The Taiwan Chapter on Medical Geology was officially established on May 19, 2010 in Tainan, Taiwan, during the scientific activities of 3th Interna-tional Congress on Arsenic in the Environment – As 2010, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan. The Taiwan Chapter on Medical Geology is composed of over 12 members with representation from a wide range of disciplines including biomedical, public health and geosciences areas. The Chapter enjoys the participation of geoscientists, epidemiologists, toxicologists, public health professionals and medical doctors, with particular interest in the geochemistry, environmental and human health effects of arsenic from contaminated drinking water.

Neil Chang, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan.
Prof Jiin-Shuh Jean, Professor of Hydrogeology, Dept of Earth Sciences, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan City 70101, Taiwan.

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Chapter Leader Prof Jiin-Shuh Jean, jiinshuh@mail.ncku.edu.tw,, Depart-ment of Earth Science, National Cheng Kung University, 1 University Road, Tainan, Tai-wan.
Secretary General: Ying-Jan Wang, yjwang@mail.ncku.edu.tw
Chairman of Lecture and Conference Committee: Huai-Jen Yang,
Chairman of Editorial Committee: Sue-Joan Chang, sjchang@mail.ncku.edu.tw
Chairman of Membership Committee: Chih-Hung Lee, dermlee@gmail.com
Member Name Science Discipline Research Interests
Shih-Chieh Chen Anatomist Arsenic and microcirculation
Chin-Hsiao Tseng Toxicologist Pathologist
Ying-Jan Wang Toxicologist Arsenic toxicology
Chi-Ling Chen Pathologist Arsenic pathology
Jer-Horng Wu Environmental engineering Environmental microbiology
Kuo-Chin Hsu Hydrogeologist Hydrogeologist
H. Paul Wang Environmental engineer Environmental engineering
Ming-Chee Wu, Hydrogeologist Groundwater
Tain-Junn Cheng Doctor Neurology
Bu-Miin Huang Anatomist Neurosecretory
Chia-Hung Jen, Geographer Physical geography
Jiin-Shuh Jean Hydrogeologist Arsenic mobilization
How-Ran Guo Epidemiologist Epidemiology
Bing-Mu Hsu, Seismologist Seismology
Yi-Fen Mu Epidemiologist Environmental engineering
Chia Chuan Liu, Hydrogeologist Arsenic mobilization
Hui-Wen Chiu, Environmental engineer Environmental engineering
Cheh-Shyh Ting Hydrogeologist Groundwater
Sheng Wei Wang Hydrogeologist Arsenic mobilization
Po-Hsiang Chang Hydrogeologist Contaminant removal
Hsiao-Sheng Liu Microbiologist Signal transmission
Tseyen Yang Epidemiologist Epidemiology arsenic
Ya-Yun Cheng Toxicologist Toxicology of arsenic
Yen-Hua Chen Nanotechnologist Arsenic removal
Ying Wen Yang Hydrogeologist Arsenic mobilization

The Taiwan Chapter is very active and during the last 6 months has been involved in the following activities:
 The 1st Annual Meeting and Conference of IMGA Taiwan Chapter, 29 May 2012, International Convention Centre, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan. (See PAST EVENTS of this newsletter for in-formation on this conference.)
 Issue of June 2012 of e-newsletter of IMGA Taiwan Chapter was circulated in July 2012.
 Keynote lecture by Professor Jose Centeno “ Health and earth–The emerging discipline of medical geol-ogy”, The 1st Annual Meeting and Conference of IMGA Taiwan Chapter, 29 May 2012, International Con-vention Center, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan.

 Keynote lecture by Professor Chein-Jen Chen “An emerging pandemic of chronic arsenic poisoning from drinking groundwater”, The 1st Annual Meeting and Conference of IMGA Taiwan Chapter, 29 May 2012, International Convention Center, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan.
 Professors Jose Centeno, Jiin-Shuh Jean, and Ying-Jan Wang (Secretary General of IMGA Taiwan Chap-ter) visited the Taiwan Blackfoot Disease Museum in Beimen, Tainan, Taiwan.
 Our Taiwan members Professors Jiin-Shuh Jean, Chien-Jen Chen, Ying-Jan Wang, Bumiin Huang, and Chi-Hung Lee attended the 4th International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment, Cairns, Australia, July 22-27, 2012. (see report in the PAST EVENTS section of this newsletter on page 38.
 Our Taiwan member Professor How-Ran Guo at Institute of Environmental Medicine, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, Taiwan was awarded as a distinguished professor by NCKU.
 IMGA Taiwan Chapter website has been updated. (http://proj.ncku.edu.tw/imgatwn)
To recruit more members for Taiwan Chapter of IMGA, we took a web-based strategy. We sent out an invita-tion letter, explaining the visions, goals, compositions, current members, membership benefits and obligations, to the science grant holders related to medical geology from National Science Council, the major research funding agency in Taiwan. In fact, our new recruited member, Dr. Shih-Chieh Chen, Chair of Department of Anatomy in Kaohsiung Medical University, is honourably invited to give a talk in 7th Conference on Metal Toxicity and Carcinogenesis on Oct 21-24, 2012 at New Mexico, US.

IMGA Taiwan Chapter Newsletter
Medical Geology is an emerging science dealing with the relationships between geological factors and health. It explores the impacts of geologic materials and processes on human health. Our environment affects our health and to understand the complex relationships between environmental and health, collaboration of profes-sionals in many fields including medicine, geology, epidemiology, pathology and spatial analysis is required.
Message from the Chairman
The IMGA Taiwan Chapter will hold an annual meeting (including conference) every year. The first one was held on May 29, 2012 in the International Conference Center of NCKU, Tainan, Taiwan. I would like to ex-press my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who attended the conference and extend a special thank to the presi-dent of IMGA, Professor Jose Centeno for attending the meeting. A big thank-you goes to the invited speaker, Professor Chen-Jen Chen, and also to those domestic natural scientists and medical scientists and their re-search team members. I invited many scientist and professors of different specialized fields. I hope to combine the fields of “medicine”, ”geology” and ”hydrogeology” to find out the relationship between them in order to better improve our living environment and reduce any environmental epidemics.
This newsletter contains some new messages of our Chapter progress and research team’s achievements. I sin-cerely hope we could share these outcomes with you. You are also welcome to provide us your research results and any suggestions on our Chapter.
With best wishes,
Jiin-Shuh Jean, President of IMGA Taiwan Chapter

L. Wang, M-C Kou, C-Y Weng, L-W Hu, Y-J Wang*, and M-J Wu*. Arsenic modulates heme oxygenase-1, interleukin-6, and vas-cular endothelial growth factor expression in endothelial cells: roles of ROS, NF-kB, and MAPK pathways. Archives of Toxicology. 86: 879-896 (2012))
Sung T-I, Wang Y-J, Hung T-L, Chen C-Y, Guo H-R*. Increased serum level of epidermal growth factor receptor in liver cancer pa-tients and its association with exposure to arsenic. Science of the Total Environment. In press, (2012)
H-W Chiu, Y-A Chen, S-Y Ho, and Y-J Wang*. Arsenic trioxide enhances radiation sensitivity of androgen-dependent and -independent human prostate cancer cells through inhibition of the Akt/mTOR signalling pathway. PLoS ONE. 7:e31579. (2012)

The Chapter has been involved in the following activities:
 We will hold 2012 IMGA Taiwan Chapter 1st Annual Meeting and Conference on May 29, 2012 at Na-tional Cheng Kung Univ., International Conference Hall, 3rd Conference Room, Tainan, Taiwan.
 The latest Taiwan Newsletter was published in December 2011, and the next one is due in about June 2012. We carried out a literature review in medical geology.
 We renewed the IMGA Taiwan Chapter website every week in order to promote the visibility IMGA world-wide. http://proj.ncku.edu.tw/imgatwn/
In May 29, 2012 the Taiwan Chapter celebrated their First Annual Meeting and Conference of International Medical Geology Association Taiwan Chapter. The meeting was attended by national and international scien-tists and students. The conference featured two Plenary Speakers, Dr. Jose A. Centeno IMGA Chairman and Dr. Chien-Jen Chen, Vice-President Academia Sinica, Taiwan. The conference was dedicated to the topic of arsenic health effects with over 16 oral presentations and 9 posters".
 We linked our IMGA Taiwan Chapter Website to the web page of Department of Earth Science , National Cheng Kung University, to increase the visibility of our IMGA Taiwan Chapter.
 The following is a list of Research projects and publications of the Taiwan Chapter
Jiin-shuh JeanM, (President of IMGA Taiwan Chapter) Research papers
Geomicrobial Control on Mobilization of Arsenic, Iron, and Manganese in Groundwaters of Chianan plain (Taiwan), Bengal Delta Plain (India-Bangladesh), and Chaco-Pampean Plain (Argentina).
Adsorption of Tetracycline on 2:1 Layered Non-swelling Clay Mineral Illite
P.-H. Chang, Z. Li, J.-S. Jean, W.-T. Jiang, C.-J. Wang, K.-H.Lin. Applied Clay Science (in press)
A comparative Study on Arsenic and Humic Substances in Alluvial Aquifers of Bengal Delta Plain (NW Bangladesh), Chianan Plain (SW Taiwan) and Lanyang Plain (NE Taiwan): Implication of Arsenic Mobilization Mechanisms.
Selim Reza AH, Jean JS, Yang HJ, Lee MK, Hsu HF, Liu CC, Lee YC, Bundschuh J, Lin KH, Lee CY.
Department of Earth Sciences, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan.
Combination of Hydrous Iron Oxide Precipitation with Zeolite Filtration to Remove Arsenic from Contaminated Water.
Ying-Jan Wang (Secretary General of IMGA Taiwan Chapter), Research Papers
Arsenic Trioxide and Radiation Enhance Apoptotic Effects in HL-60 Cells Through Increased ROS Generation and Regulation of JNK and p38 MAPK Signaling Pathways.
Arsenic Trioxide Induces Autophagy and Apoptosis in Human Glioma Cells In-vitro and In -vivo Through Downregulation of Survivin.
Chiu HW, Ho YS, Wang YJ., Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, National Cheng Kung University Medical College, 138 Sheng-Li Road, Tainan 704, Taiwan.
Lipoic Acid Ameliorates Arsenic Trioxide-induced HO-1 Expression and Oxidative Stress in THP-1 Monocytes and Macro-phages.
Wang L, Weng CY, Wang YJ, Wu MJ., Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, National Cheng Kung Univer-sity Medical College, Tainan 701, Taiwan.
Hou-Ran Kuo (Director of the IMGA Taiwan Chapter). Research Papers
Gender Effect on Renal Outcome in Patients with Urothelial Carcinoma
Peir-Haur Hung, Cheng-Huang Shen, Hung-Bin Tsai, Chih-Yen Hsiao, Pei-Chun Chiang, How-Ran Guo and Kuan-Yu Hung
Arsenic trioxide and radiation enhance apoptotic effects in HL-60 cells through increased ROS generation and regulation of JNK and p38 MAPK signalling pathways.
by Sheng-Yow Ho, Wei-Jr Wu, Hui-Wen Chiu, Yi-An Chen, Yuan-Soon Ho, How-Ran Guo, Ying-Jan Wang
Atherosclerosis Induced by Arsenic in Drinking Water in Rats Through Altering Lipid Metabolism.
Cheng TJ, Chuu JJ, Chang CY, Tsai WC, Chen KJ, Guo HR., Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, 138 Sheng-Li Road, Tainan 704, Taiwan.
 Follow the IMGA Taiwan Chapter on Facebook at website: http://proj.ncku.edu.tw/imgatwn/
The week of May 28-31, 2012, Dr. J. Centeno, IMGA Chair, will be in Taiwan meeting with members of the Taiwan Chapter on Medical Geology and presenting invited lectures on medical geology at the Medical Col-lege of the National Cheng Kung University (May 28, 2012), at the First Annual Meeting of the IMGA Taiwan Chapter (May 29, 2012) and the Academia Sinica in Taipei on May 30, 3012.



Report from Chapter Leader Professor Jiin-Shuh Jean
The Taiwan Chapter is very active and has 30 members and one group member. The majority of these are en-vironmental scientists and a few medical professionals. The Chapter has organised several meetings to date including preparing for the establishment of IMGA-Taiwan, June 21, 2011 and June 28, 2011.
The inaugural ceremony of the Taiwan Chapter, IMGA was held on 12 July 2011 in the International conven-tion center of National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan. There were about fifty Taiwan members and nonmembers in the general assembly. During the opening ceremony, the chairman Jiin-Shuh Jean in-vited the vice president Hung Sheng Yen, Dean Andy Fuh of theCollege of Science and Dean Chi-Her Lin of the College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung university (NCKU) to offer welcome addresses.

We also invited our distinguished guest Professor Kim Dowling (Ballarat university, Australia) to provide a welcome address. After that, she gave an hour’s lecture on ”Medical Geology: A multi-disciplinary response to the issues of a complex world”. Her lecture drew the attention of the audience to an understanding of medical geology. During the coffee break, we had group photos.

After the break, we had a business meeting, in which we elected 9 director councilors and 3 su-pervisor councillors listed below:
Direct councillors:
1. Prof. Jiin-Shuh Jean (Department of Earth Sciences, NCKU, Tainan, Taiwan)
2. Prof. Ming-Chee Wu (Department of Earth Sciences, NCKU, Tainan, Taiwan)
3. Prof. Bu-Miin Huang (Institute of cellular Biology and Medicine, NCKU, Tainan, Taiwan)
4. Prof. How-Ran Guo (Department of Environmental and Occupation Health, College of Medicine, NCKU, Tainan, Taiwan)
5. Prof. H. Paul Wang (Sustainable Environment Research Center, NCKU, Tainan, Taiwan)
6. Prof. Chien-Yen Chen (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, National Chung Cheng University, Minhsiung, Taiwan)
7. Prof. Cheh-Shyh Ting (Department of Civil Engineering , National Pingtung university of science and technology, Pingtung, Taiwan)
8. Prof. Chia-Hung Jen (Assistant Research Fellow, Environment and Safety Division, National Kaohsiung Normal university, Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
9. Prof. Chi-Ling Chen (Collage of Medicine Graduate institute of clinical Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Tai-wan)
Supervisor councillors:
1. Prof. Jiun-Chuan Lin (Department of Geography, National Taiwan university, Taipei, Taiwan)
2. Prof. Chen-Wuing Liu (Engineering for sustainable Environment, National Taiwan university, Taipei, Taiwan)
3. Prof. Jiann-Ming Wang (Department of Safety, Health and Environmental Engineering, Hung Kuang University, Taichung, Taiwan)

Professor Jiin-Shuh Jean (Department of Earth Sciences, NCKU) was elected as the first term (three years) di-rector general of the Taiwan IMGA chapter. Director General Jiin-Shuh Jean appointed Prof. Ying-Jan Wang (Institute of environmental Medicine, NCKU) as a secretary general and Professor Kuo-Chin Hsu (Department of Resources Engineering, NCKU) as a chairman of the Lecture and Conference committee. We will hold an annual meeting and conference once a year in May to bring together our Taiwan members to discuss medical geology problem in Taiwan.