Spring 2020 Symposium


March 27, 2020; Durham, NC


This Symposium on Oceans and Human Health seeks to bring together research and educational activities at the crossroads of the marine environment and human health.  On one hand, oceans and human health research leverages the unique biological and biochemical diversity of the marine environment to better understand and treat human disease.  On the other hand, this program seeks to understand how our human-induced impacts on the world’s oceans influence our health and nature’s health.


Student/Trainee Abstract Submissions (now open!):

New for this year’s Symposium, we will be including student poster presentations!  A subset of the abstracts submitted will be selected for oral presentation during the Symposium.  Abstracts must be submitted using the online form by Friday, January 24, 2020, 5:00 pm EST.

UPDATE: Due to the high level of interest, we have extended the abstract submission deadline to Friday, February 7, 2020, 10:00 pm EST!

Click HERE for additional details and the online submission form.



The agenda for the Symposium will be released by late January / early February 2020.  Confirmed speakers include:

  • Michael Tift, PhD; Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Marine Biology, University of North Carolina – Wilmington
  • William Eward, DVM, MD; Executive Director, Duke Comparative Oncology Group, Department of Orthopaedics, Duke University
  • Susan White, PhD; Executive Director, North Carolina Sea Grant
  • Dan Rittschof, PhD; Norman L. Christensen Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University



There is no cost to attend the Symposium, however, registration is required.  Registration for the symposium will open in January 2020.


Please direct questions about this Symposium to alexis.sharp@duke.edu.


Event Sponsors:
  • Duke University Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program
  • Duke University Superfund Research Center