Leader: Dr. Bernardino Figueiredo, Institute of Geosciences, University of Campinas, PO Box 6152, 13083-970 Campinas, Brazil
Joint Chapter Leader: Dr. Cássio Silva, Territorial Management Department, Geological Survey of Brazil, Rua da passagem, 07 apto. 1002 - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, 22290030, Brazil
The IMGA Local Chapter in Brazil was established in 2008.
During this term Dr. Cássio Silva was invited to join Professor Ari Roisemberg to chair the technical session “Environmental and Medical Geology” during the 48th Brazilian Geological Congress to be held October 9-13, 2017 in Porto Alegre, South Brazil (http://www.48cbg.com.br). Some medical geology activities have been included in the program of the XIII Geochemical Congress of the Portuguese Speaking Countries to be held in the Fortaleza city, northeastern Brazil, next November (14th-18th). More specifically, a short course on medical geology will be conducted by Bernardino Figueiredo and Cássio Silva who will also organize a business meeting of the Brazil Chapter in connection with that congress.
Bernardino Figueiredo was invited to participate of the XIII Student Week of Environmental Engineering at the University of São Paulo in São Carlos city. A lecture entitled “Lead, arsenic and mercury in the environment and effects on human health” is scheduled for 16 May. The Brazil Chapter members Cássio
Silva, Fernanda Cunha, and Eduardo Viglio, geologists of the CPRM-Geological Survey of Brazil, have submitted a manuscript entitled “Preliminary assessment of the environmental health impact caused by the breach of the iron mining dam in Mariana, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil” as a contribution to this issue of IMGA
6-month report from Local Chapter Leaders Drs. Bernardino Figueiredo and Cássio Silva:
this last term, Dr. Cássio Silva was elected a new Councilor of IMGA fact which has been very well received by Brazilian scientific and professional community. Dr. Silva was one of Brazilian delegates to the 6th International Conference on Medical Geology held in Aveiro, Portugal. Below are some interesting papers presented at that conference by members of Brazilian Chapter:
In September, Dr. Bernardino Figueiredo conducted for the third time his course on “Geoscience, Environment and Health” at the Federal University of West Pará (UFOPA) in Santarém, Brazil. This course is part of the doctoral program on “Society, Nature and Development” offered by UFOPA since 2013.
in September, Dr. Cássio Silva participated as a lecturer to the 23rd Geological Week of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and of the XIX Brazilian Congress of Nutrition.
October, a technical session on Medical Geology was organized during the XV Brazilian Geochemical Congress held in Brasilia (Federal District). Members of the chapter presented the following papers (In Portuguese) at this congress:
6-month report from Local Chapter Leaders Drs Bernardino Figueiredo and Cassio Silva:
A number of Medical Geology related scientific events have been promoted in the last decade in connection with the biennial editions of Brazilian geological congresses and Brazilian geochemical congresses. Again in 2015 a technical scientific session on Medical Geology is planned to occur during the XV Brazilian Geochemical Congress to be held in Brasilia (Federal District) in October.
Besides the preparation of this activity, Dr. Fernanda Cunha (Geological Survey of Brazil) has conducted a short course on Medical Geology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, last April, as a part of the Geology Student Academic Week.
A significant number of papers (70) were presented during the technical and scientific session “Environmental and Medical Geology” of the 47th Brazilian Geological Congress that was held in Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil, last September. Dr. Nelly Mañay, IMGA Chairperson, was the keynote speaker for the session that was conducted by Professors Bernardino Figueiredo and José Ângelo dos Anjos. In parallel, the future activities of the Medical Geology in Brazil for the period 2014-2015 were discussed during the Chapter business meeting previously included in the Congress programme. Additional activities conducted by various members of Brazil Chapter are reported below:
Geologia Médica no Brasil
Medical geology in Brazil - effect of geologica materials and factors on human health and enironment
2007. Editors: C.R. da Silva, B.R. Figueiredo, E.M. De Capitan, F.G. da Cunha
South America: PGAGEM
The Nattional Research Program in Environmental Geochemistry and Medical Geology (Programa Nacional de Pesquisa em Geoquimica Ambiental e Geologia Medica - PGAGEM), coordinated by Servico Geologico do Brasil - CPRM (Brazil Geological Service - CPRM), through the Departamento de Gestão Territorial (Territorial Management Department), subordinated to Diretoria de Hidrologia e Gestão Territorial (Hydrology and Territorial Management Board of Directors) was created as a multinstitutional, interdisciplinary and multiuse results program. It was elaborated by researchers of the Servico Geologico do Brasil - CPRM (Brazil Geological Service - CPRM), Universidade de Campinas - UNICAMP (Campinas University), Universidade do Estado de São Paulo - USP (São Paulo State University), Universidade Federal do Estado do Para - UFPA (Federal University of the State of Para), Universidade Estadual de Londrina - UEL (Londrina State University), Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto - UFOP (Federal University of Ouro Preto), Minerais do Parana - MINEROPAR (Parana Minerals), Instituto Evandro Chagas (Evandro Chagas Institute), Instituto Adolfo Lutz (Adolfo Lutz Institute), Escola Nacional de Saude Publica - ENSP (National School of Public Health), FIOCRUZ and Empresa Brasileira de Agropecuåria - EMBRAPA (Brazilian Agency of Agricultural Research -Soils).
Dr. Cássio Roberto da Silva
The Brazil Chapter is very active and has 10 members, mainly environmental scientists. The Chapter is led by Dr. Bernardino Figueiredo (University of Campinas) and Dr. Cassio Silva (Geological Survey of Brazil). The Chapter is based on the former UNICAMP Chapter and it has recently organised one short course and several lectures at scientific meetings and universities.