Special Issue "Proceedings from the 3rd International Symposium on Environment and Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2016)
Dr. Jose A. Centeno
Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, Division of Biology, Chemistry and Materials Science, US Food and Drug Administration, White Oak Campus, Silver Spring, MD 20993, USA
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Interests: environmental toxicology; environmental pathology; medical geology; health effects of trace elements; metals and metalloids
The 3rd International Symposium on Environment and Health (3rd ISEH 2016) conference series provides an internationally leading platform for interaction between scientists, consultants, and public health professionals engaged in the multi-disciplinary areas of environment and public health. The importance of environment and public health is widely recognized in the world, and there is a growing demand for international experts to work collaborative to address a wide range of issues on a multidisciplinary scientific approach which include the integration of emerging and re-emerging field such as medical; geology, environmental geochemistry, toxicology, epidemiology, biomedical research, and public health.. This conference provides an opportunity for a direct communication between international experts working on each of the above aforementioned fields, and helps to foster and develop international collaborations. ISEH 2016 is the 3rd conference in this series, which comes back to NUI Galway in order to build a stronger network
You are invited to submit papers to be presented at the ISEH 2016 Conference http://www.nuigalway.ie/iseh2016/), for publication in the IJERPH (Impact Factor 2.063). This Special Issue will be Guest Edited by Dr. Jose A. Centeno. Participants of this conference will receive a 20% discount on the Article Processing Charges. Papers submitted to this Special Issue of the IJERPH will undergo the standard peer-review procedure. Published papers will be indexed by the SCIE (Web of Science) and PubMed.
Dr. Jose A. Centeno
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Type of Paper: Article
Title: Mapping Tools to Exercise the Right to a Healthy Environment
Authors: Chiara Costanzo *
Affiliations: School of Political Science and Sociology, Faculty of Arts, National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway, Ireland; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract: This paper explores the use of mapping tools in the field of human rights and specifically the exercise of the right to a healthy environment (RHE). It does so employing a constructivist and hybrid research methodology that brings together several approaches to RHE and reconciling environmental protection and sustainable development in a pragmatic manner. Maps are being used for the purpose of environmental rights advocacy to recognize critical overlapping that exacerbate socio-environmental conflicts and human rights violations. Contemporary debates on environmental rights include access to information, public participation and access to justice in decision making. The right to participation, or ‘meaningful participation’ identified as being core to the RHE, can promote rights interdependence, transparency and accountability as well as just distribution of benefits and burdens. Georeferenced maps can be used to layer social, economic, environmental and legal data to visualize conflicts, facilitate the identification of an extended ‘concerned public’ and identify opportunities for deepening participation. Offering insights of rights based approaches to environmental issues, maps can provide a visual platform to design innovative policies that address human rights, environment and sustainability concerns. Recently completed doctoral research on the RHE recognized the role of two environmental law principles – the precautionary principle and the common but differentiated responsibility principle - to inform human rights practices related to the environment. Mapping tools might support the precautionary character of RHE, bridging human rights issues with environmental protection and sustainable development concerns.
Type of Paper: Article
Title: Combining spatial hydrochemical and medical data – drinking water uranium and potential health effects in three German federal states
Authors: Andre Banning1, Mira Benfer2,*
Affiliations: 1 Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Institute of Geology, Geophysics and Mineralogy, Hydrogeology Department, Universitätsstr. 150, 44801 Bochum, Germany; Email: email@example.com ; 2 Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Institute of Geography, Soil Science and Soil Ecology Department, Universitätsstr. 150, 44801 Bochum, Germany
Abstract: Mainly due to its nephrotoxic and osteotoxic potential, uranium (U) increasingly finds itself in the spotlight of environmental and health-related research. Germany decided on a binding U guideline value in drinking water of 10 µg L-1, valid since 2011. It is yet unknown if and how public health was affected by elevated U concentrations before that. In this study, we collected drinking water U data (around 1200 analyses in total) from three German federal states (Bavaria, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and North Rhine-Westphalia; together representing nearly 40 % of Germany´s population). These states are known to regionally exhibit mainly geogenically elevated groundwater U with a maximum value of 40 µg L-1 in the database. Public health data was obtained from federal statistical authorities at community or county resolution (around 500 localities in total). These included incidences of diagnosed diseases suspected to be potentially triggered by chronic U uptake, e.g. diseases of the kidneys, the skeleton, the liver or the thyroid as well as tumor diseases. The datasets were analyzed for interrelations and mutual spatial occurrence using different statistical approaches and GIS. Here, we discuss obtained results and their implications for potential impacts of hydrochemistry on public health in large parts of Germany.
Type of paper: Article
Title: Danish studies on exposure of geogenic elements in drinking water and public health
Authors: Hansen, B. 1,*, Schullehner, J. 1,2, Kristiansen, S.M.3, Pedersen, C.B. 4 and Sigsgaard, T.2
Afilliattions: 1 Geological Survey of Denmark & Greenland—GEUS; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; 2 Institute of Public Health –Section of Environment, Occupation & Health, Aarhus Universit, Denmark; 3 Department of Geoscience, Aarhus Universit, Denmark; 4 Department of Economy, National Centre for Integrated Register-based Research, Aarhus University, Denmark
Abstract: In Denmark, drinking water is entirely based on groundwater. Water quality can be assessed with a high degree of certainty for the major part of the population. Drinking water quality is monitored routinely, and data on drinking water quality have for decades been archived in the public-available database JUPITER. Assessing the health impacts of geogenic natural occurring elements in drinking water requires sufficient data on life-long exposures. Thus, high-quality data on both spatial and temporal variation of drinking water quality are of paramount importance when assessing public health related to geogenic exposures. In addition, utilizing Danish nationwide population-based registers, we can identify the exact geographical residential location from 1978 onwards on a personal level and link this information with later health outcomes. The combinations of these unique data sources allow a longitudinal population-based assessment of the potential health impact of drinking water quality. These data are available through the National Centre for Integrated Register-based Research at Aarhus University. We present an overview of the drinking water quality data on specific geogenic elements during the last almost 100 years and show how the amount of data increased since the 1980s. The aim is to combine drinking water quality data in the Danish geo-database JUPITER with the health data available at the National Centre for Integrated Register-based Research at Aarhus University (CIRRAU).