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Mycotoxins & Phycotoxins (GRS)
Gordon-Merck Research Seminar
Discovery and Risk Management of Harmful Biotoxins
June 11-12, 2011
Colby College
Waterville, ME
Chidozie J. Amuzie

Associate Chair:
Juliette L. Smith

Related Meeting Information
The Mycotoxins & Phycotoxins Gordon-Merck Research Seminar was held in conjunction with the Mycotoxins & Phycotoxins Gordon Research Conference. Please refer to the Mycotoxins & Phycotoxins GRC web page for more information.

The Gordon Research Seminar on Mycotoxins & Phycotoxins is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is on recent advances in three components of biotoxin research, including but not limited to (1) novel toxin identification, characterization, and instrumentation/tools; (2) mechanisms of toxicity, toxicokinetics, and ecological/physiological significance; and (3) biotoxin risk assessment, prevention and management. The casual setting and evening social event will provide an ideal networking opportunity among peers and a few key mentors will participate in the scheduled career panel.


1:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKEYNOTE ADDRESS
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmLora E. Fleming (University of Miami; European Centre for Environment and Human Health, UK)
"Lessons learned from harmful algal toxins and human health research"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I (Last Names A-L)
6:00 pmDinner
Discussion Leaders: Maxwell C.K. Leung (Duke University) and Carmela Dell'Aversano (University of Napoli Federico II, Italy)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pm Josephine M. Wee (Michigan State University)
"The role of AtfB-mediated regulation of the aflatoxin biosynthetic cluster"
7:45 pm - 7:55 pmDiscussion
7:55 pm - 8:10 pmTovah Salcedo (Rutgers University)
"Genomics of toxicity in the red tide dinoflagellate Heterocapsa circularisquama"
8:10 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmAllen Henderson (Univerisity of California San Francisco
"Profiling natural products excreted by the fungal pathogen, Histoplasma capsulatum"
8:35 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:00 pmAlexander S. Chiu (University of New South Wales, Australia)
"The cyanobacterial toxin BMAA damages neurons and glial cells via mechanisms including excitotoxicity and cell cycle disruption"
9:00 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmKaiyu He (Michigan State University)
"Induction of apoptosis-associated ribosomal RNA (rRNA) cleavage by the trichothecene deoxynivalenol"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
9:30 pm - 11:30 pmSocial Event
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
Discussion Leaders: Betsy Jean Yakes (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) and David Siegel (BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research, Germany)
9:00 am - 9:20 amVirginie Gaget (South Australian Water Corporation, Australia)
"Production of secondary metabolites and toxins in the cyanobacterial genus Planktothrix is limited to specific species"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amAngel Medina (Cranfield University, United Kingdom)
"Ecology of growth and T-2 and HT-2 toxin production by Fusarium langsethiae strains"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amMengmeng Tong (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
"Toxin characterization of three geographical isolates of Dinophysis spp. from North America"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amMaria Paula Kovalsky Paris (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria)
"Functional testing of barley and Brachypodium distachyon UDP-glucosyltransferases for their ability to inactivate deoxynivalenol by heterologous expression in yeast"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II (Last Names M-Z)
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
  • Stacey L. DeGrasse (US Food and Drug Administration)
  • Gary A. Payne (North Carolina State University)
  • Chris Miles (National Veterinary Institute, Norway; AgResearch, New Zealand)
  • Gustaaf Hallegraeff (University of Tasmania, Australia)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill out GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmGordon Research Seminar ends. For those attending the associated Gordon Research Conference, please check in at the GRC Office beginning at 4:00 pm.

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