The Ocean and Human Health


The ocean provides us with the air we breathe, the food we eat, and even some of the life-saving medicines we use to cure disease. Our health depends on the health of our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes environments. But imbalance in these environments can have deleterious effects on human health through harmful algal blooms and pathogenic microbes while wreaking economic havoc through beach and fisheries closures. Do we know the extent and cost of these impacts to our health?

As we look to reduce the risks to human health and avoid costly consequences of these threats, we will compare research on ocean pollution with other pollution studies, explore the role of public-private partnerships, and discuss cutting edge early detection technologies and sea-derived pharmaceutical products to prevent human illness and enhance human well-being.



D. Jay Grimes, Professor, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, University of Southern Mississippi


Frank Fang, Vice President, Process Research and Development, Eisai, Inc.

Donald Rice, Director, Chemical Oceanography Program , National Science Foundation

Samantha Simmons, Assistant Scientific Program Director, Marine Mammal Commission

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