International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health returning to Canada in September

Published on
March 9, 2018

The International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health (ISAAH) returning to Canada after a 30-year absence. 

The eighth ISAAH will be held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island from 2 to 6 September, 2018. 

The PEI BioAlliance is partnering with the American Fisheries Society and the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) to host this every-four-year event. This is its second time landing in Canada (the first was in Vancouver in 1988) and the first time in Atlantic Canada. 

The theme of this year’s symposium is “Integrating Biotechnology in the Advancement of Aquatic Animal Health.”

In addition to five days of sessions, pre-conference workshops on Diagnostic Test Evaluations, Publishing Piscatorial Papers, Clinical Pathology, Shellfish Necropsy, and Virtual Microscopy will take place 2 September at the Atlantic Veterinary College at UPEI. Four of the workshops are targeted for Veterinary Continuing Education Credits for Veterinarians, Veterinary Nurses, and Veterinary Technologists. 

Another new element of this symposium is the incorporation of the PEI BioAlliance’s Business Partnering Program, which will allow all delegates to pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with industry representatives and other researchers throughout the program. 

Keynotes will be delivered by Alf-Helge Aarskog, CEO of Marine Harvest ASA (“Without good fish health – no blue revolution”); Jerri Bartholomew, head of Oregon State University’s Department of Microbiology and director of the John L. Fryer Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory (“Weapons of Micro-destruction: An interdisciplinary approach to understanding a parasitic cnidarian”); Daniel R. Barreda, professor of animal immunity and health, Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta (“Contributions of early cellular responses to immune protection in fish cnidarian”); and Sabo-Attwood, chair of the Department of Environmental and Global Health and a member of the Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology and Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida (“Nano-Evolution: Balancing safety and applications of nanotechnology in aquatic systems”).

The deadline abstract submissions is 31 May. 

Reporting from Eastern Canada

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