Chapter Leader: Parisa Piroozfar, Medical Geology International Research Centre, Geological Survey of Iran, Tehran, Iran
The IMGA Local Chapter in Iran was established in 2008.
6-month report from Local Chapter Leader Dr. Pariza Piroozfar:
No report this time.
An International Symposium on Medical Geology was held in Tehran in June 2010. For details click here.
The Iran Chapter has also produced a Medical Geology atlas of Iran:
The Iranian Chapter is very active and has 12 members. These are a mixture of environmental geoscientists and medical professionals. The Chapter has been involved in the following activities:
Establishment of a Workgroup on Medical Geology Research
Our intention for this workgroup is to provide a qualified platform for collaboration between experts in differ-ent fields of Medical Geology. GSI’s Medical Geology group, certain authorities of Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Department of Environment, medical research centres, Water and Sewage Engineering Companies, Atomic Energy Organization, Environmental Research Centre and Veterinary Medicine Organiza-tion will take part in this workgroup to achieve the following goals:
- Reducing effects of geogenic risk factors on health
- Raising public awareness about impacts of geological factors on health
- Drawing attention of decision-makers to the geosciences as a major effective factor on public health
- Improving society's public health as a major factor in reaching sustainable development
- Cooperation among geoscientists and medical scientists
Organizing a Symposium on Medical Geology
In cancer week, the Symposium on Medical Geology was held at the Geological Survey of Iran (GSI) on 1st February 2012, with the cooperation of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education. Medical geology addresses a wide range of researchers, and many university professors and students participated in the symposium which covered four main subjects, geochemistry, hydrogeochemistry, radio-geoecology and geobotany.
Assignment of Agreement between Ministry of Health and Medical Education and Ministry of Industry, Mines, and Trade (GSI)
Ministry of industries and mines and Ministry of Health and Medical Education signed a cooperation agree-ment to participate in medical geology researches. Considering the widespread geo-related health problems in Iran, both sides declared their readiness for identification of potentially hazardous areas for human health; or-ganizing seminars and training and short courses in the medical geology field; providing a qualified platform for collaboration between geologists and medical experts; preparation of national scale plans in dealing with medical geology; aiming to determine the ability of study-research of the organization according to the recent needs of the country and exchange of technical knowledge between geology and health fields.
The Iranian Chapter is very active and has 16 members. These are a mixture of environmental geoscientists and medical professionals. The Chapter organised the very successful First International Medical Geology Symposium of Iran at the Geological Survey of Iran in June 2010, with a message from Professor Olle Selinus. It included several medical geology sessions in different geology and mineralogy seminars. A conference report is available in the IMGA Newsletter 18. The Medical Geology Centre of the Geological Survey of Iran has also sent a preliminary proposal for preparing an Atlas of the World Medical Geology to UNESO. The Atlas of Medical Geology of Iran has already been published by the Medical Geology Centre of the Geological Survey of Iran and a copy of it was presented to Professor Olle Selinus.