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Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Evolving Ecology: Toxigenic Species' Response to Climate Change


June 17-18, 2017


Stonehill College
Easton, MA


Katherine Perri & David R. McMullin

Meeting Description

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

This meeting will focus on emerging and recurring issues associated with the occurrence of fungal and algal toxins that affect population health. Topics covered will include but are not limited to expanding mycotoxin/phycotoxin distributions, their ecological/physiological significance, novel toxin identification and detection methods, new insights into their toxicology, and risk assessment and management. A panel of experienced investigators will lead a discussion of common research concerns, critical career decisions, and challenges associated with professions in academia, government, and industry. The casual setting characteristic of a GRS and evening social event will provide an ideal networking environment for both peers and mentors.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 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 Session: Climate Change and Mycotoxin Exposure
Discussion Leader: David McMullin (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada)
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmRonald Riley (Retired, USA)
"Mycotoxin and Phycotoxin Research Priorities for Adapting to Climate Change"
4:00 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmExpanding Ecological Niches for Toxigenic Species
Discussion Leaders: Esther Garcia-Cela (Cranfield University, United Kingdom) and Gustaaf Hallegraeff (University of Tasmania, Australia)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmZacharias Smith (State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, USA)
"Paralytic Shellfish Toxin Monitoring in New York State Lakes and the Resulting Implications for Environmental Health"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmTrinda Crippin (Carleton University, Canada)
"A High-Resolution Study on the Genetic Chemotypes of Fusarium graminearum from Wheat and Corn in Ontario, Canada: Early Data"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmDerek Smith (University of Michigan, USA)
"Microcystis Is Dependent on Heterotrophic Bacteria for Mitigation of Oxidative Stress Caused by Exogenous Hydrogen Peroxide"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmAiko Hayashi (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Australia)
"Evaluation of Combined Effects of Mycotoxins and Algal Toxins on Animal and Human Cell Lines"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amAdvancing Technologies for the Detection of Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins
Discussion Leader: Elisabeth Varga (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
9:00 am - 9:20 amJacqueline Meng-Reiterer (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Austria)
"Metabolic Fate of HT-2 and T-2 Toxins in Cereals"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amSaddef Haq (Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, University of Maryland, USA)
"Acetyl-CoA Carboxylases in Dinoflagellates: Fueling the Polyketide Synthase Pathways"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amCarol Verheecke-Vaessen (Cranfield University, United Kingdom)
"Impact of siRNA Targeting of the aflD (nor-1) Biosynthetic Gene on the Kinetics of Aflatoxin B1 Production in Aspergillus flavus"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amDaniel Killerup Svenssen (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
"Screening of over 30 Prymnesium parvum Strains for Ichthyotoxic Prymnesin-Like Compounds"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Group Networking
Discussion Leader: Katherine Perri (State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Exploring the Future"
  • Franz Berthiller (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Austria)
  • Rebecca Coleman (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA)
  • Schonna Manning (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Betsy Jean Yakes (U.S. Food and Drug Administration, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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