SEGH 2010 International Conference and Workshops

Environmental Quality and Human Health

Galway, Ireland, June 27- July 2, 2010

             


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Prof. Iain Thornton (Former SEGH Chair, Lifetime achievement award recipient), Imperial College and Imperial College Consultants London, UK
Title: APPLIED ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY AND HEALTH
        (Download Prof. Thornton's abstract here)
Prof. Thornton, PhD, DSc, DIC is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Geochemistry and was until 2002 Director of the Environmental Geochemistry Research Group, Imperial College, London. He has over forty years of research experience in environmental geochemistry and geochemical mapping, the chemistry and behaviour of trace elements and metals in soils and waters, and the effects of metal exposure on plant, animal and human health. He has also undertaken research into urban geochemistry in the UK, Hong Kong and Gibraltar. He is the editor of the standard text Applied Environmental Geochemistry, and has published widely, as author and co-author of over 200 papers in refereed scientific journals, on sources and pathways of metals in the environment and their impacts. He is an elected Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. He was President of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health from 1985 to 1987 and is a life member of the Executive Board. He was the first recipient of the J. Julian Chisholm Jr. MD. Award for outstanding contributions in the field of geochemistry and environmental health education. In 2003 he was made an honorary member of the International Society for the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements.
 
Prof. Shu Tao (SETAC Asia/Pacific Chair), Peking University, China
Title: EMISSION, FATE AND RESPIRATION EXPOSURE RISK OF POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS IN CHINA
        (Download Prof. Tao's abstract here)
Prof. Tao joined the faculty at Peking University in 1984. He is now Cheung Kong Professor and vice dean of the College of Environmental Sciences of Peking University. He is also director of The Laboratory for Earth Surface Processes (LESP), a key laboratory under Chinese Ministry of Education. He chairs the subcommittee of Environmental & Chemical Geography, Chinese Geography Association. He also serves as the president of SETAC Asia/Pacific and is on the editorial boards of several international journals. Currently, his research is focused on bioavailability of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and organochlorine pesticides, fate and exposure of persistent organic pollutants. At present, he serves as principle investigator for a number of projects including Fate and behaviour of PAHs in northern China and Emission and outflow of PAHs from East Asia (both are key projects of National Scientific Foundation of China). Prof. Tao has 180 papers published in peer-reviewed international journals. The publications cover a number of fields including bioavailability of trace elements and persistent organic pollutants, aquatic humic substances, fate and multimedia fate modelling of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and organochlorine pesticides.
 
Dr. Olle Selinus (IMGA founder and co-Chair), Geological Survey of Sweden, Sweden
Title: THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICAL GEOLOGY - WHAT WILL HAPPEN NOW AND IN THE FUTURE?
        (Download Dr. Selinus's abstract here)
This speaker is sponsored by NUI Galway's Millennium Fund.
Dr. Olle Selinus is a Ph.D. geologist working with the Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU). During the 1960s and 1970s he worked in mineral exploration and since the beginning of the 1980s his research work has been focused on environmental geochemistry, including research on medical geology. He has served as the organizer of several international conferences in this field, is vice president for the International Geological Congress in Oslo in 2008 and has published over 90 manuscripts. He serves as Editor-in-Chief for the book on “Essentials of Medical Geology”, and as president of the International Medical Geology Association. He has received several international awards and has been appointed Geologist of the Year (2005) in Sweden because of Medical Geology. He is also chairing the ”Earth and Health” team of the United Nations initiative International Year of Planet Earth, member of the organising committee and vice president for the 33 International Geological Congress in Oslo in 2008, vice chairman of the National Committee of Geology at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, chairman of the Swedish National Committee of the International Year of Planet Earth.
Prof. Luke Clancy (Director General, RIFTFS), Research Institute for a Tobacco Free Society, Ireland
Title: AIR POLLUTION AND HEALTH IN IRELAND -OUTDOORS AND IN PUBS
         (Download Prof. Clancy's abstract here)
Prof. Clancy is an academic respiratory physician with a research interest in air pollution, TB and asthma and currently focusing on the prevention of smoking related diseases by advocacy and research. As Chairman of the Board of ASH Ireland (Action on Smoking and Health) he played a significant role in the introduction of smoke free legislation in Ireland. He is currently President of the European Network for Smoking Prevention (ENSP) and Chairman of the Tobacco Control Committee of the European Respiratory Society He is Director General of RIFTFS which supports the development of a tobacco free society by engaging in research in all aspects of tobacco control. He was a partner in a number of EU funded projects such as PESCE, APHEA, Aphesis, IMCA and ENHIS. He is the Project Coordinator for the FP7 Project PPACTE (Pricing Policy and Tobacco Control in Europe) involving a very strong consortium of international experts.

 

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