to do for a healthy future
August 7, 2015 at 10 AM (Mexico City and Central USA time), 3 PM (GMT)
Important! If you have not received an e-mail invitation from “anymeeting” please contact IMGA Co-chair Maria Aurora Armienta (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Medical Geology has grown rapidly since the formal emergence of this discipline nearly a decade ago. This growth is evidenced by: the formation of international, national, regional, and local geology and health groups; the establishment of a regular series of international conferences (MEDGEO) as well as national conferences and technical sessions at scientific conferences; and the publication of numerous books and articles on the topic. But, the discipline is not as healthy as it should be. Among other ailments it suffers from a paucity of jobs, sparse funding, a lack of formal educational opportunities, and an absence of recognition and acceptance by established organizations. What can we do to improve the health of the discipline? We should all make a concerted effort to communicate with the broader geoscience community in which some view us as a curiosity and volunteer to give talks on what geology and health is all about and how it is relevant. As individuals and organizations we need to reach out to the public health organizations to convince them that we can be valuable collaborators rather than competitors we should organize sessions and give talks at their conferences. We need to be more creative in seeking funding support for our research e.g. approach state, regional, local geoscience, public health, environmental, water and air quality organizations. We need to educate the decision makers at every level as to the value of input from medical geology researchers in addressing a wide range of environmental health issues. And most of all we need success stories and clear demonstrations of how we have reduced suffering from environmental health problems. This is a prescription for a healthier future for medical geology.
Finkelman is Research Professor in the Geosciences Department at the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas, USA.
July 14, 2015
Revised final MEDGEO2015 program available
Organizers of the upcoming conference have released a revised final conference program (PDF).
July 13, 2015
June 29, 2015
Executive Committee announces Councilors and MEDGEO venues
The Executive Committee welcomes new councilors for the 2015-2017 term: Hector Rubio (México), Darren Beriro (UK), Cassio Da Silva (Brazil), Laura Bogel (Chile), Ester Sztein (USA), and Iosif Volfson (Russia). Their term of office will begin this summer at the MEDGEO conference in Aveiro, Portugal.
The venues for future MEDGEO conferences have been selected based on proposals and member surveys. MEDGEO2017 will be held in Russia and MEDGEO2019 will take place in China.
June 25, 2015
June 24, 2015
Local Chapter Reports
6-month reports for Local Chapters are now available on their respective pages.
26 July – 1 August 2015, Portugal
The conference will be held at the University of Aveiro, Portugal during the week of July 26, 2015. As with previous conferences, contributions from all fields of biomedical, public health, and geoscience research will be presented.
MEDGEO2015 is organized by the IMGA Portuguese Chapter. For further information please contact Dr. Carla Patinha (email@example.com) or Dr. Eduardo Da Silva at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Reduced registration fee for IMGA members
The International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry has announced a reduced registration fee for SEGH and IMGA members. The standard early bird rate (before December 7, 2015) is AU$880 and is reduced to AU$770 for members of SEGH and IMGA. The official information is available on the ISEG 10 website and registration brochure.
This symposium is a leading international forum for scientists, consultants and public managers, working on the broad area of environmental geochemistry and health. Symposium participants will convey expertise in a range of scientific fields, such as geochemistry, biology, engineering, geology, hydrology, epidemiology, chemistry, medicine, nutrition and toxicology.
The geochemical environment has evolved and is complex. This insight is essential to understanding natural systems and the influence of human activities in order to devise appropriate management strategies. ISEG10 provides a forum for presenting original and innovative research in the broad area of environmental geochemistry. We encourage scientists, consultants, regulatory authorities and other practitioners (public health / environmental health) with an interest in the links between environment and health to meet, discuss, and share their research and experience. The symposium will promote awareness, enable recognition of the trans-boundary nature of current environmental issues and assist management through the application of appropriate techniques and strategies
International Geological Congress
An exciting Scientific Programme relating to the three core topics of the Congress is being planned:
IMGA is organising a session on Medical Geology at this conference:
June 1, 2015
Payment of IMGA dues. All Members please pay your dues.
Difficulties with the Payment System. Since February there has been an intermittent 'false error message' occurring with our transaction processing. We're sorry if this has caused you inconvenience or distress. Members who have experienced this problem should know that we expect that your payment has been received. If you wish to verify please contact the Treasurer (email@example.com).
February 24, 2015
human exposure to potentially harmful elements in soils
Members are encouraged to sign up; follow the link sent to you by email. Interested members of the professions are encouraged to join IMGA and then sign up to these types of prestigious events.
January 30, 2015
DUES NOW PAYABLE - 2015 Membership
The difficulties with our on-line payment system have been fixed and Members should now be able to pay their Dues without problem. Please note: when you click the final "Next Step" button your transaction leaves the control of the IMGA website. There may then be delays with the payment system as it is handled by DIBS (outside of IMGA's control). Sometimes notification pages within the money transfer sytem take a long time to refresh and internet transmissions may be affected by various local and internet-related causes. These issues are not the responsibility of IMGA; you are strongly advised to wait for a "payment received" confirmation message before disconnecting your computer.
January 30, 2015
THE WORLD MULTIDISCIPLINARY EARTH SCIENCES SYMPOSIUM - WMESS 2015
This Symposium comes up in September 2015 and includes a "Medical Geology" Session, (the Convener of this session is: Professor Uriah Alexander Lar, Department of Geology and Mining, University of Jos - Nigeria; email address: firstname.lastname@example.org). Abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible by creating an account to log in to the WMESS 2015 on-line system - use the address give below. Presentations will be published as "proceedings" of the symposium.
January 30, 2015
BIOREACTIVE CLAY MINERALS; IMPACTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL AND HUMAN HEALTH
There will be a Geology and Health-related session at the Euroclay Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland (July 5-10, 2015).
Conveners: Lynda B. Williams (Arizona State University, USA); Timothy P. Jones (Cardiff University, United Kingdom); Fernando Rocha (Universidade de Aveiro, Aviero, Portugal)
Conferences & Workshops
International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)