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Mycotoxins & Phycotoxins
Gordon Research Conference

Understanding the Exposure and Global Health Risks Associated with Naturally Occurring Environmental Biotoxins in a Rapidly Changing World

Dates

June 18-23, 2017

Location

Stonehill College
Easton, MA Site Information

Organizers

Chairs:
Kathi A. Lefebvre & Paul Turner

Vice Chairs:
Allen R. Place & Isabelle P. Oswald

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 21, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins are diverse and highly toxic compounds that naturally occur in the environment and frequently contaminate food, feeds and water on every continent. Climatic conditions are significant drivers of environmental contamination to both the fungal and the algal families of toxins. Thus a major concern is to understand and mitigate the public health and economic impacts, within this uncertain changing world. The 2017 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins will provide a forum for academic, government and private sector scientists to exchange ideas on harnessing advances in biology, chemistry, ecology, plant pathology, epidemiology and risk assessment to address the problems associated with occurrence of these natural toxins. This conference will bring together a wide range of outstanding senior scientists, early career and students to address the very practical task of ensuring the safety of food and water supplies. Podium presentations will include a mixture of established and junior scientists, with a view to establishing networks and ideas to understand and mitigate these complex threats. A critical component will be dedicated and guided discussions after each presentation, with discussion leaders recognized for their expertise in each particular area. Poster sessions will provide an opportunity for fertile cross-disciplinary interactions. The Gordon Research Seminar, immediately preceding the GRC, will be organized and conducted by graduate students and postdoctoral scientists from the many disciplines involved in advancing mycotoxin and phycotoxin research. Junior scientists will present their work in a formal, oral format and engage in discussion with their peers. The environment will be welcoming and collegial and will provide an unmatched opportunity for future researchers to interact with established scientists. Two leading students from this section will additionally present within the GRS.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Mycotoxins & Phycotoxins" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Meeting Program

Sunday
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: Global Impacts of Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins
Discussion Leader: Kathi Lefebvre (Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmGustaaf Hallegraeff (University of Tasmania, Australia)
"Global Impacts of HABs and Influences of Climate Change"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmRonald Riley (University of Georgia, USA)
"Understanding the Risk of Mycotoxin Co-Exposures in a Changing World: Guatemala as a Case Example"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmGlobal Efforts in Monitoring, Mitigation and Forecasting of Biotoxin Prevalence
Discussion Leaders: Donald Anderson (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA) and Gary Payne (North Carolina State University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:35 amZhiming Yu (Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
"Large-Scale Suppression or Control of Freshwater and Marine Algal Blooms in China"
9:35 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:20 amVivian Hoffmann (International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), CGIAR, USA)
"Mycotoxin Intervention in Sub-Saharan Africa"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:35 amMichael Brosnahan (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA)
"Dynamics of HABs: Rapid Response Sampling of Key Processes"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:20 pmMartha Vaughan (U.S. Department of Agriculture, USA)
"The Effects of Elevated CO2 on Cereal Crop Natural Defenses and the Potential Implications for Mycotoxin Risk"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmPower Hour
The GRC Power Hour is an optional informal gathering open to all meeting participants. It is designed to help address the challenges women face in science and support the professional growth of women in our communities by providing an open forum for discussion and mentoring.
Organizers: Rebecca Coleman (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA) and Kathi Lefebvre (Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA, USA)
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMode of Action of Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins
Discussion Leaders: Allen Place (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, USA) and Silvia Gratz (University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmOlivier Puel (INRA - Toulouse Centre, France)
"Mycotoxin Interactions from Animal Studies to Human Risk"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmLuis Botana (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
"Implications of the Mode of Action of Marine Toxins"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmRomulo Araoz (Institut de Neurobiologie Alfred Fessard, France)
"Mode of Action of Natural Biotoxins and Development of Pharmacologic Agents"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmBiotoxin Exposure Risks and Vulnerable Populations
Discussion Leaders: Clare Narrod (Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, University of Maryland, USA) and Flora Oluwafemi (Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria)
9:00 am - 9:35 amLynn Grattan (University of Maryland, USA)
"Impacts of Chronic Exposure to Low Levels of Domoic Acid in Native Americans"
9:35 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:20 amS Anitha (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Malawi)
"Agriculture, Nutrition and Mycotoxins: A South East African Perspective"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:35 amAlison Robertson (University of South Alabama, USA)
"Ciguatera Fish Poisoning: Exposure Risks and Vulnerable Populations"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:20 pmPaula Alvito (Instituto Nacional de Saúde Doutor Ricardo Jorge, Portugal)
"Risk Estimates of Mycotoxin Mixtures in the Diets of our Children"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmIncreased Prevalence and Economic Impacts of Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins
Discussion Leader: Deepak Bhatnagar (Food and Feed Safety Research, USDA-ARS, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmFlorence Richard-Forget (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France)
"Deciphering the Chemical Defenses Orchestrated by Cereals to Restrain Fusarium Growth and Mycotoxin Production"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmTodd Miller (Zilber School of Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA)
"Cyanotoxin in Drinking Water: A Tale of Four Cities"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmPaola Battilani (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy)
"Impacts of Climate Change of Mycotoxins in Europe"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmChallenges of Biotoxin Detection and Quantitation in Biological Matrices
Discussion Leaders: Betsy Jean Yakes (U.S. Food and Drug Administration, USA) and Mark Sumarah (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada)
9:00 am - 9:35 amPhilipp Hess (IFREMER, France)
"Management of Diverse HAB Toxins in Seafood: New Approaches to Detection, Quantitation, and Risk Assessment"
9:35 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:20 amJustin Renaud (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada)
"Aflatoxin Exposure Assessment: The Good, the Bad, and… the Future"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:35 amKatrina Campbell (Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom)
"Nanoarrays for Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:20 pmMaria De Rosa (Carleton University, Canada)
"Molecular Tools for Mycotoxin Assessment in Field Settings"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmChanging Exposure Risks and Health Impacts of Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins
Discussion Leaders: Andrew Turner (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, United Kingdom) and Naresh Magan (Cranfield University, United Kingdom)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmAngel Medina-Vaya (Cranfield University, United Kingdom)
"Fungal Growth and Mycotoxin Production in an Uncertain World"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmElizabeth Hilborn (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA)
"Human Health Effects of Cyanotoxins"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmHamed Abbas (Agricultural Research Service, USDA, USA)
"Biological Control of Aflatoxin Contamination in U.S. Crops Using Corn Starch Based Formulations (Bioplastic) to Control Pests"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmHuman Health and Early Developmental Effects of Biotoxin Exposure
Discussion Leaders: Paul Turner (University of Maryland, USA) and Rebecca Coleman (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA)
9:00 am - 9:35 amFrances Gulland (The Marine Mammal Center, USA)
"Effects of HAB Toxins in Marine Mammals: Sentinels of Human Health"
9:35 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:20 amMartin Kimanya (African Union Commission, Ethiopia)
"Use of Validated Biomarkers of Mycotoxin Exposure in Tanzanian Children"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:35 amThomas Burbacher (University of Washington, USA)
"Developmental Neurotoxicity of Domoic Acid in a Nonhuman Primate Model"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:20 pmJennifer Panlilio (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA)
"Novel Mechanisms of Neurotoxicity from Developmental Exposures to Domoic Acid"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: Biotoxin Challenges in Low and Middle Income Countries: Sustainable Solutions for Health and Food Security
Discussion Leader: Isabelle Oswald (French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), France)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
7:40 pm - 7:45 pmDiscussion
7:45 pm - 7:55 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
8:10 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:55 pmDavid Miller (Carleton University, Canada)
"Mycotoxin Challenges in Low and Middle Income Countries: Sustainable Solutions for Health and Food Security"
8:55 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmClosing Remarks
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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