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Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

This conference, which initially focused on toxigenic fungi and mycotoxins, was expanded in 1987 to include algae and phycotoxins. Combining the two fields has been beneficial because, while fungi and algae are very different microorganisms, they and their toxins nonetheless present common scientific challenges. The conference serves as a forum for scientists sharing the goal of reducing health risks and economic losses caused by these toxins in foods, feeds and the environment, for sharing the latest data, for developing novel approaches to ongoing problems, and for identifying new toxin-related research needs. The conference has a history of generous support from the USDA, FDA, NIEHS, NOAA, other government entities and corporations.

Myco- and phycotoxin research requires a multidisciplinary approach incorporating chemistry, microbiology, ecology, genetics, agronomy, pharmacology, toxicology, molecular biology, epidemiology and other fields. A major strength of the Mycotoxin and Phycotoxin Conference is the high level of scientific expertise from these fields represented at the meetings. Among the conference topics are: identification and characterization of toxigenic microorganisms and their toxins, biosynthetic pathways, genetic-biomolecular controls of biosynthesis, and environmental triggers for toxin production. Additional topics include development of rapid, sensitive and cost effective analytical methods, novel biomarkers and improved exposure assessments for vulnerable animal and human populations, toxicology and mechanisms of action, risk assessment, and reducing exposures through the development of effective intervention strategies.

The introduction of students and young scientists to the mycotoxin and phycotoxin research communities is another important aspect of the conference. By providing a venue for them to discuss their research with experts and to build professional relationships, the conference contributes to the continuity of myco- and phycotoxin research. In summary, through a unique combination of toxins, scientific disciplines, experts and young scientists, the Mycotoxin and Phycotoxin GRC serves as a catalyst for research having the ultimate goal of maintaining a safe food supply and environment.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2017 Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins
Understanding the Exposure and Global Health Risks Associated with Naturally Occurring Environmental Biotoxins in a Rapidly Changing World
Jun 18-23 Stonehill College Kathi A. Lefebvre
Paul Turner
2015 Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins
The Biology, Chemistry and Ecology of Naturally Occurring Fungal and Algal Toxins with Public Health and Economic Impacts
Jun 14-19 Stonehill College Gregory L. Boyer
Genevieve Bondy
2013 Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins Jun 16-21 Stonehill College Stacey L. Degrasse
Gary A. Payne
2011 Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins Jun 12-17 Colby College James J. Pestka
Vera L. Trainer
2009 Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins Jun 21-26 Colby-Sawyer College Robert W. Dickey
Barbara A. Blackwell
2007 Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins Jun 17-22 Colby College Kenneth A. Voss
Kathleen S. Rein
2005 Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins Jun 19-24 Colby College Steve Musser
Wayne L. Bryden
2003 Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins Jun 15-20 Colby College Frances M. Van Dolah
Ronald T. Riley
2001 Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins Jun 24-29 Williams College Marian Beremand
Richard Lewis
1999 Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins Jun 20-25 Plymouth State College John S. Ramsdell
Mark A. Poli
1997 Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins Jun 15-20 New England College Wanda Haschek-Hock
1995 Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins Jun 25-30 Plymouth State College Daniel G. Baden
1993 Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins Jul 18-23 Plymouth State College Patrick L. Hart
1991 Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins Jun 24-28 Plymouth State College Wayne W. Carmichael
1989 Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins
Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins in Human and Animal Health
Jun 26-30 Plymouth State College Locks Trenholm
1987 Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins Jun 29 - Jul 3 Plymouth State College Bruce B. Jarvis
1985 Mycotoxins
Trichothecenes and Other Fusarium Mycotoxins
Jun 17-21 Colby-Sawyer College Chester J. Mirocha
1983 Trichothecenes: Chemistry, Mycology and Toxicology Jun 13-17 Plymouth State College Robert M. Eppley
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