Other awards

Other awards handed out at GEOMED2011 in Bari, 2011

Award of Appreciation in recognition of outstanding contributions to an IMGA affiliated organization. 

International Registry on Pathology. A Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Support to the development of Medical Geology worldwide and for improving opportunities for young students in Medical Geology.
Handed over to Robin Stombler

Young Research Investigator on Medical Geology


Dr. Maria Luigia Giannossi, giannossi@imaa.cnr.it , is a geologist with expertise in the area of biominerals, in particular urinary stone analysis (mineralogical and cristallochemical characterization) and environmental influence. In 2010 she obtained her Ph.D. Degree in Earth Science at University of Basilicata (Italy) with a thesis on “The study of pathological biominerals in humans: compositional features and environmental influence on Basilicata (southern Italy) case study”.
She has currently a research grant with the Laboratory of Environmental and Medical Geology (LGMA) of the Institute of Advanced Methodologies for Environmental Analysis (IMAA) - Italian National Research Council (CNR). Her professional experience includes also research activity in the field of mineralogy and geochemistry aimed at environmental and health protection. She is expertise in methods and techniques for: geological survey; traditional and advanced textural characterization of minerals and geo-materials and mineralogical characterization through X-ray diffraction technique.
She has been appointed Secretary of the Italian Association for the Study of Clays (AISA), which is a non-profit institution in charge of promoting the study of clays and their applications through seminars and training schools.
In the 2010 She was chosen among the 200 Italian talented young researchers taking part in the TNT Festival which is the first event devoted to the Italian talented young researcher promoted by the Ministry of Youth.
Ms. Giannossi has been part of the organizing committee for the fourth International Medical Geology Conference in 2011.

Travel Award

Nelly Manay

Professor Nelly Mañay PhD is a Chemical Toxicologist and Head Professor of the Department of Toxicology and Environmental Hygiene at the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of the Republic (UdelaR) and forensic chemical advisor at the Justice Court of Uruguay.
Her main toxicological research qualifications and publications are focused on environmental and analytical toxicology, metals exposure, biological monitoring and heath impacts in different vulnerable uruguayan populations.
Her toxicology research team has been involved in Medical Geology research since 2002, studying metals and metalloids exposure and environment health impacts within the Medical Geology International group (IGCP project # 454) and afterwards, as a founding member of the International Medical Geology Association (IMGA), created in 2005. She has acted as the South American Division coordinator together with Cassio Silva from the Geological Survey from Brazil to promote Medical Geology in this part of the world.
Her contributions to IMGA have been developed in several scientific activities which were carried out in Uruguay, regionally and world-wide, strengthening the integration between the biosciences, public health and geoscience communities by facilitating research and training opportunities among them. In the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE, a United Nations initiative with global activities) 2007-2009, where Earth and Health (Medical Geology) was one of the central topics, she was invited to join the Science Program as a SIT member.
Elected to hold the 3rd Hemispheric Conference on Medical Geology in Montevideo, the week of October 12-17, 2009 she was named as the Chairperson of this important event for our Medical Geology scientific community.
In addition, Professor Manay is the current executive committee elected President of the Uruguayan Society of Toxicology and Ecotoxicology (S.U.T.E.) and the executive committee elected Secretary of the Latin American Association of Toxicology (ALATOX), an IUTOX Member Society. Her group is also a delegate member to the Chemical Pollutants & Environmental Health Institutional Advisor Committee created by a Uruguayan Executive Power decree, since 2004 as an initiative of the Ministry of Health. This committee discusses common and interdisciplinarity subjects which involves environmental and health problems with the different professionals' point of view to advise the authorities to take into account in their official decisions.

Recognition award (Certificate) for an IMGA Chapter

The IMGA Regional Division of Russia - N.I.S. - The IMGA Special Chapter Recognition Award for a most significant impact on the development of Medical Geology in the region.

The IMGA Regional Division of Russia-N.I.S. was established in March 2006 at the annual meeting from the Russian Geological Society Medical Geology Division (MGD ROSGEO). The founding of the IMGA Regional Division of Russia-N.I.S. (IMGA RD Russia-N.I.S.) was organized through cooperation between the MGD ROSGEO and the IMGA council. Since 2005, MGD ROSGEO has maintained an organization to promote contact between the IMGA and the N.I.S. medical geology communities. IMGA RD RUSSIA – N.I.S. is a voluntary association of scientists – geologists, geochemists, mineralogists, geophysicists, physicians, chemists, biologists, microbiologists, medical scientists and others who study the effects on human health of geological processes, materials (minerals, ores, volcanic emissions, atmospheric dust, water and soils) and other natural effects. The purpose of IMGA RD RUSSIA – N.I.S. to bring together specialists, scientists and practitioners working in different areas of knowledge, to unite their efforts, and encourage collaboration on this rapidly developing field of the science. The main purpose of IMGA RD RUSSIA – N.I.S. activities is to support the studies in the field of medical geology in the territory of the Russian Federation and Newly Independent States.

IMGA Award of Appreciation

Iosif Volfson


Is awarded a special recognition for contribution n the development of medical geology in Russia
Mr .Iosif Volfson has been with geological organizations of Russia since 1979. He has been science secretary of Russian Geological Society since 2009. His professional experience includes the development and management of projects in geological mapping, mineral prospecting, environmental geology, geochemistry  and mineralogy. Since 2009 he has worked as a Science Secretary of Russian Geological Society (ROSGEO). Chair of ROSGEO Medical Geology Division  (since 2004).  Chair of IMGA RD Russia - NIS (since 2006). He has carried out an active work in popularization and promotion of the knowledge in the field of Medical Geology in Russia and NIS.
He is the editor of Medical Geology in Russia and NIS and Chair of the Medical Geology Division of Russian Geological Society. He is co-author of four collective monographs in medical geology, numbers of papers on actual problems in environmental geology, medical geology, and social and medical aspects of geological surveys, prospecting and mining. He participated at 33IGC (Oslo, 2008), International Symposium on  Bio - Inert Interactions (Saint-Petersburg, 2004, 2007, 2011),  International Conference on Environmental Problems of Mineral-Raw Materials Mining  (Varna, 2011), International Conference on Actual Problems of Modern Geology, Geochemistry and Geography (Brest, 2011),  First Russia-Armenia Workshop in Actual problems of Chemistry  in Development of Ecology, Energetics, Biotechnology, and Nanotechnology (Yerevan, 2011).
The IMGA Regional Division Russia - NIS  (established in 2006)  is composed of professors and professionals of different disciplines such as occupational medicine, pharmacology, geology, environmental geochemistry and mineralogy and chemistry and Iosif  became the Chair of the Division in 2006. The IMGA RD Russia - NIS now has members from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of Russia  who are researching the impacts of geological factors in public health connected with current laws and procedures. Mr. Volfson is recognized for his many scientific and organizational contributions to Medical Geology and for being a key contributor to the successful growth of Medical Geology in Russia and the NIS.


A new award to our members Iosif Volfson and Evgeny Farrakhov in Russia

Iosif Volfson IMGA RD Russia – N.I.S. Executive Committee Chair and Evgeny Farrakhov Vice-Chair (Geology) have received an honorable award for their work in medical geology. They were awarded each with a special Diploma of the Fund named after Academician V.I. Smirnov (famous Russian Geologist of the XX century) “for outstanding contribution in solving actual problems of geosciences” as well as memorial medal marking the 100 th anniversary of V.I. Smirnov’s birth.



Umran Dogan Receives Landon Award

Prof. A. Umran Dogan, Department of Geological Engineering of Ankara University, Turkey; and Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering of the University of Iowa, USA, is part of a research team that has been presented with the Landon Foundation-AACR INNOVATOR Award for International Collaboration by the American Association for Cancer Research.
The award was presented to a team of experts in genetics, thoracic oncology, geology and pathology working in the United States and Turkey. The award supports highly meritorious research being conducted collaboratively by investigators in different countries around the world, and aims to promote international cancer research collaboration as an effective means to accelerate progress against cancer by providing the necessary support to sustain and enhance such collaborations.
In addition to Dogan, team members include lead researcher Michele Carbone, M.D., Ph.D., and Haining Yang, Ph.D., University of Hawaii; Nancy Cox, Ph.D., and Ian Steele, Ph.D., University of Chicago; Harvey Pass, M.D., NYU School of Medicine and Clinical Cancer Center; Joseph Testa, Ph.D., Fox Chase Cancer Center; Y. Izzetin Baris, M.D., University of Hacettepe in Ankara, Turkey; and Salih Emri, M.D., and Murat Tuncer, M.D., Hacettepe University School of Medicine in Ankara, Turkey.
Dogan and members of the team of international collaborators have discovered a unique mesothelioma epidemic in three Turkish villages and have demonstrated that it is caused by a genetic predisposition to mineral fiber carcinogenesis, a gene-environment interaction. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer where malignant cells develop in the mesothelium, a protective lining that covers most of the body's internal organs. Carbone and colleagues have identified exposure to erionite as the likely cause of the epidemic and have reduced exposure to that mineral fiber throughout the villages. They will apply the AACR INNOVATOR grant to their study of linkage analysis to identify the predisposing gene or genes for mesothelioma among this cultural group and map the genetic risk factors by genetic linkage studies. Findings from this research have implications far beyond the villages in Turkey as they can be applied to other geographic areas and communities worldwide with the goal of preventing this deadly form of cancer or finding new life-saving treatments.
Reinforcing its commitment to supporting high-quality cancer research, the Kirk A. and Dorothy P. Landon Foundation partner with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) to support two funding opportunities, the Landon Foundation-AACR INNOVATOR Award for Cancer Prevention Research and the Landon Foundation-AACR INNOVATOR Award for International Collaboration in Cancer Research. The awards, each offering a two-year $100,000 grant, support the work of promising cancer researchers focusing on cancer prevention and international collaboration, respectively.

Bernardino Figueiredo, our councillor, has received an honorouble award

Bernardino Figueiredo, our councillor, has received an honorouble award for his work with medical geology. He is awarded with the UNICAMP's "Zeferino Vaz Award for Academic Achievement" This award is distributed every year to one professor of each Institute and Faculty among those who presented the 3-years activity Report the year before. Those reports are evaluated by external committees.
This year the external committee for Geoscience was formed by Prof. Hardy Jost (University Brasilia, Archean Geology), Prof. Jorge Bittencourt (University of Sao Paulo, Ore Deposits) and Paulo Landin (University of State of São Paulo, Geomathematics), all of them dealing with "hard" Geology. However they wrote a conclusive statement as following:
"Prof. Bernardinos leadership, in the new, among us, emerging field of Medical Geology, this multi disciplinary area, beside it's unifying character, points out to new perspectives for the professionals of Geology.

New award for the book

Every year in the January issue, Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that were reviewed during the previous calendar year. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community.
The list is quite selective. Choice editors base their selections on the reviewer's evaluation of the work, the editor's knowledge of the field, and the reviewer's record. The list was known as Outstanding Academic Books until 2000. The new name reflects an increase in reviews of electronic products and Internet sites.In awarding Outstanding Academic Titles, the editors apply several criteria to reviewed titles:
- overall excellence in presentation and scholarship
- importance relative to other literature in the field
- distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form
- originality or uniqueness of treatment
- value to undergraduate students
- importance in building undergraduate library collections

Essentials of Medical Geology has won a prestigious reward!

Essentials of Medical Geology was recently recognized as a "Highly Commended" title in the Public Health category by the British Medical Association. As many likely know, this is a very prestigious acknowledgment. The book is one of the best of all published books in Public Health in 2005. They bestow awards upon publications "which are deemed to best fulfill the criteria of clinical accuracy and currency and which maintain a high standard of design and production". Read more here

Essentials of Medical Geology has won a second prestigious reward in January 2006!
It was one of two winners in the "Geology/Geography" category of the 2005 Awards for Excellence in Professional and Scholarly Publishing. The PSP awards recognize both editorial standards as well as design and production standards.
PSP is the Professional Scholar Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers
The book has now been recognized in both communities for which it was intended (first by the British Medical Association, and now as a Geology resource)!.

"Prix D'Excellence Pour Les Sciences de La Terre"
Medical geology and the links between earth processes and human health were the focus of invited talks presented recently by USGS scientists Bob Finkelman (ERERT), Chris Kellogg (USGS Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies) and Geoff Plumlee (CRCICT) at the First International Mineralogy Days of Monaco Conference, organized by the organisation Mondiale de Mineralogie. The conference, held at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, brought together a diverse group of international experts on economic geology, remote sensing, geophysics, climate change, and medical geology.
The meeting culminated in the First Annual Monaco Bal Des Diamants (Diamonds Ball), a formal ball held in the Monte Carlo Grand Hotel. As part of the ball, which was attended by a number of local dignitaries, several scientists were presented awards. Geoff Plumlee was one of three scientists presented with the inaugural "Prix D'Excellence Pour Les Sciences de La Terre" (a medallion with the visage of Prince Rainier on one side and the visage Prince Albert I on the other side) for his medical geology research. Geoff accepted the medal on behalf of his colleagues within and outside the USGS studying the links between earth processes and human health. The conference was truly memorable for all scientists in attendance, not only for the opportunity to exchange information with scientists from a number of different international institutions, but also because of the unique cultural and historical setting of the meeting in Monaco, and because of the patronage of both the meeting and awards by HSH Prince Rainier of Monaco. Both the medical geology session (which was organized by Bob Finkelman) and the award to Geoff illustrate the growing international recognition and impacts of medical geology research within and outside the USGS.

Olle Selinus has been appointed the "Geologist of year 2005" in Sweden
The award and prize is because of his work within medical geology which "has moved the geological science one step further to the future".

The 2005 Outstanding Achievement Award goes to Olle Selinus
"The Commission on Geoscience for Environmental Management has awarded Olle Selinus the 2005 Outstanding Achievement Award. This distinguished service award is for his dedication to leadership of the IUGS Medical Geology Activities (1996-2005)"