Decmber 23, 2013

Dear friends and colleagues,

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the International Medical Geology Association (IMGA), we extend our best wishes for Merry Christmas and Happy New Year full of health, happiness and success.


We want to thank you for your support and we hope  to improve the development and growth of our Association making significant and benefitial contributions to  Medical Geology scientific community in 2014.


Warm wishes from Uruguay


Prof. Dr, Nelly Mañay

IMGA Chairman


October 27, 2013

The Medical Geology Chapter of Iran is planning to organise the2nd International Symposium on “Medical Geology” from the 16th to the 19th February 2014. This event is sponsored by the Geological Survey of Iran (GSI); Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade; Ministry of Health and Medical Education; universities and research centres. See conference notice (to side) for more information.

October 18, 2013 (updated - see links to side under "Conference Update")

The University of Johannesburg in South Africa is planning to organize a 1st International Symposium on “Medical Geology in Africa” from the 24th to the 26th March 2014.

This event is sponsored by the University of Johannesburg (UJ), The Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA), The International Union of Geological Science (IUGS) and the International Medical Geology Association (IMGA). 

The provisional general program of this meeting will consist of a 2 days short course followed by a 1 day discussion meeting (oral and posters presentations) on research in the field of Medical Geology in Africa and elsewhere.

Our speakers for the short course will be:

Dr Jose A. Centeno, from the Joint Pathology Center, USA (Past-Chairman, IMGA) and Dr Saveiro Fiore, Italy, Chairman DUST2014.  Other possible speakers are Olle Selinus and Mark Cave (BGS), but not yet confirmed.


Please join us in this event and share with us your experience in Medical Geology. This will be a unique opportunity to promote Medical Geology in Africa. So, please try your best to join us. 

5th International Conference - Arsenic in the Environment

Deadline for abstracts submission has been extended up to October 30, 2013. See the website

August 14, 2013

The members of IMGA have elected a new Committee and Officers for the next 2 years effective from 26 August 2013;

The results of ballots were announced by out-going Chair Jose Centeno as follows:

1. IMGA President Elect:   Prof. Dr. Nelly Manay (Toxicologist) - Uruguay

2. Vice-Chair for Medical Sciences :  Dr. Diego Fridman (Physician) - Argentina

3. Vice-Chair for Geosciences:  Prof. Dr. Maria Aurora Armienta (Geochemist) - Mexico

4. General Secretary -  Dr. Laura Ruhl (Geologist) - USA

5. Treasurer -  Dr. Birgitte Hansen (Geologist) - Denmark

New Councilors are:

1. Prof. Dr. Hassina Mouri (Geologist) - South Africa

2. Prof. Dr. Evans Emmanuel (Environmental Engineer) - Haiti

3. Dr. Kim Esbensen (Data Geoscientist) - Denmark

Continuing Councillors until 2015:

* Dr Mark Cave (Geochemist & Statistician) - UK

* Dr Chaosheng Zhang (GIS & Environmental Geochemist) - Ireland

* Prof Theo Davies (Environmental Geologist) - South Africa

Continuing Editor:

Dr David C. Elliott (Environmental & Petroleum Geologist) - Canada


Dr. Boyd B. Dent (Environmental Hydrogeologist) - Australia.


June 5

The MEDGEO 2013 deadline for abstracts has been extended to Friday, June 15.

May 7

We are pleased to inform you of MEDGEO 2013 progress. The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Working Group on Health has agreed to hold their second conference simultaneously with our conference. They will be hosting several technical sessions on the use of remote sensing to address health-related issues, and offering seven short courses and mini-workshops – one of three free mini-workshops. The University of Texas at Dallas is considering a major contribution to the conference to highlight a growing field called Holistics for Health. Holistics for Health brings together large databases from multiple sources including the geosciences to address health issues and impacts on life expectancy resulting from: water quality, global dust sources, climate change, military activities, and more. The Holistics for Health workshop will showcase new advances and provide a networking opportunity for those who would like to leverage the computational BigData revolution for insight generation, decision making or policy formulation.

Our web site (www.medgeo2013) has been completely revised and updated listing the 22 proposed technical sessions, seven short courses/workshops, free excursions to the U.S. Geological Survey Headquarters, the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, and the National Museum of Health and Medicine. There will also be a free evening tour of Washington, D.C. and trips to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Arlington National Cemetery. A field trip is scheduled to visit a nearby Superfund site.

ESRI has agreed to fund the conference lunch on Tuesday, August 27. The IMGA and the Geological Society of America’s Geology and Health  Division have provided $1,000 each for international student travel incentives. Announcements have been sent out soliciting proposals from students for travel support to the conference. We have formally submitted the proposal to NSF requesting $18,000 for U.S. student support to attend the conference.

A conference luncheon will be included in your registration compliments of ESRI. The conference dinner will be on a cruise sailing on the historic Potomac River past D.C. All this, and much, much more.

We hope to see you in Arlington, Virginia, August 24-30, 2013. For more information contact Bob Finkelman (


April 14

MEDGEO 2013 announces a Travel Fellowship Program for students and post-doctoral associates presenting papers at the 2013 Conference of the International Medical Geology Association (MEDGEO 2013) in Arlington, Virginia, USA, August 24-30, 2013. This fellowship is available to any student or post-doctoral associate enrolled or employed at an educational institution. Only the presenter of the paper will be awarded the fellowship and the presenter must be the first author of the paper and a major member of the research team.  Fellowships are anticipated to be a maximum of $1,000 per person travelling within the U.S. and $1,500 for students travelling from outside the U.S.  The number of fellowships to be awarded will depend on the availability of funds.
Application deadline is June 7, 2013.
The application form may be found at  and should be submitted with the required documents as a single pdf file by email to: Dr. Dibyendu (Dibs) Sarkar (
For additional information and forms see also INFORMATION and APPLICATION FORM 

April 13

The International Registry of Pathology is proud to sponsor an IMGA research grant program in honor of its late President, William A. Gardner, MD.  In his memory, the IMGA Gardner Research Grants will support three research grants for graduate students from around the globe interested in medical geology.  Awardees may use the grant funds to support data collection, travel to study sites, or travel and register for relevant conferences.  IMGA Gardner Research grantees will be offered complimentary registration to the MEDGEO 2013 in Washington, DC. More information 

March 2
The Mexico´s chapter is organizing the International Course-conference concerning Medical Geology issues. This event will be held in the city of Chihuahua, Mexico, during the period of March 21 to March 23 this year 2013.  The whole program of this event.

February 22
PhD scholarship in groundwater N-pollution and public health effects
Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship at the Danish Graduate School of Public Health, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Public Health program and employment at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS).  Information

January 18
GEOHEALTH LIFE+ Project Newsletter
This first issue of the newsletter provides you with infor-mation about the project, “The impact of geological envi-ronment on the health status of the residents of the Slovak Republic”, and progress to date. More issues of the news-letter will be published as the project progress.
The main objective is “the reduction of the negative impact of the geological environment on the health status of residents of the Slovak Republic”.

January 6
A new newsletter #21 has been distributed to all our members. If you ve not received it please contact

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