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An Integrative Approach to Medical Geology and Environmental Health: Practical Applications and Challenges

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2023) | Viewed by 517

Special Issue Editors

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1. Division of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
2. Department of Chemistry, Center for Chemical Sensors—Chemical Imaging and Surface Analysis Center, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, Mayaguez, PR 00681, USA
Interests: metals toxicology; environmental and toxicological pathology; occupational and forensic toxicology of metals; biomonitoring to metal exposures; human health and risk assessment to metal exposures; medical geology; metalloids and health effects; metals used in medical devices; biocompatibility of metals; regulatory sciences
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Department of Chemistry, Center for Chemical Sensors—Chemical Imaging and Surface Analysis Center, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, Mayaguez, PR 00681, USA
Interests: chemical, biological and environmental application of near IR and raman spectroscopy; quantum cascade lasers; chemical and biological sensors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Medical Geology is a rapidly growing field defined as the study of the relationship between the geosphere and human and animal health.  Understanding the detrimental effects that natural geochemical processes and environmental pollutants may have on the health of humans and animals has been the subject of extensive studies in medical geology and environmental health.  In many cases, diseases related to the environment can be directly linked to the presence and distribution of toxic chemical elements in the soil, air, or water, such as chronic exposure to arsenic through contaminated drinking water.  

Exposure to mineral and/or atmospheric dust has been a topic of much medical geology and environmental health studies. Toxic agents carried by dust can exert adverse effects not only in the respiratory system, but they can also exert toxic effects in other parts of the body as they are dissolved in the lung and absorbed into the bloodstream. Thus, in order to set up preventive measures for particulate matter levels to ensure public health safety, it is critical to gain knowledge about the chemical toxicology, composition and potential health effects of particulate matter and environmental dust exposure.  Geochemical information on dust sources, processes that affect the mobilization, and transport of dust, as well as toxicological information on the effects and pathways of dust particles through respiratory organs, are needed.

This Special Issue of the International Journal on Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) is aimed at bringing together leading scientists, researchers and environmentalists to share and discuss their latest research results and experiences on all aspects of Medical Geology and Environmental Health, with a particular interest in emerging innovations, research trends, and practical challenges that we are facing (such as the environmental and health impacts of climate change) at the interface of these two disciplines.  Accordingly, original manuscripts and review articles are welcome, covering, but not limited to the following areas:

  • Risk assessment, Risk management and Risk Communication;
  • Environmental epidemiology;
  • Spatial Data Analysis – Models, Methods and Techniques;
  • Biological Impact Analysis;
  • Urban Medical Geology;
  • Health Impacts of Atmospheric Dust;
  • Health Impacts of Climate Change;
  • Soil Geochemistry
  • Pollutants in Drinking Water
  • Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs);
  • Microplastics – Impacts on Ecology and Human Health;
  • Methodologies – Chemical and Biological Applications of Spectroscopy, Nanotechnologies.

On behalf of IJERPH, submissions of original research on these topics will be welcome for this Special Issue.

Dr. Jose A. Centeno
Dr. Jacques Gardon
Prof. Dr. Samuel P. Hernandez
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • spatial data analysis applications in medical geology
  • potential human pathogens and toxins in dust
  • climate change and medical geology
  • soil geochemistry
  • pollutants in drinking water
  • Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
  • microplastics – impacts on ecology and human health
  • methodologies – chemical and biological applications of spectroscopy, nanotechnologies

Published Papers

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