Aiming High: Binational Center Project Planning Meeting

On June 26 - 28, 2006, a selected group of principle investigators from both the U.S. and Mexico came together to set the foundation for their future collaborative investigations. The following investigative teams worked in parallel to complete their project work and quality assurance plans, and human subjects requirements, if necessary:

Arsenic and Health – Diabetes and Breast Cancer in the U.S.-Mexico Border
Investigators: Drs. A. Jay Gandolfi  (Untied States – UA SBRP), Walter Klimecki (Untied States – UA SBRP), Mariano E. Cebrián (Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados (CINVESTAV), Mexico) and Lizbeth López Carrillo (Mexico)

Long-Term Effects of Heavy Metals on Children’s Health
Investigators: Drs. A. Jay Gandolfi (Untied States – UA SBRP) and Walter Klimecki (Untied States – UA SBRP) and Mariano E. Cebrián (Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados (CINVESTAV), Mexico) and Lizbeth López Carrillo (Mexico)

Landfill Leachate Plumes – characterization, natural attenuation, and bioremediation
Investigators: Drs. Reyes Sierra (Untied States – UA SBRP), Jim Field (Untied States – UA SBRP), Sergio Revah (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), Mexico) and Rogelio Vázquez González (Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE), Mexico)

Mine Tailings – Characterization, phytostabilization and phytoremediation
Investigators: Drs. Raina Maier (Untied States – UA SBRP) and Diana Meza Figueroa (Universidad de Sonora (USON), Mexico)

This two-day event provided an opportunity for the U.S. – Mexico Binational Center for Environmental Sciences and Toxicology team to interact face-to-face and build life long relationships beyond the laboratory. This in turn strengthened collaborative ties and advanced investigative work.