Chapter Leader: Hector Rubio Arias; firstname.lastname@example.org; University of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
This new Local Chapter was approved by the IMGA Board in June 2012. IMGA extends a warm welcome to this new Chapter. The IMGA Board Certificate of Approval was presented to Maria Armienta of the new IMGA Mexico Local Chapter at the 9th ISEG Conference, July, Aveiro, Portu-gal by Jose Centeno.
The Mexican Chapter has worked on various Medical Geology activities in this period, including the publication of scientific papers in international journals, and the participation in Conferences with lectures related with Medical Geology such as the International Conference As 2014.
The most remarkable activity in the past 6 months was the organization of the Second International Conference on Medical Geology, within the framework of the 30th anniversary of the “Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua” (Autonomous University of Chihuahua) Engineering Faculty. The program included relevant topics on Medical Geology worldwide and in México. The opening Keynote conference entitled “Antecedents, current state and future of International Medical Geology“ was given (in Spanish) by José Centeno. Saverio Fiore participated with the keynote lecture “Natural occurring asbestos in Basilicata, South Italy; an integrated approach for assessing the environmental risk” (also in Spanish), and Maria Aurora Armienta gave the keynote lecture “Overview of Medical Geology in Mexico”. The audience, with the participation of more than 200 students, besides University professors was very enthusiastic and interested on all the lectures including those given by local members of IMGA and listed below:
- Alejandro Villalobos A and Vanessa V. Espejel G: Geology in Chihuahua State and its relation with health
- María de Lourdes Ballinas C:Fluoride
- María del Carmen González H: Arsenic
- Luis Humberto Colmenero S and María de Lourdes Villalba: Radioactivity and its relation with health
This successful event was an outstanding opportunity to inform about Medical Geology and promote the recruitment of new IMGA members. A fruitful interchange of ideas encompassed the whole day of conferences. It was also a remarkable opportunity to talk about the Mexican chapter and make plans of future activities. After a full day of hard work, a special dinner of local food was offered by the organizers to the speakers that became a joyful occasion full of friendship and good wishes. The Mexican Chapter is especially grateful to José Centeno and Saverio Fiore for their remarkable lectures and for having spent these days with us.
See the Members' Section of the website for some additonal reporting.