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  • Jose Centeno
  • Robert Finkelman 
  • Chaosheng Zhang
  • Saverio Fiore

Although Medical geology has grown and evolved significantly during the past 20 years the basic principals remain the same. Two of the pioneers of medical geology will introduce the fundamental aspects of geology, toxicology, and related disciplines that form the basis of Medical Geology. They will be joined by several leading practitioners of medical geology who will describe current applications.

This course would be appropriate for anyone interested in learning what Medical Geology is about, what fundamental aspects are necessary for a successful Medical Geology project, and the recent history of this exciting new field.

Jose Centeno

Jose Centeno

Jose A. Centeno, US Food and Drug Administration, Division of Biology, Chemistry and Materials Science, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Maryland, USA; The International Medical Geology Association.

 Short CV Jose A. Centeno, Ph.D., FRSC, is a graduate from Michigan State University and a senior research scientist at the Joint Pathology Center, USA, with over 20 years of experience in the fields of environmental toxicology and medical geology. Dr. Centeno is a co-founding member and the Past-Chairman of the International Medical Geology Association (IMGA). He is the US Officer of the IUGS-Commission on Geosciences for Environmental Management (GEM) and has served as Senior Adviser, UNESCO-IUGS-International Year of Planet Earth (2007- 2009). Dr. Centeno currently hold adjunct faculty positions at several national and international academic centers and universities including Turabo University in Puerto Rico (as Distinguished Professor, Environmental and Health), Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, Metropolitan University in Puerto Rico, and the Faculty of Chemistry-University of the Republic of Uruguay. Dr. Centeno is co-editor of the book Essentials of Medical Geology – Impacts of the Natural Environment on Public Health (2005) and Medical Geology – A Regional Synthesis (2010), serves on the editorial board of four scientific journal, and has organized several national and international conferences, including as the founding member of the International Medical Geology Conference series. He has been involved in numerous academic, government and professional activities including serving as a member of the Working Group for the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC, Vol. 74), US National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant proposal Study Sections, USAID grant proposal Review Panel, USEPA TOSCA Interagency Testing Committee, US National Research Council Committee on Earth Sciences and Public Health, and National Academies – Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO). He is the recipient of several national and international awards, and has been invited to speak in more than 50 countries. 

Robert B. Finkelman

Robert B. Finkelman

Dr. Robert B. Finkelman, retired in 2005 after 32 years with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), is currently a Research Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is an internationally recognized scientist widely known for his work on coal chemistry and as a leader of the emerging field of Medical Geology. Dr. Finkelman has degrees in geology, geochemistry, and chemistry. He has a diverse professional background having worked for the federal government (USGS) and private industry (Exxon), formed a consulting company (Environmental and Coal Associates), and has lectured and provided mentorship at colleges and universities around the world. Most of Dr. Finkelman’s professional career has been devoted to understanding the properties of coal and how these properties affect coal’s technological performance, economic byproduct potential, and environmental and health impacts. For the past 13 years he has devoted his efforts to developing the field of Medical Geology. Dr. Finkelman is the author of more than 600 publications and has been invited to speak in more than 50 countries. Dr. Finkelman has served as Chairman of the Geological Society of America’s Coal Geology Division; Chair of the International Association for Cosmochemistry and Geochemistry, Working Group on Geochemistry and Health; founding member and past chair of the International Medical Geology Association; President of the Society for Organic Petrology; member of the American Registry of Pathology Board of Scientific Directors and is currently 2nd Vice President of the GSA’s Geology and Health Division. He was a recipient of the Nininger Meteorite Award; recipient of the Gordon H. Wood Jr. Memorial Award from the AAPG Eastern Section; a Fellow of the Geological Society of America; and a recipient of the Cady Award from the GSA’s Coal Geology Division. Dr. Finkelman was also awarded a U. S. State Department Embassy Science Fellowship for a three-month assignment in South Africa. He was recently a member of a National Res assignment in South Africa. He was recently a member of a National Research Council committee looking at the future of coal in the U.S.

Chaosheng Zhang

Chaosheng Zhang

Dr. Chaosheng Zhang received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Peking University, and PhD degree from Institute of Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.

Dr. Chaosheng Zhang is head of Ryan Institute GIS Centre and head of Research Cluster of Environmental Change at Discipline of Geography, National University of Ireland, Galway. He teaches Geographic Information System (GIS) and statistics courses at School of Geography and Archaeology of the University. Dr. Zhang’s academic background covers both GIS and environmental geochemistry. His research interest focuses on spatial analyses of environmental variables, especially metals and nutrients in soils and soil organic carbon, using GIS, geostatistics and other spatial statistical techniques. One of the current research directions of Dr. Zhang is spatial analysis of environment and health. Dr. Zhang has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals (H-index based on Google Scholar: 25). He is a reviewer for more than 40 international journals.

Dr. Zhang has research experience in China, Sweden, USA, Australia, Jamaica and Ireland. He was a University Fellow of Hong Kong Baptist University in 2013. Dr. Zhang is chair and organizer of several internationally leading conferences in environment, health and GIS (SEGH 2010 International Conference and Workshops on Environmental Quality and Human Health; SESEH 2012 Sino-European Symposium on Environment and Health; ISEH 2016 & Geoinformatics 2016, Joint International Conference on Environment, Health, GIS and Agriculture). Dr. Zhang is an international advisor to Jiuzhaigou National Park of China.

Dr. Zhang holds the following international professional positions: President of SEGH (Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health,, Chair of Funding Committee, IMGA (International Medical Geology Association,, Member of Editorial Board of Science of the Total Environment, Coordinating Editor of Environmental Geochemistry and Health, Founder and Co-Chair of SEGH China-Ireland Consortium, Founder and Co-Chair of IMGA China-Ireland Concord, Founder: SESEH Sino-European Symposium on Environment and Health (Branded as ISEH from 2014 International Symposium on Environment and Health).

Previous international positions: Vice-President of SEGH (2013-2015), Councilor of IMGA (2011-2015), Member of IMGA Conference Committee (2008-2013); Education Committee (2008-2013).

Saverio Fiore

Saverio Fiore

Saverio Fiore, Chairman of the 4th International Medical Geology Conference (GEOMED 2011) and President of the Italian Chapter on Medical Geology. Saverio Fiore is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis, National Research Council of Italy (IMAA-CNR).

Dr. Fiore was awarded with the Lifetime Recognition Service to IMGA during GEOMED 2011 for his remarkable and outstanding contributions to de development of medical geology worldwide. Dr. Fiore’s leadership as Chairman of GEOMED 2011 attracted over 250 participants from over 50 countries. IMGA is proud to recognize Prof. Dr. Fiore for his lifetime dedication, commitment and contributions to the global development of medical geology . Saverio Fiore has been a member of the scientific board of many national and international conferences and he chaired the XIV International Clay Conference (2009) and the 4th International Conference on Medical Geology (2011). He served as President of the Italian Association for the Study of Clays and currently he is councillor of the International Association for the Study of Clays. He founded and headed the Environmental and Medical Geology Laboratory at IMAA-CNR and now is the chief of the CNR Research Group Micro and Nanominerals in the Health and Environment.onal journals.

Date: 28.08.2017
Time: 09-00-18-00

Professional Members and Non Members - 4900 RUR (70 EUR*)
Students - 2450 RUR (35 EUR*)

*Price in EUR is approximate and based on the rate 1 EUR =70 RUR. Please, rely on the price given in RUR.