Binational Center Hosts Workshop in Torreon and Durango, Mexico

A participant asking a question during workshop.The Dean Carter Binational Center for Environmental Health Sciences (Binational Center) hosted its fourth Specialized Workshop on November 13-15, 2006. The workshop entitled: “Environmental Sciences and Toxicology: The Lagunera Region Workshop” was held in Torreon and Durango, Mexico. The workshop lectures took place in the College of Medicine at the Universidad Juarez del Estado de Durango (UJED) and the University Hospital at the Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila (UAC). Approximately, 100 participants attended throughout the three-day event. The audience was introduced to innovative field and laboratory techniques with environmental toxicology and engineering.   The table below shows the diversity of presenters and lecture topics:

Presenter

Topic

Dr. Walt Klimecki, The University of Arizona 

Biotransformation

Dr. Arnulfo Albores, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico 

Bioactivation

Dr. Patricia Ostrosky, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico 

Chemical Carcinogenesis

Dr. Mariano Cebrian, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico

Arsenic and Cancer

Dr. Clark Lantz, The University of Arizona

Introduction to Lung Toxicology

Dr. Emma Calderon, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico

Immunology

Dr. Raquel Goytia, Universidad Juarez del Estado de Durango

Metal Immunotoxicology

Dr. Lourdes Guerrero, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico

Introduction to Epidemiology

Dr. Walt Klimecki, The University of Arizona

Genetic Epidemiology

Dr. Lizbeth Lopez Carrillo, Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica

Environmental Epidemiology

Dr. Rogelio Recio,  Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila, Torreon

Epidemiology PCB

Ing. Amalia Ortega,  Industrias Peñoles, S.A. de C.V.

Remediation at Peñoles

Dr. Jim A. Field, The University of Arizona

Bioremediation of Metals

Dr. Refugio Rodriguez,  Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico

Bioremediation of Pesticides

Dr. Marcia Morales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Cometabolism

Lic. Marcela Martinez Lara,  CONACyT and Dr. Mariano Cebrian,  Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico

Grantsmanship

Students participants at the Universidad Juarez del Estado de Durango.A special session was held on grantmanship to capacity build regional Lagunera scientists on how to apply for research funds. A special guest from CONACyT (Mexico’s National Science Foundation) gave the main presentation detailing funding sytem and opportunities.  New collaborative opportunities arose, particularly between UA investigators and Met-Mex Peñoles (a Mexican smelter) and a local non-governmental women’s organization. 

The workshop included a tour of the largest smelter complex in Latin America, Met-Mex Peñoles, located in Torreon. During the tour, visists were conducted to the smelter facility as well as  a contaminated site where remediation of lead in soil has been successfully applied.  The tour also included a visit to a clinic set up to treat children with high levels of lead in blood living in adjacent neighborhoods.

Participants networking in between science sessions

The second portion of thel tour was to the laboratory facilities of the Department of Environmental Health at UAC. The laboratory facilities  allow for the analysis of organics (GC-MS) and heavy metals (ICP-MS).  Additionally, it has a modern genetic laboratory. The University of Arizona PI’s unanimously recognized that this Department would make an excellent partner for collaborative research.