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Subject: [Vibrio_2010] V I B R I O S I N T H E E N V I R O N M E N T 2 0 1 0 -- S A V E T H E D A T E
From: Brian Jackson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 18 Nov 2009 23:08:10 -0700

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We are pleased to announce Vibrios in the Environment 2010, a conference 
to be held at the fabulous *Beau Rivage Resort* in *Biloxi, 
Mississippi*, in the heart of the U.S. Gulf Coast.

*Please save the dates of **8-12 **November 2010.*

In 1980, leading vibrio researchers working in the area of microbial 
ecology and public health met in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to convene a 
unique conference entitled “Vibrios in the Environment.” The proceedings 
were published by John Wiley and Sons Inc., in 1984, and firmly 
established that a number of human pathogenic /Vibrio /spp/./ including 
/V. cholerae, V. parahaemolyticus/ and /V. vulnificus/ were indigenous 
to marine and estuarine environments where much of the seafood supply is 
produced and where most recreational exposure occurs. In the following 
30 years, vibrio research has increased exponentially and these 
organisms have often been at the forefront of basic scientific 
discoveries and the global public health debate. Some prominent issues 
initiated by vibrio research include discoveries on the viable but 
nonculturable state, transfer of virulence genes by phages, 
identification of ballast discharge as vehicle for pandemic spread, and 
climate change resulting in an expansion of the seasonal and 
geographical range of diseases. In spite of this increased attention on 
vibrios and the spectacular discoveries over the past several decades, 
there has not been another major conference focusing on vibrios in the 
environment or their implications on public health, especially food 
safety. There is unprecedented activity in the US and globally to 
control the risk of vibrios and yet in most countries illnesses are 
either flat or increasing. Furthermore, the vibrios are still regarded 
by most marine microbiologists as the dominant culturable bacteria in 
the ocean and there is good reason to believe that global warming may 
increase their presence. The science has repeatedly demonstrated that 
vibrios present public health challenges that were not imagined in 1980.

Therefore, after three decades, revisiting the critical public health 
issues presented by vibrios, especially food safety, globalization and 
climate change is long overdue and we look forward to seeing you a year 
from now in Biloxi at *Vibrios in the Environment 2010*.

Proposed Session Headings:
• Ecology of Vibrios
• Human Disease
• Non-human Disease
• Integrated coastal water quality and seafood safety management
• Epidemiology and Socioeconomics

We will soon open a website with more details and plan to have a portal 
where you can contribute ideas and suggestions.

Please feel free to pass this announcement on to your vibrio associates 
not included on this announcement as well as to others who may be 
interested in the conference.

*Please contact Brian Jackson at UCAR ( or the 
steering committee members if you are interested in further information 
as it becomes available, would like to present your ideas, or be added 
to our Vibrios in the Environment 2010 email listserve.

*Vibrios in the Environment 2010 Steering Committee*
Dr. Rita R. Colwell, University of Maryland, United States,
Dr. Angelo DePaola, US Food and Drug Administration,
Dr. D. Jay Grimes, University of Southern Mississippi, United States,
Dr. Carmen Amaro, University of Valencia, Spain,
Dr. Murielle Lafaye, CNES, France,
Dr. G. Balakrish (“Krish”) Nair, National Institute of Cholera and 
Enteric Diseases, India,
Dr. Mitsuaki (“Buchi”) Nishibuchi, Kyoto University, Japan,
Dr. James D. Oliver, Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte, United 
Dr. Carla Pruzzo, University of Genoa, Italy,
Dr. Joon Haeng Rhee, Chonnam National University, Korea,
Dr. Irma N. G. Rivera, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil,
Dr. Mark S. Strom, NOAA Fisheries, Washington State, United States,
Dr. Jörg Szarzynski, United Nations, Germany,
Dr. Juli Trtanj, NOAA, Washington, D.C., United States,
Dr. Anita C. Wright, University of Florida, United States,

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