Spring 2020 Symposium


March 27, 2020; Durham, NC * POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2020 *

The Marine Medicine Symposium originally scheduled for March 27 will be postponed until Fall 2020 in order to minimize the health and safety risks to our community in response to COVID-19.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your interest in our symposium.

Our event website will be updated as soon as a new date for the symposium is confirmed.


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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:

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.



8:00-8:45 am: Registration & continental breakfast

8:45-11:55 am: Morning session – Includes Keynote Address by Michael Tift, PhD, University of North Carolina – Wilmington

12:00-1:30 pm: Poster session with lunch provided

1:30-3:45 pm: Afternoon session

Confirmed speakers include:

  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Michael Tift, PhD; Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Marine Biology, University of North Carolina – Wilmington (morning session)
  • William Eward, DVM, MD; Executive Director, Duke Comparative Oncology Group, Department of Orthopaedics, Duke University (morning session)
  • Susan White, PhD; Executive Director, North Carolina Sea Grant (morning session)
  • Dan Rittschof, PhD; Norman L. Christensen Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University (afternoon session)
  • P. Lee Ferguson, PhD; Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University (afternoon session)



There is no cost to attend the Symposium, however, registration is required.  Space is limited for the morning and afternoon sessions; registration will close for each of these as they are filled.

Click HERE to register!



Duke University School of Nursing Christine Siegler Pearson Building, 307 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710

  • Oral presentations (morning & afternoon sessions) will be held in room 1103 of the Pearson Building.
  • The lunchtime poster session will be held in the Atrium of the Pearson Building.

The Christine Siegler Pearson Building is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver facility. Designated by the United States Green Building Council, it is the fourth building at Duke to earn this certification. The building’s green elements fall under the following LEED categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design.


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