A Binational Success: Binational Center Hosts Specialized Workshop in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico

Instituto Tecnologico de Sonora Srudents with Binational Center Co-Director, Dr. James FieldThe University of Arizona’s (UA) Dean Carter Binational Center for Environmental Health Sciences hosted its sixth Specialized Workshop in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico entitled, “Health Impacts, Management, and Treatment of Contaminants in Southern Sonora”, from October 27-28, 2008.  The workshop was coordinated in collaboration with Dr. Maria Mercedes Meza Montenegro and her team at the Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora (ITSON). 

The focus of the workshop was regional environmental and health impacts in southern Sonora (e.g.  arsenic, pesticides, and municipal landfills).  A total of 236 participants were in attendance including representatives from academia, government, health workers, and students.  The Workshop goal was to provide the most pertinent scientific information regarding contaminants in Sonora.  It also served as a networking opportunity for binational scientists willing to develop collaborative projects and training opportunities.  A special promotora (women community health workers) training session was incorporating various Mexican researchers involved in environmental health studies.  These promotoras learned information to help them in their work in the Yaqui communities where they work.  ITSON president, Dr. Gonzalo Rodriguez Villanueva, concluded the conference by stressing the importance of collaborative binational investigations









Workshop topics and presenters:

Session I. Arsenic Toxicology and Treatment of Water

Arsenic Levels in Water for Human Consumption: The Case of Southern Sonora

Dr. María Mercedes Meza Montenegro – ITSON

Arsenic Levels in Dust

Dr. Diana Meza Figueroa - UNISON

Toxicology of Arsenic and its Effects on Human Health

Dr. Walter Klimecki - UA

Collaborative Research on Arsenic and Breast Cancer in Northern Mexico: First Report Regarding Reproductive Factors

Dr. Lizbeth López Carrillo – Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica

Low Cost Treatment for Arsenic Removal within Potable Water Sources

Dr. Wendell Ela - UA

Session II. Solid Waste and Municipal Landfills


What are Municipal Landfills?: An Engineering Perspective

Dr. James Field - UA

Municipal Landfill Collaborative Project: The Case of Ensenada

Dr. Rogelio Vázquez - CICESE

Session III. Pesticides


The Impact of Pesticides in the Yaqui Valley

Dr. José Luis Martínez Carrillo - ITSON

Health Risk Evaluation Regarding Pesticide Exposure in the Residents of the Yaqui and Mayo Valleys: Project FOMIX-CONACyT

Ernesto Uriel Cantu Soto, M.S. – ITSON

Analysis of Pesticides in Environmental, Biological, and Food Matrices and the Potential Health Impacts

Dr. Ana Valenzuela Quintanar  - Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo

Pyrethroids as an Alternative: Investigational Studies

Dr. Lourdes Aldana - UNISON

Human Health Effects to the Exposure of Pesticide Mixes

Dr. Leticia Yañez Estrada - UASLP

Session IV. Promotora Training


Fundamental in Toxicology

Dr. Walter Klimecki - UA

Research Ethics When Working with Human Subjects

Dr. Victor Tovar - Mexican Secretariat of Health

The Importance of the Survey:  How to Fill Out a Survey and Obtain a Sample

Dr. Pablo Ruiz - UACT