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Oceans & Human Health
June 3-8, 2012
University of New England
Biddeford, ME

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

Oceans interact with humans in both positive and negative ways and this interaction has become the foundation for an emerging "metadiscipline" called Oceans and Human Health. The 2012 Gordon Research Conference on Oceans and Human Health (OHH) will address several of the many disciplines comprising OHH that include oceanography, waterborne and seafood borne diseases, harmful algal blooms, epidemiology, comparative animal physiology, natural products and synthetic organic chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, social sciences, engineering, and other ocean-related areas. This conference will feature sessions on seafood, aquaculture, omics, natural disasters, climate change, forecasting, changes in fecal indicator detection, marine human pathogens, emerging chemicals of concern and communications, all as they relate to human health. It will have a session on the Deepwater Horizon to update the conferees on what research and restoration has transpired since the April 2010 oil blowout in Macondo Canyon. And finally, there will be discussions on a developing OHH initiative by the European Science Foundation’s Marine Board and the future of OHH in the U.S. As is the case with all GRCs, this conference will assemble experts in the several session areas who will present current information to junior scientists and graduate students in a very relaxed atmosphere. In addition to the formal presentations, poster presentations will provide opportunities for "one-on-one" discussions about OHH topics.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff and by conference co-Chairs D. Jay Grimes (The University of Southern Mississippi) and Tracy Collier (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmNear- and Far-term Forecasting
Discussion Leader: Tim Ford (University of New England)
7:50 pm - 8:30 pmPaul Sandifer (NOAA)
"Thoughts on Future Observing and Early Warning Systems for Ocean Health"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:30 pmClimate Change: Natural or Anthropogenic? A Discussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmEmerging Contaminants
9:00 am - 9:20 amDiscussion Leader: John Stegeman (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
9:20 am - 9:50 amRainer Lohmann (University of Rhode Island)
"Emerging and Submerging Organic Pollutants in the Ocean"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:00 amEvan Ward (University of Connecticut)
"Manufactured Nanomaterials and Shellfish: Uptake, Bioaccumulation, and Effects"
11:00 am - 11:10 amDiscussion
11:10 am - 11:40 amKara Lavender Law (Sea Education Association)
"The Science Behind Ocean 'Garbage Patches'"
11:40 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:20 pmLarry Brand (University of Miami)
"Blooms of Cyanobacteria and Dinoflagellates in South Florida: Environmental Causes and Human Health Consequences"
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 pmOmics I
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmDiscussion Leader: Sandra McLellan (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
7:40 pm - 8:25 pmKaren Nelson (J. Craig Venter Institute)
"Microbiomes"
8:25 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:20 pmPam Morris (University of South Carolina)
"When Microbes Talk: a Coral Pathogen, the Gulf of Mexico, and a Dolphin Blowhole"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmClimate Change and Natural Disasters
9:00 am - 9:20 amDiscussion Leader: Lora Fleming (European Centre for Environment and Human Health)
9:20 am - 9:50 amJuli Trtanj (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
"Managing Ocean-Related Disasters Differently: Climate Information as a Public Health Tool"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:00 amMike Depledge (European Centre for Environment and Human Health and Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (University of Exeter))
"Climate Change and Pollution: Unknown Knowns"
11:00 am - 11:10 amDiscussion
11:10 am - 11:40 amAndreas Knecht (University of Washington)
"The Fukushima Accident: from the Tsunami to Radiation Monitoring Across the Globe"
11:40 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:20 pmTracy Collier (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
"Hazardous Chemical Releases Associated with Hurricanes Katrina & Rita"
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 pmOmics II
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmDiscussion Leader: Pam Morris (University of South Carolina)
7:40 pm - 8:25 pmGinger Armbrust (University of Washington)
"Transcriptomics of Phytoplankton"
8:25 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:20 pmBob Chapman (South Carolina Department of Natural Resources)
"Transcriptomics of Shellfish"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSeafood
9:00 am - 9:20 amDiscussion Leader: Lorrie Backer (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
9:20 am - 9:50 amElaine Faustman (University of Washington)
"Seafood Benefits"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amGroup Photo / Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:00 amNicholas V. C. Ralston (University of North Dakota)
"Seafood Safety and Benefits: The Pivotal Role of Selenium in the Mercury Issue"
11:00 am - 11:10 amDiscussion
11:10 am - 11:40 amTracy Collier (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
"Assessing Seafood Safety after the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Release"
11:40 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:20 pmJeff Lotz (University of Southern Mississippi)
"Contained Biosecure Aquaculture"
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 pmDeepwater Horizon
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmDiscussion Leader: Ed Laws (Louisiana State University)
7:40 pm - 8:25 pmTerry Hazen (University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Knoxville)
"Fate and Distribution of Deepwater Horizon Oil"
8:25 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:20 pmRichard Kwok (National Institutes of Health - NIEHS)
"Human Health and Deepwater Horizon"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Co-chair and Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Co-chair and Vice Chair
9:00 am - 12:30 pmFecal Indicators and Pathogens
9:00 am - 9:20 amDiscussion Leader: Tim Ford (University of New England)
9:20 am - 9:50 amAl Dufour (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
"New Methods for Monitoring Beach Water Quality: Are We Making Progress?"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:00 amSandra McLellan (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee)
"Microbial Communities as Indicators of Pollution Impacts"
11:00 am - 11:10 amDiscussion
11:10 am - 11:40 amJackie Woods (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)
"Enteric Viruses in the Community and Environment"
11:40 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:20 pmJim Oliver (University of North Carolina Charlotte)
"Vibrio vulnificus - the Most Fatal Food-Borne Pathogen"
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 pmCommunicating the Importance of Oceans and Human Health
Discussion Leader: Colleen Burge (Cornell University)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmKevin Wheeler (Consortium for Ocean Leadership)
"Communicating OHH Issues to the Federal Government"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmPhilipp Hess (IFREMER)
"European Science Foundation, Marine Board Oceans and Human Health Initiative"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmDon Rice (National Science Foundation), Juli Trtanj (NOAA) and Fred Tyson (NIH)
"Future of OHH in the U.S."
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13 ES021899-01 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. 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 by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

 
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