Updated March 2018

Chapter Leader: Prof. Hector Rubio Arias, University of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México

IMGA Vice-chair: María Armienta, Geophysics Institute, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México City, México

This Local Chapter was approved by the IMGA Board in June 2012. The IMGA Board Certificate of Approval was presented to María Armienta of the IMGA Mexico Local Chapter at the 9th ISEG Conference, July, Aveiro, Portugal by José Centeno.

March 2018

Report from Local Chapter Leader Dr. Héctor Rubio Arias for the past year:
  • The chapter members have participated in meetings, conferences, and have published articles on Medical Geology. Presentations in conferences included arsenic and fluoride presence and health problems in Mexico, heavy metals and arsenic occurrence and environmental geochemistry in mining zones, development of treatment alternatives based on geologic materials for polluted water, and health impact of volcanic eruptions. Some of them are listed below: MEDGEO 2017, Moscow, Russia, August-September, 2017. Keynote and Oral presentations. Scientific and organizing committee.
  • “Primer Congreso Internacional de Calidad del Agua: Efectos en la salud, remediación y perspectivas” (First International Congress on water quality. Health effects, remediation and perspectives) held in the City of Chihuahua, northern Mexico in September, 2017. Keynote and Oral presentations. Scientific and Organizing Committee.
  • Reunión Anual Unión Geofísica Mexicana (Annual meeting of the Mexican Geophysical Union), held in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco (Western Mexico) in November, 2017. Oral and Poster presentations. Presentations to dwellers living near the active Colima volcano explaining the potential health impact of volcanic ash.
  • Participation in the international project HIVE (health interventions in volcanic eruptions). Development of a research project to evaluate zeolites as a natural media to remove contaminants from water. “Utilización de zeolitas naturales mexicanas para la remoción de contaminantes en agua” Organization of the Congress: 1er Simposio Internacional "Encuentro Zeolitas" (First International Symposium “Zeolites”. ) to be held next February in the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua (Autonomous University of Chihuahua), in Chihuahua City.
  • June 2017

    No update.

    December 2016

    No update.

    June 2016

    6-month report from Local Chapter Leader Dr. Hector Rubio:

    The program of the IMGA Mexico Chapter during the Jornadas de Otoño at the Faculty of Engineering at the Autonomous University of Chihuahua is attached.  It can be noted that 10 conferences concerning medical geology issues were presented during this event.  The students and the professor were very motivated for the conferences and some of the assistants discussed with the speeches potential projects to work together as a team.  The Mexico Chapter welcomed Dr. Jose Luis Lee and Dra. Rosa María Tremari as new IMGA members.   In fact, they organized the first Congress of medical geology in Mexico.

    Medical Geology Members with Dra. Rosa Maria Tremari after her conference at the Faculty of Chemistry at the Autonomous University of Chihuahua

    [More photos on member website.]


    6-month report from Local Chapter Leader Dr. Hector Rubio and IMGA Vice-Chair Dr. María Armienta:

    As a result of the promotion of Medical Geology in several national meetings, the Mexican Chapter has increased the membership to 14 members in 2015. Some of the new members are leaders in the field of Medical Geology in the Mexican Geological Service. Alejandro Villalobos is participating in the Education Committee of IMGA. The Mexican Chapter is preparing a course on Medical Geology to take place in the middle of October in Chihuahua. Besides, we are also preparing a special session on Medical Geology as part of the Annual Meeting of the National Geophysical Union at the beginning of November in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. María Aurora Armienta gave the conference “Maize development in mine impacted soils” at the Universidad de Occidente in the city of Los Mochis, Northwestern Mexico. The concern about health impacts due to this practice was raised in local newspapers.

    An article relating to Pb bioaccessibility including two IMGA members as co-authors was published recently:

    Nidia A. Morales, David Martínez J., Viridiana García-Meza, Israel Labastida, Ma. Aurora Armienta, Israel Razo, and René H. Lara. Total and bioaccessible arsenic and lead in soils impacted by mining exploitation of Fe-oxide-rich ore deposit at Cerro de Mercado, Durango, Mexico, Environmental Earth Sciences, DOI: 10.1007/s12665-014-3617-7, 73, 3249-3261, 2015.


    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 María 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 additonal reporting.