Professor Ulf Lindh, Sweden
Chairman of the Research Fund at Tandvårdsskadeförbundet
Prof. Lindh from Uppsala University, Sweden, has spent many of his years in academia studying and teaching the biology of metals and other elements, and their implications in human health.
The initiative for the conference was taken by Prof. Lindh together with Tandvårdsskadeförbundet (a Swedish association for patients with ill health associated with dental materials), where prof. Lindh is the chairman of the research fund. They have recognised a need for an international gathering of experts in the fields of metal biology and geology to come together to present the developments of the research field and current projects.
Dr Eleonore Blaurock-Busch, Germany
Micro Trace Minerals Analytical Laboratory
Eleonore Blaurock-Busch, PhD, is the research director of Micro Trace Minerals Analytical Laboratory in Germany and Trace Mineral International Laboratory of Boulder, Colorado. She specialises in metal toxicology and human nutrition. She is a founding member and co-chairman of the International Association of Trace Element Research and Cancer and is a scientific advisor to the German Medical Association for Clinical Metal Toxicology. Dr Blaurock-Busch is also a member of the European Academy for Environmental Medicine and the British Society for Ecological Medicine. She has specialised in testing and has published several studies on the toxic burden in metal toxicology, including epidemiological studies that evaluated the toxic burden of people of India, Egypt, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Mexico.
Dr Olle Selinus, Sweden
Geological Survey of Sweden
Dr Olle Selinus is a PhD geologist working with the Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU). After his retirement he is a guest professor at the Linneaus University, Kalmar, Sweden. During the 1960s and 1970s he worked in mineral exploration and since the beginning of the 1980s his research work has been focused on environmental geochemistry, including research on medical geology. Dr Selinus has published over 100 papers and was in charge of external research and development at SGU. He started the concept of medical geology and was the cofounder, and later the president, of the International Medical Geology Association, IMGA. He has been appointed Geologist of the Year in Sweden. He was also chairing the ”Earth and Health” team of the International Year of Planet Earth 2008-2009 by UN General Assembly. He has also been chief editor for several other books on medical geology. He is now retired but affiliated as guest professor at the Linneaus University in Kalmar Sweden.
Prof. em. Boyd Haley, USA
Boyd Haley is prof. em. of medicinal chemistry. He received his doctorate at Washington State University and performed postdoctoral studies at Yale University Medical School. He has been a professor and Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky since 1996. Central themes in his research have been Alzheimer’s disease, mercury toxicity and protein-nucleotide interactions in the regulation of enzymatic activity in celluler energy production. Prof. Haley has together with a team developed a N,N’bis-(2-mercaptoethyl) isophthalamide (NBMI), a lipophilic chelating agent which specifically binds mercury. It is currently being studied in Phase II clinical trials.