CANCELLED - WORKSHOP: Medical geology unit
|Medical geology unit : 3-day unit exploring the role of geological processes in the environment and their impact of human health.
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.
Offering an introduction to the emerging discipline of medical geology, this unit focuses on the origin, distribution and fate of geological/geochemical agents in the environment and their impact of human health. It provides a multi-disciplinary grounding in medical geology theory and practice, drawing on biomedical, geological/geochemical and toxicological disciplines to offer an integrated view of the entire field. After exploring the origins and development of Medical Geology, the unit examines the metals and other geogenic agents that impact on human health and disease. The unit also provides an analytical framework by which to assess and develop interventions, illustrated by practical examples of current issues.
The following topics will be covered:
• sources, transport and fate of geological agents in the environment
• trace elements in environmental health and disease
• foundations of toxicology and environmental pathology
• health impacts of natural geological processes.
Medical geology - background
The human body is affected in many ways by the toxic elements, metal ions and minerals on our planet. Medical geology encompasses issues such as the effects of deficiency or excess exposure of trace elements and minerals; inhalation of ambient and anthropogenic mineral dusts; transportation, modification and concentration of earth materials/compounds; and exposure to radionuclides, microbes and pathogens in a geological setting.
Medical geology is a major emerging topic which defines and explores the impacts of geologic materials and processes on animal and human health. Based on collaboration among geologists and earth scientists, environmental scientists, toxicologists, epidemiologists and medical specialists, the field aims to characterise the properties of geological processes and agents, the dispersal of geologic material and the effects on human populations.
A/Professor Angus Cook (SPH UWA); Professor Philip Weinstein (UniSA); Professor Bob Finkelman (formerly with the U.S. Geological Survey, now University of Texas at Dallas); Dr Karin Ljung (Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm);
Dr Maria Kippler (IMM, Karolinska Institute); and
Dr Renee Gardnew (IMM, Karolinska Institute).
Fees apply: please visit our website for more details.
A/Professor Angus Cook, Professor Philip Weinstein, Professor Bob Finkelman, Dr Karin Ljung; Dr Maria Kippler; Dr Renee Gardnew
Clifton Street Building, Nedlands Campus
Wed, 14 Dec 2011 09:00
Fri, 16 Dec 2011 17:00
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Wed, 25 Jan 2012 11:59
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