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Oceans & Human Health
June 29 - July 4, 2008
Tilton School
Tilton, NH

Related Meeting Information
The Oceans & Human Health Gordon Research Conference was held in conjunction with the Oceans & Human Health Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar. Please refer to the Oceans & Human Health GKRS web page for more information.

The new scientific discipline of Oceans and Human Health 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 obvious impact of Global Change and extreme weather events on the growing coastal communities worldwide is an important area of Oceans and Human Health. Of growing concern in Oceans and Human Health (OHH) are the human health effects from exposure to substances that occur widely in marine ecosystems including: synthetic organic chemicals, metals, marine toxins, and pathogens. On the positive side, marine organisms, including in particular marine microbes, are a largely unexplored source of pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals for the treatment of human diseases and dietary deficiencies, and fish and shellfish are important sources of high quality protein and polyunsaturated fatty acids in the human diet.

The purpose and scope of this Gordon Research Conference is to provide a multidisciplinary platform for discussing the current state of knowledge of the rapidly evolving, highly interdisciplinary fields that comprise Oceans and Human Health, to identify and debate unresolved questions, and to discuss new research directions. The conference will bring together experts with diverse backgrounds including algal and microbial biology, physical and biological oceanography, epidemiology and public health, genomics and proteomics, toxicology and pharmacology, economics and anthropology. An important motivation for this new Gordon Research Conference is to serve as a forum to facilitate interactions and dialogue among the scientists and students involved in research relevant to Oceans and Human Health.

A Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) in Oceans and Human Health is also being held in conjunction with this meeting. The GRS will provide a mentored environment for the presentation of research for and by graduate and postdoctoral students involved or interested in Oceans and Human Health. Of note, the same poster presented by students and Postdoctoral at the Gordon Research Seminar will also be presented at the Gordon Research Conference in Oceans and Human Health. Students and Postdoctoral are strongly recommended to register for both the Gordon Research Conference and the Gordon Research Seminar in Oceans and Human Health. Please refer to the web page of the GRS for more information.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 11:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Conference Overview by Co-Chairs: John J. Stegeman and Lora E. Fleming
7:45 pm - 9:30 pmBROAD DIRECTIONS IN OCEANS AND HUMAN HEALTH
7:45 pm - 8:00 pm Discussion Leader: Rita Colwell (University of Maryland College Park)
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm Dan Baden (University of North Carolina Wilmington Center for Marine Science)
"Disruptive Technology Drives Marine Biotechnology"
8:30 pm - 8:45 pm Discussion
8:45 pm - 9:15 pm Robert Bowen (University of Massachusetts)
"The Ocean and Human Health: Social Dynamics and Human Well Being"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmDIVERSITY OF MARINE PATHOGEN AND HAB POPULATIONS: HEALTH IMPLICATIONS
9:00 am - 9:10 am Discussion Leader: Donald Anderson (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
9:10 am - 9:50 am Jeremiah Hackett (University of Arizona)
"Genomic approaches to understand harmful algal bloom dynamics"
9:50 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Martin Polz (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Population structure and dynamics of marine vibrios"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Mark Strom (NOAA - Northwest Fisheries Science Center)
"Assessing Emergence of Pathogenic Vibrio parahaemolyticus"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmGroup Photo / Lunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmPATHOGEN SOURCES, DISTRIBUTION AND REFUGE
7:30 pm - 7:45 pm Discussion Leader: Al Dufour (EPA)
7:45 pm - 8:25 pm Christine Moe (Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University)
"Noroviruses in marine waters, freshwater and shellfish"
8:25 pm - 8:40 pm Discussion
8:40 pm - 9:20 pm Gerard Cangelosi (University Washington)
"Molecular indicators of pathogen viability: What is life?"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmTHE PHYSICAL-BIOLOGICAL LINK: MODELING AND FORECASTING
9:00 am - 9:10 am Discussion Leader: Jay Grimes (University of Southern Mississippi)
9:10 am - 9:50 am Rick Stumpf (NOAA)
"A Challenge of Linkage in Forecasting Harmful Algal Blooms: Observations with Models and Operations with Research"
9:50 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 am Icarus Allen (Plymouth Marine Laboratory)
"Operational Biological Oceanography on the North west European Shelf: past experiences and challenges for the future"
11:15 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Porter Hoagland (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
"Estimating the economic value of harmful algal bloom predictions"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session II
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmNOVEL GENOMIC APPROACHES IN OHH - AGENTS AND HOSTS
7:30 pm - 7:45 pm Discussion Leader: Ginger Armbrust (University of Washington)
7:45 pm - 8:25 pm Tracy Mincer (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute)
"Identifying Potential Threats and Benefits to Human Health from the Ocean Using Genomic Tools"
8:25 pm - 8:40 pm Discussion
8:40 pm - 9:20 pm Vera Trainer (NOAA - Northwest Fisheries Science Center)
"Survival in a toxic world: strategies for shellfish resistance"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCLINICAL LINKAGES IN OHH: PHARMACEUTICAL DISCOVERY; EPIDEMIOLOGY
Discussion Leader: Amy Wright (Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University)
9:00 am - 9:45 am William Gerwick (Scripps Institution of Oceanography Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine)
"The Remedy Side of Oceans and Human Health; Anticancer Drug Discovery from Marine Cyanobacteria"
9:45 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:15 am - 10:50 am Andrea Bourdelais (University of North Carolina at Wilmington)
"Therapeutic implications for brevenal: a polyether ladder compound isolated from the marine dinoflagellate Karenia brevis"
10:50 am - 11:00 am Discussion
11:00 am - 11:35 am Paul Cox (Institute for Ethnomedicine)
"Cyanobacterial production of a neurotoxic amino acid: implications for human health"
11:35 am - 11:45 am Discussion
11:45 am - 12:20 pm Tim Wade (EPA)
"Swimming-associated illness and rapid measures of water quality: results from studies at three Marine beaches"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session III
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
(Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmCLIMATE CHANGE AND OHH ISSUES
7:30 pm - 7:35 pm Discussion Leader: Ed Laws (Louisiana State University / University of Hawaii)
7:35 pm - 8:05 pm Stephanie Moore (NOAA - Northwest Fisheries Science Center)
"Climate Variability and Harmful Algal Blooms: When Temperature and Timing Matter"
8:05 pm - 8:15 pm Discussion
8:15 pm - 8:45 pm Kenny Broad (Columbia University / University of Miami)
"Climate Change and Decision Making: Lessons from Public Health"
8:45 pm - 8:55 pm Discussion
8:55 pm - 9:25 pm Mary Hayden (NCAR)
"Climate Change and Health: Linking qualitative and quantitative approaches to inform Adaptation"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSENSORS AND SENTINELS
9:00 am - 9:10 am Discussion Leader: Patrick Walsh (University of Ottawa)
9:10 am - 9:50 am Chris Scholin (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)
"Ecogenomic sensors: remote detection of microorganisms using molecular probe technology"
9:50 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 am Frances Gulland (The Marine Mammal Center)
"California sea lions as sentinels of coastal change"
11:15 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Danielle McDonald (University of Miami)
"Pharmaceutical contamination in the environment: the impact of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor exposure"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session IV
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmLOOMING GLOBAL ISSUES IN OHH
Discussion Leader Michael Depledge (Peninsula Medical School)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm Michael Depledge (Peninsula Medical School)
"Ocean impacts on health and wellbeing: from here to uncertainty"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pm Discussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pm Mohammed Boulahya (African Center of Meteorological Application for Development)
"'ClimDevAfrica': a Pan African Integrated Development Programme for a Community Based and Science Informed Adaptation to a Changing Climate"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pm Discussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pm William Bird (Natural England)
"Turning the tide against Diabetes and Obesity. The Role of the Ocean"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDepart

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13ES016678 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

 
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