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SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
The International Medical Geology Association (IMGA)
This association was established in January of 2006 like a “policy neutral” organization that looks for facilitating interactions between geoscientists and biomedical / public health researchers in addressing human and animal health problems caused by geologic materials or geologic processes. IMGA currently has nearly 500 members in 73 countries worldwide.
SEGH was established in 1971 to provide a forum for scientists from various disciplines to work together in understanding the interaction between the geochemical environment and the health of plants, animals, and humans. We recognise the importance of interdisciplinary research. SEGH members represent expertise in a diverse range of scientific fields, such as biology, engineering, geology, hydrology, epidemiology, chemistry, medicine, nutrition, and toxicology.
The International Association of GeoChemistry (IAGC), formerly known as the International Association of Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry, is affiliated with the International Union of Geological Sciences and has been one of the pre-eminent international geochemical organizations for over forty years. The principal objective of the IAGC is to foster cooperation in, and advancement of, geochemistry in the broadest sense.
International Volcanic Health Hazard Network (IVHHN)
The International Volcanic Health Hazard Network (IVHHN) is an umbrella organisation for all research and information on volcanic health hazards. IVHHN currently involves 31 expert members from 25 international institutions as well as corresponding members who are signed up to the mailing list. Expert members of IVHHN work in diverse scientific disciplines such as volcanology, epidemiology, toxicology, public health and physical chemistry with a common aim of trying to determine the health effects of volcanic emissions, in particular the health hazard of inhaling volcanic ash and gas. IVHHN was launched in 2003 and is an IAVCEI Commission.
UK Health & Natural Dust Network
The Dust & Health Network comprises researchers in the UK who are interested in all aspects of the health hazards of natural mineral dusts.
MEDICAL GEOLOGY RESOURCES
As the UK’s primary experts on radiation protection, Public Health England (PHE) represents a significant nationwide resource for the public, industry, education, research and medicine and is the primary resource for advice about radon in the UK. Radon is a natural radioactive gas, you can’t see smell or taste it. In outside air the levels are low but it can accumulate inside buildings. Certain areas of the country are more prone than others.