The IMGA Local Chapter in Argentina was established in 2010.
Chapter Leader: Alberto Filomeno, French 3037. C1425AWK. Buenos Aires City, email@example.com and Chapter Secretary Dr Diego Hernán Fridman firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
In the last six months, the Members have worked hard to develop the Argentina Medical Geology Association (AAGM) www.geologiamedica.org.ar
The following activities were undertaken:
Workshop on Geologic Resources. Degree in Environmental Sciences. Faculty of Agriculture. University of Buenos Aires. June 2014.
Workshop for union workers in mining industry. Kennedy University. Buenos Aires. August 2014.
Participation in public discussions on the relevance of health impact assessment before the start of major anthropic activities. Province of Chubut. Argentina. August 2014.
The Local Chapter is in the process of creation of The Argentine Association of Medical Geology, local desig-nation of the IMGA’s Argentine Chapter. All the documentation was submitted to the IGJ (General Inspection of Justice) on July 2012. We hope to have authorization to initiate activities for late 2012. The next step is to build the website that will be linked to IMGA’s website.
August 2012: Dr. Diego Fridman participated as Professor in the Specialization in Mining Geology, Faculty of Natural Sciences. University of Buenos Aires. Topics on Medical Geology. Continue in 2013.
September-October 2012: Dr. Eduardo Santini Araujo was elected as president of the International Academy of Pathology for the period 2014-2016.
September-October 2012: Dr. Eduardo Santini Araujo was the Co-Chair, with Dr. José Antonio Centeno, of the World Congress of Academic and Environmental Pathology. Cape Town. South Africa: "Pathology, Toxi-cology and Public Health Impacts of Environmental Disasters". The Chair was Dr. Florabel G. Mullick.
September-October 2012: Dr. Diego Fridman participated in the XXIX International Congress of the Academy of Pathology and World Congress of Academic and Environmental Pathology. Cape Town, South Africa, as a speaker in the symposium "Pathology, Toxicology and Public Health Impacts of Environmental Disasters". The title of the presentation was: "Past, present and future of mining in Argentina and its impact on the health of communities: from disaster to a safer practice".
The Argentine Chapter is very active and has 5 members. These comprise dentists; one specialized in Biomate-rials for medical and dental use and medical doctors, one specialized in infectious diseases and two patholo-gists.
The Argentine IMGA Chapter organized its Annual Meeting in July 2011. This was held in the Central Army Hospital, with 25 people registered. The meeting had as its central topic the pathology produced by biologi-cally-used materials.
The Executive Committee, Dr Diego Fridman have been involved in the program “El Debate” of Adrian Paenza. Public Television July 2011 Reprinted by the newspaper Pagina 12. Http://www.pagina12.com.ar/daily/special/subnotes/173406-54943-2011-07-31.html.
Members of the Chapter also participated in the following activities:
Dr Diego Fridman, “Speaker IV Meeting in Space” Environmental Health and Environmental Management “Professional liability, health and environmental” September 7, 2011.
The “4th International Conference on Medical Geology. Bari, Italy. Dr. Diego Fridman. 20-25 September 2011. Presentation of the paper: “Evaluation of Health impact in an Open-Pit Mining Area in Catamarca, Argentina” Abstract RA1. Fri.P2.
Dr Diego Fridman, as professor in Specialization in Mining Geology, Faculty of Natural Sciences. University of Buenos Aires. Sep-tember 28, 2011. Topics on Medical Geology matters. Continues in 2012.
Documentary Video Presentation of the Report of Catamarca, November 14, 2011. Drs. Daniel Stamboulian, Miguel Borruel, Edu-ardo Santini-Araujo, Diego Fridman.
The “First International Forum for Sustainable Communication Mining and Press. November 16, 2011. Dr. Diego Fridman.
Recording Program Note: “Words more words less” TN, Dr. Diego Fridman. February 22, 2012. Reprint by Print Media and Senado TV Radio Interviews. http://www.docsalud.com/ article / 2943 / g eolog% C3% ADa-m% C3% A9dica-by-m% C3% A1s-health-on-the-ground.
Invitation from the Provincial Ministry of Health to present the report of Catamarca in the context of the social dialogue on mining. Meeting with the Governor of the Province. Various radio interviews and print media. TV Channel 9, in La Rioja. Dr Diego Frid-man.
The National Congress as part of the national dialogue on mining. Senado TV, Radio Interviews. Dr. Diego Fridman
Presentation of the Catamarca study at the Ministry of Health before an audience of Deputies, medical directors of all provincial hos-pitals, doctors and health workers. Travel to La Rioja 12 and March 13, 2012. Dr Diego Fridman.
Publications for the community (in Spanish):
The Committee is also in the process of creation of The Argentine Association of Medical Geology, local des-
ignation of the IMGA’s Argentine Chapter. The statute has already been drafted and we have the members to constitute the committee and the Audit Commission. The documentation will be submitted to the PRC (General Inspection of Justice) between April-May 2012. This should be discharged by June-July.
The Argentine Division of the International Academy of Pathology – Executive Committee chaired by Dr. Gustavo Lembo Micó- from now will share its headquarters in the 6th floor in the 1131 of Arenales St. Buenos Aires City, with the IMGA’s Argentine Chapter.
The Argentina Chapter is very active and has 6 members: three dentists one specialized in biomaterials for medical and dental use and three medical doctors, one specialized in infectious diseases and two pathologists. Dr. Daniel Olmedo participated as a speaker in the Symposium of Environmental Pathology at The XXVIII International Congress of the International Academy of Pathology, Sao Paulo 2010 with Dr. José Centeno and Dr. Florabel Mullick. Dr. Eduardo Santini-Araujo together with Dr. Mullick were co-chairs of the Symposium. Dr. Diego Fridman, a member of the IMGA Argentine Chapter, presented a paper at Bari in the GEOMED 2011 4th International Conference on Medical Geology: Miguel Borruel, Diego Fridman, Gaston Borruel, Daniel Stamboulian, Evaluation of Health Impact in an open-pit mining area in Catamarca, Argentina. The Ar-gentine IMGA Chapter organized its Annual Meeting in July 2011. This was held in the Central Army Hospi-tal, with 26 people registered. The meeting had as its central topic the pathology produced by the biological use of materials.