Plenary Speakers



Arik Diamant

is Head of the Department of Pathobiology and previous Director of the National Center of Mariculture, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute, Eilat (Israel). Hisresearch over the last 30 years has focusedon Myxozoan and Microsporidian infections in fish, epizootics due to introduced and invasive species, and diseases of farmed finfish and their interaction with wild fish. His research has encompassed all stages of cultured Mediterranean sea bream, from hatchery to growout. Arik has collaborated with colleagues in many parts of the world and has recently been awarded the Yandang Friendship Award as foreign expert to China. He is Adjunct Professor at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, where he teaches Parasitology, Fish Diseases and Ichthyology. He serves on the editorial boards of Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, Aquatic Biology and Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. His work has been published in over 100 scientific publications.

Kevin Lafferty 

is a marine ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center.  He is also an adjunct faculty at U.S. Santa Barbara where he supervises PhD students and conducts research on the ecology of infectious disease, marine ecology, fisheries, and conservation biology.  He primarily works in estuaries, kelp forests, and coral reefs, but also has projects in arctic lakes and African rivers.  

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Jim Winton

is Chief of the Fish Health Section at the U.S. Geological Survey, Western Fisheries Research Center in Seattle, Washington where he heads a team of scientists, technicians, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students and visiting scientists working to improve the detection of fish pathogens, determine factors controlling the epidemiology of fish diseases, and develop control strategies for reducing losses among both hatchery and wild fish. Jim is also an Affiliate Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington where he serves on departmental or graduate student committees and gives an occasional seminar or lecture. He has served as: President of the Fish Health Section of the American Fisheries Society, member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Aquatic Animal Health, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, Journal of Fish Diseases, and Journal of Applied Ichthyology, and member of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, the American Type Culture Collection, the USDA Aquaculture Technical and Scientific Committee, and the Fish Disease Commission of the World Organization for Animal Health. Significant awards include the American Fisheries Society Fish Health Section S. F. Snieszko Distinguished Service Award and the US Department of the Interior Distinguished Service Award. He is an author of more than 175 scientific publications.

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Thierry Work

is a wildlife disease specialist and project leader of the Honolulu Field Station.  He has a BS degree in entomology from Texas A&M University, a M.S. in entomology from the University of California, Davis (UCD) and a Ph.D. of Veterinary Medicine.  He also has a M.S. of Preventive Veterinary Medicine from UCD.  He completed a residency in wildlife medicine at UCD and worked for the California Department of Fish and Game as a wildlife veterinarian before coming to Hawaii in 1992.  He currently assists various organizations on wildlife health related issues in Hawaii and the Central Pacific.

Conference Program and Overview

The Scientific Program will run from 8:00 a.m. Monday, September 1st through 5:00 p.m. Thursday, September 4, 2014.  Each day begins with a breakfast buffet and Poster Session, followed by two Key Notes (above).  The remainder of the day will be divided into three 1.5 hour blocks with breaks in between.  In each block there will be three concurrent sessions.  In addition tothe standard Bacteriology, Virology, Immunology and Parasitology sessions, there will be Special Sessions.  The Special Session will begin with a general overview of the topic and introduce the papers that follow.   Special Sessions will serve as an introduction to the topic for non-experts and an update on research in that field for those more familiar with the topic allowing you to learn more about a particular research area.

Simon Jones Interactions Between Wild and Aquacultured Fishes (2 sessions)
Barb Nowak Amoebic Gill Disease
Mike Kent and Kevin Laffery Assessing the Impacts of Pathogens on Wild Fishes
Tim Miller-Morgan Diseases of Ornamental Fishes (2 sessions)
Sarah Poynton Parasite Life Cycles
Jerri Bartholomew Myxozoans (3 sessions)
Loc Tran Early Mortality syndrome in Shrimp
Jerome La Peyre Shellfish Disease
Greg Wiens Selective Breeding for Disease Resistance:  Laboratory and Field Studies
David Scarfe Aquatic Veterinary Medical and Animal Welfare Programs (3 sessions, continuing education)
Mike Kent Diseases of Zebrafish
Barb Nowak Tuna Health
Vicki Blazer Environmental Contaminants and Fish Health
Dave Groman, Patricia Gaunt,
Guppy Blair
Aquatic Diagnostic Laboratory Quality Assurance



Continuing Education

The Continuing Education session is being held on Thursday, September 4th from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Dr. David Scarfe is leading with:  Aquatic Veterinary Medical and Animal Welfare Programs.  Speakers will cover a number of existing and emerging programs, procedures, and issues involving animal health and welfare useful for a practicing aquatic veterinarian.  Cost for this special session is included with registration.  If you are interested in speaking in this session, please check it on your registration form.  Also, indicate if you will attend this session on the registration form.