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6th International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health (ISAAH-6), September 5-9, 2010 - Tampa, Florida, USA

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

6th International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health (ISAAH-6), September 5-9, 2010 - Tampa, Florida, USA

You are enthusiastically invited to participate in the 6th International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health (ISAAH-6), which will address key issues of aquatic animal health practices and development. The symposium builds upon a series of similar successful meetings held at 4-year intervals, that are sponsored by the American Fisheries Society - Fish Health Section, with additional support from other major national and international aquatic animal health organizations. These include the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine, the National Shellfisheries Association, the Japanese Society for Fish Pathology, the European Association of Fish Pathologists, and the Aquatics Committee of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Previous International Symposia on Aquatic Animal Health, including the largest meeting in Baltimore in 1998, have attracted strong international support, with up to 425 participants representing up to 35 countries.

Focus and format of the symposium. The symposium will provide a stimulating and inclusive forum for exchange of current information on research, management and policy issues related to health and diseases of aquatic animals, whether wild, farmed, or held on exhibit. The broadest range of animals is considered, from invertebrates, to fish, amphibians, chelonians, and marine mammals. This important international gathering will be used to facilitate discussion and action on issues of international importance. Key themes of the symposium will include (i) infectious diseases in aquaculture, (ii) planning and emergency response for aquatic animal health emergencies, (iii) interaction of diseases between wild and farmed stocks, and (iv) outcomes of environmental stress including effects of contaminants, and regional and global habitat alteration. It is hoped that the symposium will facilitate active participation by individuals typically underrepresented at international meetings, including colleagues and students from such regions as Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the Former Soviet States, Near East and Asia, Oceania, Australia and New Zealand, South America and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Symposium schedule
The symposium will comprise four days of scientific meetings that will follow an icebreaker reception on the waterside terrace of the hotel on Sunday evening, September 5. The main scientific sessions will be Monday September 6th through Thursday September 9th inclusive, beginning each morning with a plenary or special session, followed by three parallel platform sessions. The dedicated half-day poster session on Wednesday morning will include breakfast. There will also be a student workshop, a diagnostic challenges session, and an exhibits area for books and informational displays by participating scientific organizations. The symposium banquet, featuring regional foods and music, will be on Wednesday evening, and the closing session will be on Thursday afternoon. On Monday evening there will an excursion to the Florida Aquarium, and Tuesday afternoon is free time for participants to enjoy Tampa or to take one of a number of educational and recreational tours.
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