Continental breakfast will be served from 7:30−8:00 a.m., followed by a brief welcome from Trevor Ames, Dean of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Today's sessions cover "Agriculture Advancing Health" and "The Environment-Health Interface: Research and Policy."
Don't miss the lunch presentation at noon: "Space, Environment, and Health," by Astronaut and Shuttle Commander Pamela Melroy.
Breakfast and Welcome to Day 2
7−9 a.m., Meridian Ballroom
(in the Meridian Foyer)
Day Two Welcome
Al Levine, Vice President for Research, University of Minnesota
Session III: Agriculture Advancing Health
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Meridian Ballroom
The future of global health is inextricably linked to agriculture, the key source of human and animal nutrition and energy. The session highlights the central role of agriculture in improving health, along with economic and policy issues that intersect with science. Speakers in this session will explore engineering and genetic selection of plants for the production of medicines and vaccine delivery in food, growing healthy food in stressed environments, and enhancement of food qualities that limit waste and increase nutrition and economic return.
Moderators: Greg Cuomo and Dan Voytas, University of Minnesota
Keynote: Plant Modification to Reduce Hunger and Improve Health
Robert Mwanga, World Food Prize Laureate, Uganda
Public Sector Constraints to Plant Biotechnology for Human Health: The Golden Rice Experience
Adrian Dubock, Golden Rice Project, Switzerland
Plants Engineered to Improve Health
Dan Voytas, University of Minnesota, United States
The Science and Politics of Livestock Production in the Era of Gene Editing
Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California, Davis, United States
Unravelling the Food–Health Nexus
Cecilia Rocha, Director and Professor, Ryerson University, Canada
Panel Discussion: International Aspects of Food Enhancement and Nourishment
11:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
Break and Lunch Set-up
Lunch and Featured Speaker
12:10-1:30 p.m., Meridian Ballroom
"Space, Environment, and Health"
Pamela Melroy, United States Air Force, Retired
Session IV: New Paradigms at the Environment-Health Interface
1:30-5:00 p.m., Meridian Ballroom
All health problems have an environmental component at some level, yet recognizing and focusing solutions on environmental linkages remains a challenge. Speakers in this session will highlight emerging scientific paradigms—new methods, approaches, or policies that offer new ways of exploring connections between human, animal, and environmental health—and the potential for fostering discovery and novel solutions to complex one-health problems. Speakers and panel discussants will present emerging approaches directed toward long-term, multidisciplinary, intersectoral health research and policy making.
Moderators: Bruce Alexander, University of Minnesota; Kimberly Thigpen Tart, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH
Keynote: Environmental Health Without and Within: From Ecosystems to Communities to the Microbiome
Linda Birnbaum, Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services, United States
Environmental Health through the Lens of Global Urbanization
Maria Neira, Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization, Switzerland
Climate Change and Health
Kristie Ebi, Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, University of Washington, Seattle, United States
Planetary Health: Protecting Global Health on a Rapidly Changing Planet
Samuel Myers, Director, Planetary Health Alliance, United States
Panel Discussion: New Education and Policy Paradigms at the Interface of Environment and Health
Moderators: Jessica Hellmann and Dominic Travis, University of Minnesota
Overview of iCOMOS-2019 and iCOMOS-2020 Chiang Mai University, Thailand (iCOMOS 2019) Universidad
Universidad Andres Bello, Chile (iCOMOS 2020)
Outlook for the Future and Overview of the Concurrent Interactive Sessions
Michael Murtaugh, Co-Chair, iCOMOS 2018, University of Minnesota
Free Time (on your own)
Student/Trainee Networking Event
Urban Growler Brewing Company
The iCOMOS student/trainee committee is hosting a networking event on Tuesday, May 1st from 5:30pm-9:30 p.m. at Urban Growler Brewing Company, the first women-owned microbrewery in Minnesota. Everyone participating in the conference is invited attend. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to network with others attending the conference in a fun and informal environment. Dinner and nonalcoholic beverages will be provided at no cost and beer brewed on-site will be available for purchase.
Transportation to and from The Graduate Hotel will be provided. A bus will pick up at The Graduate Hotel at 5:30pm, 6:00pm, and 6:30pm. Return trips to The Graduate Hotel will be at 7:30pm, 8:30pm, and 9:30pm.