Dr. Nelly Mañay (PhD) is Chemical Toxicologist, Head Professor of Toxicology Department and Director of Specialized Centre of Chemical Toxicology (CEQUIMTOX), Faculty of Chemistry, University of the Republic (UdelaR), Montevideo-Uruguay. She is a recognized scientific researcher both in Chemistry and Geosciences areas, belonging to the Development of Basic Sciences (PEDECIBA) Program, and the National Agency of Research and Innovation (ANII) Researcher System of the Ministry of Education and Culture.
Dr Mañay has been involved in Medical Geology scientific activities since 2002, firstly within the working group, and afterwards as a founding member of International Medical Geology Association (IMGA) being a counselor and then the Biosciences Co-Chair of its executive committee (2011-2013). Her main activities held in the region of Uruguay were co-coordination of the South American Division of Medical Geology, inclusion of regular Medical Geology courses in the University curricula, the 3rd. Hemispheric Conference on Medical Geology chair organization and IMGA Conferences committee.
She has been responsible for the creation of a Medical Geology research group and the consolidation of the Medical Geology Uruguayan Chapter. During the last 10 years, she chaired several Medical Geology regional and national scientific events in Uruguay and sessions in international scientific meetings held in many countries. She was awarded the IMGA distinguished service award for exemplary service to IMGA and Medical Geology.
Elected to the position of Chair of the Association in August 2013.