Research in Oceans and Human Health (OHH) concerns the present, future, and potential effects of oceanic processes and marine organisms on human health and wellbeing. These effects often reflect complex processes whose elucidation requires an integration of information and knowledge from the biomedical, physical, and social sciences. The unresolved impacts of global climate change, coastal development, and intercontinental dispersal of harmful organisms all present tremendous challenges. Of growing concern are the human health impacts from exposure to known threats that are increasingly ubiquitous in marine ecosystems, in particular: heavy metals, marine toxins, pathogens and synthetic organic chemicals. However, OHH also encompasses bio-molecular exploration of marine organisms. In particular, marine microbes are recognized as a largely unexploited resource for pharmacological and biotechnological development. The discovery of new bioactive compounds and elucidation of their natural synthesis complements investigations of allelochemical synthesis in coral reef fauna, harmful algae and others.
The Gordon Research Seminar in OHH will provide a venue for young researchers to meet others with similar interest in integrating research across diverse disciplines. Students and post-docs attending the GRS will benefit from mentoring by recognized leaders in OHH fields, including: algal and microbial biology, epidemiology and public health, marine natural products, molecular biology, oceanography, toxicology, and others. The GRS seeks to attract new OHH scientists from diverse scientific backgrounds who are at a critical juncture in their career development. The seminar will be an opportunity to interact with leaders in OHH, both at the GRS-OHH meeting and at the subsequent Gordon Research Conference. The aim of the event is to provide a non-threatening forum for young scientists to present and discuss their findings in both oral presentations and poster sessions, and to form new interdisciplinary collaborations for future research.
|2:00 pm - 9:00 pm||Arrival and Check-in|
|4:00 pm - 6:00 pm||Poster Session|
|Mentor: Helena Solo-Gabriele (University of Miami)|
|7:15 pm - 7:30 pm||Welcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff|
|7:30 pm - 9:30 pm||MOLECULAR APPROACHES TO OCEANS AND HUMAN HEALTH|
|Discussion Leader: Emily A. Monroe (MUSC, Charleston, SC)|
|Mentor: Micaela Parker (University of Washington)|
|7:30 pm - 7:45 pm ||Emily A. Monroe (MUSC)|
"Polyketide synthases in Karenia brevis: characterization and expression of proteins involved in toxin biosynthesis in the Florida red tide dinoflagellate"
|7:45 pm - 7:55 pm ||Discussion|
|7:55 pm - 8:10 pm ||Eric D. Landis (NOAA, Northwest Fisheries Science Center) |
"Suppressive Subtractive Hybridization reveals differences between Vibrio parahaemolyticus isolates from the Puget Sound region and a pandemic strain"
|8:10 pm - 8:20 pm ||Discussion|
|8:20 pm - 8:35 pm ||Shady A. Amin (University of California, San Diego)|
"The Role of Symbiotic Bacterial Siderophores in Promoting Primary Productivity in the Ocean"
|8:35 pm - 8:45 pm ||Discussion|
|8:45 pm - 9:00 pm ||Katherine A. Hubbard (University of Washington) |
"Patterns of inter- and intraspecific diversity in Pacific Northwest Pseudo-nitzschia"
|9:00 pm - 9:10 pm ||Discussion|
|9:10 pm - 9:25 pm ||Emily M. White (US EPA)|
"Fecal Indicator Bacteria and Environmental Observations: Validation of Virtual Beach"
|9:25 pm - 9:30 pm ||Discussion|
|9:45 pm||Poster Session|
|Mentor: Paul Sandifer (Hollings Marine Laboratory)|
|7:30 am - 8:30 am||Breakfast|
|9:00 am - 12:30 pm||MICROBIAL POLLUTION, HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS, EPIDEMIOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF OHH|
|Discussion Leader: Jessica Bolson (University of Miami, FL)|
|Mentor: Edward Laws (Hawaii OHH Center)|
|9:00 am - 9:10 am ||Jessica A. Bolson (University of Miami)|
|9:10 am - 9:25 am ||Gayatri Vithanage (University of Hawaii)|
"Can Prevalence of Pathogenic Vibrio species in Coastal Waters be Predicted Based on Temperature, Salinity, Turbidity, Nutrients, and Sunlight?"
|9:25 am - 9:35 am ||Discussion|
|9:35 am - 9:50 am ||Geoffrey A. Sinclair (North Carolina State University)|
"Biophysical constraints on the persistence of near-bottom seed populations of Karenia brevis"
|9:50 am - 10:00 am ||Discussion|
|10:00 am - 10:15 am ||Daphne Carlson Bremer (University of California, Davis)|
"Health assessment of free-ranging American oystercatchers (Haematopus palliates) in Georgia and South Carolina"
|10:15 am - 10:25 am ||Discussion|
|10:25 am - 10:40 am ||Christina D. Senft (University of Connecticut)|
"An Ingestion Assay to Discern Phenotypes of Resistance to Paralytic Shellfish Toxins in Copepods"
|10:40 am - 10 50 am ||Discussion|
|10:50 am - 11:00 am ||Coffee Break|
|11:00 am - 11:15 am ||Jennifer L. Siembieda (University of California, Davis)|
"Seabird Surveillance at Wildlife Hospitals: Using Seabirds as Sentinels of Emerging Zoonoses in the Marine Ecosystem"
|11:15 am - 11:25 am ||Discussion|
|11:25 am - 11:40 am ||Christina L. O'Halloran (University of California, Berkeley)|
"Acute health risks associated with marine water exposure in Monterey Bay, CA (Surfer Health Study)"
|11:40 am - 11:50 am ||Discussion|
|11:50 am - 12:05 pm ||Diane M.L. Mas (University of Massachusetts)|
"Nowcasting Tools for Predicting Bacterially-Induced Beach Closings at Boston Harbor Beaches"
|12:05 pm - 12:15 pm ||Discussion|
|12:15 pm - 12:30 pm||Business Meeting|
|(Discuss request for a subsequent GRS; Nominations for the next Student/Post-doc Vice Chair(s) to work with GRC Chair (serving as mentor); Fill out Evaluation Forms)|
|1:30 pm||Gordon Research Seminar ends. For those attending the associated Gordon Research Conference, please check in at the GRC Office beginning at 2:00 pm.|